News: Acclaimed Canadian thriller BACKCOUNTRY opens in Theaters and VOD!

BACKCOUNTRY opens in Los Angeles theaters and VOD this Friday, March 27!

"A must-see.  Does for the woods what Jaws did for the ocean"
​- Matt Boiselle, Dread Central

The Film

Based on a true story, BACKCOUNTRY follows an urban couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness - where unimaginable beauty sits alongside our most primal fears. Alex (Jeff Roop) is a seasoned outdoorsman while Jenn (Missy Peregrym), a corporate lawyer, is not. After much convincing, and against her better judgment, she agrees to let him take her deep into a Provincial Park to one of his favorite spots - the secluded Blackfoot Trail.

On their first night, deep in the forest, they have an unsettling encounter with Brad (Eric Balfour), a strange alpha male with eyes for Jenn who may or may not be following them. Alex's desire to quickly reach Blackfoot Trail only intensifies. They push further and further into the woods, Alex stubbornly insisting that he remembers the way. After three days their path disappears; they are hopelessly lost. Without food or water, they struggle to find their way back, the harsh conditions bringing out the best and worst in them, pushing their already fragile relationship to the breaking point. When they realize they have entered a bear's territory, being lost suddenly becomes the least of their problems. Terror, horror, will, and survival become paramount.

The Director

ADAM MACDONALD (Director / Writer) was born in Montreal, Quebec. After running in gangs and hitting rock bottom as a rebellious teenager, he became interested in theatre and film and found resurrection as an artist. A highly accomplished actor with over 40 film and television credits to his name, Adam began to shift his focus in recent years to writing and directing, receiving mentoring from Bruce McDonald, one of Canada’s most acclaimed directors.  Adam’s previous directorial works include three short films: Sombre Zombie, KillerKiller, and In the Dominican.  Sombre Zombie aired on Bravo! and screened at festivals around the world, including the Fantasia Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival.  His most recent short, In the Dominican was a festival hit and was nominated as Best International Short Film at the Barebones Film Festival; received three nominations including Best Short Film at the Treasure Coast International Film Festival; and won an Award of Merit at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood.  Adam is a passionate, obsessive student of the cinéma vérité and thriller genres and is influenced by Hong-­‐Jin Na, Rob Zombie, Nicolas Winding Refn, Tobe Hooper, and Derek Cianfrance. Inspired to follow in their footsteps, Adam wrote the script for Backcountry to be his feature-­‐film directorial debut.  Beyond his film and television endeavors, Adam devours novels, competes in Golden Gloves boxing tournaments, paints Pop Art canvasses, gets tattooed, and wrote a memoir, Light in Shadows, exploring his challenging childhood, with all proceeds going to Kids Help Phone.  He lives in Toronto with his wife, Danielle. He continues to love the pop culture and music from the eighties. And the Montreal Canadians.

The Cast

MISSY PEREGRYM (Jenn) -- Missy currently stars on ABC’s successful cop series, “Rookie Blue.”  Missy can also be seen in Yahoo’s first digitally released movie, Cybergeddon.  Peregrym starred as Chloe Jocelyn, an agent investigating a series of seemingly unrelated cyber-­‐attacks. Peregrym made her feature film debut as the gymnast star in the film, Stick It. She starred as a rebellious girl who is ordered to participate in a regimented sports world to clean up her act.

ERIC BALFOUR (Brad) -- Eric Balfour’s career in entertainment began at the age of fifteen when a talent scout cast him as a series regular on the hit dancing and singing show, "Kids Incorporated." He has since established himself as a creative force for both the television and film communities playing interesting and eclectic  characters.  Currently, Eric can be seen on SyFy’s drama series, “Haven,” based on Stephen King’s novel, “The Colorado Kid.” In addition to his film career, Balfour was seen in the Emmy and Golden Globe-­‐winning Fox TV drama, "24,” reprising his season one role as Milo, the smart and eccentric resident computer expert at the CTU.  Balfour’s extensive list of television credits includes a starring role in Dick Wolf’s "Conviction” on NBC where he played Brian Peluso. He was also seen as a series regular on the Golden Globe-­‐ winning HBO series, “Six Feet Under” for creator/writer Alan Ball. Balfour played Gabe, the drug addicted troubled boyfriend of Claire (Lauren Ambrose).  On the big screen, Balfour can be seen in several films, including In Her Shoes, for Twentieth Century FOX, directed by Curtis Hansen and opposite Cameron Diaz and the remake of the cult-­‐ classic hit, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre -­‐  produced by Michael Bay and directed by Marcus    Nispel.   Balfour was also seen in the New Line feature, Second Hand Lions opposite Haley Joel Osmett.  Other credits include Revolution Studio's America's Sweethearts opposite Julia Roberts and John Cusak; Paramount Pictures' Nancy Meyers' film What Women Want opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.  In addition to his screen time, Balfour is also involved in many other creative endeavors as a writer/director and producer for his recently formed production company, Off the Grid Entertainment.

JEFF ROOP (Alex / Executive Producer) is from Montreal, Quebec. After receiving his Bachelorʼs Degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship from McGill University, he chose to pursue his first love: acting. He received his MFA from the Moscow Art Theatre School and Carnegie Mellon University, training in both Moscow and Pittsburgh.  Notable film and television roles include starring in the ESPN feature, Codebreakers, opposite Scott Glenn; playing hockey legend Frank Mahovlich in CBCʼs, Canada-­‐Russia 72; starring opposite Katherine Heigl in NBCʼs, "Critical Assembly"; the Lifetime feature, Widow on the Hill, opposite  James Brolin; guest starring in "CSI:NY", "Without a Trace", "Numb3rs", and "Saving Hope", playing James van der Beekʼs nemesis in the thriller, Final Draft, starring in the hit thriller, Jekyll + Hyde, a recurring role on CBCʼs top-­‐rated drama, "Heartland", a recurring role on "ReGenesis", starring in  the CBC series, "11 Cameras" and starring in the hit cult series, "Vampire High", syndicated Worldwide. Recent film starring roles include the Canadian-­‐Uruguayan co-­‐production, 14 Days in Paradise, opposite Nicholas Campbell, and a lead role opposite two of the biggest comedic names in France, Florence Foresti and Jamel Debbouze in, Hollywood.

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