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Press Release — February 18, 2008

Special Guests announced for 2008 Dawson City International Film Festival.
The ninth edition of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival is pleased to announce some of our special guests that will be in attendance at this years festival.

From the nation’s capital, filmmaker LEE GORDON DEMARBRE will be hosting a special screening of his newly completed feature film, THE DEAD SLEEP EASY on Thursday evening. On Friday afternoon Lee will host a master class and show a rough cut of his new documentary, VAMPIRO: A CANADIAN VAMPIRE IN MEXICO, which follows the star of THE DEAD SLEEP EASY on a professional wrestling tour as he battles the demons of his past and present.

Calgary filmmaker, writer and actress KAREN HINES brings her short film MY NAME IS POCHSY: AN INDUSTRIAL FILM to the festival. In addition to screening her award winning film, Karen will be taking part in a Directing Actors in Film workshop. Teaming up with Yukoners LULU KEATING and CELIA MCBRIDE (who will also be screening their new films at the festival), this workshop will be an exciting glimpse into the give, and sometimes take, that occurs between directors and actors as they play out a scene.

From the land down under, last year’s Best of Fest Lodestar Award winners DAN MONCEAUX and EMMA STERLING of Australia will be the KIAC artists in residence during the festival. The will be screening their new SUPERMARKET project which includes footage of their recent North American tour and will possibly include new footage shot in the Yukon.

Stay tuned for announcements on more guests and fun events surrounding the festival!


For more info contact:
Dan Sokolowski


Lee Demarbre

Lee is a “genre” filmmaker. In 1998, his short 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 Pride TV among others.

After completing his 2nd feature film (Harry Knuckles and the Pearl Necklace), Demarbre is now editing a dramatic action feature, The Dead Sleep Easy, (featured on ET Canada) and a documentary entitled Vampiro, A Canadian Vampire in Mexico.

Karen Hines

Karen Hines is an award-winning writer, performer and director in theatre, television and film. She is the author of Hello...Hello (A Romantic Satire) and The Pochsy Plays, both published by Coach House Books. Her plays have been presented internationally and the latter book was finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. Karen has also performed in numerous film and television projects, including three seasons on Ken Finkleman’s Emmy award-winning satire ‘The Newsroom.’ She is currently developing her own satire for television, Li’l Bitch and a feature film, Crazy Like a Girl.

South Australian Dan Monceaux is a freelance artist who at the age of 26 has worked in a broad range of media and is founder of Danimations. He works as a photographer, illustrator, writer, composer and actor. Some of his works explore art that are grounded in reality, and others that explore the formal relationships of sound and moving image. Dan’s script-writing and animation work on ‘Karaoke Nomad Squad’ won Best Animation and Best Original Screenplay in the 2004 South Australian Zoom Awards, produced in partnership with the Adelaide based group, the People’s Republic of Animation. This work was followed by a short animation ‘Coastal Crisis,’ which won him a Special Commendation in the EcoTVC awards.

Emma Sterling is an accomplished artist, photographer, editor and experimental and documentary filmmaker. Emma has exhibited photographic work in thirteen group exhibitions, including short films in numerous exhibitions during SALA Festival in August 2006 and 2007. She has enjoyed working as a part of a team on various short films in different crew roles, as well as autonomously on her solo work.

In the past few years Dan Monceaux and Emma Sterling have been working on a number of experimental audiovisual works. Their 16 minute experimental documentary short ‘A Shift in Perception’, shot entirely on Super8 film is currently completing a successful international film festival and gallery circuit, including screenings in over thirty countries. The film has won awards in Australia, the USA, the UK, France, Mexico and Canada (including four for ‘Best Film’) and has toured the USA with the prestigious Black Maria Film & Video Festival. Supported by the Southern Australian Youth Arts Board and the Southern Australian Film Corporation respectively, Dan and Emma attended the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam last November where ‘A Shift in Perception’ enjoyed its international premiere.


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