Winter Hymns

A Film by Dusty Mancinelli

Synopsis

Logline: Ten-year-old Joshua’s dull afternoon is shattered when his volatile older brother shepherds him through the countryside in search of adventure.

Ten-year-old Joshua is spending his winter break at home in the backcountry of Northern Ontario. His dull afternoon is shattered when his volatile older brother Cain shepherds him outside for the day. Killing time before a Christmas party later that night, the boys journey through the countryside looking for adventure and performing reckless antics. While hiking through the woods on their way home, the boys stumble across an empty cottage. Striving to win his older brother’s affection, Joshua breaks into the cottage in search of alcohol. But when things go horribly wrong, Cain is left to pick up the pieces.

Director

  • Picture of Dusty Mancinelli © Dusty Mancinelli

    Dusty Mancinelli

    Dusty is a Toronto-based writer, director and producer. His short films Soap(2009), Pathways (2011) and Broken Heart Syndrome (2012) have premiered at TIFF and screened at festivals across Canada and around the world. His work has also aired on the CBC and Air Canada. In 2013, Dusty’s Dexter spec script was a semi-finalist at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. In 2015, he was invited to attend the TIFF Talent Lab and the Reykjavík Talent Lab. Dusty is currently in post production on the bravoFACT short The Big Crunch and his most recent film, Winter Hymns, had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival, screened at Slamdance and won the Golden Egg Award at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. From 2007 until 2011, Dusty worked as an assistant to Academy Award nominated director Deepa Mehta. He was the stills photographer and director of the behind the scenes featurette for Mehta’s 2008 film, Heaven on Earth, and her feature film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children. Dusty holds a BFA with Honours in Film Production from York University.

Awards + Festivals

  • 27th CINEFEST SUDBURY (Sudbury, Canada)September 19, 2015
  • 34th VANCOUVER INTERNAT. FILM FESTIVAL (Vancouver, USA)September 24, 2015
  • *GOLDEN EGG AWARD*
    12th REYKJAVIK INTERNAT: FILM FESTIVAL (Reykjavik, Iceland)September 24, 2015
  • 10th HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)November 25, 2015
  • *GRAND JURY AWARD BEST NARRATIVE SHORT*
    22nd SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Los Angeles, USA )January 22, 2016
  • *BEST SHORT*, *BEST DIRECTOR*, *BEST CAST*,
    10th CANADIAN FILM FEST (Toronto, Canada)March 30, 2016
  • 18th SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL (Sarasota, USA)April 5, 2016
  • 20th KANSAS CITY FILM FEST (Kansas, USA)April 15, 2016
  • 5th MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL (Montclair, NJ, USA)April 29, 2016
  • 56th KRAKOW FILM FESTIVAL (Krakow, Poland)May 28, 2016
  • 18th SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL & ASIA (Tokyo, Japan)June 15, 2016
  • 3rd SAMYAK INT’L SHORT FILM & DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Pune, India)August 19, 2016
  • *NOMINATED IN BEST DRAMA*
    21st PORTOBELLO FIM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)September 1, 2016
  • *DIRECTOR'S AWARD*
    5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Raleigh, USA) September 5, 2016
  • 9th NORTHERN WAVE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rif, Iceland)October 21, 2016
  • 13th KONSTANZER KURZ.FILM.SPIELE (Official Selection, Germany)October 23, 2016

Crew

Director
Dusty Mancinelli
Screenplay
Dusty Mancinelli
Producer
Harry Cherniak, Dusty Mancinelli
Director of Photography
Greg Biskup
Art Direction
Gokce Erdem, Marci Mancinelli
Sound
James Lazarenko
Editor
Dusty Mancinelli
Sound Design
Matt Chan

Details

Running Time
15:00
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
2.35:1
Sound
Stereo

Contact

DISTRIBUTION /FILM AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0) 176 - 62965299
markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Harry Cherniak
Inflo Films
harry@inflofilms.com
www.inflofilms.com