FESTIVAL REPEATEDLY DRAWS INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER BACK

Actor and screenwriter Jonas Chernick has had an almost two-decade love affair with Calgary and, in particular, the Calgary International Film Festival.

Jonas Chernick and Daniel Stern in James Vs Himself at Calgary International Film Festival. CALGARY

Actor and screenwriter Jonas Chernick has had an almost two-decade love affair with Calgary and, in particular, the Calgary International Film Festival.

In 2001, the festival’s second year, Chernick brought Inertia, a film he starred in and wrote from a series of improv sessions with the cast members.

“It was a small festival and a really welcoming one. I loved the festival and I got to love the city. I also found love with a local girl so it was a really memorable year for me. I vowed I would bring all my future films whether I wrote, produced or simply starred in them to Calgary and I have,” says Chernick, whose latest collaboration, James vs. His Future Self, will play at the Globe at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 and again at Eau Claire on Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

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