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bRIAN STOCKTON - DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, C0-SCREENWRITER

Brian Stockton is a filmmaker and educator who works in a variety of genres including animation, documentary and drama. He holds an MFA from York University and was a director resident at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre. His recent focus has been on humourous autobiographical films including his acclaimed Saskatchewan Trilogy (2002-2006), and the one-hour documentary My Dinner with Generation X (2010). His latest project is the feature film comedy The Sabbatical (2015). He currently teaches film production at his alma mater, the University of Regina.

WORKS OF NOTE

  • My Dinner With Generation X (2010) A one-hour personal docu-comedy about Canadians born in the early 1960's. Features David Foot, Don McKellar, Mina Shum, Neil Howe and James Whittingham.
  • Whitmore Park (The Epic Story of My Life Part 4) (2008) The most recent short film in Stockton's Epic Story of My Life series.
  • The Man Who Built My Childhood (The Epic Story of My Life Appendix B) (2008) A brief film portrait of renowned Saskatchewan architect Joseph Pettick, designer of numerous Saskatchewan landmarks including the filmmaker's elementary school. Screened at Rotterdam International Architecture Film Festival.
  • The Saskatchewan Trilogy (2003-2006) The first three short films in the Epic Story series. Using home movies, vintage memorabilia, and the straight facts about Saskatchewan, these films create an eccentric portrait of the first several years of the filmmaker's life, and the province that shaped his identity. Awards: Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, Temecula Valley Festival, California. Several Nominations at Canada's Golden Sheaf Awards.
  • The Weight of the World (1994) A science-fiction comedy about a world with inexplicable increases in gravity. Best short at Vancouver International Film Festival. Canada's Golden Sheaf Awards special jury prize. Named one of the ten best Canadian Shorts of the 1990’s by Cinemascope Magazine. Broadcast in Canada, the USA and throughout Europe.
  • The Blob Thing Shorts (1988-2001) Eleven short films in clay animation that feature the eternally depressed Blob Thing.
  • The Final Gift (1990) A collaboration with the filmmaker's grandmother, shot in a single take. Screened at Los Angeles Film Forum as one of the ten best of the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
  • The 24 Store (1990) A low budget feature film exploring the comedic aimlessness of a group of friends born in the 1960's.
  • Wheat Soup (1987) A low budget feature film set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Part of the motion picture negative collection of the National Archives of Canada.

JAMES WHITTINGHAM - LEAD ACTOR, c0-SCREENWRITER

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The comic actor started improvising when he was in Kindergarten by performing puppet shows for neighbourhood kids. He started making films when he was twelve and later performed in comedy video segments for cable access shows in high school. Born in Fort Frances, Ontario, James grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan where he attended university, graduating with a B.F.A. in film production in 1992. His first big role came in Brett Bell's Strike Me Silly, a half hour short about a man who thinks he's the devil escapes a mental asylum and haunts a bowling alley. The film came in second place at the inaugural (and only) John Candy Film Festival held in Ontario in 1996. Brian Stockton was a cinematographer on that project.

James teamed up with Kevin Allardyce for the cult TV series The James and Kevin Show, which aired in Regina, Saskatchewan from 1993 to 1998 and received critical acclaim and numerous awards. The duo later went on to star in vignettes throughout the 1997 season of Just for Laughs on CBC Television. Kevin appears in The Sabbatical as the urologist. They hadn't worked together in 14 years.

After several network TV pilots James briefly pursued podcasting in the 2000s with JamesPod. His temporary foray into video blogging garnered him over 15 million views on his two YouTube channels in the mid-2000s. Director Lowell Dean--a fan of James's cable series--coaxed him back into film acting in the mid-2000s. James was nominated for his supporting role in Dean's horror short Doomed (2006) and went on to appear in the cop spoof Juice Pigs in 2009. He also starred in the web series Gunderson and in the omnibus feature film I Heart Regina in a segment directed by Brian Stockton. Whittingham starred as The Coroner in Lowell Dean's theatrical film debut WolfCop in 2014. 

James lives in Regina, Saskatchewan with his partner and two children.

LAURA ABRAMSEN - LEAD ACTOR

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Born in Ottawa, Ontario she was transported to the small town of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan while in high school where she fell in love with acting at an early age. She attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and then the University of Regina where she graduated with a theatre B.F.A. in May, 2015. Her career took off in university when she starred in the Matt Yim short April Doesn't Hurt Here which screened at the TIFF Top Ten festival. In her third year of school she was cast in the lead role of no less than 3 feature films, the first of which was The Sabbatical. She was 20 years old when cast. Laura went on to star in Robin Dunne's upcoming family comedy A.R.C.H.I.E. with Michael J. Fox and also has a lead role in the CBC Reflections short Sergeant Bill.

DAVE HANSEN - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Dave Hansen has been a feature film director (Shot in the Face), the creator of a hit network children's series (Prank Patrol) and is now making movies as a producer and executive producer. He has recently exec-produced Elvis and Nixon starring Kevin Spacey and Colin Hanks. His other credits include Hellion with Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, Entertainment with Michael Cera, and The Brits are Coming with Uma Thurman. Dave is based in Regina, Canada and has teamed up with fellow Canuck Johnny Mac in their new company Autumn Productions. IMDb page.

 

 

 

PRESTON KANAK - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Based in Saskatchewan, Canada, Preston Kanak is a filmmaker and time-lapse photographer. His portfolio includes broadcast and independent work with a focus on capturing the human condition as well as the environment they live in. Preston has been filming a series of three minute short films focused on creativity, collaboration and contribution. This project has allowed Preston to collaborate with filmmakers from around the world. At the height of the project in 2010, Preston managed to produce a short film every day for the entire year.

ORIGINAL SONG - "In TIME"

LYRICS AND MUSIC BY LISA MARR

Lisa Marr is a Los Angeles-based recording artist known for her work in the Vancouver pseudo-punk band Cub. They played a melodic, jangly form of pop punk that was dubbed "cuddlecore" by some music critics. Their song "New York City" was covered by They Might Be Giants and Neko Case occasionally joined the band on some early recordings. Ms. Marr was also was a part of Buck and The Lisa Marr Experiment. The song It's Time plays during the opening credits of the film and was inspired by the characters and story in the film.

PERFORMED BY LIBRARY VOICES

Library Voice recorded the song at Jason Plumb's Studio One Recording in Regina in early July, 2015. Library Voices are a Canadian indie pop band from who formed in 2008 as a ten-piece group of musician friends, they have released two EPs and two full-length albums. The current band members include Paul Gutheil, Eoin Hickey-Cameron, Mike Dawson, Carl Johnson, Brennan Ross, Amanda Scandrett and Michael Thievin. Their new album comes out LOVISH (Nevado Records) comes out November 6, 2015.

"In Time" will be released as a single and will be available for download at a later date.