The Film:"Good Morning" is, basically, a comedic short film about sexual identity, age anxiety and that awkward moment when you wake up hungover in your apartment to unknowingly discover you are not alone.
Co-directed, co-written and co-starring PETER KNEGT: Peter Knegt is a journalist and film festival programmer based in Montreal, Quebec. He has written largely film-based articles for Salon, The Toronto Star, Variety, Exclaim, Xtra! and most notably, Indiewire, where he has been working in various capacities since 2006 (and currently serves as their Senior Editor). He has attended over 100 film festivals around the world, and worked at a few too, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Image+Nation, QFest Houston (where he currently serves as their shorts programmer), and Picton Picturefest, a film festival and youth retreat in rural Ontario that he co-founded and co-directs. He also wrote a book in 2011 about the history of the Canadian LGBT rights movement. Oh, and "Good Morning" is technically not his acting debut. Follow Peter on Twitter.
Co-written and co-starring OLIVER SKINNER: Raised in London, Ontario, Oliver Skinner is currently an undergraduate student at Concordia University in Montreal. He was a contributor to Indiewire's The Lost Boys blog from 2011 to 2013, and in 2012 (while still in high school) co-directed the short film "Cirque du Foret," which screened in the Toronto International Film Festival's Next Wave competition (you can watch it here).
Co-directed by STEPHEN DUNN: Stephen Dunn is an award-winning filmmaker from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and graduate of Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre and Ryerson University’s Film Program. His thesis film, LIFE DOESN’T FRIGHTEN ME (2012), starring Gordon Pinsent, recently won awards at the TRIBECA, TORONTO, MUNICH, CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS and more. Dunn is the youngest filmmaker ever selected for the TIFF Talent Lab where he won two TIFF RBC INTERNATIONAL EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARDS for his film, SWALLOWED (2011), which also won BEST CANADIAN FILM at the 2012 YoungCuts Festival and the 2011 Peter Gerretsen Award. In 2009 Dunn attended the Cannes Film Festival - Short Film Corner with his film, THE HALL (2009), where film critic Roger Ebert highlighted Dunn as an upcoming filmmaker to watch. Dunn’s motivational TED Talk, Redefining Magic, was recently featured at a TEDx event in Toronto. Dunn is currently developing his first feature, CLOSET MONSTER, with Niv Fichman at Rhombus Media. Follow Stephen on Twitter.
Edited by BRYAN ATKINSON: Bryan Atkinson has been a passionate student of film since the age of 14, and a shameless editor of motion pictures for the last ten years. This winter he cut the feature comedy CUBICLE WARRIORS for Lumanity Productions. Most recently, he completed work on the short film WE WANTED MORE for director Stephen Dunn, whom he met at the Canadian Film Centre. His previous collaboration with Dunn, NIGHT LIGHT, just earned him a Canadian Cinema Editor Award for Best Editing in Short Drama. Previously, Bryan edited on the popular reality series Undercover Boss Canada, the independent feature ONE GOOD REASON, and the documentary short CLARK KENT which screened at the 2012 Worldwide Short Film Festival. He is an ardent supporter of the film community in Toronto and when he's not working you are bound to find him at the cinema.
Produced by MILDA YOO and BRAD HORVATH (follow him on Twitter).
"Good Morning" marks a reunion of sorts for Dunn, Knegt, Yoo, Horvath and Skinner. All five were involved in the aforementioned Picton Picturefest (which you can read about here), which Knegt, Dunn, Horvath and Yoo helped run, and which Skinner attended.
What We Need and What You Get
Our budget is $3,000 and all donations will be put directly into the film. We are doing things as barebones as possible, but even the most micro of microbudget films need equipment and camera rentals and food for the crew.
In return, we can't exactly promise a ticket to our red carpet premiere, because it's extraordinarily unlikely such an event will ever happen. But we can offer your name in our credits and our DVD in your mailboxes. And our lifelong (more or less) appreciation!