THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY (25', Canada, 2012)

 

Winner of the DAAD Award in Berlinale Shorts 2012 and highly acclaim in the international film festival circuit, this wonderfully entertaining musical documentary tells the true life story of Trevor’s great-uncle, Jimmy, in six original songs. With an outstanding music and splendidly designed choreographies in retro ambiances, this eccentric film creates a hilarious and moving personal portrayal of a former Broadway dancer, Judy-Garland-befriending, reminding of the 40's musicals and of classical musical stars like Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers.

Director: TREVOR ANDERSON

 

Cast: ARYN MCCONNELL, BRYCE KULAK, NOAM GAGNON, CONNIE CHAMPAGNE

Screenplay: TREVOR ANDERSON

Cinematography: MIKE MCLAUGHLIN

Editing: JUSTIN LACHANCE

Music: BRYCE KULAK

Sound: JOHN BLEROT, WOLF WILLOW SOUND

Producer: KATIE WEEKLEY, TREVOR ANDERSON

Production: TREVOR ANDERSON



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Director's contact: trevor[at]dirtcityfilms[dot]com

 

 

TREVOR ANDERSON is a self-taught, independent filmmaker. His work has screened at many major international film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto. His previous films include THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE (2010), THE ISLAND (2009) and ROCK POCKETS (2007) which won the inaugural Lindalee Tracey Award at Hot Docs in Toronto, where Anderson was described as “an emerging Canadian filmmaker working with passion, humor, a strong sense of social justice, and a personal point of view.” In 2012, Anderson was selected to study under master filmmaker Werner Herzog at Rogue Film School. Anderson is also a stage director, playwright and the co-founder of the rock’n’roll band The Wet Secrets, whose song “Secret March” was listed in 2010 by Grant Lawrence of CBC Radio 3 as one of the “Best Songs of the Decade.”

 

DAAD Short Film Award - Berlinale 2012 / Hot Docs Canada 2012 / Alberta Spirit Award fo Best Short - Calgary Film Festival 2012 / Melbourne Film Festival 2012 / Krakow Film Festival 2012 / Cinema Jove IFF 2012 / Sarajevo IFF 2012 / Kiev Short Film Festival 2012 / London Documentary Film Festival 2012 / Alberta Biennal of Contemporary Art 2013 / SXSW Film Festival US 2012 etc.

 

“My great-uncle Jimmy was the black sheep from a side of the family we already didn’t talk about, so it took some digging to discover this hidden story. Finally another uncle told me what he knew, and then he passed away. As far as I was aware, I was suddenly the only person left who knew anything about it. I had to decide how best to honor such a colourful family legend…  the answer seemed clear: Jimmy’s life must become a musical.” (TREVOR ANDERSON)

 

“An innovatively entertaining musical documentary, THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY portrays the life story of a man from 11-years-old to adulthood, through outstanding songs and choreography. Storytelling is intensified through the catchy charismatic re-interpretation of Judy Garland. The accurate cinematography, well-chosen set design and costumes stand also as creative proofs of how you can create a playfully remarkable short film, with humor, talent and open-mindedness.” (Ioana Mischie, BIEFF 2012)

 

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