Newfoundland director Stephen Dunn‘s feature film debut Closet Monster tells the story of a teenage boy desperate to escape his dysfunctional family and get a job developing special effects for movies. The film premieres at the Toronto International Festival and will also enjoy a Blue Carpet Gala screening at the 35th Atlantic Film Festival on September 18th.
Stephen Dunn is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre and Ryerson University’s Film Program. His thesis film, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, starring Gordon Pinsent, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has won numerous awards, including the Student Visionary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and Best Live Action Film at the TIFF Student Film Showcase. 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. In 2009 Dunn attended the Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner with his film, The Hall, where film critic Roger Ebert highlighted Dunn as an upcoming filmmaker to watch. — Dunn’s website
Here’s trailer for Closet Monster.