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News Release: Meredith Hama-Brown’s Award-Winning Feature Debut SEAGRASS

Updated: Feb 12

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JANUARY 22, 2024

 

MEREDITH HAMA-BROWN’S FIPRESCI PRIZE-WINNING FEATURE DEBUT SEAGRASS TO SCREEN IN THEATRES ACROSS CANADA 

 

Vancouver, BC / Toronto, ON (January 22, 2024) – Game Theory Films announced today that Japanese Canadian writer/director Meredith Hama-Brown’s award-winning feature debut Seagrass will premiere in select theatres across Canada starting on February 23rd at TIFF Lightbox in Toronto, Cinéma du Parc in Montreal and at home in Vancouver at Cineplex Fifth Avenue Cinemas with more locations to be announced.


Seagrass, which premiered to a sold-out crowd as a part of TIFF’s 2023 Discovery Programme, stars Ally Maki (Shortcomings) as Judith; a Japanese Canadian woman who brings her family to a self-development retreat after the recent death of her mother. When Judith and Steve (Luke Roberts, Ransom) befriend another interracial couple (played by Chris Pang and Sarah Gadon) who seem to have the perfect marriage, Judith begins to recognize how irreparably fractured her relationship is. When their distressed relationship begins to affect the children’s emotional security, the family is forever changed. 


Seagrass won the coveted International Film Critics Awards FIPRESCI Prize at TIFF, had sold-out screenings at both TIFF and VIFF, and was selected for Canada's TIFF Top Ten showcase screening, which takes place on January 26, 2024. Seagrass also won the Prix de la diffusion Québécor for best first film in the national competition at Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, the Outstanding Canadian Feature Film Award at Cinéfest, and the Best Canadian Feature Film Award and the Best Cinematography for Canadian Feature Film Award at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. The film's US Premiere was just announced and will be at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February.


Hama-Brown is a Japanese Canadian artist whose work has explored themes of uncertainty, grief, identity, and lineage. It was announced just before the world premiere of Seagrass that she was signed by Gersh. Her award-winning short film work has been featured in film festivals internationally and her music video for Alaskan Tapes’ song ‘And, We Disappear’ (2019) was nominated for a UK Music Video Award. In 2020, she was selected for the TIFF Filmmaker Lab and was awarded the Canada Goose Fellowship for Seagrass. She is in the early stages of writing her sophomore feature film. 


Seagrass is written and directed by Hama-Brown, Cinematography by Norm Li, CSC (Something You Said Last Night), produced by Experimental Forest Films’ Tyler Hagan (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open) and Ceroma Films’ Sara Blake (Until Branches Bend). The all-star cast includes Ally Maki (The Big Door Prize), Luke Roberts (The Rook), Chris Pang (Crazy Rich Asians), Sarah Gadon (Maps to the Stars), newcomer Nyha Breitkreuz and Remy Marthaller (The Island Between Tides). 


Seagrass was made possible through the support of Telefilm Canada, Game Theory Films, Hamilton Moving Pictures, Creative BC, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Tony Yang, CFC (CFC/Netflix Accelerator Lab), and the TIFF Filmmaker Lab. World sales and distribution in Canada are being handled by Game Theory Films. 


SCREENING DATES & LOCATIONS:

LOS ANGELESLaemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CaliforniaStarting Thursday, February 22nd at 7:30 pmQ&A with star and executive producer Ally Maki


Laemmle Town Centre 5 17200 Ventura Blvd UNIT 121, Encino, CAStarting on Friday, February 23rd


NEW YORKThe Roxy Cinema  2 6th Avenue, Cellar Level, New York, NYStarting on Thursday, February 22nd at 7:45 pm with a Q&AQ&A with writer/director Meredith Hama-Brown & Cinematographer Norm Li


Regal Union Square 850 Broadway, New York, NY Starting on Friday, February 23rd with a Q&AQ&A with writer/director Meredith Hama-Brown & Cinematographer Norm Li


LAS VEGAS

Regal Aliante Theatre, Las Vegas Starting on Friday, February 23rd Q&A with star Chris Pang


ALL NORTH AMERICAN LOCATIONS:


Confirmed locations in the US:

Laemmle Royal, Los Angeles, CA    

Roxy Tribeca Cinema, New York, NY    

Laemmle Town Center 5,  Encino, CA    

Regal Union Square, New York, NY    

Regal Aliante, North Las Vegas, NV   

AMC Mesquite 30, Mesquite, TX 

AMC Gulf Pointe 30, Houston, TX 

Regal Commonwealth, Midlothian, VA    

Regal Kiln Creek, Newport News, VA   

Regal Macarthur Center, Norfolk, VA    


Confirmed locations in Canada:

TIFF Lightbox, Toronto, ON

5th Ave Cineplex, Vancouver, BC

Snakebite FF, Penticton, BC

Cineme du Parc, Montreal, QC

Cineplex Forum, Montreal, QC

Winnipeg Cinematheque, Winnipeg, MB (March 8-13th)

Grand River FF, Cambridge ON (March 8th)

Sudbury Indie Cinema, Sudbury, ON (April 4th)


More locations to be announced. For updates and more information visit the Game Theory website here or reach out to the publicity team.


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