- KEVAN FUNK
In 2013, after a string of official selections at TIFF, Kevan Funk was asked to attend TIFF Talent Labs. There, he was able to nurture and develop a short story call DESTROYER, inspired the Steubenville High School incidents that occurred in Steubenville, Ohio, when a high school girl, incapacitated by alcohol, was publicly and repeatedly sexually assaulted by her peers, several of whom documented the acts in social media.
The next year, Kevan returned and premiered two new short films at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, DESTROYER and YELLOWHEAD, the former being named Runner Up in the RBC Emerging Filmmaker Competition and the latter earning a Special Jury Mention. YELLOWHEAD was also named Best Short Film at the Calgary International Film Festival, as well as being named to Canada’s Top Ten for 2014. Destroyer went on to play at Raindance, Melbourne, Hamptons and was awarded the Lodestar Award for Best Short Film at Dawson City Short Film Festival.
DESTROYER was also featured on ShortOfTheWeek.com, Booooooom.com and Vimeo's Staff Picks, where it accumulated over 150,000 views. Watch it below:
Soon after, Kevan penned the screenplay for the feature length adaptation of the short, bringing on Producers Daniel Domachowski and Haydn Wazelle. Kevan also added off and on-screen friend and long-time collaborator, Benjamin Loeb who has worked on every single one of Kevan Funk's films.
Their pairing began in 2010 with the short film, A FINE YOUNG MAN, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win the Grand Jury Prix at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Alberta Spirit Award at the Calgary International Film Festival, as well as garnering Kevan three Leo Awards (Best Short Film, Best Direction, Best Screenwriting).
Kevan’s and Ben's 2012 short film, SAINT PIERRE, premiered at the 50th edition of the prestigious New York Film Festival and the following year THIS BLEEDING HEART (produced with support from BravoFACT), was selected to screen at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as a part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short On Talent showcase.
His most recent short film, BISON, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and went onto be selected for Canada’s Top Ten 2015.
Kevan holds a bachelor’s degree in Film, Video and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada. He has participated in the Melbourne International Film Festival's Accelerator Talent Campus and has been a member of the Jury Of Peers at the Banff World Television Festival three times. He currently resides in Vancouver, BC.
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"...Destroyer’s brilliant touch, though, is in displaying that the problem isn’t just that we won’t talk about it after: it’s that we don’t talk about it at all. By the time there is something to say, none of these young men know how to do it, and none of us know how to listen."
- NATIONAL POST
"Hello Destroyer is a disturbing, uncomfortable hockey movie to watch. It's also brilliant."
- THE HOCKEY NEWS
'While Kevan Funk's storytelling, direction, and visual eye are top notch, the film belongs to Jared Abrahamson who gives an almost Brando level performance here...This isn’t just one of the best Canadian films of the year. It’s one of the best of the past decade.'
- THE TORONTO FILM SCENE
"...Canada itself has yielded a number of terrific pictures about its National Sport (Face Off, Paperback Hero, Goon), but none with the genuine force and power of Hello Destroyer."
- THE FILM CORNER
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