I made this short film with an old, silent, hand-cranked Bell and Howell 16 mm camera, while I was studying film at Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto. We were instructed to make a film that was no longer than 3 minutes – the length of the 16 mm film we were using (we were only allowed one reel of film). So it was a challenge!
Along with ‘Shine and Rise’, it won an Award of Merit. It’s been in several film festivals, most notably the Fica – International Festival of Environmental Film and Video in Goais, Brazil. My film and I were invited there for a week – all expenses paid! It was a highlight of my life. Hope you enjoy the film, and more to come in the future.
Watch out – what you throw away may come back to haunt you! Truth or absurdity – you decide!
This award-winning film has played at festivals around the world. It was inspired by the silent era and horror films from the 40’s and 50’s – particularly Ed Wood.
It was also inspired by the real-life events leading up to the Adams Mine waste-disposal controversy, in which the city of Toronto (absurdly) considered dumping its garbage into an abandoned mine that had become a man-made lake.
This film is based on a true story …