5 CSA Nomination for BOOST Opens in Toronto First Week Of March

TORONTO – Hakeem (Nabil Rajo) and A-Mac (Jahmil French) are Montreal teenagers with very little interest in academic pursuits. Working part-time at Hakeem’s uncle’s car wash, they pick up a little extra dough by casing expensive sports cars that come in for a wash and turning over that information to more seasoned criminals. Eager to get a leg up in the game, they boost a car on their own, leading them down a path from instant gratification to life-threatening consequences.

Boost is the solo directorial debut from Darren Curtis. The film stars Nabil Rajo (Suits), Jahmil French (Degrassi: The Next Generation), and features Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (The Chi, Heroes) and Oluniké Adeliyi (Workin’ Moms, Darken).

Nabil Rajo & Jahmil French of Boost

Boost has been nominated for 5 Canadian Screen Awards including outstanding performances for Lead Actor – Nabil Rajo, Supporting Role (Actor) – Jahmil French, and Supporting Role (Actress) Oluniké Adeliyi.

“Making this an authentic immigrant story was really important. It’s about a kid outside the major ethno-cultural majority of Montreal,” Curtis says. “The idea was to lure them in with sexiness, drugs and cars; but at the heart of it is an emotional journey.”

Boost was written and directed by Darren Curtis, and produced by Academy Award winner Bunbury Films in co-production with Havelock Films, and in association with Telefilm Canada. It is distributed by Filmoption International.

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