Straight Shooter

Straight Shooters is a production company run by award winning director Gail Harvey and award winning actress/writer Katie Boland based in Toronto and Los Angeles. They create, develop and produce television series, webseries, feature films and documentaries for Canadian and world audiences. They are focused on telling unique and innovative stories that study the human condition.

 

Katie Boland, chosen by Elle Canada as one of the three Canadians to watch, has over 75 starring roles so far shows no sign of slowing down, splitting her time between Toronto and Brooklyn.

Boland was recently picked as one of Playback’s 10 To Watch, with the leading industry magazine saying, “Katie Boland has already emerged as a successful and multi-dimensional talent.With acting credits piling up and her digital projects getting deals, Boland is poised for success, whatever the medium.”

The Toronto Film Scene conducted it’s first Annual Readers Poll and Boland was voted Best Emerging Actress. The publication said, “The multi-talented Katie Boland is truly a film treasure. She writes wonderful, honest scripts, directs fearlessly, and she brings a depth to every role that is, quite frankly, astonishing…. If there is any one single actress to watch over the next few years, it’s her. She’s going to change the face of Canadian film, and it seems she’s going to do it very quickly.”

Boland at the Venice Film Festival

Boland at the Venice Film Festival

Boland was previously chosen as one of the inaugural 2011 Toronto International Film Festival’s “Rising Stars“, a new initiative designed to discover the next generation of made-in-Canada international talent. The programme showcased Katie as one of four actors who have proven themselves ready to expand their film careers beyond Canada to the world.

According to the Rising Star’s jury, “Katie Boland has raw potential coupled with a determination and pure acting talent that will awe us and give her longevity as one of our brightest Rising Stars.” Telefilm also recently chose Boland and nine other women in film to receive the Birks Diamond Women in Film TIFF 2015 award.

Boland has four feature films to be released this year. Indiewire called Boland “the exact mid-point between Emma Stone and Carey Mulligan."

Boland in Long Story, Short

Boland in Long Story, Short

Also a writer/creator, Long Story, Short a web-series Boland created and wrote based on her collection of personal essays was released on Hulu. For her work in the series, Boland won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance in a Digital Series.

TvGuide called it “Girls meets Toronto…one of the most entertaining and raw web series of this current summer.” Critic Rob Salem said, “Of all her current accomplishments, I think that the new web series is perhaps the most significant. Very much like Dunham’s Girls, Katie’s Long Story, Short revolves around the shared career angst and disastrous love lives of young 20-something girlfriends finding their way in an adult world.”

Credits as a producer include the short film Boxing which premiered at TIFF ’15 and was a Sundance Short Film Select, Megan Park’s directorial debut Lucy in My Eyes which won Best Short at and premiered at the 2016 Austin Film Festival, and the documentary Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire, which premiered to rave reviews at the Raindance Film Festival in London, England.


Boland's previous credits include, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Atom Egoyan's Adoration, Daydream Nation and HBO Canada's Terminal City. She has been nominated for four Young Artist Awards and two Leo Awards.

Boland's collection of short stories, "Eat Your Heart Out".

Boland's collection of short stories, "Eat Your Heart Out".

Also an author, Boland's literary debut, a collection of short stories, Eat Your Heart Out was released across Canada by publishers Brindle & Glass, who publish only one collection of short stories annually. Her stories are about the haunted and heartbroken, dreamers, losers and love lost souls. It was chosen by the Globe and Mail as one of three hot summer reads with the review reading as follows:

“Actress-turned-writer Katie Boland is a notable new voice in Canadian fiction. Eat Your Heart Out is a vibrant collection, populated by well-drawn characters who are broken but bursting with life. Largely, it’s a book of chance encounters and reunions that tackles the ways people need, help and hurt each other, intentionally and unintentionally. Reminiscent of Hemingway’s sharp minimalism, paired with Kerouac’s verve, Eat Your Heart Out tackles being alive in the here and now, with sterling writing and stellar voices. Boland is a bold new old-soul in CanLit.”

She is currently in post production on a new web series, We’re Adults Now, that she co-created with Megan Park.

This year, Boland was the youngest person chosen by Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly to be on a panel of cultural experts who are helping to steer a sweeping review of Canada’s cultural policies. She was also awarded a bravoFact grant and directed the short film Lolz-Ita, that she wrote and starred in. She has four feature films to be released in the coming year.