Madame Perrault's Bluebeard
Director: A.J. Bond
Producer/Cinematographer: Amy Belling
Editor: Rachel Katz
A fantasy re-envisioning of the classic fairytale “Bluebeard” by Charles Perrault, in which Perrault's young wife reads herself into his dark allegory on marital mistrust.
Web Site: http://www.amybelling.com/index.php/narrative/bluebeard
A.J. BOND - Director
Born in Edmonton and raised in Vancouver, A.J. began his film career as a child actor appearing in numerous Canadian films such as Gary Burns’ Kitchen Party, and Anne Wheeler’s Better Than Chocolate. In 2003, A.J. graduated from the University of British Columbia Film Programme where he produced and edited the award-winning short, Why the Anderson Children Didn’t Come to Dinner, which played at over 50 film festivals worldwide. Numerous editing projects followed, including Alex Levine’s short film, My Old Man, based on the works of Charles Bukowski, as well as two short behind-the-scenes documentaries for Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama. In 2004, A.J. incorporated Modern Family Productions with Jamie Travis and Amy Belling and the trio began developing their second short film, The Saddest Boy in the World. A.J. was accepted into the 2005 Editors’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre where he edited Vivieno Caldinelli’s short comedy, If I See Randy Again, Do You Want Me to Hit Him with the Axe? which went on to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2006 A.J. completed The Patterns Trilogy, another series of award winning short films that he produced and edited with Jamie Travis. In 2007, A.J. made his debut as a writer and director with the short film Hirsute. Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hirsute went on to play at over 50 film festivals around the world and won several festival prizes including Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Film at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival. A.J. is currently developing his first feature film, Wisteria.
AMY BELLING - Producer/Director of Photography
A UBC film and theatre graduate, Amy is both a Genie-nominated producer and AFI cinematography fellow with a slate of successful short, feature and television projects. Why the Anderson Children Didn’t Come to Dinner (2003) premiered to great acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sixty film festival screenings and numerous awards later, the film has aired on CBC, The Comedy Network and PBS. Subsequent shorts include Once a Fish (2005) for Citytv, which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival; Regarding Sarah (2006), which garnered numerous international awards and a Genie nomination in 2008; and The Saddest Boy in the World (2006), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival – as well as playing Slamdance, Rotterdam and Karlovy Vary – and for which Amy also served as director of photography. Both of the latter shorts also aired on CBC. She is the associate producer of the theatrical feature Mount Pleasant (2006). Television experience includes working as production manager and cinematographer for the first season of Bravo’s documentary series On Screen!, as well as documentary shoots in Haiti and Korea. In 2005, Amy attended the Berlinale Talent Campus as a cinematographer delegate where Kodak highlighted her work, and in both 2003 and 2007 she was a Leo Award nominee for Best Cinematography in a Short Drama and Best Short. In 2006, Amy attended the TIFF Talent Lab, for which she created a self- portrait which was chosen by Motorola to screen as one of two trailers at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. The short film Hirsute (2007) which she produced and shot also premiered at TIFF that year. Always multi-tasking, Belling spearheaded the UBC Film Production Alumni Association (helping to save the UBC Film Programme from cancellation) and recently completed her Masters of Fine Arts studies in cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. Belling is the recipient of several career achievement awards including the Kodak Image Award at the Women in Film Spotlight Gala Awards in 2007, the 2009 Daryl Duke Scholarship, and most recently the 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award at UBC. Currently, Amy is developing the feature film Wisteria with development financing from Telefilm Canada and support from the National Screen Institute’s Features First programme. Can get other biographies for other key creatives as well.