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Deipnophobia



Canada, 2004, DV - Color - 20

DIRECTED BY:
Lewis Leon

CAST:
Brandon Birch, Victoria Nestorowicz

SCREENPLAY:
Lewis Leon

PRODUCER:
Richard Keating

WORLD SALES:
None

STORY DESCRIPTION:

John Darwin is an egocentric scholar with a unique phobia that causes him severe anxiety during formal dining engagements. However, he is captivated into accepting a dinner invitation from a beautiful, yet mysterious, Victorian maiden named Charlotte Willows. Follow John through the Willows’ mansion and into the basement where a disturbing family secret is revealed.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

After graduating from St. Michael’s High School in Toronto in 1996, Lewis headed to Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he eventually graduated in 2001 with a double major in Business and English.It was here at Acadia where Lewis wrote “On The Edge” and “Too Old For The Nursery”. These plays were produced during the 1999 season at the Minifest Theatre Festival, which is a well-known venue for select young talent to present their works. Again in 2000 one of Lewis’ plays “Fever in a Fishbowl” was produced at Minifest.His curiosity of the various pallets on which to portray his creativity led Lewis into writing, producing, and directing a variety of short films, including a modern adaptation of Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale”.During his enrollment at the Toronto Film School, Lewis wrote, produced and directed the short documentary Love.com. This film went on to win Best Documentary at the Toronto Film School Film Festival and was the recipient of a national film award for Best Documentary at the Aspirations Film Festival. Love.com went on to international acclaim and screened at festivals in Beirut, Athens, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and Utah.Lewis’ next film, Deipnophobia, was nominated for ten awards at the Toronto Film School Film Festival and won five including: Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Victoria Nestorowicz), Best Producer (Richard Keating), and Best Cinematography (Mohamed Hassan). Lewis was nominated for Best Director.Lewis is the proud recipient of the WILLIAM MARSHALL AWARD given to the student that best combines academic excellence with artistry.Currently, Lewis is adapting Deipnophobia into a feature film.

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