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Saturday, March 23 - 12:00pm - Homegrown Shorts Program #1

THE RIVETERS


TORONTO PREMIERE

Running Time: 3mins
Genre: Drama
Director: Kate Felix
Writer: Kate Felix
Producer: Sasha Soeterik
Executive Producer: Kate Felix
DOP: Emilie Beauchamps-Majeau
Editor: Laura Bower
Music: Jane Don’t
Cast: Lee Lawson, Jennifer Ninni, Ron VanDerZwagg, Orla Hockmann, Leo Hockmann.  

Synopsis:
Fed up with her ‘lame duck’ status, The Upstart faces down The Patriarch in this short, sassy, 1940’s feminist throw down. Filmed with no budget by an all-female crew in the director’s living room, this film is a testament, in many ways, to the ‘get’er done’ awesomeness of women.

 

 

CLAIRE


TORONTO PREMIERE

Running Time: 8mins
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Spencer Ryerson
Writer: Spencer Ryerson
Producer: Jessica Reis, Spencer Ryerson, Howard Wan
DOP: Howard Wan
Editor: Spencer Ryerson
Music: Alex Purcell
Cast: Claire Gagnon-King, John Marcucci 

Synopsis:
Following a brutal attack, a young woman's seemingly inevitable fate is rudely interrupted by a piece of music she despises.

 

 

TAKE YOUR MARK

 

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Running Time: 12mins
Genre: Drama
Director: Scott Cavalheiro
Writer: Scott Cavalheiro
Producers: Claire Stollery and Scott Cavalheiro
Executive Producer: Claire Stollery
DOP: Adam Madrzyk
Editor: Scott Cavalheiro
Music: Andrew Ascenzo
Cast: Michael Cram and Taras Lavren 

Synopsis:
A heart-wrenching story of a former pro-athlete who comes to realize his pride is more important than his family. 

 

 

 

THE DESOLATION PRIZE


TORONTO PREMIERE

Running Time: 15mins
Genre: Horror
Director: Shane Day
Writer: Shane Day
Producer: Jon Warne
Executive Producer: Marco Bossow, Andy Brown, Ingo Lou, Amy Fox
DOP: Marco Bossow & Jesse Wicklund
Editor: Kody Troy Davidson
Music: Tout Crouche
Cast: MJ Kehler, Byron Mayberry, Amanda Wong, Alan Colodey 

Synopsis:
The Desolation Prize is a throwback horror film to the 60s style hammer horrors, but with a modern edge. Our story centres on a young girl, Bobbi, who after spending the night with a reclusive man returns to work in a vintage clothing store with more than she expected.

 

THIS IS NOT A DRILL


WORLD PREMIERE

Running Time: 6mins
Genre: Dramady
Director: Ravi Steve
Writer: Ravi Steve
Producer: Colin Glazer, Sergio Di Zio, Ravi Steve
DOP: Ravi Steve
Editor: Ravi Steve
Music: Varo Beats
Cast: Sergio Di Zio, Colin Glazer 

Synopsis:
This Is Not a Drill follows two brothers as they search for the best way to euthanize their ailing mother. Dealing with issues of end of life care, medically assisted dying, and sibling rivalry, this genre defying short mixes comedy, drama, and absurdism into a single package.

 

SCREAMING ON THE INSIDE


CANADIAN PREMIERE

Running Time: 8mins
Genre: Drama           
Director: Salar Pashtoonyar
Writer: Salar Pashtoonyar
Producers: Fazila Amiri, March Mercanti, Dordaneh Dadui, Salar Pashtoonyar
DOP: March Mercanti
Editor: Fjordi Spahiu
Cast: Kane Mahon, Noorin Gulamgaus 

Synopsis:
After being secretly recorded while performing online sex acts, a young carpet seller is threatened with footage of his sex tape being made public and sent to his friends and family, unless he pays the price.

 

 

SHUTTLECOCK


TORONTO PREMIERE

Running Time: 17mins
Genre: Comedy
Director: Melanie Jones
Writer: Melanie Jones
Producers: Kristyn Stilling
Associate Producers: Amelia Morris, Rhona Rees
Executive Producers: Paul Armstrong
DOP: Shawn Seifert
Editor: Sarah Cruise
Music: Red Heartbreaker
Cast: Winnie Rhona Rees, Dirk Ed Witzke, Karen Agnes Tong, Button Audrey Smallman, Todd Patrick Lubczyk , Rick Simon Chin 

Synopsis:
Winnie Callaghan puts the bad in Badminton. She should have had it all. The medals, the fame, the glory - but an unfortunate accident took that all away. When her former rival announces a charity game at her local club, Winnie will stop at nothing to prove she’s a winner.

 

I BEAT UP MY RAPIST


CANADIAN PREMIERE

Running Time: 15mins
Genre: Drama
Director: Katrina Saville
Writer: Katrina Saville
Producer: Gurjeet Kaur Bassi
Executive Producer: Katrina Saville
DOP: Robert Scarborough
Editor: Teresa Hannigan
Music: Tim Mann
Cast: Abigail Winter, Keeya King, Gregory Calerdone 

Synopsis:
A short film adaptation directed by Katrina Saville, based on a true story written by Leif LaVen about a young woman who refuses to rely on a system that repeatedly fails sexual assault victims and takes justice into her own hands.

  

WOMAN IN STALL


TORONTO PREMIERE

Running Time: 11mins
Genre: Drama 
Directors: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli
Writer: Josh Boles
Producers: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli
DOP: Adam Crosby
Editor: Curt Lobb
Music: Andrea Boccadoro
Cast: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Ben Kerfoot 

Synopsis:
A woman finds herself trapped in a bathroom stall by a man whose intentions are not entirely clear. Winner of Best Narrative Short at Slamdance 2019

 

SPATSS!


TORONTO PREMIERE

Running Time: 14mins
Genre: Dark Comedy
Director: Régis Loisel
Writer:  Régis Loisel
Producers:  Bruno Rosato, Vito Balenzano, Régis Loisel, Kate Yablunovsky, Mélodie Bibeau
DOP: Pierre Mignot
Editor: Michel Arcand
Music: Jean-Francois Lemieux
Cast: Booder, Rachid Badouri, Bianca Beauchamp, Michael Madsen 

Synopsis:
Absurd madness is the only way to describe the poor, small, and ugly Jacky. From one day to the next everything changes for Jacky when he finds a pair of magical shoes. Suddenly he is overcome with pride, courage, and ego. Never again will he be the poster-boy for losers around the world! 

But the worst is yet to come as the shoes push Jacky into a series of unlikely mishaps.

All screenings Industry Series events
are held at the Scotiabank Theatre
in Toronto at Richmond and John St.