Thousand Yard Stare

Thousand Yard Stare

This Saturday, a feature film that is very near and dear to my heart, “Thousand Yard Stare”, will premiere at the Edmonton International Film Festival. I filmed this movie in Edmonton and Drumheller before I moved to Toronto, and to this date it is probably one of my favourite roles I’ve ever played. In this film, I play Barbara Rothach, the wife of a soldier struggling with (undiagnosed of course) post-traumatic stress disorder after fighting in World War 2 (full synopsis and teaser trailer below). It was such a special role to play not only because of the material involved, but the emotional depth of the character I got to explore. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a very real issue suffered by many all over the world who have fought for their countries, and it doesn’t stop there. As this film explores, it affects not only them, but their friends, families, and loved ones as well.


Thousand Yard Stare will be screening at 2:00pm, at Landmark Cinemas in Edmonton City Centre. You can buy your tickets online here 




Thousand Yard Stare

Director: Aaron Kurmey | 91-mins. | Canada | 2017 | Drama/War

During World War II, after suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of the Germans during the Battle of Kasserine Pass, an American soldier, Roland Rothach, finds himself lost and alone in the deserts of North Africa, where he’s soon captured and taken prisoner by a pair of German pilots. After the war, Roland returns home where he finds reintegrating with family life increasingly difficult as he suffers from flashbacks and hallucinations brought on by post-traumatic stress disorder. When his wife, Barbara, leaves with their son, Roland is left alone to face, and attempt to overcome, the pain and misery of the memories he’s tried so hard to bury. Returning home after fighting in Africa during World War II, a soldier with PTSD finds reintegrating with family life increasingly difficult as he relives the battle of Kasserine Pass.


Watch the Teaser Trailer: 



Unfortunately, being that I’m in Toronto now I haven’t actually had the opportunity to see the full film myself. It kind of breaks my heart a wee bit. I’ve seen some scenes, and all of it blew me away.. so if you’re in Edmonton this weekend and looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon, please go check out our film and support Edmonton filmmakers… I would love for you to tell me all about it <3






  1. Simonetta Lein
    October 6, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    I love movies about history periods and human stories. I find it fascinating that you blog about it. I will watch this movie

  2. October 6, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    Such a fascinating film and congratulations on having such an amazing role. It sounds challenging and as if you must of worked so hard and learned so much. I can’t even imagine having such an experience. I hope I get to see the film soon. It truly sounds wonderful!

  3. October 7, 2017 / 10:17 am

    OH MY!! This is so cool! Congrats on your leading role, it is truely amazing. I like how this movie touches on PTSD as I feel people really do not realise that it is a real thing sometimes. The trailer looks amazing, wish I could watch the film someday!


  4. October 7, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Oh my gosh! I had to do a double take. I first saw your name on your blog then on the movie poster and was like 😮😮😮😮!!! I love films like this because my boyfriend was in the military and still suffers today. People never really know what someone is going through. Excellent !! And congrats !!!

  5. October 8, 2017 / 1:12 am

    I have never known someone who has actually starred in a major role in a movie. I am beyond happy for you girl! This is such an accomplishment and I’m sure the feature film will be amazing!

  6. October 8, 2017 / 3:14 am

    The trailer of this films looks amazing! Congrats on such an amazing role! Your hard work and effort to create such an amazing film on such a great topic really shows!

  7. October 8, 2017 / 4:48 am

    Oh wow that is incredible my darling. I am really curious to see that movie now. The cover looks really captivating and the role you play… wow … a strong woman. But I didn’t expect anything less than that from you.
    Best wishes

  8. Valeria
    October 8, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Kirsten congrats! How do I get to see you acting in this movie? Will it be launched on Netflix or where I can watch it online? I’m so excited for you! Love, Valeria

  9. October 9, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Hello my friend! First off, Congrats! I’m so happy for you! I love what I have seen in the trailer above and can not wait to one day get the chance to watch it and see you shine. Thank you for inspiring an artist like me to keep going and reaching their goals and dreams, like you.
    Love, Dom

  10. Sweet as Fiction
    October 12, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    I totally want to watch this! The role of Barbara is perfect from you based on the trailer. AH Let me know when it’s out on DVD and we should have a movie night. 🙂

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