Nabil Rajo, Hakeem Nour

Cast

Born in Asmara, Eritrea, Nabil Rajo moved to Toronto shortly after turning 6. His traditional upbringing did not involve the arts, instead Nabil allocated his time to studying and playing competitive basketball. Influenced by his uncle, who was a prominent independent filmmaker in Eritrea, Nabil decided to immerse himself in the world of professional acting by 2012, quickly switching his focus from journalism to filmmaking and acting. His credits include Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, Remedy, and Man Seeking Woman. The role of Hakeem in Boost marks Nabil’s debut as lead in a feature film.

Jahmil French, Anthony 'A-Mac' Macdonald

Born in Toronto, Jahmil discovered acting at Wexford School for the Arts, where he studied in the Musical Theatre, Intensive Dance and Drama Focus programs. He made his television debut in early 2009 as a guest star on Flashpoint, for which he received a Young Artist Award and a Canadian Screen Award nomination. He went on to join the lead cast of Canadian hit series Degrassi: The Next Generation, and currently stars in the A&E dramatic pilot The Infamous. Beyond acting, Jahmil is a hip hop dancer and member of the well known Canadian dance crew The MoonRunners as Funk Master French! Jahmil is also known for his work in spoken word poetry.

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Ramaz 'Ram'

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, born in New Hampshire and a dual citizen of Uganda, received his MFA in Acting from New York University and completed studies at The Moscow Arts Theatre in Russia, The Royal National Theatre in London and The University of Virginia. Ntare is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California (USC). He has also taught at Yale University and has taught theatre and film artists in more than a dozen countries in Africa.

 

His feature film acting credits include the upcoming Queen of Katwe where he plays opposite Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and Boost from Oscar winning producers Kieran Crilly and Frederic Bohbot. His previous feature films include Blood Diamond where he played opposite Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio and the indie feature 40, which Ntare starred in and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

 

His television acting credits include recurring roles on the Steven Soderbergh series The Knick, HBO's series Treme, Amazon's series Bosch, Heroes, The Riches, ER and CSI to name a few.

Fanny Mayette, Madame Tessier

Fanny Mallette has been working nonstop since graduating from the National Theatre School in 1998. She has appeared in many plays including Dom Juan, directed by Martine Beaulne, and Danser à Lughnasa, directed by Ben Barnes. She portrayed Stéphanie in Cheech ou les hommes de Chrysler sont en ville, created for theatre by François Létourneau, and took on that same role in the film version of the play, which earned her a Jutra Award in 2007 for Best Supporting Actress. She returned to the stage more recently in Oreille, tigre et bruit, by Alexis Martin and in Jeux Doubles, by Jacinthe Potvin, presented at the Théâtre du Bic.

 

Fanny has become a recognizable face, acting in more than 15 highly successful productions such as Scoop, Alys, Graffiti, Tag, Ces enfants d’ailleurs, Asbestos, Grande Ourse (for which performance she received the 2006 Gémeaux Award for Best Actress in a dramatic role) and Nos étés. She also has appeared in 19-2, 30 Vies and O’, and she landed the lead role in Patrice Sauvé’s series Vertige. Her latest part in the series Mensonges, earned her a Gémeaux Award for Best Actress in a comedy drama.

Patrick Goyette, Detective Belanger

Patrick Goyette studied at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in 1990. In theater, he has worked with many great directors, including René-Richard Cyr, Claude Poissant, Martine Beaulne and around the world with Robert Lepage Les Sept branches de la Rivière Ota, Guillermo de Andrea with René-Daniel Dubois Being at home with Claude at Espace Go also with Robert Bellefeuille Jouliks, and with  André Melançon La promesse de l’Aube.

 

In film, we have seen him in many feature films: Coyote, Four Days and La cicatrice. We will remember his performance  in the extraordinary film Le Confessionnal and Le Polygraphe by Robert Lepage. He was part of the distribution of Daniel and the Superdogs, film by André Melançon. He was also the leading role in Lost song, Rodrigue Jean’s latest film.

 

In television, he was part of the unforgettable serie Les filles de Caleb, and many other projects including L’Amour avec un grand A, Shehaweh, Les enfants d’ailleurs, Paparazzi, Simone Chartrand, Tag, Mon meilleur ennemi, Toute la vérité and Les Rescapés. He played in Les Hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin, La Promesse, Tactik. More recently he was part of the production in Lance et Compte, 30 vies, O’ and Blue Moon.

Darren Curtis, Director & Writer

Crew

Darren Curtis was born and raised in Montreal, graduating from Communication Studies at Concordia University. Since then, he co-founded the comedy group, Kidnapper Films - writing, directing and producing over 25 short films which have played festivals from all over the world including Austin, Just for Laughs and Fantasia. He moved onto features with the cult comedy hit Who is KK Downey? which he co-directed and co-wrote. The film won the New Visions award at Cinequest and the Audience Award at BUFF as well as screening at over 15 international festivals. Darren also runs a successful commercial photo and video business called Actaeon Photo whose clients include L’Oreal to YSL and Armani. Boost is Darren's first film working within the dramatic/thriller genre as well as his first time directing and writing on his own.

Frederic Bohbot, Producer

Executive Producer of the 2014 Academy Award winning short documentary The Lady in Number 6, Frederic Bohbot founded Bunbury Films in 2002 as an independent producer/director intending only to make one film: Once a Nazi… completed in 2006. With much critical success, there was no turning back and Bohbot expanded Bunbury’s production slate. Since then Frederic has produced fifteen documentaries covering history, art, sports, environment, religion and spirituality for television and theatrical audiences throughout the world. Bohbot’s first feature fiction entitled Boost will be theatrically released across Canada in 2017. For more details visit www.bunburyfilms.com

Kieran Crilly, Producer

Kieran Crilly is the co-producer of 2014 Academy Award winning short documentary The Lady in Number 6. He started producing with over 30 shorts as part of Montreal-based Kidnapper Films. Kieran’s first feature, Who Is KK Downey? won the New Visions award at Cinequest and the Audience Award at BUFF and went on to screen in more than 30 festivals around the world before returning to Canada to earn nominations for Jutra and Genie Awards. Since then Kieran co-produced the romantic comedy Three Night Stand starring Sam Huntington and Emmanuelle Chriqui, music videos for artists such as Cypress Hill and Wolf + Lamb, and commercials for such brands as McDonald’s, Mazda, Ubisoft and Electronic Arts. After founding Havelock Films in 2015, Kieran produced the crime thriller Boost starring Nabil Rajo, Jahmil French, Ntare Mwine, and Fanny Mallette. Boost was financed by Canada’s national funding agency, Telefilm and the Quebec provincial funding agency SODEC. Kieran’s next projects include the 90’s period slasher La Cabane à sucre, teen pothead comedy Flop House, and spy action-comedy Geek & Destroy.

Jared Curtis, Editor

Jared began editing as part of the Montreal comedy collective Kidnapper Films in 2005, cutting over 20 short films and music videos. Jared has also worked in the editorial and VFX departments on notable Canadian features Fubar 2, Goon and Pawn Sacrifice. Jared’s credits as film editor include the independent features Who is KK Downey?, Peepers, and Three Night Stand. Boost is the fourth feature film edited by Jared Curtis and his first venture into the thriller genre.

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