Sleeping Giant

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Canada | 2015 | 90 minutes | Andrew Cividino

A cast of talented young newcomers star as three young boys—sheltered city kid Adam and wild cousins Nate and Riley—who spend summer vacation on the shores of Lake Superior testing their limits with rebellious acts of stolen liquor, cliff-jumping, and infighting.

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A provincial park on Lake Superior, Sleeping Giant is a routine summer vacation spot for many families, including 14-year-old Adam (Jackson Martin) and his middle-class parents. It's also home to a variety of mostly working-class folks, and when Adam starts hanging out with local kids, cousins Nate (Nick Serino) and Riley (Reece Moffett), he's introduced to a grittier aspect of adolescence. Adam's inclusion into the groups throws Nate and Riley's friendship a bit off-kilter, and as the summer goes on rules are broken, relationships are re-examined, and alliances shift. Adulthood beckons as surely as Todd's Cliff, the infamous 120-foot cliff face that juts out upon the lake. Although many have climbed to the top, only one has survived the jump. One of the strongest Canadian debut features in years, Sleeping Giant keeps coming-of-age tropes at a distance and instead sticks close and personal to its realistically troubled teenage protagonists. It's an edgy, vivid, and perceptive film, with utterly authentic, semi-improvisational performances from a cast of talented newcomers.

Director Biography
Canadian filmmaker Andrew Cividino makes his feature debut with Sleeping Giant. The Toronto International Film Festival selected his short film We Ate the Children Last as one of Canada's Top Ten shorts of 2011.

Sponsored by Canada-America Society, Canadian Studies Center, Consulate General of Canada, CTI BioPharma

  • Director: Andrew Cividino
  • Principal Cast: Jackson Martin, Reece Moffett, Nick Serino
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Karen Harnisch, Marc Swenker, Aaron Yeger, James Vandewater, Andrew Cividino
  • Screenplay: Karen Harnisch, Marc Swenker, Aaron Yeger, James Vandewater, Andrew Cividino
  • Cinematographers: James Klopko
  • Editors: James Vandewater
  • Music: Chris Thornborrow, Bruce Peninsula
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Toronto International Film Festival 2015 (Best Canadian First Feature), Munich Film Festival 2015 (Best Emerging Director) , Vancouver International Film Festival 2015 (Best Canadian Feature), Canadian Screen Awards 2016 (Best Supporting Actor), Gent Film Festival 2015 (Explore Award)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Film Buff
  • International Sales: Seville International