Borealis to open the Brooklyn Film Festival

Director Sean Garrity's feature will make its U.S. premiere at the New York City fest.

BorealisSean Garrity’s Borealis is set to open the 19th annual Brooklyn Film Festival, where it will also make its U.S. premiere.

The feature, which stars Joey King, Kevin Pollak and Jonas Chernick, will screen June 3 at the Wythe Hotel in the New York City borough.

Chernick, who also wrote the film and served as a producer, says he hopes the opening night slot will help draw the attention of U.S. buyers.

“We have not yet made a U.S. sale, so we certainly will be looking at taking advantage of the high-profile nature of our screening at that festival,” he told Playback Daily.

L.A-based Archstone Distribution is handling international sales, while Northern Banner distributes the film in Canada.

Borealis follows a gambler in substantial debt, who takes his daughter on a road trip to see the Northern Lights before she loses her vision. It opened in Toronto on April 8, where it was held for five weeks,

The film is produced by Winnipeg’s Buffalo Gal Pictures and Toronto-based Banana-Moon Sky Films. It was financed by Telefilm Canada, Manitoba Film & Music, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Northern Banner Releasing, Archstone Distribution, private investment and tax credits.