Cameras roll on Summer of ’84

The Vancouver-shot thriller starring Rich Sommer is produced by Brightlight Pictures and Gunpowder & Sky.

cameraCameras are rolling in B.C. on the feature-length thriller Summer of ’84 from Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures and New York-based Gunpowder & Sky.

Penned by U.S. scribes Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith, the film tells of a 15-year old boy who spends his summer secretly investigating whether his police officer neighbour is the serial killer all over the news.

Montreal-based filmmaking collective RKSS (comprised of directors François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell) is jointly directing the movie, which stars Rich Sommer (Mad Men) and Tiera Skovbye (Riverdale) in the lead roles. Also starring is Graham Verchere (Fargo), Judah Lewis (Demolition), Caleb Emery (Fist Fight) and Cory Gruter-Andrew (The 100).

The project is produced by Brightlight’s director of development Jameson Parker and company president Shawn Williamson, alongside Gunpowder & Sky’s SVP of development and production Cody Zwieg.

Gunpowder & Sky holds worldwide rights and is handling international distribution.

Brightlight’s most recent credits include the Canada/Spain coproduction Colossalwhich premiered at TIFF ’16. The Vancouver company also announced in January that it was partnering with California-based Myriad Pictures to produce The Kid Detectivestarring Adam Brody (The O.C.) and Sophie Nelisse (The Book Thief).