November 28, 2016
The Little Deputy is now free online worldwide: It was a big deal to me when Roger Ebert reviewed my film The High Level Bridge as part of the Sundance Shorts program (“better, minute for minute, than most of the features at your multiplex”), so it feels like an extra-special privilege that The Little Deputy should come to the end of its long and dusty road with this feature on rogerebert.com
October 25, 2016
The Gimme Some Truth Documentary Festival presents “Fantastic Realities - The Documentary Films of Trevor Anderson” in Winnipeg on Friday, November 4, 2016, at 9 p.m.
Curator Alex Rogalski writes:
“Through a decade of short films and his band The Wet Secrets, Trevor Anderson has become an artistic ambassador for his hometown of Edmonton (self-proclaimed City of Champions. Or Dirt City. You decide.) His multi-faceted hybrid documentary work connects gay identity to specific geographies eschewing queer video tropes for tongue-in-cheek monologues and cinematic references. Throughout this program, Trevor’s mellifluous narration lures viewers into personal narratives fusing memories of youth with some of Edmonton’s most iconic structures (West Edmonton Mall, High Level Bridge, Fort Edmonton). Considering Trevor’s success in screening his work at the world’s most prestigious festivals (Sundance, Berlinale, Hot Docs, TIFF, SXSW to name but a few), it’s all the more impressive that he has continued to hone his craft and voice in the short film form, with his longest work being only 25 minutes. With humour and an irreverence for documentary form he accomplishes what short films do best, taking creative risks and steering clear of the expectations that feature films behold. Aesthetically, each of these works fits precisely with the content it delivers, whether it be recorded on a cell phone, blending animation, musical numbers, or high production values of a western genre. Truth and memory form the basis of documentary evidence, yet both prove unreliable under scrutiny. Rather than attempt to reinforce their fragile nature with an austere tone, Anderson joyfully bends them to his creative needs, exposing the possibilities of documentary form set free from contrived conventions.”
April 26, 2016
Pleasure Dome presents the first Canadian retrospective of my short films on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto, to be followed by a dance party? Maybe? If people feel like it? The event is co-sponsored by Inside Out. 8pm, tix $8 at the door.
For more details, visit the Pleasure Dome event page.
The next night, May 4, The Wet Secrets play Mod Club with Royal Canoe.
February 15, 2016
“I Can Swing a Hammer” is a song about gettin’ shit done, so we made the video in that spirit. Sharp-shooter Jared Raab and I shot guerrilla-style on location at Golden West Music Fest, a grassroots bacchanalia mounted by a clatch of handy wizards on our pal Bowman’s farm – he’s the Viking with the long blond hair shaking his stuff in front of the unlit bonfire at the start of the video. Lead singer Lyle Bell built that hat hut with an actual hammer – the song is also about the virtuous futility of labor, so we got a lot of joy outta burning it to the ground.
Director: Trevor Anderson; Cinematographer: Jared Raab; Editor: Mathieu Martel Colorist: Charles Boileau, Post-Moderne; Shot on location at Golden West Music Fest, Ardmore, Alberta, July 31 - August 2, 2015
Video release date: February 11, 2016
“I Can Swing a Hammer” is the lead single off The Wet Secrets’ EP I Can Live Forever, released worldwide on Six Shooter Records, January 8, 2016.
December 22, 2015
We could not be more thrilled to announce that The Little Deputy has won Best Personal Film in the coveted Winnipeg Airport Awards of 2015.
The jury, consisting solely of filmmaker Matthew Rankin, chose eleven short films to honour this year. Here is the full text of their announcement:
Pour le Jour le plus court, voici mes propres Palmarès pour les meilleurs court-métrages de l’année selon mes propres intérêts comme cinéaste-spectateur. Winnipeg Airport Awards 2015!!!
1.) Endless fascination 1: THE PRIDE OF STRATHMOOR (Einar Baldvin, Iceland-USA)
2.) Endless fascination 2: THE TOWER (Salomé Lamas, Portugal)
3.) Endless fascination 3: THE MASTER (Riho Unt, Estonia)
3.) Magnificent Subversion Award: JEAN-MARC VALLÉE (Annie St-Pierre, Québec)
4.) Best Personal Film: THE LITTLE DEPUTY (Trevor Anderson, Alberta)
5.) Best Celluloid Film: QUIET ZONE (Karl Lemieux & David Bryant, Québec)
6.) Best Making Of: BRING ME THE HEAD OF TIM HORTON (Evan M Johnson & Galen Johnson, Winnipeg)
7.) Best Utopian Film: THE GOLDEN CALF (Nina Paley, USA)
8.) Finest Achievement in Fun Formalism: SONAMBULO (Theo Ushev, Québec)
9.) Special Jury Prize for Ecstatic Hallucination: PALM ROT (Ryan Gillis, USA)
10.) Finest Achievement in Nordic Abstraction: Ex Aequo END OF SUMMER (Jóhann Jóhannsson, Iceland) & ISLE OF SEALS (Edmunds Jansons, Latvia)
December 15, 2015
We are patriotically proud to announce that The Little Deputy will tour the nation twice, first in Telefilm Canada’s short film celebration The Shortest Day on the winter solstice, then again in the new year in TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.
The Shortest Day screenings take place December 18 - 21, 2015 in various cities across Canada.
October 30, 2015
The American Film Institute’s AFI FEST means a lot to me. They plucked me out of Edmonton and plunked me on a Hollywood red carpet when they showed my short film Rock Pockets in 2007 - a mind-boggling experience that I made into my next short, Carpet Diem (2008). I’m super excited to announce that The Little Deputy will screen at the upcoming 2015 AFI FEST, Nov 5 - 12, in glamorous ol’ Hollywood, U.S.A.
February 3, 2015
Our new short film The Little Deputy, written and directed by Trevor Anderson and produced by Blake McWilliam, had its festival premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 22 - Feb. 1, 2015, in Park City, Utah.
Here are six photo galleries of our adventures, by Fish Griwkowsky.
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