Narrative and Music Video Projects

Past Redemption 2

Season 2 | The Coming Storm

Release: Fall 2021
3 x 45 min  Episodes

A dead girl is found in an open hay field tied.

* Where did she come from?
* Who killed her and why?

It is the central mystery of Past Redemption S2 | The Coming Storm and reveals the sinister world of trafficking of young women.

Detectives from the town of Redemption are drawn into the dark underbelly of big city street crime that has gone international.

8mm home movies shot more than 20 years ago become a spark that ignites a war that may lead to the final days of the powerful Wesley crime family.

Dark, compelling and engaging!

The series drives down a road that may take us Past Redemption.

 

Two Trust

Short: 9:33
Dance

The arc of a relationship through dance.

Choreographer Cathy Kyle Fenton.

Dancers Amanda Bon and Sarah Hopkin.

Film produced by SDC Video Productions. Directed by Steven Hunt

Contact

Short: 9:30
Monster Pool Film Festival

Contact is a short film produced by SDC Video for the Ottawa-based Monster Pool Film Festival organized by local filmmakers.

Story

A young forensic researcher notices an inconsistency in the timecode from various live cameras near the scene of a crime. It leads to her own demise.

 

Pyongyang

Music Video: 6:25
from Album Boomerang Kids
by Scary Bear Soundtrack

This music video was produced by SDC Video for Scary Bear Soundtrack for their album “boomerang kids” released on March 30, 2019

Puppets by Grant Harding
http://theabstractions.blogspot.com/p/workshops.html

The band’s website can be found here

The Fifth Rail

Short : 3:00
Digi60 Film Festival

Set in the early 1920’s, two homeless men steal a suitcase with unexpected rewards and international intrigue.

Sinnerman

Music Video: 3:54
The Nellotones
Album: Read Page Six

Sinnerman is an African American traditional spiritual song.

The lyrics describe a sinner attempting to hide from divine justice on Judgement Day.

The Nellotones are an Ottawa-based jazz/blues combo.

Past Redemption 1

Webseries: 9×10 min
Season 1:

Past Redemption is a character-driven series about survival in a small impoverished town, where the options are to be law abiding and live in poverty or be involved in petty crime where prospects – and risks – increase dramatically.

Added to this, Redemption and the rural communities past Redemption are  the historic birthplace of a major crime family – the Wesleys.

The Town that Crime Left Behind

When the Wesley crime bosses moved out of the region two or three decades earlier, as did many businesses, it left behind a legacy of a morally corrupt environment where crime is a proud tradition. However, the Wesley name still carries a threatening tone, even if the Redemption Wesleys have little or no contact with the crime family in the big city.

Website :http://pastredemptionseries.com/

Older Documentaries

It’s Time

Domestic Violence and the Justice System in Africa

Documentary: 1×60 minutes
Shot in Ethiopia and South Africa

African Women Join Hands Against Domestic Violence allows an inside glimpse into the lives of African women and girls forced to flee abuse. The video tells how a unique partnership between a Canadian agency and two African organizations is working to combat an epidemic of domestic violence.

From the dangerous streets of post-apartheid Johannesburg, South Africa to the impoverished countryside of Ethiopia where up to 80% of marriages result from abduction and rape, this provocative video provides insights into how domestic violence is intertwined with the history and the social and cultural fabrics of these African countries.

Project was funded by CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Justice Education Society

Available for distribution from Journeyman Pictures UK

 

Thank you very much for your work directing It’s Time.  We very much appreciate all the work you have done to make the film a success.  Reviews to date have been very positive…..

We are pleased to have worked with you on this film and appreciate the commitment that you made to the project.

Rick Craig

Executive Director, Justice Education Society

The film treats sensitive issues (sexual violence and indigenous women), and Steve’s treatment (SDC) was equally sensitive….

He was also extremely competent from a project management perspective, which meant that I could focus on offering Inter Pares’ input into the film’s script and editing. We are very teamwork-based as an institution, which meant a lot of cooks in the kitchen, but Steve had endless patience for our many revisions and last-minute “final” changes.

The end result was a film which audiences have uniformly found very moving and a testimony to our social justice work.

Samantha McGavin

Communications Director, Inter Pares

Rising from the Ashes

Documentary: 1×30
Produced for Inter Pares

Peru’s civil war killed more than 70,000 people. The brutality of the armed conflict shocked Peruvians when the truth was revealed in 2003.

But in addition, hidden from view and primarily high in the Andes, the armed conflict left hundreds of victims of sexual violence, primarily indigenous women.

Rising from the Ashes is an inspiring story of women taking on new roles in Peru and seeking a more just and peaceful society.

Terrorism Courts

More than 1,400 prisoners were held in jail for terrorism charges based mostly on false confessions. This excerpt deals with Gladys Canales, who spent eight years in prison before being found innocent and released.

Systematic Rape
The Federal army systematically raped women in Peruvian villages. One of the first rape cases to provoke national outrage after the end of the civil war was that of Georgina Gamboa.

She was raped at the age of 16, first in her home and then in a police station in Ayacucho. Despite the fact that she identified the eleven officers and one civilian who raped her and filed formal charges, they were found not guilty.

Nevertheless, she continued to press her charges at the international level.

This video production was produced for Inter Pares in Ottawa.

Broadcasts:

Access Alberta
AVRO Holland
AXESSTV Sweden
CourtTV Canada
Documentary Channel USA
Lanete Poland
RDI Radio-Canada Society
RTP Portugal

Duel with the Devil

Homicide and Justice in Guatemala

Documentary: 1×60

This provocative story follows homicide detectives through the streets of Guatemala City who are attempting to improve that nation’s dismal yearly rate of convictions – less than 15 out of 5,000 murders.

Guatemala is a country in the grip of perpetual violence.

Since the overthrow of the government by the CIA in the early 1950’s, injustice, human rights abuses and murder have become the norm in Guatemalan society. But the level of violence has reached a level equal to the violence during the 30-year armed conflict.

In 2004, there were more than 5,300 murders but fewer than 15 convictions.

In the eyes of Guatemalans, the justice system is associated with fear, mistrust and intimidation. Now an elite group of Guatemalan prosecutors and homicide detectives are trying to change this with an assault against the cabal of evil.

Armed with forensic training from the RCMP, they are setting out to fundamentally change the judicial system.

Video Production follows RCMP

Duel With The Devil is a documentary video production that follows a special homicide task force, including members of the RCMP,  as they tackle the thousands of homicides that occur every year.

But it is also a human story about individuals who confront violence on a daily basis and risk their lives – just by seeking justice.

Duel With The Devil has access to areas rarely seen, even by Guatemalans, and we meet both victims and the perpetrators.

Distributed through Journeyman Pictures UK

Festivals:

Calgary International Film Festival
Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival
Vancouver: Pacific Cinematheque

Searching for Balance

Documentary: 1×60
Vision Television

Costa Rica has five percent of the world’s total biodiversity but it is being depleted as forests are being converted to farm land and other uses. This is affecting the productivity of the land as watersheds are destroyed and fragile soil eroded.

Searching for Balance is a story of Canadian and Costa Rican cooperation to find a balance between the differing demands for the land and explore ways that wildlife and humans can co-exist.

With the support of the Canadian government, the World Wildlife Fund Canada focused on the overlap between community development and landscape conservation to help preserve the life-supporting ecosystems that nourish humans and wildlife.

Complex Reasons for Deforestation

Deforestation is often due to a complex combination of factors that include new demands on land from industrial agriculture, cattle ranching and mining to provide for a growing population and an expanding economy.

At other times, it is an issue of rural poverty: after their land has been drained of its productive abilities because of poor farming techniques, needy families search for new, forested areas to clear.

Other issues such as illegal logging, mining and the heavy use of chemicals for produce such as bananas have also played a role.

Video Production Broadcast on Vision Television

This production was broadcast on Vision-TV and had a companion website which is now archived and not updated on a regular basis.