Lee Demarbre, Solo Screening
(filmmaker in attendance)
The Dead Sleep Easy, Canada, 90m
The Champ (Thunder Bay’s Ian Hodgkinson, who wrestles
in Mexico as El Vampiro Canadiense), a washed-up wrestler who once made
a fatal mistake and is now stuck working for the mob. When a pollero (human
smuggling) run goes disastrously wrong, The Champ is set on a collision
course with powerful forces on both sides of the border as he seeks justice
for a group of migrants — and redemption for himself.
Lee is a “genre” filmmaker. In 1998, his short
film trailer/martial arts movie spoof Harry Knuckles garnered
attention and led to longer form versions featuring the Harry Knuckles
character. This led to a debut full-length feature film, Jesus Christ
Vampire Hunter which featured many of the actors from the earlier
films. His films have screened at numerous international festivals, garnering
several awards, including the Spirit of Slamdance Award and have had television
broadcasts with IFC, Scream and PrideTV among others.
Lee received his film & video training through local
cable access and the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa where
he made numerous short films ranging in forms from documentary, experimental
and comedies, before jumping into feature length production. Through his
Ottawa based production company, Odessa
Filmworks, Lee has produced an accomplished body of work and has developed
a loyal, cult-like audience for his work.
Friday, 1-5 pm @ SOVA (3rd and Queen)
Master Class with Lee Demarbre.
Lee will show an unfinished preview of his new documentary Vampiro:
Angel, Devil, Hero. Using his own experiences and examples from his
films, Lee will review how he approaches the various phases of production,
from pre-production to the shoot to distributing and marketing his films.
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