Director Biography – Keith Stoute (LIVING WITH THE DEAD)

In 2005 Keith had a lucid dream and turned this vision in to a script for what became Living With the Dead. Shooting commenced in 2006 and completed in 2019, with post production completed in 2020.

Keith Stoute is founder and president of Visual Antidote, a boutique IT consulting firm and software manufacturer with customers all over the world. He is a serial tech entrepreneur and inventor whose products have been used by tens of thousands of customers around the world.

Director Statement

Living With the Dead has been a passion project of mine for well over a decade. I hope everyone finds this to be a unique and original blend of comedy, drama and horror genres. Ultimately this film is about dealing with a difficult life experience and growing as a person because of it.

As production spanned nearly 13 years I was able to film the main actor as both a young and middle-aged man, no small feat-feat for an independent short. I’d be thrilled if you watch and enjoy this film.

Short Film: LIVING WITH THE DEAD, 15min., Canada, Comedy


Heartbroken after a breakup, Theo looks for a new place to live and settles into a downtrodden apartment which he shares with its current tenant – a zombie. Theo struggles to find motivation, while his living-dead roommate provides both solace and danger. Will he be eaten, or has he roomed with the ultimate drinking buddy? In this dark comedy, that which does not eat you makes you stronger!

Director Biography – Muhammad K. Smith (STUCK)


Muhammad K. Smith is a South Korean filmmaker based in Seoul. His short film, A Bitter Cold (2016), received the Best Short Film Award at the Korea Youth Film Festival and the Best Self-Portrait Award at the Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival. His latest short, Stuck (2019), received both the Audience Award for Short Film and Best Short Film at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and is continuing its festival run in 2019-2020. Currently, he is preparing his feature debut with Ham, a horror film set in South Korea.

Director Statement

Two men are stuck. One, penetrated by a tall steel pipe. The other, immobilized by the weight of his conscience. As the two ponder the most reasonable course of action to take in a highly absurd debate, I hope to deconstruct the accepted code of ethical behavior while playfully stretching the limits of the audience’s patience.

HIGHLIGHTS – APRIL 2021 COMEDY Short Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best COMEDY Film: THE MAN OF THE TERMS OF SERVICE
Best ROMANCE Film: THE MANILA LOVER
Funniest Film: ONCE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN
Best Performances: TUTTI IN BALLO
Best Cinematography: CONVERSATIONS AT DUSK
Best Sound & Music: SERGI & IRINA
Best Direction: PARENTHOOD 2050

Theme of night: Starting over after trauma.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE MAN OF THE TERMS OF SERVICE, 13min., Japan, Comedy
festival posterTHIS IS THE WAY, 4min., USA, Comedy/Action
festival posterMESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE, 3min., USA, Comedy/Animation
festival posterONCE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, 8min., Comedy
festival posterTUTTI IN BALLO, 15min., Italy, Comedy/Family
festival posterJUICE ACTORS, 8min., Japan, Comedy
festival posterPARENTHOOD 2050, 9min., USA, Comedy/Romance
festival posterCONVERSATIONS AT DUSK, 10min., USA, Romance
festival posterSERGI & IRINA, 24min., Spain, Romance
festival posterTHE MANILA LOVER, 26min., Norway/Philippines, Romance

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

COMEDY TV PILOT Reading: THE BELFAST CONNECTION, by John Donovan

A television series dramady where the present day protagonist have to explain events from their pasts which which implicate them in a criminal racketeering and murder investigation.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Allison Kampf
Young Barry/Conrad – Sean Ballantyne
Colleen – Kyana Teresa
Big Freddie/Gordon/Dennis Scully: Bill Poulin
Co-Worker/Bicyclist/Bystander/Gak/Raymond: Shawn Devlin
Young Livy/Frances/Barry’s Mother: Hannah Ehman
Eddie/Young Brendan/Gerry: Geoff Mays
Bunkers/Morty/Sammy: Steve Rizzo