Private Project

When the World Was Flat

A story of loss and friendship unfolds against the backdrop of a small prairie community, as best friends Travis and Elliott navigate a murky interplay of familial anguish with contrasting sensitivity. A sudden accident throws the boys into a web of loss extending far beyond their own; leaving the boys struggling to keep from losing both themselves and each other.

  • Jonathan Lawrence
  • Jonathan Lawrence
  • Arthur MacKinnon
    Key Cast
  • Jonathan Lawrence
    Key Cast
  • Susanne Leslie
    Key Cast
  • Nyk Bielak
    Key Cast
  • Aaron Pridham
    Key Cast
  • Jordan Popowich
    Director of Photography
  • Steven Webb
  • Darnell Collins
  • Jordan Popowich
  • Amy Wood
    Production Designer
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    2 hours 6 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
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  • Helios Film Festival
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    October 9, 2015
    U.S Premiere
    Best of Fest
  • Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    November 20, 2015
    Canadian Festival Premiere
  • Canada International Film Festival
    Best First-Time Director
  • Helios Film Festival

    October 9, 2015
    Best Actor- Jonathan Lawrence
  • Helios Film Festival

    October 9, 2015
    Best Director- Nominee
Director Biography - Jonathan Lawrence

As a graduate of the University of Winnipeg Acting Honours program, Jonathan has appeared in “The Distance From Here”, “Henry V”, and “Monsieur D'Eon Is a Woman”. He was also seen in the U of W's 2009 Fringe production of “A Doll's House”, and in “Commedia” with Skyline Theatre during Fringe 2010. Jonathan re-visited the University of Winnipeg in 2011 as Assistant Director of the 3rd year Theatre Honours show “MACHINAL”. On the film scene, 2010 marked appearances in his first feature, “How To Save A Life”, as well as in the pilot episode for sitcom “It's All About The Angle”with Karoma Productions. In 2013 Jonathan appeared in the independent feature “Contract Player” before stepping into the directors chair himself, shooting his first feature film “When the World was Flat” which he also wrote and co-starred. The film has gone to receive accolades including Best of Fest and Best Actor at the Helios Film Festival. Most recently Jonathan can be seen in BentNeck Films web series 'The Book Club' and Millworth with Shaw TV. Jonathan looks forward to all that lies ahead, and “continued work with amazingly talented and creative people”.

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Director Statement

It is with great honor and esteem that we make this submission with you as part of the many entries in review for the coming festival.
As a team, this project has and continues to be a labor of love. As a director, I had the opportunity to work alongside a brilliant collaboration whose boundless talents radiate throughout the film. This is my first feature length effort, and thus a directorial debut for myself.
Again, we want to thank you for this opportunity to be reviewed alongside the infinite cinematic talent this world has to offer. We hope you enjoy our exploration of film.