Today, I am so damn proud to announce that ROOM SERVICE, my first film as a writer and director, has been accepted to the 32nd Annual Atlantic Film Festival!

The film tells the story of a woman (Vanessa Walton Bone) confronting her husband’s mistress (Molly Dunsworth) in a motel room with unexpected results.

From day one, this was my goal, to play the AFF and show this film to the community my community in Halifax.

ROOM SERVICE will be playing Tuesday, September 18th, 7:00pm at Park Lane Cinemas as part of the CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala. Tickets available here: http://atlantic.bside.com/2012/films/cbcatlanticshortsgala0_atlantic2012_atlantic2012 The festival runs from September 13th to the 20th in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In the best interests of staying in “the know”, the official ROOM SERVICE Facebook page has been launched @ facebook.com/RoomServiceFilm so give us a Like there and a Follow @RoomServiceFilm on Twitter!


Again, a huge thank you to the official Thank You Club of folks who either donated funds, or helped us in any, many other ways. Your names will be in the credits. Pinky swear.

Also thank you to Samantha Wilson, Mauralea Austin, my crew Andrew Hicks, Ian Burns, Liam Higgins, Maria DeRozari, Lauren Bell and Egg Films who are currently assisting us in giving our film the final polish it needs to play this and many other fests.

If you see me in the next few weeks, there’s a big likelihood that I’ll have a huge, dumb grin plastered on my face.

ALSO: Josh MacDonald‘s GAME (GameShortFilm.com), which I have a part in, will be playing as part of Atlantic Shorts 3 on Saturday, September 15th at 9:20pm.

So honoured to be a part of this, hope to see you at the fest!



My smug mug will be gracing screens in Park City, Utah once again this year as Picnicface’s ROLLER TOWN has been accepted to the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival!

Running during Sundance, Slamdance (from January 20th to the 26th) was launched as a counter-movement to the prestigious film festival, offering up the best in alternative filmmaking from independent filmmakers from around the globe.

That is where Andy Bush‘s ROLLER TOWN, wherein I play Mark Little‘s Father, “Rick” (yes, you read that correctly), will have it’s stateside premiere (it played the Atlantic Film Festival this past September) this January. That was a terribly constructed sentence and I apologize for that.

Side-note: Season one of Picnicface’s sketch comedy show, properly titled PICNICFACE, concludes tonight with an episode about dreams. 11:30 PM AST on The Comedy Network.



I just received the inspiring news that Ian BurnsBLUSH RESPONSE (starring myself & Cheryl Hann) will be in the lineup for the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival. As soon as you enter the word “World” into the equation, things always get exponentially better (unless your talking about ‘War’ or ‘Plagues’).


The festival takes place between August 26th and September 6th, but screening times & venues will be announced later on. Until then, why don’tcha just go and give the BLUSH RESPONSE trailer another viewing…

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Seacrest, out.

My Incredibly Biased Recommendation of 11:11

The Fall season is creeping up on us quickly, and with it comes two of my favourite local festivals: The Atlantic FILM Festival, and the Atlantic FRINGE Festival. Both festivals offer me a chance to showcase myself and my talents, thus making me feel even more important. We all win.

This year, I am not partaking in the Fringe fest, but allow me to recommend one show for your viewing pleasure and explain my ties to said show…

  1. My ladyfriend, Kristin Slaney, is one of the beauties to star in the play.
  2. My good friends, Jessica Barry, Rebecca Falvey, John Han & Meghan Hubley are the other beauties.
  3. I designed the poster for this show (seen below).
  4. I took production photos of this show (also seen below).

The show in question is 11:11, created by all of the wonderful people listed above. Check out the poster I created below (click for larger view)…


I saw a scene from the show earlier today when I took production photos, and I was genuinely excited about what they have created.

During the Summer months, 4 out of 5 of the cast members taught theatre school to children & teenagers at Neptune Theatre School, and from what I have seen & heard of the play, it seems they have really managed to take that experience and build this great, inventive piece that truly reflects the energy and magic of those “wonder years” without alienating us big grown-ups.

Hannah and Veronica, the world’s two loveliest sisters, have always believed in magic, moon sprites, superheroes and each other. But a tragedy is upon them: Hannah is on the verge of her 13th birthday, a time when boys and make-up erode the power of dreams. What happens when the wish to grow up comes true earlier than it was supposed to, and what do you leave behind? An original play, featuring all original music. Make a wish on “11:11” at this year’s Atlantic Fringe Festival.

The show runs September Thursday 3rd 8:50PM, Saturday 5th 6:50 PM, Sunday 6th 3:10 PM AND 7:30 PM, Monday 7th 2:20PM, Tuesday 8th 7:20 PM, Thursday 10th 7:20 PM, Saturday 12th 8:00 PM, Sunday 13th 3:40 PM at The Bus Stop Theatre; admission is merely $6, so I strongly suggest you check it out.

For any further details (and production photos) check out the Facebook event page over @


Look at all them pretty people!

PS. Amanda “The Way I See It” Campbell (that’s her blog’s moniker, not a rude nickname), has also featured the 11:11 gang with an indepth interview over at her theatre blog: http://www.twisitheatreblog.com/

“The Top Dog” Online!

Hey people, great news, straight from the Disney Vault and available online for your viewing pleasure is Evan Elliot‘s The Top Dog, starring myself as Russell, a young man who has his comfortable dead-end life of couch surfing, home cooking and free laundry threatened by a new enemy.


This was the first film I was in that was screened in front of an audience, I remember chugging rum in the NSCAD bathroom before the screening to ease my nerves– I don’t remember much from that screening, but I believe people enjoyed it.

After that, it was screened at the Atlantic Film Festival, when, moments before it started, one of the AFF volunteers informed us that the disk had been scratched and was having some “complications”– what followed was essentially a slideshow of pixelated garbage and a headache. The original run time of 24 minutes had been dragged out close to 30 minutes. Brutal. However, the AFF offered to screen our short on another night, and that went swimmingly! I’m hoping your viewing experience is on the pleasurable side of things!

Make a sandwich and enjoy the damned movie!

Vodpod videos no longer available. THE TOP DOG – http://www.vimeo.com/4709710
DIRECTOR: Evan Elliot
WRITER: Evan Elliot
CAST: Glen Matthews, Alison Miur, Andrew Elliot, Mojo Widgery, Robert Single
PRODUCER: Evan Elliot
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Dan Jardine, Greg Boone

Zan Rosborough Reports From the B.U.F.F.

Zan Rosborough (Sound Designer for Treevenge, The Scavengers & Blood Shed) reports on The Boston Underground Film Festival via the internetz…


“Whew. Just got back to Halifax from Boston where I was attending the Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) and I thought that I would share my experience with you all.

I was the Sound Designer on three of the Halifax films playing in the festival (Treevenge, Scavengers and Blood Shed) and made the trip down to Boston with Jeff Wheaton who was also the Director of Photography on all three of the same films (we’ve both agreed that we’re pretty much the film tekkie whores of Halifax after having worked together on numerous local short films).

Picking up our sweet gasoline/electric Toyota hybrid rental, we made the “not-as-long-as-Google-Maps-says-it’s-going-to-be” drive to Boston in about 10 hours. From a driving perspective, Boston is a lot like Halifax – tonnes of no left-hand turns and one-way streets (except a hell of a lot more of them). After making a few wrong turns and a couple of lucky guesses, Jeff and I made it to our hotel (The Sheraton Commander) and got settled.

We met up with Cory Bowles (Director for Scavengers) who had flown in earlier that day. Cory is the most experienced with Boston streets out of all of us and was quick to show us where the festival and cinemas were. We picked up our festival passes, briefly met with some of the organizers and volunteers for BUFF and promptly hit up an Irish pub.

Sam Adam’s is an awesome beer.

The next day (Friday) we had some really good crepes to kick the day off and did a little roaming around Boston. We met up with a Director/DP from Montreal named Karim Hussain who is also one of Rob Cotterill’s (Producer/Writer for Treevenge) long-time friends and was a great guy to have around. He was very friendly, energetic and helpful during our stay and I’m stoked to work with him in upcoming projects. Gary Ferguson (Special FX/Firearms Master Extraordinaire for Blood Shed) made the trip down and met up with us at the same Irish pub as the night before (I couldn’t get enough of their steak-tipped sandwich, so fucking good). Jason Shipley (Director/Writer for Blood Shed) met up with us back at the hotel and [for this trip] our posse was complete.

Time for some films.

All three of the Halifax films were playing in the Brattle Theater in Cambridge just outside of the Harvard campus, it was a short walk from our hotel and the films would screen in the same night. Although BUFF is a pretty small festival, there was a great turnout for our screenings and the crowd loved and responded well to all three of the films. All of the films that played with ours were really good with many to note:

Dead Girl – Terrifying. Probably one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen, but at the same time so well done. Just when I thought I was a pretty desensitized guy, I feel like I’m even more desensitized now. Dead Girl has raped my cerebral cortex into next week. Just when you think they aren’t going to go there, they go there and beyond! Dead Girl was definitely one of our favorite films that were were able to see.

God’s Cocksuckers – Hilarious. Just pure hilarity from front to back.

Electric Fence – Have you ever seen realistic footage of someone cutting their cock off with cuticle scissors? I have.

Heart of Karl – Undead monsters meet Sparta’s 300 and Mortal Combat. I was very impressed how this film was done and it’s interesting story.

The Procedure – Very interesting with a few laughs in there for good measure and beautifully shot. There was a ghost-trapping machine that I thought was really well built and emitted very appropriate sounds.

…and so many friggin’ more! The organizers and programmers of this year’s BUFF should be given a gold star for their work. We were invited to see Morris County, but to our disappointment had to take off before it started. It’s too bad that we didn’t have more time in Boston, hopefully we’ll get some more time to hang out next year!

We drove back to Halifax yesterday and made it home just in time to return to our day-jobs. Yay! Back at ‘er!

-Zan Rosborough”