Directed bySean Garrity
Produced byJonas Chernick
Liz Jarvis
Written byJonas Chernick
StarringJonas Chernick
Joey King
Kevin Pollak
Music byAri Posner
CinematographySamy Inayeh
Edited byJohn Gurdebeke
Banana-Moon Sky Films
Buffalo Gal Pictures
Vigilante Productions
Distributed byRaven Banner Entertainment
Release date
  • September 5, 2015 (2015-09-05) (MWFF)
Running time
95 minutes

Borealis is a 2015 Canadian comedy-drama film, directed by Sean Garrity.[1]

The film stars Jonas Chernick as Jonah Finn, a man from Winnipeg, Manitoba whose daughter Aurora (Joey King) suffers from a degenerative eye disease, who takes her on a road trip to Churchill to see the Northern Lights before she goes blind; however, the duo are simultaneously pursued by Tubby (Kevin Pollak), a loan shark to whom Jonah owes $100,000 in gambling debt.[2] The cast also includes Jake Epstein, Emily Hampshire, Greg Bryk and Clé Bennett.

Chernick, the film's screenwriter, wrote the film after his wife responded to My Awkward Sexual Adventure, his prior collaboration with Garrity, by asking him to make a film they could actually let their young daughter see.[3] His original idea had been for the road trip to be to Tofino, British Columbia, but changed the destination to Churchill after realizing that several other movies, including Going the Distance and Foreverland, had already depicted characters taking road trips to Tofino.[4]

Darren Wall received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Visual Effects at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016.[5]


  1. ^ "Road Flick Deftly Interwoven With Redemption". National Post, April 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "Little things count in Canadian Borealis". Ottawa Citizen, May 27, 2016.
  3. ^ "Father figure". Winnipeg Free Press, April 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Chernick realizes his vision; Actor turns idea of father-daughter road trip into movie, but picks Churchill over Tofino". Victoria Times-Colonist, July 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Local artists, productions up for screen awards". Winnipeg Free Press, January 20, 2016.