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Two friends reunite and resolve to make amends to their childhood teacher. Unfortunately, the sweetest reward in store for them is a plate of cookies.
Fahim Moussi
Montreal, Quebec
4 Team Members


Sam and Charlie are two friends who, after being apart for many years, meet again at an old teacher’s funeral. They are soon guilt-stricken as they reminisce about the childish pranks they pulled on their teachers years ago. Revelations–and regrets–quickly ensue when they decide to go apologize to another former teacher.

Lessons Learned is the next short film by Montreal filmmaker AJ Korkidakis. The project delves into expectations, judgment, and the way we choose to remember certain people. The film stays true to AJ’s style with a touch of dark comedy and irony all the while tackling important existentialist questions.


Poster for Lessons Learned


Professional film-making isn't just a matter of getting your hands on an expensive camera.  So much goes into the budget, from granny-looking wallpaper to giant props being moved in minivans, and we try to minimize costs anywhere we can. 

Christina, the film's art director, is doing all she can with a dollar-store shopping cart and sheer determination, but even with all her ingenuity we're still going to need lights and sound equipment... and that doesn't come cheap!

Every cent counts in a production, so take advantage of one of our awesome perks (have a look in the right-hand column) and please get involved in making this project a success by sharing our Indiegogo campaign on your social networks.

Fantasy Perks

We're proud to feature two new, unique perks for our supporters. These perks—The Ghostwriter and The Film Maker—allow our contributors a glimpse of what it's like to make a film! Claim these perks to get either a personalized script or a storyboard version of your fantasy.

Examples (click to view):

Fantasy Script: "Someone who fights crime with kittens

Fantasy Storyboard: "The end to Justin Bieber's reign of terror"


The Director: AJ Korkidakis

AJ Korkidakis is an up-and-coming Montreal filmmaker whose talent extends well beyond writing and directing. He has conceptualized, shot and edited numerous music videos for various Montreal artists, including Kid Koala and Sevens Project featuring Patrick Watson. He has won multiple awards for his video projects including Best Music Video at Young Cuts, and has had his films play at TIFF, Just for Laughs and on the CBC.

The Producers

Dana Florescu

Two questions that never leave Dana's mind: What makes a good story and how do we best tell that story on screen? Having worked on numerous film sets, from student productions to Hollywood blockbusters (Smurfs 2, Red 2), these questions fuel Dana’s passion for the industry. Lessons Learned will be her second producing credit, and will likely not be her last.

Renee Tousignant

Renee Tousignant is a recent Concordia graduate, completing a bachelors in Communication Studies, with a minor in Film. The last short she produced, Nulle Part Ailleurs, played in the enRoute Air Canada Film Festival and the Rendez Vous du Cinema Quebecois. She is currently working as assistant to the producer at a film production company in Montreal. In her spare time, she enjoys watching an excessive amount of television.

Rhiannon Moller-Trotter

Rhiannon Moller-Trotter has been acting for most of her life, and loves creating stories and bringing them to life. This short film will be one of the first times that she has been on the producing side of a production, and she is very excited to continue on this path as well. She hopes to one day produce horror films, and is currently co-creating and co-writing a feature film and web series.

The Cast

Kyle Gatehouse

Kyle has been in numerous productions, from Hollywood films to successfull short films, including Source Code and Le Trotteur. When he isn't busy acting, Kyle writes and produces a web series (Matt and Kyle and Matt) with friend and co-star, Matthew Raudsepp.

Check out Kyle's IMDb page

Matthew Raudsepp

Since graduating from the Professional Theatre Acting program at John Aboott College, Matthew has been seen both on stage and on screens across the country. When he isn't acting or co-producing/writing/acting in Matt and Kyle and Matt, Matthew is busy making music with his group Honheehonhee.

Check out Matthew's IMDb page.

Jeanne Ostiguy

Jeanne has been teaching and acting for the last 25 years. Her roles have been as numerous as they have been diverse, including well established television shows, La Galère and Le Négociateur.

Check out Jeanne's IMDb page.

Tristan D. Lalla

Whether it's acting in large studio films or independent Shakespearean plays, Tristan has been perfecting his craft since his tender teenage years. Winner of many awards, Tristan is well know on the Montreal acting scene.

Check out Tristan's website.


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Select a Perk
  • $10CAD
    The Patron

    An HD digital download of the film and the comfort of knowing you made a difference in the world.

    8 claimed
  • $25CAD
    The Fan

    A full-size copy of the film's poster signed by the cast and crew. Retail value: Priceless. (Shipping free for Montreal area, $2 for Canada, $3 for U.S.)

    13 claimed
  • $45CAD
    The Ghost Writer

    Do you have a dream job? A celebrity crush you're still hanging on to? Well grab this perk and send us a brief description and we'll turn that fantasy into an authentic screenplay! For an example, have a look under "Fantasy Perks" in the project description.

    1 out of 20 claimed

    The VIP

    Tickets for you and a friend to our exclusive wrap party. (Two drinks included!). Meet the cast and crew, schmooz with the producers, and meet all kinds of industry folk.

    5 out of 5 claimed
  • $60CAD
    The Hardcore Fan

    An limited-edition Lessons Learned graphic novel produced from the film's storyboards and signed by the artist and creator. Get 'em while supplies last!

    6 out of 15 claimed
  • $75CAD
    The Film Maker

    An original illustrated storyboard depicting your ultimate dream scenario. Just send us a description of your fantasy and we'll turn it into a cinematic piece for your wall! For an example, have a look under "Fantasy Perks" in the project description.

    2 out of 10 claimed
  • $100CAD
    The Know-It-All

    Claim this perk to receive a customized two hour workshop on a topic of your choice, taught by AJ in his studio! Topics include: Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Photo + Video Camera Techniques, & Lighting- all topics AJ has previously given workshops on at Dawson College & Concordia University! Plus, feel free to invite up to two friends!

    3 out of 5 claimed

    The Slave Driver

    Our lives. Your hands. Two whole hours. Obviously, conditions apply. Cash in this perk to have our crew be your slaves for a period of two (2) hours. If you want to see dedication at its finest, this is your chance. (NOTE: Recipient must be located in or around the Montreal area)

    5 out of 5 claimed
  • $500CAD
    Associate Producer

    An associate producer credit on our IMDB entry and a signed copy of the movie's poster.

    1 out of 2 claimed

    The Executive Producer

    An executive producer credit on our IMDB entry and a signed copy of the movie's poster.

    1 out of 1 claimed
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