The MEaning of life (2018)
91 min | Genre: Drama | Language: English | Producer: North Film Co. | Director: Cat Hostick | DOP: Russ De Jong
A struggling musician lands a temporary job as a therapeutic clown, working to help a 9-year old leukemia patient get past her illness through music therapy.
A starving musician Finn Faber (Tyler Shaw) gets a temporary job as a therapeutic clown at a hospital entertaining sick kids. He is assigned a 9 year-old leukemia patient: Sophia Hill (Sadie Munroe). Finn soon learns that Sophia coming into his life was no coincidence, but an important lesson he needed to learn before making a big step forward in life.
A hard working, talented, struggling musician; FINN FABER (Tyler Shaw) gets a temporary job as a therapeutic clown at a Hospital entertaining sick kids. He has 6 months for his music to take off, or he will be forced to dread law school at the will of his father’s demand. Finn would rather pursue his dreams and what he’s good at, than fall into a monotonous 9 to 5 job that he hates.
First day on the job as “Pilot Pete” the clown, Finn is assigned to a 9-year old leukaemia patient; SOPHIA HILL (Sadie Munroe). After trying the whole clown persona / fake voice and singing skit, and many failed attempts at trying to get Sophia to interact with him, he decides to do
something unconventional that could get him fired from the Hospital; be himself. He breaks his clown persona around Sophia. This wins the respect of Sophia and their relationship starts to flourish.
Sophia admits to Finn her dreams of being an artist like her father. Finn comes up with the idea that every Wednesday—they will both work towards their goals together. She will paint, while he sings.
Finn’s job at the hospital starts interfering with music opportunities as Finn struggles to balance his passion and job. Sophia’s Dad thinks the music/art therapy that Finn is doing with Sophia is more effective than her medical treatments for cancer. When things seems to be falling into place, Sophia is healing, Finn’s music opportunities are happening… Complications begin—Sophia’s health starts to suddenly spiral, as does Finn’s music career after a devastating and embarrassing audition, and now he may be running out of time with his dream as Sophia looks to be with hers. But dreams never die.
Being a passion project 100% funded by North Film Co. great relationships with like-minded people is what brought “The Meaning of Life” to life. This feature film was shot almost exclusively in Oakville, ON and often just walking distance from the North Film Co. office. The town and it’s wonderful people where a huge help in creating the vision for the film and this movie could not have been done without their support.
Filming a feature film in 10 days required everyone to bring their A game to set, we were very lucky to have so many positive, talented actors on our team. Our crew worked tirelessly to prepare for this project and the North Film Co. crew are truely the un-told heroes of this production.
USA Premeire - The Chinese Theatre in Hollywood @ the Dances With Films Festival
Canadian Premeire - In North FilmCo’s hometown of Oakville, ON @ the Willson Oakville Film Festival
Best Feature Film - DRIFT International Film Festival
Best Regional Film - DRIFT International Film Festival
Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film - Wilson Oakville Film Festival
Canadian JUNO nominated recording artist Tyler Shaw is a platinum selling singer/songwriter known for his hit singles “Kiss Goodnight” and “House of Cards”, and recently toured with Selena Gomez in 2016. Tyler’s debut album has garnered a total of 6 radio singles, 4 of which reached the top 10 on Canadian radio and earned Tyler his first SOCAN Award for the pop/rock single “Kiss Goodnight”. Tyler is currently
working on his sophomore album via SONY Music Entertainment.
SERGIO DI ZIO
Sergio Di Zio was born in Toronto, Canada and is a gemini award winning actor. Known for his work as detective Patrick Finnegan; “Rogue”, Michelangelo “Spike” Scarlatti; “Flashpoint”, “Miss Sloane”, “Rupture”, “The Walk”, “The Lookout”. Awards: 2011 Gemini for Best performance by an Actor in a featured Supporting Role for “Flashpoint” and 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award; Best Male Performance- Independent Theatre Division; Stephen Adly Guergis’ “The Motherfucker With The Hat.”, Toronto premiere.
Jean is well known for her work as Umma in the hit CBC comedy series “Kim’s Convenience”. She is also known for work on “The Expanse”, “Orphan Black”, “Dragon Boys” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife”. Jean voices Connie on the Emmy Award winning PBS Kids show Peg + Cat; and is especially proud of her work on the CBC mini-series “Dragon Boys” for which she earned a Gemini nomination in 2007.
Dan Lett is an actor, known for “X-Men: Apocalypse” , “Born to Be Blue” and “Maps to the Stars”. His long list of credits also includes “Designated Survivor”, “Rogue”, “The Strain”, “Nikita”, “Lost Girl”, “Covert Affairs”.
Sadie Munroe is a talented child actress, known for “The Headhunter’s Calling” and her role as a series regular on CBC’s “Working Moms”.