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Desiderata



Canada Quebec, 2009, HD - Color - 23

DIRECTED BY:
Hugh John Murray

CAST:
Eric Davis

SCREENPLAY:
Hugh John Murray

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Stefan Nitoslawski

EDITING:
Hugh John Murray

SET DESIGN:
Ivan Rubio

COSTUME DESIGN:
Melanie Garcia

MUSIC:
Raycord, Nicolas Maranda, Leon Louder, Hugh John Murray

SOUND:
Glenn Hodges

PRODUCER:
Giulia Frati

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Erasmus, a ‘sensor’ diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder, confronts an existential mid-30s crisis living in a large city of watchers (urbanites) who hide behind technology rather than open themselves to spontaneous interaction. When his anti-anxiety medication inexplicably stops working, he turns to reaching out to people over the internet to distract him from his inevitable slide into neurosis. If modernity and technology are building a wall between people, muses Erasmus, then 'it’s time to become a part of the wall' in the hope of somehow actualizing a real human connection. But then, all is not what it seems as the two worlds Erasmus inhabits start to collide - with surprising results.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Hugh John Murray, MA A graduate of the University of Western Ontario Media Studies program, Hugh John Murray is an independent director, producer and editor based in Montreal.A former director of Maple Street Productions based in Vancouver, he has worked in many creative capacities on everything from music videos to features, including many corporate productions for such clients as Audi Canada, Canadian Tire, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, CBS, Lindala Special Effects (X-files) and IntraWest ULC. In 1999, he co-produced and directed the critically acclaimed Democracy & the Dictator: the real apec story, for CTV, an investigative film that explores the Canadian government’s role in the APEC fiasco of November 1997. In 2002, he was nominated for a Golden Sheaf award for his POV documentary Ironson (SCN / PBS), a film that examines the errosion of prairie culture in Western Canada.With Galafilm Productions in Montréal for 7 years, Hugh John has worked on the docu-dramas War in Korea (TVO/Pathe! France), Big Sugar (CBC/SRC), the CBC/SRC mini series The Great War (2007), in which he was 2nd Unit director, and the ARTE/History docu-drama 1759: Battle for a Continent (2009). He has also worked on numerous other documentaries and dramatic programs for International broadcasters the world over, and has produced and directed yoga and health videos, some of which consistently sell in the top 5 health and wellness videos in the Québec market.Hugh John is the recipient of a 2005 Gemeaux and 2006 Golden Sheaf award for Best Research (L’Empire du Sucre / Big Sugar), and was recently nominated for a Gemeaux for his work on The Great War. As a video artist and VJ, he has performed internationally and has created video installations with dancers in both Canada and Europe. He has recently finished the short film Desiderata for festival consideration.

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