The Two Gay Geeks 🏳️🌈 have a chat with Jonas Chernick and his film, James Vs. His Future Self. We chat about how he came to write this film and also star in it as well as how they got several high profile actors to be in the film. The film has already released in Canada and soon to be released in the US. Have a listen and we hope you enjoy this as much as we did.
About Jonas Chernick
Jonas Chernick is an actor/screenwriter. He co-wrote and starred in Lucid (2005), a feature film that premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival and won the City TV Award for Best Western Canadian Feature Film at the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival. He also collaborated on the screenplay and played the leading role in Inertia (2001), which won the award for Best First Canadian Film at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival and for which he picked up the Blizzard Award for Best Leading Actor. Jonas won a 2008 Gemini Award and was nominated for a 2009 ACTRA Award for his work as “Slade” on the hit CBC drama series The Border (2008). He has played recurring roles on the comedy series Living in Your Car (2010) (HBO Canada) and Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001) (Teen Nick/Much Music). Other recent appearances include Covert Affairs (2010) (USA), Saving Hope (2012) (CTV), The Ron James Show (2009) (CBC), King (2011) (Showcase), The Listener (2009) (CTV), Haven (2010) (SyFy/Showcase), Being Erica (2009) (CBC), Little Mosque on the Prairie (2007) (CBC), This Is Wonderland (2004) (CBC), At the Hotel (2006) (CBC) and the films Seven Times Lucky (2004) (Sundance Film Festival 2004), Blood Pressure (2012) and The Samaritan (2012) with Samuel L. Jackson. As a screenwriter, Jonas has several feature films in development including Borealis (a father-daughter road trip story co-produced with Buffalo Gal Pictures), Clara’s War (a historical epic produced by Corey Marr Productions) and The Spark (a relationship comedy co-produced with Buffalo Gal Pictures and Executive Produced by Don Carmody).
He wrote, produced and starred in the feature comedy My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2012), which won the Audience Award at the Whistler Film Festival, the People’s Choice Award at the Calgary International Film Festival and was named one of the Top Ten Films of 2012 by the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in the US by Tribeca Films, sold to over 25 countries and is being remade in South Korea, France and Lithuania. Jonas was nominated for a 2013 ACTRA Award for his performance in the movie.
About James Vs. His Future Self
In James vs His Future Self, Jonas Chernick is James, a brilliant and obsessed particle physicist on the brink of inventing time travel who, in the process, has relegated the only two people who care about him (best friend/crush Courtney, and his edgy sister Meredith) to the sidelines.
Daniel Stern is Jimmy, the future, time-traveling version of James, now angry, cynical and driven by regret and loss. Jimmy’s obsessed with righting the wrongs of his life by convincing his younger self to give up his obsession with time travel and to finally stop and smell the roses. Or else.
Directed by Jeremy LaLonde (Cinequest Best Comedy award-winner The Go-Getters, Slamdance hit and Canadian Film Fest award-winner How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town) and co-written by LaLonde and Chernick, James vs His Future Self is an existential twist on the time-traveler-arrives-to-save-the-future trope. An homage to the classic sci-fi rom-coms of the ’80s and ’90s, á la Back to the Future, James vs His Future Self is a rare Canadian indie film filled with raunchy humor, heartfelt romance, surprising twists and packed with noteworthy performances.
At the center are Chernick (currently co-starring on the Netflix / CBC hit comedy series Workin’ Moms, and star of the 2012 TIFF award-winner My Awkward Sexual Adventure) and Daniel Stern as his future self, giving the comeback performance of his career. Winner of the Jury Award for Best Supporting Actor at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Stern (who also currently stars in the hit Hulu series Shrill) is hilarious, dangerous and surprisingly emotional as Jimmy, James’s determined future self. Alongside Chernick and Stern are head-turning performances by three extraordinary actresses…
James is affected by the gravitational pull of three fierce women in his life. His sister Meredith (Bitten’s Tommie-Amber Pirie) wants both of them to get over the death of their parents 15 years earlier and finally forge their own paths in the world. His best friend/soul mate Courtney (Cleopatra Coleman, from Netflix’s In The Shadow of the Moon and the Fox series Last Man On Earth) is a genius scientist in her own right and is being courted by CERN to relocate to Switzerland and work on the Large Hadron Collider. This would remove her from James’s life, presumably forever. And Dr. Rowley (Joker & Six Feet Under’s Frances Conroy) is the metaphoric Devil on his shoulder, a lonely giant in the science world whose approval and acceptance could make James’s time-travel dreams a reality.
Is the future inevitable? Or can Jimmy change James’s course? And what (potentially lethal) action will it take to make that happen?
In our second segment which we didn’t get to we had an interesting discussion in store but…. next time. We also highlight recent articles posted to the tggeeks.com in the past week. As always we have our birthdays and we have the ever-popular feedback segment.
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