Uni – A Five Part Web Series

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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

Life on Juniper

Posted by Luke Black

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

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

Beef Barley Brothers

Posted by Luke Black

Steve, a self-involved 9-to-5-er, attempts an act of charity by taking a homeless man to lunch. However, when his fantasy of charity doesn’t match the reality, the dynamics between the two unlikely “friends” begins to shift.

2012 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival
2012 Boomtown Film & Music Festival
2012 Sunscreen Film Festival
2012 Snake Alley Festival of Film
2012 Weyauwega International Film Festival
2012 Ionian International Digital Film Festival
2013 Jaipur International Film Festival

Runtime: 10:16

Cast: Jayson Therrien, Josh Bertwistle, Deborah Scullion, Mitch Barany

Director: Luke Black, Writer: Chris Turtle, Producers: Christopher Hutchens, Marc Vandergraaf & Luke Black, Associate Producer: Matt Watterworth, Director of Photography: Jamie Wensley, Editor: Don Gyryluk, Key Grip: Vasco Jesus Maria, Assistant Directors: James Reckseidler & Christopher Hutchens, Location Sound: Alex Mitchell, Sound Editor: Graydon Johnston, Costume Designer: Tara Charran, Makeup Artist: Laurena Pollock, Graphic Design: Jeremy Pollock

Song – “I Wish You All The Happiness” – Written and performed by Calvin Becker – calvinbecker.com


Posted by Luke Black

A short film based on CGY by Dragon Fli Empire


2010 Sled Island Film
2010 Calgary International Film Festival
2011 8 Fest Small-Gauge Film Festival
2011 $100 Film Festival
2011 Slamberta

Runtime: 3:03

Cast: Brendan Hunter

Director: Luke Black, CGY Designs: Daniel J Kirk, Body Art: Bobby Vanonen, Production Assistance: James Reckseidler & Melanie Wilmink, Music: Dragon Fli Empire


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On a night out, a man must decide how far he will go to help a friend in need.

2009 Calgary Super 8 Filmmakers Challenge
2009 Central Alberta Film Experience
2009 Low & No Budget FilmVideoFestival
2010 Show Us Your Shorts Film Festival
2010 Sled Island Film

Runtime: 6:55

Cast: Mitch Barany, Brendan Hunter, Latonia Hartery, Adam Sterling, Jim Fellows

Writer/Director: Luke Black, Producers: Marc Vandergraaf & Luke Black, Director of Photography: Dan Dumouchel, Editor: Don Gyryluk, Key Grip: Vasco Jesus Maria, Sound/Grip: Christopher Hutchens & James Reckseidler, Make Up/Wardrobe: Melanie Richard, Casting: BJ Hunter, Set Photographer: Derek Bisbing, Music: Wired 4 Sound


I Was Born In Romania

Posted by Luke Black

A documentary about Joseph Maris and his escape from communist Romania. A mix of video and animation.

Created for:

Runtime: 6:06

Featuring: Joseph Maris, David Maris

Director: Luke Black, Producers: Luke Black and David Maris, Animations: Melanie Wilmink, Director of Photography: Dan Dumouchel, Grip: Maggie Boulware, Production Assistants: Chauntelle Maris & Christina Lal, Music: James Reckseidler

Brain, Heart, Super8

Posted by Luke Black

The TRUE adventures of unending emotional conflict. A 1950’s science film goes awry when a human heart is attacked by it’s only natural enemy, the brain.

Brain, Heart, Super8… is a pithy and laugh-inducing depiction of the battle between age-old arch enemies the heart and mind” – Roberta McDonald, Fast Forward Weekly

2008 $100 Film Festival
2008 Central Alberta Film Experience

Runtime:  2:30

Writer/Director: Luke Black, Assistant Director: Jay Coleman, Music: Mike Fijal & Lucas Gilbertson