Director Jason Priestley’s Cas & Dylan Opens the Whistler Film Festival

Jason Priestley probably doesn’t mind that he’ll always be known as Brandon Walsh from Beverly Hills, 90210. His most loyal fans probably know that he’s also been a director since those days, starting with episodes of 90210 way back in 1993. His latest project as a director is Cas & Dylan, a comedy with sentimental overtones. Set in Western Canada, where Priestley grew up, the 90-minute film was a natural choice to open the Whistler Film Festival, in Whistler, British Columbia, on December 4.

Although the name Dylan means something very specific to 90210 fans, in this case it’s purely coincidental. Dylan is a 22-year-old free-spirited hitchhiker played by Tatiana Maslany (from the BBC America series Orphan Black). Cas, played by Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind), is a doctor who’s just been told he’s dying. The film, written by Jessie Gabe, is basically a two-hander road movie that follows the characters on their life journeys-one at the beginning and one nearing the end.
Now in its 13th year, the annual Whistler Film Festival was created to showcase the films and filmmakers of Western Canada. It takes place over five days during the first week of December (this year it was December 4-8), screens up to 90 films, and attracts an audience of nearly 10,000 people.
Closing this year’s WFF was director Lucy Walker’s snowboarding documentary feature The Crash Reel, which premiered at Sundance and won audience awards at SXSW, Dallas, and Melbourne film festivals. Other films featured during the Whistler Film Festival include director Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, starring Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos and Colin Firth; Don McKellar’s fish-out-of-water story The Grand Seduction, starring Brendan Gleeson; and Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle, Canada’s entry for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Submissions for the 2014 Whistler Film Festival will open in the spring. Films from Canada and throughout the world are eligible.
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