Big Picture: Filmmaker Jason Bourque on cloud nine after release of …

A week after Jason Bourque’s spirits soared as high as the unmanned aircraft featured in Drone, his new movie that just made its U.S. debut, he is finally starting to feel Earthbound again.

Calling from Las Vegas, where he is on vacation after spending four months in Qatar shooting episodes of Medinah, an Arabic-English sci-fi series, the Victoria-raised filmmaker said his giddiness was justified.

“It’s been surreal,” said Bourque, whose slick, provocative thriller was the No. 1 indie feature on iTunes for a time last weekend. It also shared space on big-city movie marquees with Baywatch and Alien: Covenant.

“Aliens, bikinis and us,” noted Screen Media Films in a Twitter post featuring a photograph of Drone’s prominent position on the marquee at New York’s Village East City Cinemas.

Bourque, 44, was also elated that the first review of his Telefilm-funded movie was from the New York Times, which called it “a modest, proficient thriller.”


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