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Anniversary Present

 

The Straitjacket Lottery / The Straightjacket Lottery / The Straight Jacket Lottery

Now Available on DVD

 

Love, romance and a burning car.
A black comedy about love, Anniversary Present traces the happy matrimony, then rapid decline of a young couple's union. A sudden fit of jealousy results in the complete destruction of the Dobbs’ brand new sports car. But will a twist ending and a fire-spewing crescendo save the Dobbs’ marriage?

» OFFICIAL SELECTION:
- Calgary International Film Festival (Calgary, AB)

Commissioned by Bravo! Network

starring: David Alpay & Liane Balaban
writer, director:
Doug Karr
producers:
Sierra Bellows, Rick Saulnier, Doug Karr
Super35mm Film - Anamorphic Theatrical Print
7:40 Short Film, 2006
(Quicktime - 54 seconds - High Res: 6.9 MB)
Go to the film's site for more information.

Drama

The Straitjacket Lottery

 

The Straitjacket Lottery / The Straightjacket Lottery / The Straight Jacket Lottery


visit the official
Straitjacket Lottery
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A comedic short which provides a window into the erratic world of mental health and the thin line between idiosyncrasy and insanity.
"Who's crazy? Who's insane? The Straitjacket Lottery creates its edginess by shuffling the ordinary and the absurd. Its tight structure and ironic characters prove the power of satire to provoke belly laughs."
- Joan Nicks, Film and popular culture critic, Brock University

» WINNER - BEST OF THE FESTIVAL
- The Last Reel Film Festival, 2005 (Tacoma, WA)
»
WINNER - Honourable Mention for Dramatic Work
-
Picture this... Canada's First International Disability Film Festival, 2005 (Calgary, AB)
» WINNER - BEST COMEDY
- Niagara Indie FilmFest, 2004 (St. Cathrine's, ON)
» Nominated - BEST COMEDY and BEST MALE PERFORMANCE (Andy Jones)
- Canada Golden Sheaf Awards, 2004
» WINNER -
The Atlantic Film Festival
- Script Development Program Award, 2002

» OFFICIAL SELECTION:
- Nickle Film Festival (St. John's, Nfld)
- Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival (Toronto, ON)
- Antimatter Film Festival (Victoria, BC)
- The Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, NS)
- Niagara Indie FilmFest (St. Cathrine's, ON)
- Giggleshorts International Comedy Short Film Festival (Toronto, ON)
- The Cabbagetown Short Film Festival (Toronto, ON)
-
Farmington Funny Film Festival (Farmington, MI)
- The Coney Island Film Festival (Coney Island, NY)
- The Boston Underground Film Festival (Boston, MA)
- Canada Golden Sheaf Awards (Yorkton, SK)

- The Seven Minute Film Festival (Canmore, AB)

- Griffon International Film Festival (St. Joseph, MO)
- Glitch V Festival du Court Metrage de Montreal (Montreal, QC)
- Dixie Film Festival (Atlanta, GA)
- Alameda Film Festival (Alameda, CA)
- Midwest Entertainment Industry Conference (Lexingon, KY)
- Shadows of the Mind Film Festival (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
- Picture this... Canada's First International Disability Film Festival (Calgary, AB)

- Phoenix Film Festival (
Phoenix, Arizona)
- KynnysKINO5 - Finnish Disability Film Festival (Helsinki, Finland)
- The International Fest of Cinema and Technology
(Festival Tour: New York, Los Angeles, Orlando FL, London UK, Sydney AU)

Commissioned by CBC Television, Atlantic Region, Bravo! Network, Movieola - The Short Film Channel

starring: Andy Jones, David Huband, Tara Slone and Joe Cobden
writer, director: Doug Karr / producers: Sierra Bellows, Rick Saulnier, Doug Karr
Super16mm Film
22:30 Television half-hour, 2004
(Quicktime - 57 seconds - Low Res: 1.5 MB, High Res: 3 MB)
Go to the film's site for more information.

Drama

Lifecycles: A story of AIDS in Malawi

 

Lifecycles: a story of AIDS in Malawi / Life Cycles


In a country where 200 people die of AIDS every day, a new way of life is emerging.
"It was very moving... an excellent documentary."
- Barry Bearak, New York Times Magazine

» UNIVERSITY SPEAKING & SCREENING SEMINAR TOUR - Harvard (Cambridge, MA), Boston University (MA), Dalhousie (Halifax, NS), St. Francis Xavier (Antigonish, NS), University of Toronto (ON)

» OFFICIAL SELECTION
- The Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, NS)

Licensed by Link TV, USA

Read Take One: Film and Television in Canada's Review of Lifecycles.

cinematographer, co-director, editor: Doug Karr / sound, co-director, editor: Sierra Bellows / additional music: Alphanumeric
DV (mastered to D. Beta)
52 minute documentary, 2003
(Quicktime - 2 minutes - Low Res: 3.3 MB, High Res: 6.3 MB)
See the film's - One Sheet -

Documentary

The June Bug Symphony

 

The June Bug Symphony


The story of an eccentric elderly gent who makes the june bugs sing with a baby grand piano.
“Charming and delightful as only Nova Scotians can be.”
- Steve Cooke, Halifax Chronicle Herald

» WINNER - BEST SHORT FILM - Niagara Falls Film Festival, 2002
» Nominated - BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Yorkton Film Festival, 2001

» OFFICIAL SELECTION:
- Hot Docs Film Festival (Toronto, ON)
- Antimatter Film Festival (Victoria, BC)
- The Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, NS)
- A Night of East Coast Films, Cinematheque (Winnipeg, Man)
- Local Heroes International Film Fest (Edmonton, AB)

Commissioned by CBC Television, Atlantic Region

cinematographer, editor: Doug Karr / sound: Sierra Bellows
Super 16 mm color film (transferred to Beta SP)
22 minute documentary, 2000
(Quicktime - 1:10 minutes - Low Res: 1.9 MB, High Res: 3.7 MB)

LSD 25

 

LSD25


Tracing one woman’s journey through isolation, psychosis and lysergic acid diethylamide.
"East Coast filmmakers Walter Forsyth and Doug Karr's LSD 25 is an innovative freakadelic experimental documentary"
- Craig Fischer, Film Threat

» INTERNATIONAL TOURING PROGRAM - Antimatter Canadian short films, 2002 (England, Mexico, Czech Republic, Serbia)
» JURY PRIZE WINNER - Brandon’s Thirty Below Film Festival, 2000
» GRAND PRIZE WINNER - The Cabbagetown Film Festival, 1999

» OFFICIAL SELECTION:
- The Worldwide Short Film Festival, (Toronto, ON)
- Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival (Toronto, ON)
- Antimatter Film Festival (Victoria, BC)
- The Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, NS)
- Vancouver International Film Fest (Vancouver, BC)
- National Selon des Refuses (Toronto, ON)
- Going Down the Road (Halifax, NS)
- Canadian International Film and Video Festival (Barrie, ON)
- New Frontiers Film Festival (Ottawa, ON)
- $100 Film Festival (Calgary, AB)
- Fringe Flicks Festival (Edmonton, AB)
- Canadian International annual Film Festival (Campbell River, BC)
- Blinding Light (Vancouver, BC)
- AFCOOP 25th Anniversary Collection (Halifax, NS)
- Photophobia Film Festival (Hamilton, ON)
- Shadows of the Mind Film Festival (Toronto, ON)

Licensed by CBC Television, Atlantic Region

cinematographer, co-director, producer, editor: Doug Karr / music: Chrome
16 mm color film (transferred to Beta SP)
13 minute documentary, 1999
(Quicktime - 1:10 minutes - Low Res: 1.9 MB, High Res: 3.8 MB)
Go to the LSD 25's site for more information.

Doc

Domestic Eruptions

 

Domestic Eruptions

One way or another this couple is gonna get some relief.

director, cinematographer, editor: Doug Karr / music: Alive & Well
starring: Paige Robinson & David MacLean
DVCAM
4 minute dramatic short, 2003

(Quicktime preview: 1:15 minutes, 2 MB)

Drama

Three in One

 
3 in 1

It’s never the same when she tells it again.

director, cinematographer, editor: Sierra Bellows
DVCAM
4 minute dramatic short, 2003

Drama

Banter

 

Banter

Can two nerdy genXers work together and still be friends?

director, cinematographer, editor: Doug Karr
Beta SP & Super 8 mm film
12 minute dramatic short, 2000

Drama

One Week Stand

 
One Week Stand

Some relationships just don’t make it through the night.

director, cinematographer, editor: Doug Karr
Super 8 mm B&W film (transferred to Beta SP)
3 minute dramatic short, 2000

Drama

The Waiters

 
The Waiters

Neurotic customers don’t mix well with dirty diners.

» OFFICIAL SELECTION
- The Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, NS)

Commissioned by CBC Television, Atlantic Region

cinematographer, producer, co-editor: Doug Karr
Beta SP
8 minute dramatic short, 1999

Drama
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