Boost

A thrilling look at the lives of two teenage best friends from Montreal who become entangled with the mob after a car they stole is involved in a fatal accident.

  • Darren Curtis
    Director
    Who Is KK Downey?
  • Darren Curtis
    Writer
    Who Is KK Downey?
  • Frederic Bohbot
    Producer
    The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
  • Kieran Crilly
    Producer
    The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
  • Nabil Rajo
    Key Cast
    Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, Muna
  • Jahmil French
    Key Cast
    Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
    Key Cast
    Treme, The Knick, Queen of Katwe
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama, Suspense
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 43 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 28, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English, French
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35 Scop
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
    Montréal
    Canada
    World Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Filmoption International
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Darren Curtis

Darren Curtis was born and raised in Montreal, graduating from Communication Studies at Concordia University. Since then, he co-founded the comedy group, Kidnapper Films - writing, directing and producing over 25 short films which have played festivals from all over the world including Austin, Just for Laughs and Fantasia. He moved onto features with the cult comedy hit Who is KK Downey? which he co-directed and co-wrote. The film won the New Visions award at Cinequest and the Audience Award at BUFF as well as screening at over 15 international festivals. Darren also runs a successful commercial photo and video business called Actaeon Photo whose clients include L’Oreal to YSL and Armani. Boost is Darren's first film working within the dramatic/thriller genre as well as his first time directing and writing on his own.

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Director Statement

Growing up in Montréal, I always wanted to tell stories about my city; to show audiences parts of Montreal they might not have known even existed. I attended Wagar high school in the early 90’s and I felt it was a fantastic setting to showcase Montréal’s rich cultural diversity. There was always a sense of constant tension among the students caused by differences in their religion, culture and language, which created an atmosphere I wanted to see portrayed in an authentic film about growing up in Montréal. I felt the story of two young car thieves from Montréal’s Park-Extension neighborhood would be an excellent entry point into a tense drama about making the journey from adolescence into manhood. Considering that everyone experiences this transformative time in their lives, I believe these coming of age stories tap into a very primal narrative for audience members. Even though the location and cultures vary from story to story, the core narrative of Boost transcends those elements to create a relatable and strong emotional tale – which I believe makes for a great film.