Uni – A Five Part Web Series

Posted by admin in Films on May 1st, 2016

Darcy loves nothing more than donning his homemade unicorn costume and fighting alongside his friends in epic live-action roleplaying battles. But when his family grows impatient with his “alternative lifestyle,” they pressure him into joining a bizarre treatment camp that promises to give Darcy everything he needs to finally become a normal guy.


2016 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

Total Run Time:
28 min 10 sec

Darcy Michael, Josh Bertiwistle, Andy Sparacino, Denise Vale, Gary Renshaw, Michael Grant, Nick Taylor, Marc Vandergraaf
Director: Luke Black, Writer: Chris Turtle, Story: Chris Turtle & Luke Black, Producers: Josh Bertwistle, Luke Black, Marc Vandergraaf, Christopher Hutchens & Chris Turtle, Editors: Taylor McConnachie & Chris Bragg, Director of Photography: Dan Santerre

Junkyard Demento

Posted by admin in Other People's Work on June 14th, 2015

If you love genre short films, you seriously have to start following Junkyard Demento.
The curation on this site is second to none – it is constantly updated with really fantastic shorts that you aren’t just going to stumble across on your own.

Seriously, head over to Junkyard Demento and prepare to lose the next few hours digging through some amazing content.

What Doesn’t Kill You to play at Vancouver International Film Festival

Posted by Luke Black in Screenings on September 19th, 2014


What Doesn’t Kill You continues it’s festival run in Vancouver on Oct 2nd (8:30 pm – International Village #9) and Oct 10th (12:00 pm –
Vancity Theatre) at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

The short will be playing as part of the Emergency/Response short film programme – which is pretty much the perfect package for it to inhabit.

Below are a selection of videos from the other short films that will accompany What Doesn’t Kill You in the program to get you ready for VIFF’s Emergency/Response.

Bengal Light – directed by Olivier Godin

Pour Retourner – directed by Scooter Corkle

3rd Page from the Sun – directed by Theodore Ushev

Never Stop Cycling – directed by Colin Lepper

What Doesn’t Kill You premieres at TIFF 2014

Posted by Luke Black in Screenings on September 10th, 2014


Our short film What Doesn’t Kill You premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival to a fantastic reception.
And the reviews have been amazing so far: What Doesn’t Kill You packs a massive punch.” – Film Threat, “An Edge Of Your Seat Short” – ThreeIfBySpace, “an intense horror short that makes you wish it lasted longer” – horror-movies.ca.

The short played as part of SHORT CUTS CANADA PROGRAMME 4 and it was a pleasure to play along side so many amazing films.
Below you can find trailers to all the shorts in our block.

Broken Face – directed by Alain Fournier

Entangled – directed by Tony Elliott

Kajutaijuq: The Spirit That Comes – directed by Scott Brachmayer

TIFF Program Guide (No Trailer Available)
Sahar – directed by Alexander Farah

Tomb with a View – directed by Ryan J. Noth

Life on Juniper

Posted by Luke Black in Films on July 15th, 2014

Following reports of a mysterious crash, an aging farmer encounters a visitor who disrupts his quiet way of life.

2015 Yorkton Film Festival
2015 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival
2015 Austin Film Festival
2015 VORTEX Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival

Run Time:
15:30 min

Cedric Smith, Barbara Gordon, Korina Rothery

Director: Mark Ratzlaff, Writers: Mark Ratzlaff & Kaveh Mohebbi, Producers: Courtenay Bainbridge & Luke Black, Editor: Maureen Grant, Director of Photography: Lindsay George, Production Designer: Erika Lobko, Composers: Joseph MurrayLodewijk Vos

What Doesn’t Kill You

Posted by Luke Black in Films on July 15th, 2014

Three bullied high school seniors get in a horrific car accident and discover they have the ability to reappear completely healed after they die.

What Doesn’t Kill You packs a massive punch.” – Film Threat

“For its entirely unexpected development of a science fiction high concept into something alternately heartbreaking and humorous, the jury gives an honourable mention to Rob Grant’s What Doesn’t Kill You.” – 2014 Toronto International Film Festival short film awards jury

2014 Toronto International Film Festival – Best Short Film, Honourable Mention
2014 Vancouver International Film Festival
2014 SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia
2014 Toronto After Dark Film Festival
2014 Fantastic Planet Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival – Best Short Film Winner
2015 Boston Underground Film Festival
2015 Little Terrors Short Film Event
2015 Calgary Underground Film Festival
2015 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival
2015 Fantasia International Film Festival
2015 Fargo Fantastic Film Festival
2015 Shriekfest
2015 Sitges America Tour
2015 Another Hole in the Head Film Festival

Run Time:
12 min

Connor Jessup, Alex Harrouch, Aidan Greene

Director: Rob Grant, Writers: Rob Grant & Stu Marks, Producers: Peter Harvey & Luke Black, Editor: Victor C.H. Fan, Director of Photography: Greg Biskup, Production Designer: Luke Pryshlak, Composers: Joseph Murray, Lodewijk Vos & Matthew O’Halloran

This Lemon Tastes of Apples by Hiwa K

Posted by Luke Black in Other People's Work on April 16th, 2014

This documentary piece by artist Hiwa K is one of the most compelling and tense works I’ve seen at the 2014 Images Festival. During protests in the Iraqi city of Sulaimany, Hiwa K plays the harmonica theme from Once Upon a Time in the West, accompanied by a guitar, over megaphones as a rallying song for the protesters. He and his team march through the crowds toward the armed militia as they use tear gas and fire into the protesters. It is a truly a remarkable document about a little heard about uprising (that was swiftly put down) in April of 2011.

Mexico by Mike Hoolboom & Steve Sanguedolce

Posted by Luke Black in Other People's Work on December 8th, 2013

On Friday, I dropped in on curated screening called Re-visioning Cultural Encounters presented by the Pleasure Dome programming collective. At the end of the programme was a film from 1992 that I really enjoyed.

Entitled Mexico, the best way I can think of describing it is as a fantastical and quite possibly insane travelogue about a journey through Mexico. It is equal parts funny, hypnotic and fascinating.

A streaming version of the film is available to watch here.

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Stephen Dunn

Posted by Luke Black in Other People's Work on December 2nd, 2013

Christmas came early!
I saw this short film at the University of Regina’s Living Skies Film Festival last year and now it is available online for everyone.

Directed by the talented Stephen Dunn and starring the always fantastic Gordon Pinsent, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me is a beautiful and funny short film about growing up.

Highly recommended viewing!
Check it out below.

For A Limited Time Only – Shorts from TIFF 2013: Part 1

Posted by Luke Black in Other People's Work on September 11th, 2013

I’ve had a chance to see a few of the Canadian shorts packages at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Not only have the short films in those packages have been absolutely top notch but TIFF has also placed some of them on YouTube for a limited time.

Here is a selection of some of the great work being showcased. I’ll (probably) do a follow up after I’ve seen a few more of the shorts packages … but be quick! They won’t be online for long.

Directed by Randall Okita

Directed by Fantavious Fritz

Directed by Luke Higginson and produced by William Woods

Directed by Ryan Flowers

Directed by Yael Staav


Instead of following this post up with a “Part 2”, I just got really sick and all the shorts are now (more or less) offline.
Maybe next year!