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Dan Rizzuto Director Debut

Filmmaker Dan Rizzuto directorial debut feature film Torn: Dark Bullets will be released on Amazon Prime Video in Canada on Friday, April 24th. The thriller is a raw and unapologetic look into a police shooting, racism and the connections they share.

Torn: Dark Bullets stars Sam Vincent, Dexter Bell and William ‘Big Sleeps’ Stewart, Karen Holness, Christina Lewall and will be released in 2020

Director/Writer/Producer/Actor/ and Stunt/Fight Coordinator Dan Rizzuto is a well-respected filmmaker that leaves no stone unturned. One of his most ambitious projects to date is the feature film Torn: Dark Bullets, that tackles racial tensions. With plans to be released this year, Dan wrote the feature film with his writing partner Joshua Mazerolle. He also co-produced this feature film directorial debut with his producing partner Scott Bailey. 

While on duty, Detective Pearce shoots and kills a black teenager. During the criminal trial Pearce is found not guilty. Despite his acquittal, Pearce’s personal life deteriorates as he uses booze and self-pity to cope. Amidst one of these bouts with the bottle, Pearce becomes aware of a civil lawsuit filed by the family for loss of life and damages. In a moment of alcohol fueled self-righteousness, Pearce decides to confront the parents of the victim. When Pearce arrives at their home, circumstances spiral into a hostile situation that continues to ramp in intensity as more people become involved, creating a pressure cooker where all secrets are revealed.

Torn: Dark Bullets stars Sam VincentDexter BellWilliam ‘Big Sleeps’ Stewart Karen Holness and Christina Lewall.

Torn: Dark Bullets has defied many people’s expectations by delivering a story dealing in thought-provoking subject matter— he wants future projects to do the same. Rizzuto adds, “Authentic stories are what I want to do, I think that is lost in the world today.”

Dan Rizzuto has worked in many movie business roles, from bodyguard to the stars to stuntman and stunt-fight coordinator. He has directed a number of short films, music videos (with Grammy winning artists and producers)  and 2nd unit directed, so he was ready for the challenge of directing his first full length feature film with everything he has learned being on set with some of the best directors in the world.

Rizzuto’s career has seen him share film sets with movie stars like Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Cruise and renowned martial artists Iko Uwais, Tony Jaa, Steven Seagal and many others. 

Rizzuto is a stunt-fight coordinator for popular TV series that include Wu Assassins (Netflix) Van Helsing (Netflix), Legions, Lucifer, Boss Level, EL Chicano, Psych, and Lockdown to name a few.

He has also worked as a stunt performer on the feature films Deadpool, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Tomorrowland, Underworld Awakening, Man of Steel, Godzilla and Watchman.

As an actor, Rizzuto credits include Jiu Jitsu Movie, Van Helsing, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Bates Motel, Need for Speed and Night At The Museum.

In addition to being one of the most sought-after fight coordinators, Dan owns and operates one of the most recognized stunt training facilities in North America called M1 Action Design where actors and stunt performers train. 

Dan has risen to the challenges that the film industry brings with it and has broken barriers and taken giant leaps, never looking back. Performing first as a Stunt Man, Dan was quickly recognized for his unique fighting techniques and started getting hired as a Fight Choreographer; where he really has excelled.

In 1998 his life turned around when he was a celebrity bodyguard working on set and realized that he wanted to become a stunt professional. Now, with 21years of on set film industry experience there is no stopping him.

As a former professional fighter under UFC legend Frank Shamrock, a first degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, and holding certification under world renowned Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Marital Arts Masters, Ron Balicki, Diana Lee Inosanto and legendary Dan Inosanto; Dan plans on taking these skills to his 2nd film. Which is slated to be a hardcore action film to resemble the old gritty style of stunts.

Dan splits his time between productions in Vancouver and around the globe. Recently shooting in Atlanta, Thailand, and Cyprus.

Rizzuto’s future projects are being developed through Cerebral Monkey Entertainment Inc, a company he started four years ago. Dan and his team have started to acquire funding for an action film called ‘The Pound’ which is set to shoot in Indonesia.  He has described the project as an action packed thrill ride. 

Dan Rizzuto is available for interviews upon request.

For more information, photos and interviews please contact:

Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

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Dan Ginnane

Australian Actor Dan Ginnane plays the role of Bobby Wu on Quibi’s new series 50 States of Fright on the episode Grey Cloud Island that airs and streams on April 21st

Australian actor Dan Ginnane has landed the role of Bobby Wu in Quibi’s new series 50 States of Fright now streaming with new episodes daily. His episode Grey Cloud Island airs on Tuesday, April 21 then continues to stream on the American short-form mobile video platform Quibi. The Grey Cloud Island episode is based in Minnesota and is full of twists and turns. Dan was pleased to work alongside actors Asa Butterfield (Sex Education), Alex Fitzalan (The Society), and Drew Ray Tanner (Riverdale).

 Quibi series explore stories based on urban legends from different places in the United States, taking viewers deeper into the horrors that lurk just beneath the surface. 50 States of Fright is a horror based anthology web television series that debuted on Quibi on April 6, 2020. Bell Mobility is Quibi’s exclusive Canadian telecom marketing partner and will produce Canadian news and sports content for the service via CTV News and TSN. Viewers can watch movie-quality shows designed for your phone with new episodes every weekday. Sign up for Quibi and get a limited time 90-day free trial.

Dan is an Asian/Australian, born and raised in Australia. At the age of thirteen Dan took up Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) and trained and fought in the sport for seven years. He also competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. He holds a professional MMA record of 4 fights 3 wins 3 TKOs.

When Dan was twenty-one he took a step back from his professional sporting career to pursue acting. He established a YouTube account to post videos before he took serious steps to train as an actor. After auditioning and being accepted into an intensive workshop for actors operating in Los Angeles, Dan’s eyes were officially opened when he saw the skill and talent required in this art of performing. He returned to Australia and realized the opportunities were not as frequent in Australia for diversity representation. In May 2018, after his first few acting gigs in Australia (where he won an award for a film in Australia called “Night Shift” for the action designs and fight choreography), Dan made a hard decision and set off to Vancouver to study acting and pursue his career full force.  

Dan is an actor and director, known for roles in Charmed (2019), The Fighter (2018) and Night Shift (2018).

Dan was born in Perth, Western Australia. Grew up in Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia. He now resides in Vancouver where he continues to train at New Image College under the direction of Award Winning actor Philip Granger (Ghost Wars, The Killing).

Dan is available for interviews and photos upon request. 

Please contact:
Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575
Agent: Melanie Watts | MJWatts Talent Management |

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Health Care + Front Line Workers Initiatives COVID 19

PC: William Luk

As we go through this time, people come together and take initiative to help the ones that are taking the risk to take care of our friends, family, loved ones and strangers. “It is the combined and incremental efforts of all, big and small, that will lead us through these difficult times.” – Jay Drexler

Local Digital Marketers, Jae Lee and Josephine Grant, create an online resource of discounts available for Health Care and Front Line Workers. There are over 50 brands on the list already, and they are updating the list on a daily basis. They hope to “eliminate one more decision or Google search their day”.

Access and help spread the word about the list of discounts here:

Coffee + kindness; fill your cup with both!

Another amazing initiative called Humans of Support is founded by photographer, Erich Saide, to highlight and appreciate those who put their health and wellbeing at risk to support others and help our communities – these are their stories.

Name: Ingrid Hakanson
Job Title: Staff Educator of the Respiratory Therapy Department at VGH

Emilie Leclerc on Motherland

Award-winning actor Emilie Leclerc joins the cast as Izadora on the new Freeform original series Motherland: Fort Salem on April 8, 2020

Motherland: Fort Salem airs on Freeform in the U.S. and ABC Sparks in Canada 

Award-winning actor Emilie Leclerc joins the cast of Motherland: Fort Salem on April 8, 2020, as Izadora, a scientist and instructor in the military. The series follows a trio of witches Taylor Hickson, Ashley Nicole Williams, and Amalia Holm are trained to become powerful weapons for the American military. Emilie has a number of scenes with Lyne Renée in the anticipated new series. Emilie’s character is introduced on April 8th. Motherland: Fort Salem airs on Freeform in the U. S. and on ABC Sparks in Canada.

Motherland: Fort Salem is set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution over 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the government to fight for their country. The series centres on three young women, following them from basic training in combat magic into early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with the more dominant women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are familiar to our world—but with supernatural tactics and weapons. Motherland: Fort Salem will air on Freeform and on ABC Sparks in Canada.

Outside of her onscreen role in the new series, Emilie is an accomplished stage actor who is best-known for her Jessie nominated roles the theatre productions L’Enfant-Problème, Bonjour, là bonjourA Charlie Brown Christmas, and A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill.

The talented performer is also a Jessie Award Recipient in the ‘Outstanding Performance – Theatre for Young Audience’ category, shared with Zak Tardif and Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin for Mathieu Mathématiques

Elsewhere on the small screen, Emilie has also appeared in episodes of Strange Empire (CBC).

Emilie grew up in St-Georges, a small town south of Quebec City. Fifteen years ago, she moved across the country to Vancouver to follow her childhood dream of performing and to attend theatre school.

Along with her BA in International Development Studies from McGill University, Emilie has studied at Studio 58 in their three-year theatre training program in Vancouver, and has done on-camera training with Andrew McIlroy and Ben Ratner.

Emilie is heavily involved in the theatre community in Vancouver, and keeps busy as an MC for events, as well as the French public announcer for Rugby Sevens at BC Place. She is also currently involved in a project with Association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest (Nelson) and Conseil Culturel et Artistique Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CCAFCB). 

The multilingual actor speaks fluent French, intermediary Spanish and is currently learning Mandarin. 

For more information, interviews and photos please contact:

Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

Agent: Lisa King | Northern Exposure | 604.682.8078

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Laurie Belle Hosts Get Cooking With the Stars TV Show

Laurie Belle hosts Get Cooking with the Stars Television Show with celebrity guests Jaime Callica, Darryl Lenox, Karen Lee Batten and Darcy Hinds

New episodes with celebrated chefs & talent cook incredible meals airing on CHEK TV Saturdays April 4, 11& 18 at 3:00 pm and Novus TV daily

For immediate release: Vancouver, April 2020 – New episodes of the TV series Get Cooking with the Stars with creator/host Laurie Belle will be airing on CHEK TV on Saturdays April 4, 11 and 18 at 3:00 pm and Novus TV daily. Get Cooking with the Stars is a celebrity cooking series that takes viewers on a tantalizing journey to visit the hottest eateries, cook incredible dishes and chat with famous celebrities on each half-hour show. Laurie embarks on culinary adventures with celebrated chefs that share their favorite dishes, new cooking skills, and techniques from their menu.

On the April 4th episode actor Jaime Callica from Tyler Perry’s new hit TV series Ruthless teams up with renowned comedian Darryl Lennox to join Laurie at Ban Chok with a Thai Beef Salad cook-off with Chef Parinya. On the April 11th episode, Laurie travels to the Williams Lake Rodeo to be joined by B. C. country music singer and Canadian Idol alumni Karen Lee Batten to brand a 150 burger from Loon Lake with Chef Melissa. Actor/stunts/boxer Darcy Hinds (Riverdale, The Flash, Supergirl) boxes up an Afghani feast on April 18th at the Afghan Horseman Restaurant with Chef Mier while being entertained by their in-house belly dancer.

Laurie Belle, the vibrant host of “Get Cooking With the Stars,” has an extensive background in the entertainment industry – from appearing in television shows, movies, commercials and music videos to modeling internationally. She also has a business degree, a communications degree and a Master’s degree in Education. Getting the inside scoop with celebrities and interviewing high-profile personalities comes effortlessly to her. Laurie has also interviewed Gene Simmons, supermodel Coco Rocha and politician Hedy Fry who are fans and supporters of the show. She makes her guests at ease with her fun and lively personality. Having covered interviews on the Red Carpet at VIFF, TIFF, the Olympics, Leo Awards and Vancouver Fashion Week this is one savvy host ready to cook up new adventures with you!

Laurie adds, “I am blessed to be able to apprentice under these famous chefs and interact with amazing talent from the entertainment industry. As the shows develop I am honing my cooking skills and will be sharing all the chefs’ recipes in a series cookbook.”

Laurie Belle is available for interviews and photos upon request.

For more information and interviews with Laurie Belle please contact:

Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

Sponsorship opportunities contact: 

  • Remy Gill – Executive Producer| | 604-726-4414

Agent: Lissa Lloyd | Lloyd Talent |

Get Cooking with the Stars airdates:

  • CHEK TV – Saturday afternoons at 3:00 pm on April 4, 11, 18  
  • NOVUS TV – Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12:30 am, 10:00 am, and 9:00 pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1:30 am and 10:30 am – 

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Relationship Dish – The Podcast with Heart

Relationship Dish – The Podcast with Heart

Therapists Iona Monk and Pam Stewart DISH about the challenges of romantic and interpersonal relationships on their weekly podcast 

Relationship Dish is an international podcast where the hosts Iona Monk and Pam Stewart, two clinically trained therapists and registered clinical counselors, talk about interpersonal relationships and dish about the challenges and virtues of their own. They dive into the professional literature for strategies and clarity on how to nurture and repair all relationships.

Iona Monk and Pam Stewart, with over 20 years of experience each, are the co-hosts and creative producers of the Relationship Dish podcast. Each episode is unscripted with the goal of being as organic and authentic as possible. Relationship Dish has been running since September 2017. Over 100 episodes have been aired and are released weekly, on Wednesday mornings.

The Relationship Dish Podcast was created specifically with the intent of demonstrating how a therapist navigates relationship challenges and applies strategies to do “better” in the future. The goal of the podcast is to reduce the stigma associated with having relationship challenges. They focus on how couples can get “unstuck” and move forward. Opportunities for successful outcomes are enhanced with access to easily consumable research-based information. 

With an intentional amount of personal disclosure in the service of teaching others, Pam and Iona model that the best way to improve a relationship is through self-awareness, personal responsibility and the ability to dialogue in a productive way with your partner. Humor is liberally mixed in with authentic personal stories and psychological theory. The result is a useful, insightful and efficient way to strengthen your relationships. 

Iona Monk is a registered clinical counselor with a graduate degree from the University of British Columbia. She views interpersonal relationships, especially couples’ dynamics through two theoretical lenses: attachment systems and defense systems. Both are wise and useful lenses to help people understand and connect with themselves and with the most cherished people in their lives. It is this knowledge of life and love that Iona shares on the Relationship Dish podcast. Her desire is to share her knowledge, humor, and experience with all, to educate and normalize relationship issues that every person experiences.

Pam Stewart is a registered clinical counsellor, with a Masters Degree from the University of British Columbia and another from the University of Colorado. She truly believes that we all grow and evolve most significantly in the context of relationships. Pam’s clinical passion is working with parents and children to facilitate the healthiest attachment relationships possible. Children’s early experience of being loved and interacting with parents and caretakers have tremendous influence on their later experiences as lovers, partners and friends. Pam is aware that no matter how much theoretical knowledge she has, the bottom line is having the courage and commitment to put that knowledge into day to day practice in her own relationships.

As a clinical counsellor, Pam says, “It is important to me that I ‘walk my talk’ in all the relationships in my life. I have discovered that it is way easier to learn academically about therapeutic theory and techniques than it is to apply them in day-to-day life.”

The hosts welcome suggestions from their listeners on what they would like to hear on the Relationship Dish podcast. The show can be listened to directly from the website, as well as subscribed and listened to on most podcast platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, google play and google podcasts. 

Iona Monk and Pam Stewart are available for interviews upon request.

Please contact: Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

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David Sancious’ New Album

Keyboard Legend David Sancious New Album “Eyes Wide Open” Available Now

World-renowned performing and recording artist David Sancious, was an original member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. He has toured and recorded with greats Peter Gabriel, Sting, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Santana, Seal and an expansive list of A-level musicians. Sancious also wrote, produced and performed ground-breaking progressive music with his band Tone, mixing rock, fusion and gospel.

He explores new territory with the release of his 10th album “Eyes Wide Open.” Eight energetic compositions feature dynamic performances by legendary names such as premier drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Living Colour’s Will Calhoun (drums), and Prince alumni Michael Bland (drums).

A balanced mix of four vocal and four instrumental compositions, “Eyes Wide Open” is what Sancious describes as “a movie for your ears.” Spoken word is interspersed with political commentary and newsbreaks to create a musical and “visual” landscape addressing today’s volatile racial and political issues head-on through his signature sound. Sancious describes his new album as, “The best work I’ve ever done.”

To Order:

Contact for David Sancious: John McCracken: Phone: 615.457.1597  


Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US),
Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

Veronika London

 Veronika London brings her talents to The CW TV series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow in the role of Tiffaney Harper and just wrapped shooting her role as Donatella in the feature film The Next Chapter

Veronika is featured as Top 100 – Hot and Fit – in the current issue of Inside Fitness on stands now.

Actress Veronika London is keeping busy on both the small and big screen. In The CW’s TV series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow she is introduced in the role of bright and bubbly Tiffaney Harper this February. Just wrapped in the feature film The Next Chapter, Veronika plays a strong and dominating character in the role of Donatella who is the manager of a bikers’ bar now in post-production. Check her out on magazine stands now featured as Top 100 Hot and Fit – in the current issue of Inside Fitness

It is tempting to compare actress Veronika London to other contemporary bombshells. After all, Maxim magazine boldly christened her as a Canadian sex symbol in a sultry photo spread that set hearts and imagination ablaze. But the Toronto raised beauty is charting a course of her own.

London’s performance as the title character in Nadeem Soumah’s gritty feature film Searching for Angels opposite Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill, Independence Day) clearly demonstrated she had acting chops and wasn’t afraid to use them. London plays an amnesiac heroin addict who is discovered beaten in the street with no memory of her past. Fearlessly, London shred the trapping that made her a sex symbol and created a riveting gritty portrait of a young woman at serious risk. The result is a performance that is spellbinding in its power and truth. Following the success of the film London’s career blossomed onto the small screen appearing in SHOWTIMES’s Body Language and HBO’s Lingerie. Most recently London appeared in The CW “iZombie, FOX’s Lucifer and in the gritty feature film Dragged Across Concrete which stars Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughan which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. In the short dark comedy film The Elusive Man Veronika was the leader of the mob. She found the role refreshing and challenging as all her dialogue was in Spanish. This short film went on to win several awards at the LA Film Festival.

Along with acting, London has worked as a host for Toro TV’s Damage Control and has been featured internationally in magazines such as MAXIM UK/USA/CANADA, FLARE, UMM and recently in Inside Fitness Magazine making the top 100 list. 

Veronika roots are in Toronto where she studied acting and was in demand as a TV host. She now splits her time between Vancouver and Los Angeles as she pursues more opportunities in the entertainment business.

Veronika is available for interviews and photographs upon request.

Please contact: Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

 Agent: Trudy Aronson | | 604-687-4909

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Therés Amee

Fit curve model Therés Amee breaks down body barriers in the fashion industry and scouts for new talent alongside Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha

The progressive model and activist has a leading role teaching young girls about healthy body image 

For immediate release – Vancouver, BC: What is a fit curve model? British Columbia born model & body image activist, Therés Amee decided to recognize herself, when the fashion industry would not – and the fit curve term was born. 

Therés Amee had no intention of becoming a model. Growing up an athlete, sport and endurance were ingrained in her lifestyle, since she started gymnastics at the age of three. From there, Therés competed in everything from swimming, to soccer, to track and field. She was pursuing acting when she was first scouted at a talent convention. The casting director asked her if she has ever thought about modeling. Therés’ quick response was ‘no,’ as she knew she did not have the traditional slim figure of most models. 

After the scoutings continued, Therés decided to give it a shot and sign with her first modeling agency. The agency told her to lose weight – and even worse – to lose her muscle mass. They also advised Therés to stop running, as her cardio workouts built her quad muscles, making her legs look ‘unattractive’ on the runway. With growing frustration and depression, Therés decided to push through. 

Therés has faced every challenge in the competitive world of modeling along the way but with determination to achieve her success as a sought-after fit curve model, she is opening doors and passing on her body-positive message to young women. After not being accepted as a model at Vancouver Fashion Week, the director noticed her talent and asked her to host the entire weeklong show in a role she had for five successful seasons. During this time, Therés advanced to Toronto, where she worked with IMG during Toronto Fashion Week.

Her next east coast move was to New York City, the mecca of the fashion world. She attended the summer session at Esper Studio, studying acting with William Esper. While in New York, an agency became interested in Therés and offered to represent her. The contract and work Visa never became finalized however, as two months after the meeting, the agency decided to drop Therés due to “not enough clients wanting her look”.

Therés Amee retaliated on social media by posting a photo of herself leaned over, showing her stomach curve. She received great support for her outspoken body image advocacy and made it her goal to embrace her build, and only work with agents and designers who appreciated her body image.

Therés currently works with and teaches young girls about healthy body image through the @beauyoutiful organization. Founded by Taylor Hui, the beayoutiful foundation runs 6-8 week classes focusing on confidence, media literacy, healthy lifestyles, and positive outlook. The foundation also hosts an annual conference called ‘Inspired by HER,’ where girls ages 8-14 come from all over metro-Vancouver to join a full day of wellness workshops. 

In September 2018, Therés decided to return to New York, after she was accepted to work with Canadian supermodel, Coco Rocha. Coco had just started her modeling camps, and Therés was thrilled to be apart of her 6thcycle. She was shocked at the diversity of models Coco took on. From plus size to straight size, to models with disabilities, Coco’s camps were filled with beautiful girls from all around the world, simply coming together to enhance their abilities and knowledge of the fashion industry.

Coco encouraged Therés to stay healthy and fit and to keep pursuing her modeling career. After the camp, Therés attended New York fashion week SS and FW 2019 seasons. She met with numerous designers and agents who, to her shock, were interested in having Therés walk in their shows, and be a part of their modeling rosters. 

The fashion world had finally advanced, embracing even the un-classifiable middle model, which Therés now happily maintains. Currently, Therés works with Coco Rocha’s model camp as a model scout for upcoming new models in need of the incredible education and experience she gained from training with Coco.

Most recently, Therés Amee produced and modeled in two fashion films this past year, ‘Sa Lune,’ and ‘Rebel with a Claus’. From these films, she graced the cover of Beautymute’s 100th edition, along with a six-page spread and back cover highlight.

Therés Amee is also happily signed with Vancouver based agency, Family Management. After her first interview, Therés shyly asked her new agent, “Would you recommend me losing weight? Or adjusting my diet and exercise routine?” Her agent smiled, and said, “No girl! Just keep being you! Healthy you!”

In two short weeks, Therés Amee will return to New York for fashion week. She is excited to witness change on the runway and future change to come.

Therés Amee is available for interviews and photos upon request.

For more information, interviews and photos please contact:

Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

Therés Amee | Prowess Productions Inc. | Founder/CEO | Creative Production | Actress | FitCurve Model

World Premiere of Eddy’s Kingdom

Artaban Productions is pleased to announce the world premiere of the documentary Eddy’s Kingdom about Canada’s first terriorist, at the Victoria Film Festival

Artaban Productions is pleased to announce that the world premiere of the documentary Eddy’s Kingdom will screen at the Victoria Film Festival in Victoria, British Columbia with two screenings on February 11 and February 13, 2020. Produced by Greg Crompton and Tony Cerciello, this is director Greg Crompton’s feature documentary directorial debut.  This world premiere is a bit of a homecoming for Greg as he studied at the University of Victoria where he received his degree in creative writing majoring in scriptwriting and shot his first films.

Eddy’s Kingdom is an eighty-five minute archival documentary recounting the previously untold story of Canada’s most monomaniacal entrepreneur, Eddy Haymour, and the stranger-than-fiction methods he pursued to construct an island theme park in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. It focuses on a Lebanese-Canadian immigrant who straddles two cultures, and who, in an effort to realize his dream, staged a week-long hostage taking in the Canadian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.

Eddy Haymour is a barber, an eccentric entrepreneur, a psychiatric patient, a kidnapper, and a hostage taker. A controversial character, Eddy has been called both madman and visionary. The historical narrative follows Eddy’s arrival in Edmonton from Lebanon. The story zeros in on a series of events that took place in British Columbia in the ‘70s and ‘80s. It starts with a government conspiracy that blocked the construction of his island theme park. The subsequent fallout is chronicled: the kidnapping of his children, the attempts to send letter bombs to his enemies, his incarceration in Riverview Psychiatric Hospital, his plan to bomb the provincial legislature, his hostage taking in Lebanon, and eventual vindication by the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Today, his fruitless quest continues as he attempts to confront the current BC government to get his island back.

Although Eddy finally wins in court, it is a pyrrhic victory. He doesn’t get the island back. His obsession with getting it back led him to take hostages, plan attacks on government, and lose his sanity.  His youngest daughter from his second marriage, Fadwa, helps him navigate a government bureaucracy that is beyond his ability. With all of his other family members estranged, Fadwa is the final connection for Eddy to a life once full of success and love. 

Today, his fruitless quest continues as he attempts to confront the current BC government to get his island back. His narcissism will not allow him to see the obvious fact that there is no chance of ever getting the island back. This documentary draws a portrait of an obsessed man lost in delusions of justice.

Director, Greg Crompton grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia and boated by Rattlesnake Island numerous times. Eddy’s Kingdomis Greg’s first feature documentary as a solo director. He was always amazed that a man had picked up an AK-47 and held a bunch of hostages over this insignificant, albeit beautiful, speck of land in the Okanagan Lake. The story itself was murky, no one seemed to have it straight. Was Eddy a victim or a terrorist? Was his dream really an amusement park in the middle of a lake? Were the letter bombs real?

Greg’s directorial vision was simple: tell all sides of the story with Eddy as the primary storyteller. It was his story but other voices would be needed in order to create an accurate narrative. Taking Eddy’s point of view wasn’t meant to excuse his actions, but to give voice to someone who had been maligned for decades.

“My goal was to put the audience in an awkward position: a closeness to both a perpetrator of violence and a victim of a conspiracy. It was key that the audience get all the necessary information to pass judgement. I wanted the audience to feel conflicted as to how they ultimately viewed Eddy,” says Greg. “I mixed archival media along with ‘created’ archival media to heighten this experience of subjective truth versus objective truth, of factual truth versus emotional truth. Ultimately, there are no villains in this story; there are no heroes. This is a bizarre tale centred on a complex character, and the audience is right in the middle of it. There is no resolution for Eddy. I wanted to activate the audience. I wanted them to have to pass judgement on a man and his actions.”

Greg has directed, produced, and written award-winning short films, documentaries, and TV shows around the globe. He got his start shooting and directing mini-documentaries in Europe and Africa. He then went on to produce a series of TV shows called VJIAM.tvGo For Gold TV, and Project Green Generation TV. His forays into directing have won awards for the feature documentary Guns to Mics and the short documentary Listening to a Sense of Place. His most recent project was directing the documentary show BC Was Awesome season 3, released in fall 2019. 

Greg Crompton and Eddy Haymour are available for interviews. Screeners are available upon request.

Please contact Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

Victoria Film Festival

Eddy’s Kingdom : Tue | February 11 | 2:45 PM | The Vic
Eddy’s Kingdom : Thu | February 13 | 6:00 PM | Odeon