World Premiere screening of Internet film “The Accidental Time Traveller” from Bajan Cinematographer at the CaribbeanTales Film Showcase during TIFF 2012.
The science-fiction short film “The Accidental Time Traveller” produced by partners For Zabou Productions and Flyin’ Monkey Films, aims to change the standard distribution model of web series.
Filmed entirely in Toronto, “The Accidental Time Traveller” is the creation of Canadian writer Steve Kasan and Barbados born writer and director Rodney V. Smith. The 30 minute short film has been designed to serve two purposes, one as a standalone short film for entry into film festivals around the world, as well as a pilot episode into the upcoming web based series “Out of Time”. The World Premiere screening at Caribbean Tales 2012 on September 15 at the Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto, marks the first stage of the ambitious plan by Smith and Kasan to positively impact distribution for web series.
“The Accidental Time Traveller” stars Steve Kasan, Julia MacPherson, Robert Nolan and a large Toronto based multi-cultural cast. The film is a science-fiction story that follows the Kasan as the titular character Chris Allman in the quest to stop the murder of his girlfriend Sara (Macpherson). Always one step ahead of Chris is the coldly calculating Dr Osborn (Nolan) and his cronies (Katie MacTavish, Dave Dalziel and Brian Quintero), who all share the repeated mantra “whatever has happened, stays happened” and will do anything to stop Chris from achieving his goal. First-time director Shailene Garnett co-directs with Rodney who is best known for his former highly rated web series “Dominion”.
“It’s an exciting new project and I’m glad to be able to have the first public screening in Toronto,” says Smith. “We’ve been looking forward to this next step since it is really about controlling our distribution of the series, and I’m glad to be able to get it started with CaribbeanTales.”
This is be the second year of Smith’s involvement with CaribbeanTales, and this year he returns in the additional role of mentor/producer to the participants in the Incubator program for Caribbean filmmakers hosted by CaribbeanTales.
Program director and founder Frances-Anne Solomon: “Rodney Smith is one of the most innovative and skilled filmmakers from our region and we are delighted to be able to support his most recent project”. The Incubator Program is hosted the week before the Toronto International Film Festival and allows participants to have valuable exposure to TIFF.
CaribbeanTales promotes and showcases Caribbean themed films of all genres, celebrating the unique voice of the Caribbean in all its shapes, incarnations and diversity, including: culture, comedy, animation, sci-fi, diaspora stories, stories of cultural identity and multicultural identity and relationships.
You can follow Out Of Time on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Tumblr @outoftimeseries.
This is the first production from For Zabou Productions, headed by producer Dulce Felix. Flyin’ Monkey Films has been in operation for 6 years and has produced a number of short films and music videos under director/producer Rodney V. Smith.