The River You Step In

The River You Step In

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 19:00

You are invited to a special presentation by the
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre,
the screening of the new Canadian film 


Following the film there will be a Q&A with the Brock University's Dramatic Arts alumni Actors Marcel Stewart and Wes Berger, as well as Writer/Director Jon Michaelson and Cinematographer Blake Hannahson.

THE RIVER YOU STEP IN is a fresh and thoughtful ode to helping others and a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. Actress Astrid Van Wieren, who is currently appearing in the Tony-nominated musical Come From Away, brilliantly portrays a maverick social worker who is at the centre of Writer/Director Jon Michaelson's moving character-driven drama. 


When a young First Nations client dies after being committed to police custody, social worker Stevie struggles to keep the troubled people she encounters away from the system she no longer trusts. Opening her East End Toronto home as a safe haven for people 'at risk' – George, a happy-go-lucky gambler, Tracy, a down and out musician with substance abuse issues, and Mina, a battered wife. Stevie tries to mend some broken lives, but masks her own issues by burying herself in theirs.


Marcel Stewart (BA (Hon) Dramatic Arts: Theatre, 2007)         Wes Berger (BA Dramatic Literature, 2000)


“The best Indie Film I’ve seen in a long time. The performances were excellent. It was really an ensemble. The balance of happy and sad allowed me to stay engaged throughout.”  
- David S. Craig, playwright

“This movie is a resonant exploration of the power of listening, the cost and rewards of caring, the pain of losing, and the grace of learning to move on. Stevie's journey towards acceptance speaks to all of us who have ever had to find a way to come to terms with our mistakes."
- Erika Warmbrunn, NYC, author, Where The Pavement Ends

“Strong performances - This film creates a lot of tension, all the way through, as it explores violence against women and the institutional blindness to this issue, and how this seeps into a world view and shapes experiences and relationships.”
- Carolyn Combs, Film Director, Vancouver 

Tuesday 14 Jan 7pm | The Film House 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines |
FILM MEMBERS: $7 | REGULAR: $9.50 Limited seating, advance ticket purchase advised.