Furball

Runtime: 6 mins 18 sec
Director:  Jason Rogerson

When self-centred feline, Furball, faces losing his owner’s attention, he takes matters into his own paws and learns that, while relationships may change, the love remains, no matter what the species.

Director Statement

With Furball, I wanted to create a quirky short that explores the many ways in which we connect (or struggle to). Whether we’re yearning for a relationship, possessive of one, or lucky enough to be in a healthy one, it seems we all share one thing – a fear of the unknown. Furball is about taking risks, letting go of our fears and egos, and discovering something better than we could have ever imagined, no matter what our species.

DIRECTOR – Jason Rogerson

A graduate of York University’s Film and Video program, Jason’s first short, Picking Lucy’s Brain, premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival and played to four sold-out City Cinema screenings in Charlottetown. For seven seasons, Jason was the producer and a head writer for Sketch-22, a PEI sketch comedy troupe for whom he produced over 80 short videos, many of which he directed and edited. He also produced the group’s sci-fi comedy web series, Bunkerdown, writing, directing, and editing five episodes. The inaugural winner of CBC PEI’s 3-2-1 Award, his short film, Lucky 7, premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival and has been broadcast on CBC television.

Jason produced and edited Harmony Wagner’s short films, VAST, and Queen of the Crows, the latter of which screened as part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short On Talent program at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2015, Jason produced, co-wrote, and edited his first feature length film, Kooperman, that was a recipient of Telefilm Canada’s Micro-Budget Production Program (currently Talent To Watch). The film premiered at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival. In 2016, he produced and edited his second feature film, Singing To Myself, recipient of WIFT Atlantic’s 1K Wave award. The film also premiered at FIN.

Winner of the L.M. Montgomery PEI Writing for Children Award for his short story, Thalia, Jason was granted one of PEI’s inaugural Film 4Ward awards for his short film, Furball. He currently has several films in development, including Boxcar Dan and the Vagabond Strangers, which was awarded the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp – Pitch For Your Life award in 2018.