Somewhere between then and now, a time traveler defies his orders, and compromises a future he cannot un-learn.
My short film, THE FUTURE PERFECT is a minimalist time-travel story that centers on the relationship between a hired gun, HARDESTY and his boss, GREENWOOD. As the film unfolds, we come to understand that a major crisis in the future, has its origins in a minor moment from the past. The location: a train platform in 1968. The target: A 9 year-old boy who is destined to be patient zero of a horrible virus. The moral dilemma Hardesty faces plays out, somewhere between now and then, as he defends the boy’s life, against his longtime partner, Greenwood. But when Greenwood reveals a secret about who Hardesty will become, the argument takes a turn... For me, the theme of the short is simple: You cannot change the past, you cannot control the future, all you can do is open yourself up to the experiences of the present day.
NICK CITTON, WRITER/DIRECTOR
Nick grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and graduated from the Simon Fraser University Film program. He subsequently earned his MFA in film at Columbia University, where he received the Simon Kinberg Award for Excellence in Screenwriting. Recently, Nick was selected as one of ten “New Voices” for the FOX STUDIOS’ WRITERS’ INTENSIVE. Nick completed the FILM INDEPENDENT Writing, Directing, and Producing Labs for his next project, HEY, HEY JOHNNY. Nick also wrote the romantic comedy, THAT BURNING FEELING, which was released across Canada in 2014. In 2012, Nick set out to rural Arkansas, with an ensemble of LA actors and collaborators, to shoot his first feature, MY GOOD MAN’S GONE. The film involved several shoots over two years and tells the story of a small town’s demise. Nick recently locked picture on the project, after wearing multiple hats as writer, director, co-editor and co-producer. Recently, Nick’s short film, THE INCIDENT, was one of three shorts commissioned by Vanity Fair/ and Lincoln Automobiles as part of their “HELLO AGAIN” Filmmakers’ series. The piece was completed for online distribution in September of 2013, and featured in that same month’s print edition of Vanity Fair.
ROBERT BAKER AS JOHN HARDESTY
Robert Baker was born in Memphis and moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to attend the University of Southern California. After graduation, Robert worked with Denzel Washington in Out of Time and snagged a recurring role on HBO’s Six Feet Under. He went on to star in CW's Valentine and had a long recurring role as Dr. Charles Percy on Grey's Anatomy. He has appeared in many TV shows such as Bones, CSI, and Marvel's Agents of Shield, as well as the films Old School, The Ladykillers, Leatherheads, Seraphim Falls, Special, Save Me, and Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. His most recent credits include a recurring arc on FX’s Justified, True Blood, Mad Men, The Lone Ranger, The Devil’s Knot, and GI JOE: Retaliation as the voice of Cobra Commander. He also has a lead role as iconic Texas Ranger "Big Foot" Wallace in the History Channel's upcoming Texas Rising mini-series.
ZACHARY QUINTO AS PETER GREENWOOD
Zachary Quinto has become a star of stage and screen, appearing in film, television and theatre, as well as working behind the scenes as a film producer. Next Quinto will begin production on the NBC mini-series, “The Slap,” alongside Peter Sarsgaard, Mary- Louise Parker and Brian Cox. Most recently, he completed production on the drama, “Michael,” alongside James Franco.The film is based on a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit-Denizet-Lewis, titled “My Ex-Gay Friend.” Additionally, earlier this year he completed production on Twentieth Century Fox’s “Hitman: Agent 47” directed by Aleksander Bach. This film will be released on February 27, 2015.
Quinto’s film credits include: “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Star Trek,” “We’ll Never Have Paris,” “What’s Your Number,” “Margin Call. “TV credits include: “American Horror Story: Asylum” (2013 Critic’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor, 2013 Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Miniseries), “American Horror Story,” “Heroes,” “24,” “CIS,” and “Six Feet Under.”
Theatre Credits include: 2014 Tony Award nominated revival of “The Glass Menagerie” (Booth Theatre), “Angels in America,” “Side Man” (City Theatre Company), “Gross Indecency” (City Theatre Company), “Much Ado About Nothing” (Vineyard Playhouse & LA Shakespeare Festival), “A Lonely Impulse of Delight (Vineyard Playhouse), “The Bear” (Tintreach Company – Galway, Ireland), Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Old Globe), as well as numerous workshops of new plays at Ojai Playwright’s Conference. Producing credits on behalf of Before The Door Pictures include: Starz’s “The Chair,” “All is Lost,” “Margin Call,” “Breakup at a Wedding,” and “Banshee Chapter.”
NORM LI, DIRECTOR-OF-PHOTOGRAPHY
Norm is a full member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers and is currently based out of Vancouver, BC. His work has garnered international recognition, numerous nominations and awards for best cinematography and has been screened at TIFF, Cannes, Tribeca, Busan, Fantastic Fest, Sitges, Atlantic, Whistler, as well as many other film festivals around the world. He has lensed features with such actors as Donald Sutherland, Christian Slater, Selma Blair, Djimon Honsou, Norman Reedus, Sean Astin and Edward Furlong and has travelled abroad for feature and commercial work to countries such as Italy, France, Spain, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, China, Mexico, and the United States. His cinema- tography is generally recognized for being expressive, tonal, natural, and minimalist
JASON JAMES, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
JASON JAMES is an award winning producer/director based in Vancouver and Los Angeles. He recently directed/produced the indie comedy THAT BURNING FEELING starring John Cho, Tyler Labine, Paulo Costanzo, Ingrid Haas, and Emily Hampshire. The film won Best First Feature at The Vancouver International Film Festival and was released in both the USA and Canada by eOne Films and Search Engine Films.
Other projects include producing: THE STEPS by director Andrew Currie (starring Jason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brolin, and Christine Lahti), MOUNTAIN MEN by director Cam Labine (starring Chace Crawford and Tyler Labine), and the Carl Bessai directed features REPEATERS, COLE, FATHERS & SONS, and UNNATURAL & ACCIDENTAL. He also co-created and produced the CBC comedy series THIS SPACE FOR RENT.
Jason has previously been invited to attend the Film Independent Producer’s Lab, Telefilm/CFC/Just For Laughs Comedy Features Lab, Toronto Film Festival Talent Lab, the Rotterdam Talent Lab, a CTV Fellowship at the Banff Television Festival, the National Screen Institute’s Totally Television Program, and The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s National Director Apprenticeship program.
JAMES BROWN, PRODUCER
James Brown is a film producer based in Vancouver. His credits include the multi-award winning drama DOWN RIVER (Helen Shaver, Gabrielle Miller), the Leo-Award winning film SISTERS&BROTHERS (Cory Montieth, Amanda Crew), and BAD CITY (Dustin Milligan, Reece Thompson). He served as a Co-Producer on the feature film NO CLUE (Amy Smart, David Koechner) written and also starring Brent Butt of Corner Gas fame. He also served as an Associate Producer on the feature films MOUNTAIN MEN (Chace Crawford, Tyler Labine) and REPEATERS (Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew). Previously he produced the Crazy 8s winning short film THE MECHANIC (Viv Leacock, David Lewis). In addition, James has several projects in development including the first feature from writer/director Kathleen Hepburn NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL. The film tells the story of an aging mother living in a remote town as she battles her own body through the harsh northern winter, while her son struggles to stay afloat amongst the chaos of camp life in Alberta’s oil sands.
JESSE SAVATH, PRODUCER
In 2003, Jesse was invited to film with alternative rocker - Ben Harper, documenting his life as his personal videographer. The touring experience lasted 3.5 years. It was there that he was given the opportunity to learn how to produce, edit and direct simultaneously. Once the job was complete, he formed Salazar Film with two others out of Vancouver, BC. Salazar is a production company that focuses on broadcast documentaries and commercials. The company has grown exponentially, taking them all over the globe for captivating and compelling projects. They have been featured in numerous film festivals around the world and in February 2013 were nominated for a Grammy award for their work on Tegan and Sara’s feature length documentary - Get Along. In the summer of 2012 Jesse was asked to come on board the feature film, Afflicted as a production manager which premiered at TIFF 2013. After completing Afflicted he went on to co-produce an Automatik/Sony feature, Grace. In 2014, Jesse produced numerous shorts and is now in pre production on his feature Hollow In The Land with Oddfellows/Automatik.
JAMIE ALAIN, EDITOR
Jamie Alain is an award winning film and television editor, best known for his work on such films as Daydream Nation, Flowers in the Attic, and That Burning Feeling as well as the television series Continuum. In addition to cutting The Future Perfect, Jamie also served as an editor on Nick's feature film debut My Good Man's Gone.
Diego Maclean, Visual Effects Supervisor
Diego is originally from Argentina via Brazil. He studied animation in Vancouver and currently runs his studio Braincase Media. His personal work has been shown at festivals like Sundance, Annecy, Ottawa International Animation Festival and Anima Mundi among others. At the moment he is working on a short film called Clouds which he expects to release in early 2016.