POND Short Film – Audience FEEDBACK from Action/Crime/Thriller 2017 Festival

POND, 6min, Canada, Action/Crime
Directed by Tochi Osuji

In this martial arts drama set in 1800 Upper Canada, two slaves jeopardize their escape to baptize themselves.

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Director BIO: Tochi Osuji

Short Film played at the September 2017 Action / Crime / Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

Director Biography

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Tochi Osuji was born in Toronto, Canada in 1984. The son of African immigrants, Tochi grew up between Canada, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. He has also travelled to several countries in Europe and Asia, which gave him an early fascination with religion and culture. Eventually, he settled in Toronto to attend Ryerson University, where he majored in Radio & Television Arts. “Pond” is Tochi’s debut film.

Director Statement

The idea for Pond came to me while on a recent trip to Nigeria. I felt constantly bombarded with religion in a country that needs to focus on tangible solutions rather than waste time and resources on such institutions. I wanted to make a film to support nonbelievers especially my Black and Latino people. We are among the hardest hit by religion, which makes our journeys especially challenging.

Ultimately, I have a lot of love for believers. They are my family, friends, etc. I think beliefs shouldn’t distract us from resolving essential problems.

Get to know the short film: POND, 6min, Canada, Action/Crime

Short Film played at the September 2017 Action / Crime / Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

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In this martial arts drama set in 1800 Upper Canada, two slaves jeopardize their escape to baptize themselves.

Project Links
  • Tochi Osuji
    Director
  • Tochi Osuji
    Writer
  • Tochi Osuji
    Producer
  • Craig Henry
    Key Cast
  • Dale Samms
    Key Cast
  • Jeffrey Aarles
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    action, period, fantasy
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 18, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    ARRI Amira
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

ACTION Film Festival – Thursday February 23, 2017

The ACTION Film Festival is back for 2017.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 7pm to 9:10pm.
Tickets for 2017 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.

All proceeds to this month’s festival will be donated to festival cinema costs (suggestion $8 and up), which helps the monthly event:


OR, if you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us atfestivalevent@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

FIRST ACT PROGRAM


MIDNIGHT SIGNS, 4min, Italy, Thriller/Animation
Directed by Marino Guarnieri

In a small room overlooking the Bay of Naples, a young designer, suspended in time and in the night, faces the eternal struggle of the artist who tries to tame its instruments in order to use them as an extension of himself to express their imagination.

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THE TRAITOR, 5min, Czech Republic, Action/Thriller
Directed by Oldrich Antos

A young mafia member called the Turkish has a secret relationship with Lenka, an informant of this criminal group. The Turkish and Lenka plan to escape abroad. Their escape plans are accelerated by the information that Lenka became uncomfortable for the boss and he and his men are on their way to her apartment to kill her.

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MARAUDER, 13min, Canada, Action/Fantasy
Directed by Brendon Rathbone

After the Marauder’s Motorcycle is Stolen, they go on a search to hunt down the bandits that stole it.

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TRUE COPY, 11min, Russia, Thriller/Sci-Fi
Directed by Olga Belova

Igor’s uncontrolled transformations into other people force him to turn to the only person able to stop this…

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SECOND ACT PROGRAM


LAST BASE, 15min, Norway, Action/Thriller
Directed by Aslak Danbolt

Joachim is retiring from base-jumping to become a father for the first time, but first he goes on one last adventure with his best-friend Oyvind. When a storm approaches their friendship is put to the test; Oyvind want’s to turn back, but Joachim will apparently stop at nothing to pull off his very last jump.

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APPRAISAL, 8min, UK, Thriller
Directed by James Peaty

A corporate hitman returns home for his long overdue company appraisal…but the question soon arises: who’s appraising who?

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WEEKEND OF HEROES, 15min, Italy, Action/Crime
Directed by Francesco Bovino

Once a month, a bunch of dirty cops has a guys’ Weekend in an isolated manor in the countryside. Usually they divide their monthly loot, they play cards and they drink too much. But this time there is a betrayer among them.

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Tickets for 2017 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.

All proceeds to this month’s festival will be donated to festival cinema costs (suggestion $8 and up), which helps the monthly event:

Read the best of 2016 ACTION/ADVENTURE Feature Film Loglines

Submit your Action/Adventure Story to the Festival Today: http://actionadventurefestival.com

CLICK the links and read the best of ACTION/ADVENTURE Feature Film Loglines for 2016.

NOW, THEN, AND FOREVER, by Jerry Kokich

CHARMED PRINCE OF GODS, by Jarod Winchester

NECROMANCER, by Christopher Sorensen

A GIRL WITH A MASTERMIND, by Priya Mistry

KING OF ROCK, by Anthony Morris

MID-LIFE CRISIS, by Chris Schnitzius and Frank Floyd

MARLOWE, by Mark McQuown

KIDNEY PUNCH, by Lily Skinner

LICENSE TO STEAL, by Marco Santiago

PAEDOCRACY, by Keith Piner

THE GOLDEN NIGHTINGALE, by Hammoudi Abdelouahab

PORT SUDAN, by Jack Sherry

ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES, by Jerry Kokich

KILLER, by Joanna Middleton

THE AGE OF RESURRECTION, by T.R. Dass

BHUNDU, by Tawanda Mudowenyu

DREXLER, by Carlton L. Winston

BLUE COVE DAY, by John Robert Jolley

HER DAGUERREOTYPE, by Jim Starr

IN 10 DAYS, by Kevin Goodson

JUSTICE LEAGUE MARTIAN WARRIOR, by Tosin Omotayo

IN SOME WAY, by Sean Christian

OMINOUS, by Kyle Stuck

FAIR DEALING, by Pinakee Sher

PURE BLOOD, by Tosin Omotayo

FIEND, by Andrew Samuelsen

SOCCERROCK, by Kris Klassen

PRIVATE DUDDELS, by Thobias Dhaeyere

FREEDOM FORT, by Clint Williams

HIT YOUR MARK, by Breanna Barton-Shaw

THE DRAGON NEVER DIES, by Farzin Youabian

OUT FLYING PAST MY BEDTIME, by Linda Falcao

UNDERCOVER GRANDPA, by Shannon Dunn

HEROES AND VILLAINS, by Anna Stinnett

ABSOLUTELY SMASHING, by Laz Rojas

CLASSIFIED, by Michael Stover

SURVIVING DESTINY, by Doris Lee

THE WANDERING TRAIN, by Parth Joshi

Short Film: QUPID, 10min, Australia, Action/Romance. Playing at Best of Action/Crime Film Festival

Playing at the FEEDBACK Film Festival. Thur. April 28th. Get your FREE Tickets today

QUPID, 10min, Australia, Action/Romance
Directed by JE Flood

Kidnapped victim Roo must escape a wannabe Cupid before she is injected with an untested love syrum.

Director’s Statement:

Human beings are sexual beings and when we repress this side of ourselves there are destructive consequences. But QUPID isn’t a literal exploration of the issue. It functions as a fable, a warning against the detrimental impact of sexual repression.

Quentin (Paul Wilson) represents heteronormative society attempting to control and direct sexuality as a sy- ringe wielding Cupid. His antithesis is Roo (Sally Dulson), the story’s hero, a woman who does not allow society to deny her sexuality, nor her sexuality de ne her.

The backdrop for Quentin’s kidnappings is rural Australia, a setting heavy with ideas of tradition and somehow xed within our national psyche, despite the majority of Australians living in urban areas.

Although Australia is considered progressive on LGBTQI issues, correctional centres still operate in the country. these institutions provide “reparative therapy” for those who are supposedly suffering unwanted same-sex attraction. it is this delusion, equating homosexuality to a curable ailment, which first sparked the idea for a short film.

The consequences of Quentin’s attempt to control and direct sexuality is worn by Dominic. He is no longer a man, just an embodiment of his sex and sexuality. He exists solely to dominate Roo, without an identity. He is a warning against the detrimental impact of sexual repression.

Action Film Festival – April 28th

The FEEDBACK Film Festival will showcase the best of Action Short Films from around the world on Thursday April 28th, 7pm, at the Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto.

Here is the lineup of films: 

KARATE GIRL BRAWL, 10min, Canada, Action/Thriller
Directed by Andy Hourahine

The film follows Charli Hackmann, an 18-year-old girl with a talent for finding the fight. Her violent past has helped her realize that the only enemies of worth are her inner demons, personified in this short as the BOSS. Her outer toughness means nothing to Charli, her true character is who she is in the dark and that is yet to be galvanized.

FANTASY FOOTBALL: A NERD’S TALE, 2min, USA, Action/Comedy
Directed by Joe Wesley

Two nerds have the time of their life fighting for gridiron glory against a horde of orcs, barbarians, and ogres.

ACROPHOBIA, 3min, Switzerland, Action/Documentary
Directed by Philippe Woodtli

Acrophobia is about a BASE jumper that is afraid of heights. He has to overcome his deepest fear before every single jump.

QUIPID, 10min, Australia, Action/Romance
Directed by JE Flood

Kidnapped victim Roo must escape a wannabe Cupid before she is injected with an untested love syrum.