Laughter and tears are guaranteed in this coming of age story about a family in the age of the boomerang generation.
After the family dog, Lola, goes to Doggie Heaven, Beth and Dave are officially empty nesters. Footloose and fancy free, they decide to go on a last-minute getaway to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Things take a sudden turn when their adult kids - with partners and kids in tow - arrive on their doorstep for a surprise visit.
In one house.
For a whole weekend.
What could possibly go wrong?
The family gathers to scatter the family dog Lola's ashes.
Father Dave Riske (David Huband) hides with his wife when they see the kids coming.
The family watches as Curtis arrives - and makes out with - Natasha on the front lawn.
Julian Riske (Jesse Anderson) can't believe his mother has changed his childhood superman sheets.
Beth (Christina Collins) and Dave (David Huband) sit alone after the kids have left the dinner table - and all the dishes.
Emma (Jenny Taylor) sees something she didn't want to see.
Mother Beth (Christina Collins) comforts Emma (Jenny Taylor) as she cries.
Miles (Michael MacAdam) is a little too interested in his sister-in-law, Natasha (Paula Carreno).
Abbey (Deanna Little) and her partner Kate (Brittany Johnson) have a favour to ask of their parents...
Some father-son bonding as Curtis (Cuyler Foster) and Dave (David Huband) go fishing.
Jesse has always loved to entertain, whether on stage or screen. He graduated from Humber's Acting for Film & Television program in 2013 and was thrilled to be part of After Lola, his first feature film.
"Working on After Lola was a lot of fun and it helped me grow as an actor. John Burgeois was an amazing director and I loved working with the entire cast and crew."
Paula began her Performing Arts career at the age of 5 as a dancer and singer in her native country, Colombia, where she later attended the Charlotte Acting Academy. She graduated from the Acting for Film and TV program at Humber College in Toronto, where she now resides. She is a well-rounded performer with a thirst for challenge and a profound passion for the entertainment world.
Find her online at her website paulacarreno.workbooklive.com, on Instagram at thepaulacarreno, and on Twitter at @paula321zumba.
Christina Collins has been acting in film, television, and theatre for over 37 years. Christina is currently appearing in several film festivals across Canada in the hit short film, The Cat Sitter and recently finished a principal role in the feature God and Country. Christina was a recurring cast member on the series I was a Sixth Grade Alien, and can be seen in many Canadian tv series such as Degrassi, Second Generation and The Rick Mercer Show. Christina teaches in Humber's Acting for Film & Television Program and sits on the Mississauga Arts council.
Being part of a wonderfully quirky passion project like After Lola was an exceptional opportunity to grow as a student and as an actor. Watching the crew and cast work together to tell this charming story gave me a glimpse into the magic that is filmmaking. The beauty of family is an incredibly powerful and heart-warming subject, one that, hopefully, many people can relate to.
Find Cuyler on Twitter at Cuylerf and on Instagram at Cuyfoster.
David Huband was a member of The Second City Mainstage Company as well as the comedy troupe "Illustrated Men". David can currently be seen on The Rick Mercer Report where he has a semi-regular role. Television credits include Republic of Doyle and Little Mosque on the Prairie. David has also appeared in a number of feature films including Police Academy 3, Tommy Boy, and the thriller Dream House, with Daniel Craig. David can be seen in the web series Getting Down on funnyordie.com, which he also wrote.
Natalie Jantzi is a Toronto-based actress and model. From a young age she loved acting and knew she wanted a career in the Arts. Natalie moved from Ottawa to Toronto to study her craft and pursue her career and has since graduated from both Humber College’s Acting for Film and TV program and Sheridan College's Performing Arts Preparation program.
Find Natalie on instagram at instagram.com/nataliejantzi.
Brittany Johnson is a multi-faceted actor and writer. Since graduating from Humber's Acting for Film & Television program, Brittany has gone on to work on CBC's Murdoch Mysteries, The CW's Reign, NBC's Man seeking Woman, and Hallmark Channel's The Good Witch. Brittany is currently in the post-production phase of her film-writing debut Expiry Date and is also working on the web series IRL - In Real Life. Find Brittany on her website www.brittanyjohnson.org or on Facebook at OfficialBrittanyJohnson.
Deanna Little graduated from Humber College's Acting for Film and Television program in 2013. After Lola was her first feature film and she is currently working on her second independent film, to be released next year.
"Working on After Lola was incredible. My character, Abbey, and I share the organizational gene. Being able to draw on that part of myself to connect with her was great to play with. We're both a little neurotic!"
Michael MacAdam is a multi-faceted Mimico-born artist whose performing arts background includes theater, music, dance, photography, filmmaking & screen/play-writing. A leading role at the age of ten lead him to pursue acting and apply for the drama program at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, where he was introduced to acting agencies and later added music & writing to his portfolio. Michael's constant creative energy propels him to write plays, films & albums each year.
Jenny Taylor is an actress from Toronto. She was drawn to her character, Emma Riske, because of how much she was able to relate to her in real life, and the bravery and strength she exhibits throughout her story. When she’s not acting, Jenny loves to travel, write, and hang out with her three dogs or the cats at the Toronto Humane Society, where she volunteers.
Find Jenny online at jennytaylor.workbooklive.com.