Gearshift Films was founded in 2009 by award-winning filmmakers Jordan Barker and Borga Dorter. The Toronto-based company’s goal is to produce films and television projects with a universal appeal and high entertainment value across a wide spectrum of genres. Gearshift Films is currently in post-production on LOST AND FOUND, a family adventure starring Jason Patric, as well as THE WAITING ROOM written and directed by Igor Drljaca. Gearshift’s 2014 feature TORMENT, starring Katharine Isabelle and Robin Dunne, saw an incredibly successful release in the USA and is currently being distributed by Vertical Entertainment and Phase 4 Films. HOME SWEET HOME was Gearshift’s first feature; a Canada/France co-venture helmed by acclaimed French genre director David Morley (Mutants), which was acquired by Screen Media Ventures for North American distribution.
Other features in final stages of financing include STRANDED, written by Christopher Borrelli (The Vatican Tapes) with a story by Chris Morgan (The Fast and The Furious series), ALL THE RAGE, a feature adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s short story HAIRBALL, the vampire action comedy DEAD HIPSTERS, the horror films 6:45, and ALIVE and the romantic comedy HOW TO GO TO A WEDDING ALONE (currently in development with Telefilm). On the television front, the company’s slate includes the sci-fi action series ANOMALIES with Damian Kindler (Stargate SG-1, Sanctuary) attached as executive producer, futuristic actions series NEXTWORLD, the half hour comedy series THE CHRONICLES OF SARNIA, and THE Y, written by Morgan Waters and Brooks Grey (THE AMAZING GAYL PILE) . Gearshift Films is also in development on its first documentary feature AWAY FROM HOME, an experimental photographic essay on the lives of Iranian queers who escape their homeland and become refugees in search of a happier life in Canada.
Gearshift is a young and dynamic company poised to become one of Canada’s leading production entities in film and television.
Jordan Barker – Director & Producer
A native of Toronto, Jordan Barker studied film production at York University and graduated from Sheridan College’s world-renowned digital animation program. He made his feature film debut as director in the award-winning My Brother’s Keeper starring Shawn and Aaron Ashmore, which was released theatrically in Canada through Lionsgate Films. His other directing credits include Sony Pictures International’s The Marsh starring Academy Award winner Forrest Whitaker and Gabrielle Anwar, and the thriller Duress starring Martin Donovan and Ariel Winter (ABC’s Modern Family), which opened to rave reviews at North America’s leading genre film festival Fantastic Fest in 2009. That same year, Jordan launched Gearshift Films with his producing partner Borga Dorter. Under the Gearshift banner Jordan produced the Canada/France co-venture Home Sweet Home and produced & directed the horror film Torment starring Katharine Isabelle and Robin Dunne which premiered at the 2013 Screamfest in Los Angeles. Jordan is also owner of Gearshift Inc, a marketing & branding company which has produced hundreds of commercials for select North American and international clients.
Borga Dorter – Producer
Borga Dorter is an award-winning filmmaker with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. His numerous accomplishments include a Best Short Film award at Sedona, a silver medal at the Page International Screenwriting Awards and a short-subject Emmy in Children’s Programming. Borga is also a graduate of the Transatlantic Partners Co-Production Workshop, an initiative of the Atlantic Film Festival (Canada) and Erich Pommer Institut (Germany). In 2011, he was invited as the only Canadian producer to participate in the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs’ (EAVE) Film Finance Forum in Luxembourg. In 2009 Borga launched Gearshift Films with his business partner and feature film director Jordan Barker. Borga’s feature credits include the France/Canada co-venture Home Sweet Home directed by David Morley and Torment directed by Jordan Barker. His latest project 3+1 Apartment for Sale was presented at the prestigious Cinelink Co-production Market of the 2013 Sarajevo Film Festival.