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Aurora Borealis -- A troubled young man struggling to right himself after the premature death of his father.
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joshua Jackson ... Duncan Shorter

Steven Pasquale ... Jacob Shorter

Katie Griffin ... Sandy

Zack Ward ... Lindstrom

Tyler Labine ... Finn

Donald Sutherland ... Ronald Shorter

Louise Fletcher ... Ruth Shorter

Mark Andrada ... Clerk

Juliette Lewis ... Kate
Jim Feather ... Mr. Gunderson
Judy Sinclair ... Linda Shorter
Welcome Ngozi ... Hamit Arfaya

John Kapelos ... Stu
Dorion Davis ... Lucy

Timm Sharp ... Hacksetter

Diego Fuentes ... Mishak
Joyce Campion ... Mrs. Hollerich
Bryan Hatt ... Hardware Employee

Niamh Wilson ... Isabelle
Tatum Knight ... Bethany

Krista Bridges ... Cara
Hardee T. Lineham ... Tom (as Hardee Lineham)
George Cassey ... Paul Westerberg
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard D. Leko ... Band Member - The Bronzed Gods (uncredited)
Trip Phoenix ... BandMember - The Bronzed Gods (uncredited)

Directed by
James C.E. Burke  (as James Burke)
Writing credits
Brent Boyd (written by)

Produced by
Rick Bieber .... producer
Scott Disharoon .... executive producer
Scott Disharoon .... producer
Jayne Amelia Larson .... producer
Chris Miller .... post-production producer: Visionbox Media Group
Sherri Saito .... line producer
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
Cinematography by
Alar Kivilo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Nord 
Casting by
Tina Gerussi 
Monika Mikkelsen 
Production Design by
Taavo Soodor 
Art Direction by
Barry Isenor 
Set Decoration by
Erica Milo 
Costume Design by
Anne Dixon 
Makeup Department
Susan Exton-Stranks .... head of hair department
Susan Exton-Stranks .... key hairdresser
Vivian Maxwell .... makeup artist
Diane Mazur .... key makeup artist
Candace Ornstein .... assistant makeup artist
Andrea Traunmueller .... assistant hairdresser
Production Management
Marty Dejczak .... unit production manager
Paul Kurta .... unit production manager: Santa Monica
Neil Lundell .... production supervisor: Santa Monica
John Manulis .... chief executive: Visionbox
Jonathan Miller .... post-production supervisor: Visionbox
Lulu Zezza .... chief executive: Visionbox
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tyler Delben .... third assistant director
Aric Dupere .... third assistant director
Larry Erwin .... first assistant director: Santa Monica
Walter Gasparovic .... first assistant director
Dave Halls .... first assistant director: Minneapolis
Ted Hanlon .... second unit director
Larry Lerner .... first assistant director
Bob Warwick .... second assistant director
Heather Zer .... second assistant director: Santa Monica
Art Department
John Bankson .... construction coordinator
Rachel Blair-Johns .... head scenic
Hamish Buchanan .... second assistant art director
Luis Camara .... on-set dresser
Nitram Dass .... set dresser
Britt Doughty .... on-set dresser: second unit
Scott Driscoll .... assistant property master
Nick Gazda .... first assistant art director
Ronn Hastings .... set dresser
Christopher Jenkins .... property master
Brent Kelly .... lead set dresser
Brent Kelly .... leadman
Jordan Kerner .... set dresser
Vanessa Lee .... construction office administrator
Diana Magnus .... first assistant art director
Jack McCullough .... key scenic artist
Stephen Milo .... art department coordinator
Graydon Nichols .... head carpenter
John Picciotti .... key props: second unit
Theresa Prentiss .... set dresser/props: Santa Monica
Matthew G. Wright .... set buyer (as Matt Wright)
Gaston Wurth .... art department transportation
Sound Department
Fernando Ascani .... additional adr mixer
Granger Beem .... additional adr mixer
Jeannette Browning .... additional adr recordist
Michael Colomby .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Eng .... sound effects editor
Gary A. Hecker .... supervising foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Jason Hopfner .... sound assistant
Doc Kane .... additional adr mixer
Andy Koyama .... sound re-recording mixer
Howard London .... adr mixer
Matthew McKenzie .... adr recordist
Mark McNeilly .... boom operator (as Mark 'Boomwallah' McNeilly)
Bill Meadows .... sound recordist
Coleman Metts .... production sound mixer: additional photography
Coleman Metts .... sound mixer
Brad North .... foley editor
Brad North .... sound effects editor
Rick Penn .... production sound mixer
Brian Ruberg .... foley recordist
Steve Sollars .... boom operator
Ted Swanscott .... additional adr mixer
Byron Wilson .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Reg Ashby .... special effects on-set key
Jon Davis .... special effects assistant
Marianne Klein .... special effects coordinator
Derek Liscoumb .... first assistant key special effects
Visual Effects by
Martin Avitia .... digital editor
Max Beno .... negative cutter
Derek Bird .... digital compositor
Dan Clark .... digital compositor
Joshua D. Comen .... visual effects producer: THDX (as Josh Comen)
Elton Garcia .... compositor
Elton Garcia .... main title designer
Fred Masselink .... digital compositor
Andrew Midgley .... digital compositing supervisor
Heather Moore .... digital compositor
Marlo Pabon .... visual effects supervisor
Francis Puthanangadi .... digital artist: THDX
Clay Sparks .... digital editor
Leigh Bianco .... stunts
Marco Bianco .... stunts
Shane Cardwell .... stunts
Ted Hanlon .... stunt coordinator
Danny Lima .... stunts
Mathew Van Hart .... stunts
Ron Van Hart .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Berger .... key grip
Zena Bielewicz .... second assistant camera: second unit
Craig Black .... electrician: second unit
Michael Blatchford .... camera trainee
Russel Bowie .... first assistant "a" camera
Eddie Cohen .... gaffer: Minneapolis
Ira Cohen .... gaffer
Slater Crosby .... first assistant camera: Minneapolis
Steve Crosgrey .... gennie operator
Steve Cuvea .... second assistant camera: Santa Monica
Paul Dias .... electrician
Anthony Dodds .... best boy grip: second unit
Milo Durben .... key grip: Minneapolis
Tom Feldman .... key grip: Santa Monica
Carl Flood .... electrician
Harper Forbes .... key grip: second unit
Craig Hanson .... electrician: Minneapolis
Paul Hildebrand .... grip
Perry Hoffman .... camera operator: second unit
Perry Hoffman .... director of photography: second unit
Vanessa Ireson .... first assistant camera: second unit
George Kraychyk .... still photographer
Joe MacCormack .... best boy grip
Timothy O'Toole .... video assist operator: second unit, Minnesota
Rudy Pohlert .... gaffer: Santa Monica
Monty Rowan .... camera operator
John Tennant .... grip
Colin Thrienen .... second assistant camera: Minneapolis
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera: Santa Monica
Jeff Wachsmann .... dolly grip
David Watts .... best boy electric
Wilson Webb .... grip: Minneapolis
Jaclyn Young .... second assistant "a" camera
Chris Zacharuk .... electrician
Paul Zoskey .... 24 frame video operator
Monty Rowan .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Zameret Kleiman .... background casting
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting (as Caitlin McKenna)
Dominika Posserén .... casting assistant (as Dominica Posseren)
Whitney Smith .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Constance Buck .... costume set supervisor
Jenny Buck .... wardrobe: second unit
Julie O'Brien .... assistant costume designer
Nicole Pearson .... truck supervisor
Andrea Sweet .... costumer: Santa Monica
Editorial Department
Steve D'Onofrio .... post supervisor: Canada
Nelson Handel .... editorial consultant
Kevin Hearst .... additional post-production services
Lawrence Keating .... additional post-production services
Chris Miller .... post-production producer
Bill Newcomb .... post-production coordinator
Jim Passon .... color timer
Mila Patriki .... dailies colorist
Sharon Wong .... assistant editor
Music Department
Pabo Blaustein .... musician: piano
Jeff Danna .... musician: guitars
Mychael Danna .... musician: accordion
Frankie Fine .... music supervisor
Basil Gurney-Smith .... musician: cello
Brad Haehnel .... recordist: and mixer
Dan Haviland .... musician: Native American flute
Jen Monnar .... music editor (as Jennifer Monnar)
Samir Sharma .... musician: bass
Rob Simonsen .... additional music
Brian West .... musician: guitars
Topher White .... musician: mallets
Transportation Department
John Ainsworth .... honeywagon driver
Nick Babishuk .... driver
Dolores Barbaric .... driver
Okko Berhuysen .... transportation captain
Wayne Davey .... driver
Bobby Ellis .... transportation: Santa Monica
Mark Hansen .... honeywagon driver: Santa Monica
John Jinks .... driver
Peter Jurgielewicz .... driver
Dave Marwick .... head driver
Wilson Webb .... driver: Minneapolis
Manon White .... driver
Matthew Wolchock .... transportation coordinator
Gus Worth .... camera truck driver: Santa Monica
Other crew
John Berger .... weapons handler (as John 'Frenchie' Berger)
Michael Bero .... payroll
Michelle Berrigan .... trainee assistant accountant
Hillary Bibicoff .... legal services
Eric Birnberg .... legal services: Canada
Eric Birnberg .... production services: Canada
James Blacker .... assistant location manager
Belynda Blythe .... stand-in
Shelley A. Boylen .... production coordinator
Cheryl M. Broussard .... production coordinator: Minneapolis
Jill Carter .... script supervisor
Beth J. Crawford .... assistant to producers
Marco D'Flaviano .... location production assistant
Greg Eby .... key first assistant accountant
Laura Evans .... executive: Entitled Entertainment (as Laura Citrano)
Andreas Hass .... assistant production coordinator
Jim Hershleder .... key office production assistant: Santa Monica
Richard Hughes .... location manager
Stephanie Keating .... publicist
Rohan Kelly .... production assistant
Heather Kilness .... assistant to director
Sarah Kruchowski .... production assistant: Minneapolis
Paul Kuzmich .... caterer
Ove Langevei .... production assistant
Kathy Lochwin .... craft service
Jessica Lukian .... production assistant
Kevin McAteer .... location manager: Santa Monica
Jason McLean .... stand-in
John Mendes .... assistant location manager
Chad Miller .... production assistant: Minneapolis
Veronica Miller .... production accountant
Stephanie Million .... craft service (as Stephanie Holinski)
Tim Monich .... dialogue coach
Rick Parker .... livestock wrangler
Valerie Phillips .... second assistant accountant
Barb Prindle .... production assistant: Minneapolis
Scott Roberts .... associate to the director
Sherri Saito .... production services: Canada
Veda Semarne .... additional script supervisor
Veda Semarne .... script supervisor: Santa Monica
Beth Smith .... script supervisor: Minneapolis
Claire Smith .... assistant to producer
Jennifer Stock .... trailer: TAD
Ian Thompson .... stand-in
Sandy Towsend .... craft service
Karen Tyrell .... unit publicist
Sonya Van Biessen .... stand-in
Thomas Mark Walden .... production services: Canada (as Thomas Walden)
Jane Walker .... script supervisor: second unit
Randy Weiss .... production coordinator: Visionbox
Barbara Wolton .... production accountant: Santa Monica
Christian Bobak .... craft service daily (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Ben Callet .... special thanks
Cookie Carosella .... special thanks
Lenny Citrano .... special thanks
Glenn Farr .... special thanks
Glenn Firstenberg .... special thanks
Nicole Heinrich-Bideau .... special thanks
Laura Leigh Hughes .... special thanks
Matthew Iderola .... special thanks
Richard Ingram .... special thanks
Adam Lazarre-White .... special thanks
Rob Nokes .... special thanks
Matt O'Toole .... special thanks
Meg Goldner Rabinowitz .... special thanks
Craig Rice .... special thanks
Dendrie Taylor .... special thanks

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110 min
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The Northern Lights are in Aurora Borealis, 15 September 2006

Aurora Borealis

The Indie film, "Aurora Borealis" directed by John C.E. Burke has created a fair and moving picture with sensitive undertones and subtle cultivation. The film tells the story of Duncan Shorter, a young twenty-something with poor work ethic, an underlying affliction, and an ill-conceived perception of life. Joshua Jackson or better known as "Pacey" portrays the young passive Duncan. Since the untimely death of his beloved father, Duncan has been quite engulfed and comfortable in his small town in Minnesota. A town where all your friends have been around since elementary school and everyone wallows in their entity and sheer irksome lifestyle with Duncan being no different. From adulterous brother that uses his apartment to his unsupportive circle of friends, Duncan is in no way progressing or moving forward to a dissimilar lifestyle that is destined to take over. The only sanctity of his life is his grandparents, Ronald and Ruth played exquisitely by Donald Sutherland and Oscar winner, Louise Fletcher. Ronald has grown ill over the years with his battle with Parkinson's disease and his steady decline of fragility. Ruth has been the sole caretaker of Ronald but as Ronald becomes more ailing and developing thoughts of suicide, the family must face the choice of a home for him or the inevitability of Ronald attempt at ending his existence. Duncan must now face not only the choice of losing another family member but past demons that surface throughout the film. The sheer tenacity that director Burke has to tackle such a sensitive subject as euthanasia and elderly anguish is electrifying and at times heartbreaking. The volume of humanity expressed throughout the film alone is worthy of viewing consideration. When Duncan meets the nurse of his grandfather, Kate (Juliette Lewis) we see Duncan's world start to be challenged for the first time. Only in the subtlety of sacrifice that the film shows could the film illuminate fully. Joshua Jackson breaks away from his television-type personality and gives a befitting performance. This is the first time he has taken am admirable first step into a leading character. His "Duncan" is tortured and multi-layered but during the approximate two hours of film length it's not always clarified. With perhaps a bit more research and shedding some insecurity, Jackson may have nailed the pivotal role. Louise Fletcher returns to glorious form as Duncan's grandmother, Ruth. Since her Oscar Win for 1975's "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" she's been missed from the silver screen with exceptions of cameos in "Cruel Intentions" and "A Map of the World." Ruth is the champion of the family with her constant understanding of Duncan's insecurities, pain and misguided life to loyalty, passion and care for her feeble husband. There is excellent movie magic being made indeed for the veteran actress. The standout of the cast is coming from the too often ignored and phenomenal veteran actor, Donald Sutherland; who is just waiting for that little bit of buzz to hurtle him into serious contention for a supporting bid from critics. The film has been flying under the radar with the low budget and lack of advertisement but rest assure if enough people see the film Sutherland could be a threat to many men seeking Oscar gold this season. Sutherland's "Ronald" is hilarious, completely likable and a beautifully written character. The courage that Sutherland shows in his character is just cutthroat fire of the film. Leave no mistake, "Ronald" fragility may seem like his weakness but the vulnerability he leaves you after a riveting speech or antithesis will leave you absolutely enthralled. All technical aspects of the film are your average "Plain Jane" kind of independent film but Burke does capture the essence of the culture that we are thrown into. A beautiful musical score coming from Mychael Danna and a crisp clear cut editing style coming from Richard Nord known for his Oscar nominated editing in "The Fugitive." Burke gladly invites the audience into the screen along with a family of heartache and sorrow. I felt compelled and satisfied with the outcome when the credits started rolling. The "northern lights" are evident in "Aurora Borealis" and are gladly incontestable. Post-experience will leave you in disposition and wonderful serenity.


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