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Check out the below news release regarding the most-excellent Stephen Dunn, who won TWO AWARDS AT TIFF! His film, "Swallowed," completely deserves this recognition, it's a beautiful film that everyone should check out.

I'm going to try my best to chat with Stephen over the next few days, so please stay tuned :)



21-Year-Old Stephen Dunn Wins Big With Film SWALLOWED At The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival As Part Of The RBC Emerging Filmmaker’s Award Ceremony And Walks Away with $15,000

Stephen Dunn, a 3rd year Ryerson Student, hailing from St. John’s Newfoundland, has already began making waves in the Canadian film industry on a professional level.

In autumn of 2009 Dunn was selected as one of 25 international participants for the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) prestigious Talent Lab program. During his week in the Talent Lab, Dunn was mentored by a host of first class pedigree filmmakers and actors such as Danny Boyle, Miranda July, Tilda Swinton, Jane Campion, Don McKellar, Brian De Palma and many more. Dunn is the youngest person ever to be selected in the history of the Talent Lab.

As a part of the program each participant was given a camera and a budget of $500 to make a film on the subject of water. Participants were encouraged to directly apply what they had learned from the lab into their films, and this is just what Dunn did.

Dunn’s film, Swallowed, is a haunting fable of a young woman (Meghan Greeley, Crackie) who spends her entire life mourning her husband at the bottom of a cast iron bathtub after he is swallowed by a whale.

Mark Bennett and Linda Dunn, along with Stephen, were the dream team producers of the film (Stephen’s best friend and his mother). The music was created by Simon Ahmadi, who adapted Dunn’s poem into a haunting folk song which drives the narrative of the film.

The Awards Ceremony took place on September 16th in the RBC Tower where Swallowed walked away with the 2nd place Jury Prize along with $10,000, and the Fan Favourite Award with $5,000. The first place award went to veteran filmmaker and sound designer Jane Tattersal for her film Hot Water starring Paul Gross and Martha Burns.

In 2009 Dunn attended the Cannes Film Festival with his film, The Hall, and obtained notoriety from film critic Roger Ebert as an up and coming filmmaker to watch. The Hall was made by a group of friends from Ryerson in part for the 48 film festival, in which Dunn wrote and directed. The film won several awards on a national and international level including a selection of the Best of All Time in the history of the festival.

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