Ill Fated

Released 2004


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"Reminiscent of the Coen brothers' early work in tone and humour, ILL FATED is an impressive debut by first-time feature director Mark A. Lewis."- Toronto International Film Festival.Mark A. Lewis's ILL FATED plunges the viewer into the boxed-in world of Jimmy (Paul Campbell), a small-town teen who seeks a better life but who sees dead-end signs at every turn out of town. His vague plan to leave and "look into college" is complicated by a revolving door of small-town complications - the demands of his lumpen best friends, his troubled girlfriend, his promiscuous stepmother and cuckolded stepfather. But the biggest complication of all is the return of his womanizing biological dad Earl (Peter Outerbridge), who'd fled in Jimmy's infancy after impregnating the wife of a violent convict (also his best friend). Earl's return is a catalyst to disaster, and a palette for director Lewis to paint a hyper-realist picture of small-town dystopia.ILL FATED was an official selection at several international film festivals including: Toronto, Slamdance, Shanghai, Mannheim-Heidelberg, Gwangju (S. Korea), Pyongpang (N. Korea), Mumbai, Vancouver, Temecula Valley and Durango. At Toronto ILL FATED was sold to prominent distributor THINKFILM for Canadian distribution, at Durango Mark received the prestigious Filmmaker's Award (award given to the most outstanding film as voted for by fellow filmmakers) and at Mannheim-Heidelberg ILL FATED won the "Award of Independent Cinema Owners" (a recommendation for distribution in German cinemas). Further, Mark was awarded top honors in Directing and Screenwriting at the Leo Awards.With Peter Outerbridge (The Murdoch Mysteries, Men With Brooms, Kissed), Paul Campbell (Battlestar Galactica), John Callander (The Dead Zone), Nicki Clyne (Zolar, Hostage Negotiator), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers) Joely Collins (The Gillian Guess Story, Cold Squad), Chris Gauthier (Edison, Scoobymoreless

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Comedy, Drama