The Little Deputy to debut at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

December 9, 2014

Sundance Institute announced today the inclusion of Trevor Anderson’s short film The Little Deputy at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Little Deputy is written and directed by Trevor Anderson, and produced by Blake McWilliam.

The Little Deputy is a nine-minute short film about Trevor’s quest to have his photo taken with his father. His journey takes him from 1980s West Edmonton Mall to 1880s Fort Edmonton. Part documentary and part Western, it was shot entirely on location in Edmonton.

“The film is built around a photo of me and my dad that hung in our family home while I was growing up,” says Anderson. “I used to look at that photo and think, ‘One day I’ll figure out how to tell the story behind that picture.’ I sure never thought it would take me all the way to the Sundance Film Festival.”

This is Anderson’s second trip to the prestigious festival. He attended in 2011 with his short film The High Level Bridge. After the festival, that film toured the USA as part of a program that film critic Roger Ebert declared “better, minute for minute, than most of the features at your multiplex.”

Edmonton audiences will have a chance to get a sneak peak at this new film before it heads off to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Little Deputy Western Variety Show will take place on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7pm at the Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre (8712 – 109 St.)

In addition to a special screening of The Little Deputy, Anderson will introduce and screen three award-winning short films from the recent international film festival circuit. “These are films I’ve fallen in love with over the past few years,” says Anderson, “and I’m thrilled the filmmakers are letting me show their work on the big screen in Edmonton. Cattle Call by Matthew Rankin and Mike Maryniuk; Pioneer by David Lowery; and I Am John Wayne by Christina Choe.”

Capital City Burlesque will also perform, and there will be live ragtime piano duets by Night Terror and Meat. An after-party will continue at the Empress Ale House (9912 – 82 Ave.) featuring the band OK Corral. Tickets to The Little Deputy Western Variety Show are $12 and can be purchased at the door or in advance through Metro Cinema.

The Little Deputy was produced with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund, Edmonton Arts Council, TELUS, and the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA). All of Anderson’s previous films stream free at

For the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, 60 short films were selected from 8,061 submissions.

Read the full Sundance Film Festival announcement here.


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