A lonely artist creates a film for his own entertainment in this absurd yet touching short by Vancouver-based director, editor, and musician Derek Janzen. Shot on location in Victoria, “New Harmony” received the Audience Choice Award at the Victoria Short Film Festival just last week. As Janzen shared with us, the film came together in much the same spirit as it celebrates:
“New Harmony began as a concept for a music video that never ended up coming to fruition. However, the idea of the lonely rogue filmmaker never managed to leave my mind and with the encouragement and enthusiasm of lead actor and good friend, Matt Kingcroft, we ended up shooting this in an afternoon with no script, money, or crew. In so many ways, the production of the short came together in a very similar fashion to the piece our character makes throughout the course of the film. A great deal of heart and a pure lack of self-awareness, but in the end we’re equally proud of what we’ve put together.”
Watch above and see credits below!
Directed by Derek Janzen
Starring Matt Kingcroft
Music by Derek Janzen
Sound Mixing by Drew Harris
Special Thanks to Jordan Soles