22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

Live Script Reading: Now, I Am A Bear

Canada, 2023: 94 minutes
Archives 2023
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Sat, Apr 29 1:00 PM Buy


Join a cast of actors for a live script reading of the absurdist comedy NOW, I AM A BEAR. The feature is a bittersweet exploration of nostalgia, regret, and the drive we all feel to get back to nature, whether nature likes it or not.

This is a FREE event, open to the public, and a great opportunity to experience a film in the early stages of development. There will be a Q&A following the reading and the production team are open to script feedback.

Set in a near-future where disaffected people are abandoning society to live as cosplay animals in the wild (yes, you read that right), NOW, I AM A BEAR tells the story of one broken man who decides to leave his problems behind and become a bear; struggling for survival, searching for peace, and running from a truth he can’t ever escape.

Writer & Director: Jason Filiatrault
Producer: Amy Darling

Ryan Northcott 
Colette Nwachi
Siobhan Cooney
Evan Wilson
Sarah Adams
Chelsea Restall
Austin Arnaldo
Wil Knoll
Charles Andrew Payne

NOW, I AM A BEAR will mark the feature directorial debut of Calgary screenwriter Jason Filiatrault. The script was developed as part of the 2021 TIFF Writers’ Studio. Jason’s past credits include the award-winning feature ENTANGLEMENT (CIFF 2017), the cult Netflix series THE ORDER and short films THREE IN A BED and THREE IN A CAR (CUFF 2014 & 2015).

Producer Amy Darling is currently in production on a six-part original series for Freeform/Hulu. Her past features have been awarded a FIPRESCI Prize, chosen as the closing night film for Critics’ Week at Venice, and been selected for TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten list.


94 minutes


Jason Filiatrault

Amy Darling

Jason Filiatrault