‘Mourning has Broken’ aims to take the audience on an emotional rollercoaster


Brett and Jason Butler arrive this week to premier their new movie Mourning Has Broken at the Calgary International Film Festival.

The Torontonian brothers took part in a challenge to create a film for less than $1,000. With the challenge accepted, the brothers set out to make a film, they said audiences should look forward to.

 Why should you watch?

“People should watch Mourning Has Broken because, like life, it’s a visceral, emotional, intimate and humorous experience,” Jason Butler said.

The movie follows the main character, the husband played by Robert Nolan, as he goes about his day-to-day life – only his actions are anything but typical.

“[It’s] a story about man dealing with society through tragedy,” Jason said. “A passionate letter about life’s beauty and frustrations.”

There isn’t anything unusual about a man going about his daily chores of picking up groceries and returning some clothes his wife bought, but when the main character punches a guy in the face and duct tapes his mechanic to a chair, you have to wonder what is going on in his head.

Mourning Has Broken leaves the viewer feeling a mixture of emotions ranging from joy to gut wrenching sadness.MHBPoster1 copyThe film Mourning has Broken was produced on the limited budget of $1,000 by Jason and Brett Butler and is rounding the independent film circuit in Canada the U.S.

Photo courtesy of Jason Butler

Budgeting the film

Award winning producer, Ingrid Veninger, challenged the Toronto film scene to produce a feature film for under $1,000 – the challenge became known as 1K Wave.

“As charter members of the 1K Wave out of Toronto, we had to make our feature for $1,000. [It was] exciting and kind of a scary challenge that ultimately proved to be creatively inspiring,” Jason said.

Jason said the month between pitching the idea and filming was very intense, “but we made it happen and are ecstatic about the response we’ve received.”

Mourning Has Broken has two show times this week, Saturday Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Calgary International Film Festival. For more information, venue locations and ticket prices visit calgaryfilm.com.


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