Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the World Premiere of my first film THE MANIPULATOR AND THE SUBSERVIENT at the Bearded Child Film Festival in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. My film was screened to such great acclaim that it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize of Best Picture. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine getting my film accepted into a film festival, much less winning an award.

But lo and behold, THE MANIPULATOR AND THE SUBSERVIENT would then go on the next day to have its Canadian Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival where it was nominated for 4(!) awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing as part of a short film competition sponsored by Vision Globale.

Since that fateful weekend, I have gone on to make seven films, all of which have screened the world over winning prizes and kudos all around. But in the end, any shred of notoriety I have managed to gain over these past 10 years is due to the unexpected success of my very first picture, THE MANIPULATOR AND THE SUBSERVIENT.

Here is the opening scene from that film, which in itself has gone on to become quite the cult item on YouTube with over 850,000 views and counting.


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