A couple confront their uncertainty and fears about being together … while on a designer psychedelic drug.

Creative team

Writer/director: Aris Athanasopoulos
Producers: Tamara Almeida, Kevin Walker, Michael Lazarovitch, Aris Athanasopoulos

Filmmaker’s statement

Growing up, it was easier for me to put other peoples’ feelings before my own. That was my constitution. Or perhaps a mechanism that helped me survive bullying at school and the tribulations of my suburban Toronto upbringing.

Presenting the ‘nice guy’ front was a non-confrontational way to get through early life and curb conflict before it could start.

This created a problem. By my early twenties, I had an inability to express myself in the face of any conflict. It wasn’t a viable way to live. Life is, after all, about living it … not just getting through it.

When I set out to write and direct my first film, I asked the question: what if there was a pill to help my 20-year-old self overcome his non-confrontational nature so he could fully express himself? That’s how this short was born.

A.O.K is an offbeat countercultural romantic comedy that raises questions about love and security, and the lengths human beings will go to to have and hold onto both.

About Aris Athanasopoulos

Aris Athanasopoulos

Aris is an actor, producer and filmmaker based in Toronto. He founded Goodnight Porter Pictures in 2015.

He began his professional acting career working in the theatre, developing new plays and landing roles in independent and large-scale theatre productions. Aris was nominated for best actor (My Theatre World) for his role in New Jerusalem with the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company.

He’s acted in a number of critically acclaimed film and television productions including FX’s The Strain, ABC’s Rookie Blue and CTV’s Saving Hope.

A.O.K is Aris’s directorial debut and had its world premiere at the Canadian Film Fest in March 2017. Parkdale is his second short film (co-written with Kevin Walker) and is due to hit the festival circuit next year.

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