Renowned Canadian Model/Actress Takes Featured Role in Upcoming True Medical Drama

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian model and actress Mona Ironside has attached to play a featured role in the upcoming independent drama "It's Dark Here."

From Adam Coplan, co-producer of "The Express" who will now make his directorial debut, the film follows the tragic true story of Jason Tennies, a 20-year old college student and musician, who experienced a schizophrenic break and took his own life.

The film is scheduled for a 2013 release and is slated for the independent festival circuit.

Bubba Lewis (Flags of Our Fathers, 17 Again, To Save a Life) plays Tennies. Primetime Emmy nominated Illeana Douglas (Six Feet Under) plays Jason's mother, Linda, and William Mapother (Mission: Impossible II) plays Jason's father, David.

Ironside will play a nurse who the Tennies encounter at a hospital where they fight desperately to get medical care for their son, who was unable to receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

"Being part of such an important story is a great opportunity for me," Ironside said. "This is such a great cast and crew. Because this is a passion project for Adam, I anticipate a great feeling of camaraderie within the production. I believe this will really lend itself to expanding my dramatic acting skills."

Assistant director Tyler Stratton said, "Mona is extremely professional and brings an element to the table that is very unique. Her acting abilities are very natural and her character portrayal will be important to the story. She is a gifted and talented actress. I'm looking forward to "It's Dark Here" and hope to work with her again in the future."

A talented and driven child who began working in the entertainment industry as a model and actress when she was 8, Ironside has since been the leading advertising face of Eaton's, Sears and Club Monaco, garnering feature spots on The Shopping Channel. She attended the prestigious Ryerson University in Toronto for film studies and production.

The real David and Linda Tennies are serving as executive producers for "It's Dark Here." Information about their foundation is available here:

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