After weeks of intensive planning, the six teams that make up Crazy8s 2013 are almost ready to go to camera. Production begins on Friday, February 8th – at which time the clock starts running for eight frenzied days of shooting, posting and finishing.
This year’s Crazy8s films run the gamut from film noir to sci fi, from kicking ass comedy to pulling-at-your-heartstrings drama. In “Under the Bridge of Fear,” director Mackenzie Gray will be invoking a sultry vibe in his homage to the great film noir thrillers of the 1940s and 50s; while Matt Leaf will be creating a dystopian near future in his dark science fiction short, “Braindamage.” Comedies include “Manstruation,” directed by Ryan Haneman, a film that imagines a time when men have periods; “STEWING,” directed by Sean Tyson, a dark comedy revenge action movie about finally getting over your ex; and “When I Saw You,” by director Jane Hancock, a playful riff on the “Missed Connections” ads we all can’t help reading. Gravitas will be brought to the mix by Nimisha Murkerji’s “In the Deep” (formerly “Happy Homecoming”), a moving story of a terminally ill young woman trying to reconnect with her father.
Each team receives a production support package worth tens of thousands of dollars, plus $1,000 cash and other valuable support – everything you need to complete a film in just eight crazy days. The support package includes an HD Camera, sound recording equipment, a lighting and grip package, full production insurance, free location permits, on-line editing and a professional sound mix. Huge thanks are due to our wonderful sponsors and supporters for making it all possible.
Matt Leaf (Director/Writer) and Victoria Angell (Producer)
Featuring: Matthew MacCaull, Kam Brar, Jessie Fraser, Stephanie Johannesen, Ryan Hoben, Simon Chin
In a dystopian near-future where controversy rages over the legitimacy of using memory-extraction technology on victims of violent crime, the race is on to decipher Phillip’s final memories. A science fiction short with a dark sarcastic edge, “Braindamage” imagines a future where our minds are no longer our own.
“In the Deep” (formerly “Happy Homecoming”)
Nimisha Mukerji (Director/Writer); Orsy Szabó (Writer); Haydn Wazelle and Anand Raghavan (Producers)
Featuring: Orsy Szabo, Allan Harmon, Lane Edwards, June B. Wilde
Jodi’s mother passed away from cancer five years ago, and since then, her father has pretty well stopped living as well. Arriving unannounced on his doorstep one day, and with shattering news of her own to share, Jodi is determined they both make the most of the time left to them.
Ryan Haneman (Director/Writer); Christopher Lee (Writer); and Derek Green (Producer)
Featuring: Christopher Lee, Devan Vancise, Shaine Jones, Ross McKeachie, Kirsty Provan, Kirsten Slenning
A quirk of evolution has caused men to begin having periods, and Peter cannot believe his misfortune. While trying to devise the perfect male hygiene product, he must simultaneously deal with unsympathetic doctors, a heartless girlfriend and overly emotional buddies. An unapologetic role-reversal comedy.
Sean Tyson (Director) and Patrick Currie (Writer/Producer)
Featuring: Patrick Carr, Patrick Currie and Cole Matthews
Danny’s over Jake, but that doesn’t mean that Jake’s over Danny. Six months after their breakup, Jake finally gets the call he’s been waiting for – Danny needs him to come over. But when Jake discovers all his ex really needs is a dog-sitter, mayhem ensues. A dark comedy revenge action movie about kicking ass, letting go and moving on.
“Under the Bridge of Fear”
Mackenzie Gray (Director/Writer), Ryan Catherwood and Simona Atias (Producers)
Featuring: David Lewis, Johannah Newmarch, Kendra Anderson, Brent Fidler, Erin Boyes, Susan Piercey Dalton, Teagan Vincze, Abby DeForest and Lara Rova
In this homage to the great film noir thrillers of the 1940s and 50s, hard-boiled private eye Hamilton Drake is hired to chase down the rat who’s blackmailing rich dame Georgia Thurlow and her sultry movie star companion, Carrall Cordova. But in this sapphic underworld, nothing is ever black and white.
“When I Saw You”
Jane Hancock (Director/Writer); Nicholas Carella and Michelle Ouellet (Producers)
Featuring: Clayton Chitty, Paula Giroday, Brie Lunn, Ed Ruttle, Al Miro, Amitai Marmorstein, Nicola Anderson, Jenn Maclean-Angus, Gaalen Engen, Steven Roberts, Dianne Doan, Adam Boys, Jamie Smail, Kristine Cofsky and Meaghan Hewitt-McDonald
A playful riff on the value of human connection, “When I Saw You” gives voice to the “Missed Connections” ads written by people who wish they were brave enough to speak up and take chances. In a world of missed opportunities, mixed signals and the fear of appearing vulnerable, will anyone be bold enough to start the conversation?
The final films will be shown at a Gala Screening at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts (777 Homer St) on Saturday February 23rd at 7:00 pm, followed by an Afterparty at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The party will be spread over three floors of the VAG, and will encompass live jazz and roving performers, a chance to check out the new Art Spiegelman exhibit and dancing into the wee hours on the rooftop patio. Tickets are $30 advance and $35.00 at the door. More info and tickets available on our website at www.crazy8s.cc