Director Biography – Mike Gallant (TERRA BEACH)

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Director Mike Gallant grew up in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, and moved to Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 17 to attend film school. In 2015, he took a crew of his friends and colleagues to Cancun, Mexico, where he shot his first feature “The Duchess of Cancun.” After making his mark as a professional editor and videographer and writing/directing many award-winning shorts, this film is his directorial debut. Mike has now become a full-time feature film editor in Canada, working on projects like “Clash”, “I’ll Take Your Dead” which stars Aidan Devin (Suicide Squad), “Don’t Click”, “Still The Water”, “The Oak Room” which stars RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), “Purple Don’t Cry”, and the HBO Max film, “Vicious Fun” which stars David Koechner (Anchorman). His main goal is to direct/write a feature film for a major production company.

Director Statement

I chose to make this film, “Terra Beach”, because my wife of Mexican decent endured incredible hardships at a young age to find a better life in both the U.S. and Canada. One of the main characters, “Dominica”, has similar experiences when she and her sister are attacked in a hate crime on a space station in 2069. Mitch, the main character and a stranger to Dominica, witnesses the hate crime and offers to help track down Dominica’s attackers. Fortunately, my wife has not been the subject of such abuse, but knows things like this do happen to people around her. My relationship with my wife heavily informs the bond created between Mitch and Dominica. I also worked hard to keep “Terra Beach” both a-political and morally murky – hoping the results are stronger for it. Noel G (Training Day, The Fast and The Furious) brought an incredible nuance to his performance and beautifully portrayed a good father who wants to do a bad thing. This was a labour of love and the most rewarding project I have ever been a part of.

Director Biography – Stimson Snead (SPIRIT: A MARTIAN STORY)

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Award-winning director, illustrator, and ten-year veteran of the indie scene. With multiple stage musicals, short stories and comic strips also to his name.

Some describe him as an open-minded team leader who lends his signature style to projects with grace and good humor while still respecting the ethos that informs the source material. Although others have described him as a ticking time bomb of insanity and social anxiety, ready to go screaming off the deep end at any-

Director Statement

The story of SPIRIT and OPPORTUNITY is an extraordinarily inspirational one. It resonates on a gut level to all of us working in and following the science and space community. That this effect is so often lost on the laymen is a fact we’ve resigned ourselves to.

But the online comic XKCD: SPIRIT by Randall Monroe, succeeded in driving home just how meaningful this story was. Becoming an instant internet meme shared by young and old alike.

It has been a pleasure of the filmmakers to translate that comic to film in order to share the inspiration of SPIRIT: A Martian Story, with the world!

-Stimson Snead

Director Biography – Lenore Thomas Douglas (WEEP NOT)

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A Boston University Alumn, Lenore Thomas Douglas worked at the Today Show for Matt Lauer & Al Roker. ‘Weep Not’ marks her directorial film debut loosely based on the 2018 Two Time NAACP nominated one woman theater show, ‘Journey this’,’ which she also directed.

Other writing credits; Xbox produced short film, ‘Miracle of Phil’ which premiered at Comic Con. She recently acted opposite Wes Bentley in the Terrance Malik produced film, ‘After The Fall’.

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Director Statement

 

This film is a love letter to family and owning your truth.

Short Film: OKAY, 3min., USA, Drama

 

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  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 21, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director Biography – Piotr Sulkowski (PLAY)

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Graduate of the Film School in Lodz, Poland – MA Filmmaking degree (2016). The Film School in Łódź is one of the top rated film schools in Europe, and a leading Polish academy for training actors, directors, photographers, camera operators, and television production professionals. Also, a graduate of the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Warsaw.

Scholarship recipient of the “Young Poland” Program (2015) – the grant awarded by the Polish National Center for Culture and offered to young artists having already accomplished outstanding achievements in Arts. Winner of honorable awards, including Wiesław Nowacki Prize for the most promising young filmmaker (2015), and the award of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (MKiDN), granted to art students with outstanding achievements.

Winner of many awards at national and international festivals for films: Play, Miruna, The Conversation, and The Detail.
“…tales of love and death. These classical themes are treated with the graveness of an adult and yet with the curiosity of a child. His somewhat disturbing films bear witness of a quest for Truth – dark as it may be.
In his probing of the human soul and its profound reasons, the scenery or the setting reflects the characters’ state of mind, while the refined framing, depth of field, juxtaposition of images and camera movements suggest a parallel reality, close to the realm of dreams…” M. Berthelius – film critic

Director Statement

“Play” is an attempt to rebound the mechanism in the thought of the unconscious. The infinite changes that process a trauma or tragedy until what happened becomes acceptable. For this reason, I wanted to exaggerate suffering, to the point of absurdity. Afterall, isn’t this how we experience our fears in dreams? And to what extent, are our dreams borrowed from pop culture messages? In my film, paradise is nothing more than finding yourself in an advertisement for Pepsi… leaving it up to the viewer to decide if the proposed finale is a happy ending or, perhaps… a horror story.

Short Film: PLAY, 13min., Poland, Drama

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A man consumed by guilt because he did not dare to defend his mother, plays the role of a murderer and forces his ten-year-old self to face his original trauma…

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