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'HELLO DESTROYER' IS THE DEBUT FEATURE FROM KEVAN FUNK. IT HAD ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT TIFF 2016


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'HELLO DESTROYER' IS THE DEBUT FEATURE FROM KEVAN FUNK. IT HAD ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT TIFF 2016


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UPCOMING SCREENINGS


 

Cobourg, ON - The Loft

April 21

 

Kindersley, Sask - Sunset Theatre

April 22

 

Thunder Bay, ON - Northwest Film Fest

April 23

 

Brandon, MB - Evans Theatre

April 28-30

 

Timmins, ON - Imagine Cinemas

May 15

 

Seattle International Film Festival

May 20 & 21

 

Forest, ON - Kiwanis Kineto Theatre

May 25

UPCOMING SCREENINGS


 

Cobourg, ON - The Loft

April 21

 

Kindersley, Sask - Sunset Theatre

April 22

 

Thunder Bay, ON - Northwest Film Fest

April 23

 

Brandon, MB - Evans Theatre

April 28-30

 

Timmins, ON - Imagine Cinemas

May 15

 

Seattle International Film Festival

May 20 & 21

 

Forest, ON - Kiwanis Kineto Theatre

May 25

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The Story


A young junior hockey player's life is shattered by an in-game act of violence. In an instant his life is abruptly turned upside down; torn from the fraternity of the team and the coinciding position of prominence, he is cast as a pariah and ostracized from the community. As he struggles with the repercussions of the event, desperate to find a means of reconciliation and a sense of identity, his personal journey ends up illuminating troubling systemic issues around violence.

The Story


A young junior hockey player's life is shattered by an in-game act of violence. In an instant his life is abruptly turned upside down; torn from the fraternity of the team and the coinciding position of prominence, he is cast as a pariah and ostracized from the community. As he struggles with the repercussions of the event, desperate to find a means of reconciliation and a sense of identity, his personal journey ends up illuminating troubling systemic issues around violence.

 

A STATEMENT FROM WRITER & DIRECTOR KEVAN FUNK

 

 

"LIKE THE VAST MAJORITY OF MY SHORT FILM WORK THAT I HAVE MADE LEADING UP TO THIS, THE FILM IS INTENDED TO BE ENGAGED IN SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CRITICISM."

To that point, the idea of this being a hockey film is in fact a red herring. I want to take advantage of that expectation by subverting the genre, one that is notoriously provincial and fallaciously superficial, and make a film that can speak to any audience in a resonate, provocative and engaging way.

While this film certainly has a conscious awareness of contemporary events in which it has a very clear and literal connection to those, my ambition is to have the film speak to the issue of violence and the systemic power dynamics of a cultural apparatus that cultivates an environment in which these types of incidents occur (not just within sport but in a broader cultural context).

I am much more interested in examining societal responsibility and culpability as opposed to the personal. That is not to say that I feel that personal responsibility should in anyway be underestimated or undermined, but I feel that it is much easier to come to a conclusive consensus on issues of personal responsibility as opposed to societal ones. As well, arriving at a conclusion on personal accountability often seems so profoundly incomplete and hollow because we are so deeply molded by the environment in which we exist.

I feel that this is especially true when looking at the issue of violence. Violence most often seems to be something that is passed down, and while the perpetrators of those acts are directly and undeniably responsible for their actions, there is a larger piece of the puzzle that often remains unaccounted for. 

The culture of violence is maintained and sustained by passive societal approval in the form of indifference and ignorance, on a general level and among people in positions of power. 

Systemic issues such as these are commonly hierarchical, something that this film is interested in examining, as well as the circular cycle in which these sorts of enabling attitudes and behaviors are predicated upon.

I have always been driven, first and foremost, by stories that engage me on a profound level. And it is always my goal to make work that exists not as a passive experience for an audience but as something that activates them. I believe that, along with entertaining an audience, films can have a genuine sense of agency, something that can be translated directly to the viewer through their experience of watching the film.

Some may see that as simply an optimistic ideal of what cinema can be but it is something I pursue and strive for, in earnest, each time out. And it is certainly what I intend to achieve with Hello Destroyer.

 

 
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Gallery


Gallery


 
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The Cast


The Cast


JARED ABRAHAMSON
AS TYSON BURR

Jared was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba. After a stint working in the mines and competing as a pro mixed martial arts fighter, he decided to pursue acting and moved to Vancouver to attend Vancouver Film School. Shortly after graduating, he went on to book the ABC pilot The Manzinis opposite Kirstie Alley and Rhea Pearlman, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days with Bella Thorne and a recurring role on the hit series Awkward. Recently Jared wrapped filming Hello Destroyer, Gun, Veracruz, Never Steady, Never Still and Hollow in the Land with Diana Agron and a recurring role on AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead. He will next be seen in the feature film Detour opposite Tye Sheridan. Jared Currently resides in Vancouver, BC and once beat Hulk Hogan in an arm wrestling match.

KURT MAX RUNTE
AS COACH DALE MILBURY

Kurt Max Runte has had the good fortune of being involved with numerous independent films over the past twenty years, including Kevan's short films Bison, Yellowhead, and Destroyer. Some other notable credits include Shoes Off! (Short) (canal & award winner, '99 Cannes Festival) and Red Deer (Feature) Best Canadian First Feature Film, TIFF '00. Guest starring and supporting credits include: Motive, Timeless, Rush, Supernatural, Signed sealed and Delivered, and Fringe, among others. 

JOE DION BUFFALO
AS ERIC

Joe Dion Buffalo was born in Edmonton, Alberta but was raised in Maskwacis 'Hobbema', AB. He has been a sponsored skateboarder for thirty years and was a  born traveler since a very young. Joe has also lived in Ottawa for five years and put ten years of his life in Montreal. He went to residential school and learned at a young age that quality of life is worth living for. Hello Destroyer is Joe's acting debut, following in the footsteps of his first nations grandfather, Joe Buffalo. 

 

PAUL McGILLION
AS RON BURR

Born in Paisley, Scotland, Paul McGillion is a multi-award-winning actor with over a hundred film and television credits to his name. While pursuing his acting career, Paul obtained two degrees (BA and BEd) and was a member of the National Champion Brock Badgers varsity wrestling team. Feature film credits include J.J. Abram’s “Star Trek”, Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland”, and Walter Hill’s “(Re)assignment”. Select tv credits include Fox’s “24”, ABC/Freeform’s “Once Upon A Time”, AMC’s award-winning drama “The Killing”, BRAVO’s romantic comedy “Gilfriend’s Guide to Divorce”, the cult classic “The X-Files”, and the sci-fi hit series “Stargate Atlantis”, where he portrayed the loveable Scottish physician Dr. Carson Beckett for five seasons. Paul resides in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and two children. 

IAN TRACEY
AS COACH AARON WELLER

Ian Tracey is an award winning actor, with 40 years in the business. As an actor, Ian is best known for his work in CBC’s crime drama, Da Vinci’s Inquest – a role which earned him a nomination for a Gemini Award. With over one hundred credits in both film and television combined, he’s worked with some of Hollywood’s best, and he himself has earned a reputation as one of the industry’s most sought after actors. His work in Milgaard earned him a Leo Award as well as a Gemini Award, and he won Leo Awards for his work in Continuum, and Rupert’s LandHe’s also a director and member of the DGC, directing episodes of both Da Vinci’s Inquest, and Intelligence.

BEN COTTON
AS BILL DAVIS

Cotton studied theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and has appeared in over 100 productions ranging from short films to television series to miniseries, independent films, big-budget action flicks and, whenever possible, a turn on the stage. Most recently Ben has completed a series regular role on National Geographic’s Mars produced by Ron Howard. He has also had recurring roles in various television series, including The 100 and The Killing. Additionally, Cotton has appeared in numerous highly credited shows, such as Supernatural, iZombieContinuum and Motive.

 

SARA CANNING
AS WENDY DAVIS

Sara Canning graduated from the Vancouver Film School and has performed in theatre, television and film across Canada and the US. Select television credits include Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Republic of Doyle, Hell on Wheels and Remedy, a series for which she won UBCP and Leo Awards. Recent film work includes acclaimed festival hit Eadweard and CBC’s On the Farm, which focuses on marginalized women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Sara will next be seen in A Series of Unfortunate Events for Netflix, and 2017’s blockbuster, War for the Planet of the Apes.

MAXWELL HAYNES
AS CODY MACKENZIE

With dual citizenship as both a Canadian and U.S. citizen, Maxwell Haynes started acting professionally at the age of 17. While immersed in developing his craft at the acclaimed Railtown Actors Studio, Max booked his first role on Netflix Series The Killing. Numerous credits followed on Major Network shows, before Maxwell's breakout role...a stunning performance as "Gordon" in the indie film Grand Unified Theory which premiered at the2016 Beijing International Film Festival. Currently, Max is shooting two projects simultaneously...a recurring role on the Netflix Original Series Project Mc2, as well as the Film Incursion, playing opposite Sean Bean and Mary McCormack. 

SHANE LEYDON
AS KELLEN HARPER

Since Shane’s days of playing hockey were over, he has been fascinated with all aspects of hockey culture in Canada and of small towns as well. When he read for Hello Destroyer, he knew that he had to contribute in some way, so he worked to book the role of Kellen Harper. Since Hello Destroyer, Shane has appeared on DC’s: Legends of Tomorrow and hasn’t stopped working on various films since.  When not acting or writing, Shane spends his time advocating for people coming out of the criminal justice system through the John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland.

 

R.J. FETHERSTONHAUGH
AS JUSTIN ABRAHAM

RJ was born and raised in Victoria, BC. Growing up in the outdoors, his childhood was spent focused on athletics. In his senior year of high school he focused his attention to boxing, and trained heavily for 3 years. It wasn’t until his 20th birthday that he decided he wanted to become an actor. In 2013 RJ graduated from film school, and has since gone on to work on television series such as The CW’s Supernatural, FOX’s Wayward Pines, and the new Freeform series, Dead of Summer. You can catch RJ in the upcoming feature film Hello Destroyer.

 

DARREN MANN
AS BRENDAN SCHULTZ

Inspired by his actress/director mother, Darren Mann started acting in Vancouver at the age of 8. He quickly landed roles on stage and in film however it was another passion that made Darren take a hiatus from acting–Hockey. From playing as a 4 year old, Darren quickly climbed the ranks, becoming a junior level star, before turning professional and being signed to the CHL. Eventually injuries would force him to retire which would lead him to return to acting in CW’s The Tomorrow People and The 100. He will next be seen recurring in the award winning series Wayward Pines for FOX.

PHIL PRAJOUX
AS DEREK EATON

Philip Prajoux is a graduate of Vancouver Film School and a Banff, AB native. He has since continued his training in both Vancouver and London, UK. Best known for his roles in the shorts Saint Pierre, and Prenup Butter, Philip can also be seen in the movie Rise of the Krays. When he is not acting, Philip can be found working at a delightful piano bar in Fort Langley BC, gardening with his wife, or keeping fit at the gym.

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Storytellers


Storytellers


KEVAN FUNK
WRITER, DIRECTOR

Kevan Funk is an award winning filmmaker, who's work has screened and won awards at various prestigious festivals around the world. His debut short, A Fine Young Man, premiered at TIFF and won the Grand Jury Prix at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Kevan's short films Yellowhead and Bison both premiered at TIFF, the former being awarded a Special Jury Prize, and both were named to Canada's Top Ten in their respective years. Kevan's short Destroyer, created through the TIFF Talent Lab, was runner-up for the RBC Emerging Filmmaker Award. He also recognized as a highly regarded music video director, his video for BRAIDS' Miniskirt was shortlisted for this years Prism Prize award. Kevan was raised in Banff, AB, around his parent's grassroots theater company. He holds a degree in Film, Video and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC.  

HAYDN WAZELLE
PRODUCER

Haydn has worked extensively in the Canadian theatre, film and TV industries, working as a business affairs rep, associate and co-producer on numerous productions including TV series, theatrical releases, international and inter-provincial co-productions with Venice, Sundance, Telluride, and multiple TIFF and Whistler screenings over the years; including winners of the esteemed Prix d’Italia (The First Movie) and Top 10 Canadian Films List of 2010 (Daydream Nation), and 2013 (Yellowhead). Haydn directed the feature film Alone, and produced the CBC documentary Dads. In 2011 Haydn co-founded RUSHCUT, a web-based media review service, and is actively involved in the Canadian entertainment industry. In 2016 his production company Tabula Dada Productions looks forward to releasing four movie projects and the CMF funded video game EON ALTAR.

DANIEL DOMACHOWSKI
PRODUCER

Born in Vancouver, BC, Daniel merged his passions for art and storytelling as Creative Director at Domogeneous, where he honed his skills in advertising. Collectively, his shorts have screened in over 100 festivals including Cannes, TIFF, Tribeca, Clermont-Ferrand, Austin, Encounters, Sitges and Puchon. Three of the films have participated in Telefilm's 'Not Short on Talent' program at Cannes and Clermont-Ferrand with Mark Ratzlaff’s Beauty Mark, Kevan Funk’s Destroyer and Scooter Corkle’s Pour Retourner, which had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. Kevan Funk's concept short drama Destroyer also won an honourable mention in the RBC Emerging Filmmaker Award at TIFF and was curated by Booooooom.com, Short Of The Week and Vimeo Staff Picks accumulating over 150k views by audiences worldwide. His debut feature film as a Producer, Bloody Knuckles, had its debut at Fantasia.

 

KRIS WOZ & KARA EIDE
CASTING DIRECTORS

Kris Woz & Kara Eide are a casting duo based in Vancouver, BC. They each bring to their partnership extensive experience in casting for film and television productions, and together have worked on many projects including Boundaries (Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer) This is Your Death (Giancarlo Esposito, Sarah Wayne Callies, Josh Duhamel and James Franco), Air (starring Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou), Come and Find Me (Aaron Paul and Annabelle Wallis) and Tomato Red (starring Julia Garner and Anna Friel and directed by Oscar nominee Juanita Wilson).

BENJAMIN LOEB
CINEMATOGRAPHER

Benjamin Loeb is a duel Canadian/ Norwegian citizen currently working as a cinematographer out of Vancouver, BC. He has a diverse background having spent the first three years of his life in Nairobi, Kenya - as well as two years in Latvia during the fall of the soviet union - before settling down in Oslo, Norway. In 2007 Benjamin moved to Vancouver, BC to begin his studies at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design - and since his graduation in 2011 has had films at festivals all over the world. He is now signed to WME in North America, and with LUX in Europe and the rest of the world. Benjamin is also a member of the FNF (Norwegian Cinematographers Association).

ROBIN TILBY
PRODUCTION DESIGNER

A long time collaborator of Kevan Funk's, and a graduate of Emily Carr University, Robin has spent the last handful of years perfecting her craft in a variety of mediums. She has worked on numerous feature films, music videos and has served as Production Designer on several short films that have gone on to screen domestically as well as internationally. Her shoe size is 7.5 and she loves Vietnamese cuisine over any other Asian food. Additionally, Robin prefers sunshines and is an avid dog enthusiast. 

 

MIA FIDDIS
COSTUME DESIGNER

Mia Fiddis, born and raised in Vancouver B.C has been working as a fashion stylist for the last 7 years and has had work published in Vogue, Harper's bazaar, I-D magazine, and Nylon Magazine. She has recently made the transition between fashion styling and costume designing starting with Hello Destroyer, which is her first feature film. Mia is currently repped by Nobasura.

TEIA DUMARESQ
MAKEUP, HAIR & FX

Teia Dumaresq is a Makeup Artist based out of Vancouver, B.C. After graduating from Blanche MacDonald, Teia started working in a prosthetics lab, were the love are realistic makeup began. From there, she started working in commercials, TV, Film, advertisement and music videos. She has worked with Canada's top musical acts including Mac Demarco, Hedley, BRAIDS, and Bear Mountain. She also frequently collaborates with Vancouver's best and brightest artists including Legs, Wasted Effort, and Our Wild Abandon. Her work has been featured in British Vogue, Vogue, Glamour Magazine, Harper Bazar and Editorial Magazine. 

AJLA ODOBASIC
EDITOR

Ajla Odobasic received her B.F.A. in 2008 at Ryerson University, Toronto. There she began to explore editing and its expressive potential, met fellow classmates Kazik Radwanski and Dan Montgomery (later co-founders MDFF), and began cutting their doc-influenced narrative character-focused shorts. Features she has edited to date include Radwanski’s Tower (2012), How Heavy this Hammer (2015), Igor Drljaca’s The Waiting Room (2015) and, most recently, Kevan Funk’s Hello Destroyer (2016).

 
 

EUGENIO BATTAGLIA
SOUND SUPERVISION

Eugenio is a Mexican born Sound Designer based out of Vancouver B.C. He began his career by combining his passion for sound, music & film. He has specialized in both post production and location sound, often combining the two to bring a more controlled and proactive approach to the project. He has been nominated for multiple awards and has had his work screened in several festivals such as TIFF, Tribeca, Fantasia and VIFF. Some of his recent credits include Wizard Mode, Bloody Knuckles, Beautiful Prison and  Hello Destroyer.

EDO VAN BREEMAN
COMPOSER

Bio on its way!

 

Contact


Contact


Sales & Distribution 

Haydn Wazelle, Producer
haydn@tabuladada.ca
604.908.4238

 

Marketing

Daniel Domachowski , Producer
daniel.domachowski@gmail.com
778.883.9365
 

Canadian Publicist

Juli Strader, Raw Sugar PR
juli@rawsugarpr.com
416.823.7233

Prints

Angela Konieczny, Co-Producer
angela@tabuladada.ca
604.818.8415