Patterson`s Wager press kit Feb 10


Patterson`s Wager press kit Feb 10
North American Distributor:
Avi Federgreen
IndieCan Entertainment Inc.
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O. Corbin Saleken
Silent Ibis Entertainment Inc.
[email protected]
Patterson’s Wager
A man discovers that he has the unpredictable ability to see two minutes into
the future.
One moment Charles (Fred Ewanuick) is alone in his living room, the next
moment there’s rain and thunder and lightning, then a branch suddenly
materializes out of nowhere and crashes to the floor in front of him. Then it
all just disappears, just like that, leaving no trace behind.
Before he’s able to process the bizarre event, it starts raining outside,
only this time for real. Then there’s a huge crack of thunder, and a bolt of
lightning suddenly shoots down and hits a tree across the street and a branch
breaks off and falls to the ground.
Is Charles losing his mind? Was it all just a really strong case of déjà
vu, as Audrey (Chelah Horsdal), his girlfriend, later suggests? Or could it be
that maybe, just maybe, he’s developed the unpredictable ability to see two
minutes into the future?
One moment Charles (Fred Ewanuick) is alone in his living room, down on
one knee practicing his proposal, the next moment there’s rain and thunder
and lightning, then a branch suddenly materializes out of nowhere and
crashes to the floor in front of him. Then it all just disappears, just like that,
leaving no trace behind.
Before he’s able to process the bizarre event, it starts raining outside,
only this time for real. Then there’s a huge crack of thunder, and a bolt of
lightning suddenly shoots down and hits a tree across the street and a branch
breaks off and falls to the ground.
The next morning, Charles tells Audrey (Chelah Horsdal), his
girlfriend, about what happened. He’s distraught at the possibility that he
might have hallucinated, and that the hallucination could have dire medical
implications. That the “vision” ended up coming true makes the whole thing
even more confusing.
Audrey tries to reassure him, and suggests that maybe he was just
having a really strong case of déjà vu. Charles is adamant that this wasn’t
the case. that it was a lot more real than any déjà vu he’d ever experienced
before. Since they both aren’t willing to call it a supernatural premonition,
neither has a valid explanation for what happened.
Troubled by both his inexplicable experience and his indecision about
how and when and if he should propose to Audrey, Charles returns to his job
as an auto insurance adjuster – a position in which he is constantly required
to assess the truthfulness of the people with whom he talks.
Madeline (Gillian Barber), his co-worker, notices that something’s not
right, and she asks if there’s anything she can do to help. Though he doesn’t
tell her about his “vision,” Charles does tell her that he’s thinking of
proposing to his girlfriend. She offers him some advice, and tells him not to
worry too much about it, that he’ll know when it’s the right time.
Two weeks pass without further incident. Charles is still anxious
about his “condition,” but Audrey manages to convince him that it was a
one-off event. Unfortunately, his relief is short-lived.
On the way home from dinner, the couple pulls into a parking lot and
Charles proceeds to have another vision. This time, however, it would
appear that Charles can not only maybe see two minutes in the future, he
might also be able to change it.
Otter’s Dad
Otter’s Mum
Otter’s Grandpa
Otter’s Great, Great Grandpa
Dr. Collins
Fred Ewanuick
Chelah Horsdal
Alex Zahara
Michelle Creber
Anne Openshaw
Garry Chalk
Gillian Barber
Daniel Jeffery
Andrew Gillingham
Tom McBeath
writer, director, producer, and editor
co-producer and casting
directors of photography
production designer
costume designer
location sound mixer
key hair and makeup
computer effects artist
O. Corbin Saleken
Alex Zahara
Nelson Talbot & Graham Talbot
Rebecca Sjonger
Nataliya Fedulova
Anton Thomas
Joyce Tu
Kial Natale
At its core, Patterson’s Wager is about trust and faith and belief, notions in
which I’ve always been interested. Throughout the film, people tell each
other stories. In each of these instances, the receivers of these stories –
whether it be, say, Charles (Fred Ewanuick) the auto insurance adjuster
listening to the story of how a squirrel supposedly caused a driver to crash
their car, or Charles’ girlfriend Audrey (Chelah Horsdal) listening to Charles
tell her about the supernatural event he seemingly experienced – must decide
whether or not they should believe the storytellers. We are all of us
constantly placed in similar situations every day of our lives.
How do we determine if we can trust someone? Must it ultimately be
a matter of faith? Maybe we choose to believe a given story simply because
we want it to be true?
The film’s screenplay was the product of a number of bits and pieces
that I’d been mulling over for quite a while. The main story – of a man who
discovers that he can see two minutes into the future – was based on a short
story that I wrote several years ago. When I decided to translate and expand
the short story into script form, I just started pulling a whole bunch of
seemingly disparate ideas into what would eventually become Patterson’s
Wager, my first feature film.
I’ve written several feature-length scripts over the years, but it always
seemed like an impossible feat to actually get one of them made. I had no
idea where I could find potential investors, or how I’d convince a funding
body to give me the necessary resources. In the end, I didn’t want to spend
the rest of my life talking about the movies I was never going to make, so I
decided to dip (heavily) into my savings and fund the project myself.
My intent with Patterson’s Wager was to make an entertaining,
thoughtful, heart-felt, funny, unique movie. Thanks to a remarkably good
cast of actors and a talented, dedicated crew, I believe we managed to
achieve this. I honestly could not be happier with the final result.
Audrey (Chelah Horsdal) and Charles (Fred Ewanuick) spend time together.
Charles (Fred Ewanuick) and Audrey (Chelah Horsdal) toast to no more visions.
Another day at the office for Charles (Fred Ewanuick).
Audrey (Chelah Horsdal) asks a question.
Otter’s Dad (Alex Zahara) and Grandpa (Garry Chalk) tell Otter (Michelle Creber)
the family secret.
Otter’s Mum (Anne Openshaw) and Otter (Michelle Creber) have a conversation
about trust.
The Patterson’s Wager crew dollies with Michelle Creber.
Fred Ewanuick, writer/director O. Corbin Saleken, and Directors of Photography
Nelson and Graham Talbot review a shot.
The Patterson’s Wager crew prepares to film at Jolly’s Indian Bistro
The Patterson’s Wager crew films a scene with Daniel Jeffery.
Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival (February 17-22, 2015)
- Best Independent Feature Narrative
Big Island Film Festival (May 21-25, 2015)
- Best Foreign Feature
Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (August 6-16, 2015)
- Special Jury Prize for Feature Narrative
Muskoka Independent Film Festival (August 27-30, 2015)
Oregon Independent Film Festival (September 21-28, 2015)
- Best Picture, Best Actress (Chelah Horsdal), and Best Supporting Actress
(Michelle Creber)
Boise Film Festival (September 25-27, 2015)
Gig Harbor Film Festival (October 15-18, 2015)
Whistler Film Festival (December 2-6, 2015)
Trail Dance Film Festival (January 29-30, 2016)
- nominated for Best Feature Narrative
Spokane International Film Festival (January 29-February 6, 2016)
- Best Feature
Twister Alley Film Festival (May 5-7, 2016)
Patterson’s Wager is the first feature film by O. Corbin Saleken. In addition
to writing, directing, producing, and editing (both picture and sound) the
film, Corbin also funded the entire project himself.
The low budget brought with it some challenges, to be sure, but
through a mixture of creativity, perseverance, and old-fashioned good
manners (ie, being polite to the people from whom you’re requesting
something), a solution was eventually found to every problem that arose.
To illustrate just one of the many production hurdles that was
successfully overcome, a key location in the script was a casino. Gaining
access to a casino is difficult for even big-budget studio productions, so the
idea that a low budget, independent movie might somehow be permitted to
film in such an establishment seemed far-fetched. But, given that the script
involved someone who could see two minutes into the future, there was just
no way around the fact that certain scenes had to be set in a casino.
At first, the filmmakers toyed with the idea of faking it. If they rented
some tables and slot machines and put them in a sound stage and shot it in
such a way, maybe they could get away with it. Ultimately, though, they
knew this wouldn’t work. This was a key set piece in the movie, and
anything less than an actual casino would be unconvincing. They had no
choice but to try and convince someone to let them use the real deal.
Miraculously, Chances Casino in nearby Squamish permitted the
production to film in their facilities during their off hours for a very
affordable price. After persuading several extras to come out on a Monday
night and populate the set until 4 AM, after trucking in a roulette table and
three blackjack tables (because this particular casino only had gaming
machines), and after obtaining permission from all of the gaming machine
manufacturers to actually show their products on screen, they managed to
get all of the gambling footage for which the script called.
Ultimately, the production – which involved 19 locations, three time
periods, and 20-plus speaking parts – finished on schedule and even slightly
under budget.
The film was shot over 12 ½ days in July of 2013, and it is truly a
testament to the generosity of the Vancouver filmmaking community – the
crew was all volunteer, while the actors, rental houses and post-facilities
offered their services for greatly reduced fees – that Patterson’s Wager was
fully realized without ever having to compromise the ambitions of the story.
Though I’m a huge fan of movie scores, I didn’t feel that using one would
be the right choice for Patterson’s Wager. Despite its fantastical elements, my
intent with this movie was to make something grounded in every day life. I
wanted the various scenes to feel as if they were actually happening, and I felt that
adding a score would intrude on the reality of the moment or, at worst, push the
material into Movie-of-the-Week-territory. I did, however, want to enhance
certain moments, so I then set about trying to find songs that would hopefully do
just this.
I had three criteria for picking a song for Patterson’s Wager: 1) it needed to
be Canadian, 2) it needed to be a really good, and 3) I had to be able to afford it.
The song-selection/acquisition process took me two months. During this
time, I listened to countless Canadian bands and singers. I also put the word out to
my friends for recommendations. In the end, all of the five songs I eventually
chose came about through some kind of personal connection.
Two friends of mine who also helped with the extras casting in the film told
me that their sister, Sierra Lauren, was part of the duo Fawnfare, and that I might
want to use some of the group’s music. After listening to Fawnfare’s work, I
chose the beautiful “Island Roamers.”
Shayne Kasai, who another friend of mind suggested, allowed me to use his
moody and melodic instrumental track “Silent Country Movie” for a scene late in
the film when a character is dealing with an important decision.
I was lead to the singer/songwriter Julia McDougall by, again, another
friend. I needed a song for a particularly emotional montage sequence. After
listening to Julia’s music on CD Baby, I found the perfect one with “Married.”
When I added the song to the picture, it was almost eerie how well the music and
the lyrics fit.
For another montage sequence, I was looking for something upbeat, with a
good rock/pop edge. Julia recommended the band Rah Rah, and, after listening to
a bunch of their stuff, I found another great song with “Art and a Wife.” Similar
to every musician I approached, the band, through their record label Hidden Pony
Records, was very amenable to my request.
Finally, I wanted a catchy pop love song to end the movie. This was going
to be a song that would have to bring it all together and leave everything on an
emotional high-note. I could not have asked for a better fit than “You Just Know
It” by the wonderful Vancouver-based band Dear Rouge. This is also the song
that appears in the film’s trailer.
I love the five songs that make up the soundtrack for Patterson’s Wager. I
am immensely thankful to my friends whose suggestions lead me to this music and
to the musicians who generously allowed me to include their work in my movie.
Patterson’s Wager (2014)
director, writer, producer, picture and sound editor
85 minutes/HD/narrative
Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival (Best Independent Feature Narrative), Big Island
Film Festival (Best Foreign Feature), Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
(Special Jury Prize for Feature Narrative), Muskoka Independent Film Festival, Oregon
Independent Film Festival (Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress),
Boise Film Festival, Gig Harbor Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, Trail Dance Film
Festival, Spokane International Film Festival (Best Feature), Twister Alley Film Festival,
Moonrise Film Festival
The Vehicle (2012)
director, writer, producer, picture and sound editor
11 minutes, 19 seconds/HD/narrative
Off International (Best Actress), Silver Wave Film Festival (Best Sci-Fi Short),
SharpCuts, Spokane International Film Festival (Best of the Northwest Short), Winnipeg
Real to Reel Film Festival, Love Your Shorts Film Festival, Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival,
Glen Rose Neo-Relix Film Festival, Los Angeles Fear and Fantasy Film Festival, Fright
Nights Film Fest, Fantasia Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, Fantastic Fest,
Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Mt. Hood Film Festival, Seattle True Independent
Film Festival, Love Actually Film Showcase, FilmQuest, Saskatoon Fantastic Film Fest
When They Were Little (2010)
director, writer, cinematographer, picture and sound editor
6 minutes/HD/narrative
LA Shorts Fest, Anchorage International Film Festival, Foursite Film Festival, Fear No
Film Festival, WorldKids International Film Festival
The B-Team (2001)
director, writer, camera, picture and sound editor
18 minutes/16mm/narrative
O. Corbin Saleken (director, writer, producer,
picture and sound editor)
O. Corbin Saleken is an award-winning filmmaker who
lives in Vancouver, BC. He has a BA in film and
television studies from the University of British
Columbia, and he attended the 2010 Werner Herzog
Rogue Film School in New Jersey. In 2013, he won the
Most Promising Filmmaker award at the Spokane
International Film Festival.
His short films have screened at film festivals around the world. Patterson’s
Wager – which he wrote, directed, produced, edited, and self-financed – is
Corbin’s first feature film.
Alex Zahara (Otter’s Dad, co-producer, casting)
Alex has been a Vancouver-based working actor for
over 18 years. Patterson’s Wager marks the third
collaboration between Alex and writer/director O.
Corbin Saleken. Alex starred in Corbin’s first short,
The B-Team, and he handled casting duties on Corbin’s
award-winning short The Vehicle. For Patterson’s
Wager, Alex took on three roles: co-producer, casting,
and co-star.
As an actor, Alex has amassed more than 100 TV and film screen credits,
which include, most recently, an SS Officer in the TV series The Man in the High
Castle, the lead antagonist in the feature film Lonesome Dove Church (with Tom
Berenger), King Midas in ABC’s Once Upon a Time, U.S. Calvary officer
Lieutenant Weston (recurring) in AMC’s Hell on Wheels, and Doctor Renard in
the feature film Horns, starring Daniel Radcliff.
Alex’s other varied screen credits also include a Viking in John
McTiernan’s The Thirteenth Warrior, a gunslinger in Kevin Costner’s Open
Range, a naval officer in Roland Emmerich’s 2012, a Swedish immigrant in Paul
Gross’ Gunless, a detective in FOX’s Fringe, and a crime boss in CW’s Arrow.
Alex has also appeared as eight different characters on Stargate SG-1, more than
any other actor, most of them in full prosthetic makeup.
The role he is most proud of is that of Karl Rademacher in the Outer
Limits’ 100th episode Tribunal (based upon holocaust survivor Leo Egan’s life),
where he portrayed a Nazi officer who ran the barracks at Auschwitz. Alex has
recently directed and co-produced his first short film, Not Indian Enough.
Fred Ewanuick (Charles, associate producer)
Fred is well known to television audiences for playing
Dan in the Gemini Award-nominated, CTV original
series Dan for Mayor, and for playing Hank Yarbo in
the six season-run of the CTV hit series Corner Gas.
The latter won a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Cast
in 2007 and was nominated for an International Emmy
Award for Best Comedy Show. He recently reprised
his popular character in Corner Gas: The Movie, which
was released in cinemas and on TV in late 2014.
Fred’s other TV credits include the CTV comedy/drama series Robson
Arms, which ran for three seasons, and guest starring roles in Da Vinci’s Inquest,
Intelligence, and Dark Angel. He made his television debut as “a spinning gnome”
in The Addam’s Family series.
In addition to his lead role in Patterson’s Wager, Fred’s feature work
includes the lead role in Young Triffie for writer/director Mary Walsh, plus Black
Eyed Dog for Quebec filmmaker Pierre Gang, whom Fred worked with on the
CTV movie of the week Selling Innocence. His additional supporting roles
include New Line Cinema’s Just Friends with Ryan Reynolds and the Miramax
family film Chestnut. Fred was the lead in the indie feature The Delicate Art of
Parking, which won him a Best Actor Award at Spain’s Peniscola Film Festival
after it premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, where it won Best
Canadian Feature. Fred made his film debut in MGM/UA’s A Guy Thing,
followed by a role in The Santa Clause 2.
Chelah Horsdal (Audrey)
Chelah is a native Vancouverite born into a wildly
creative family (her father is Canadian folk legend
Valdy). She is one of the busiest actors working in
Canada today. Her performance in Patterson’s Wager
won the Best Actress Award at the 2015 Independent
Oregon Film Festival and was nominated for a 2014
Leo Award.
In addition to her lead role in Patterson’s Wager,
Chelah’s recent work includes a series regular role on the first season of Amazon’s
The Man in the High Castle, Hallmark Channel’s When Calls The Heart, a lead on
the feature Candiland, the recurring role of Maggie Palmer on AMC’s Hell On
Wheels in Alberta, the series lead on the CBC pilot Wishing Well (UBCP Best
Actress nomination), and the feature If I Stay.
Her recent guest starring turns include Arctic Air (Leo nomination for Best
Actress), Package Deal, The Selection, Emily Owens MD, Supernatural, The
Killing, and Motive. She has also worked on the pilots I Am Victor for NBC, Rita
for Bravo, and Proof for TNT. Career highlights include working with Sir Ben
Kingsley on Elegy, John Lithgow & James Franco on Rise Of The Apes, Kris
Kristofferson in Midnight Rider, and Mary McDonnell while recurring on
Battlestar Galactica.,
Chelah is always looking towards the next challenge. She regularly mentors
younger actresses, and she is currently producing a documentary about her father.
She also works passionately to raise both money and awareness for animal
Michelle Creber (Otter)
Michelle is an actor, singer, dancer and voiceover artist.
She is known internationally as the speaking/singing
voice of “Apple Bloom” and the singing voice of
“Sweetie Belle” on My Little Pony: Friendship Is
Magic. She is currently featured on the CBC TV show
Strange Empire. Her performance in Patterson’s
Wager won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the
2015 Independent Oregon Film Festival and was
nominated for a 2015 Joey Award.
Michelle’s other film and TV credits include Smart Cookies (Hallmark),
The Haunting Hour (The Hub), Supernatural (CW), Eureka (NBC), Christmas
Lodge (Showcase), Killer Among Us (Lifetime), and The Search for Santa Paws
(Disney). Her voice credits includes “Lucy” in Peanuts Motion Comics (Warner
Bros), “Alice” in Martha Speaks (PBS Kids), “Teri” and “Michelle” on Dinosaur
Train (Jim Henson), and “Jake” in Adventures of Little Jake & Many Skies
(APTN). Her theatre credits include the title role in Annie (twice), “Dorothy” in
The Wizard of Oz, “Brigitta” in The Sound of Music, and “Tiny Tim” in A
Christmas Carol.
Michelle has two albums to her credit (Timeless: Songs of a Century and A
Creber Christmas) and has performed throughout Canada, the US, and the UK.
She is also a talented songwriter who plays piano, drums, and guitar.
Anne Openshaw (Otter’s Mum)
Anne has worked in commercials, film, and television.
From loving mothers and wives to bludgeoning coldhearted killers, she’s played a wide array of different
characters throughout her career.
Anne made her big screen debut in Narc (2002),
the highly acclaimed independent film that stared Ray
Liotta and Jason Patrick. Her TV credits include the
series Breaker High (with Ryan Gosling), The Hoop Life, and Across the River to
Motor City. Her many guest starring roles on Canadian and U.S. TV include
Mutant X, Earth: Final Conflict, Twice in a Lifetime, Cold Squad, First Wave,
Supernatural, Smallville , Psych, Call Me Fitz, and R.L. Stine’s Haunting Hour.
Most recently, Anne has appeared in the independent horror movie
American Mary (directed dually by the Soska twins) and The Grey (directed by
Joe Carnahan and starring Liam Neeson).
Garry Chalk (Otter’s Grandpa)
Garry is a Gemini Award-winning actor and musician
whose voice has appeared in more than 1,500 animated
productions. Patterson’s Wager is his second
collaboration with writer/director O. Corbin Saleken.
Garry starred in Corbin’s previous short, The Vehicle,
for which he received a 2013 Leo nomination for Best
Performance by a Male in a Short Drama.
Garry’s movie credits include Godzilla,
Tomorrowland, Leap 4 Your Life, Watchmen, and Freddy vs Jason. His TV
credits include The Killing, Alcatraz, Psych, Painkiller Jane, Blackstone, Cedar
Cove, Stargate SG-1, and Cold Squad. Garry’s voice work includes voicing
Optimus Primal in Beast Wars/Beasties and Beast Machines, Optimus Prime in the
Unicron Trilogy, Man-At-Arms in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Slash
and Turbo in ReBoot, Grounder in The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, King
Hippo in Captain N the Game Master, and Sky Marshall Wade on Nicktoon’s
Voltron Force.
Gillian Barber (Madeline)
Gillian is an actor and theatre director. Patterson’s
Wager is her second collaboration with writer/director
O. Corbin Saleken. Gillian starred in Corbin’s previous
short, The Vehicle, for which she won a Best Actress
award at Off International (Okanagan Film Festival)
and received a 2013 Leo nomination for Best
Performance by a Female in a Short Drama.
Gillian’s movie credits include Hamlet, 2012,
Hot Rod, Double Jeopardy, Kitchen Party, Needful Things, Matinee, Jumanji, and
Rainbow War. Her TV credits include Witches of the East End, Bates Motel,
Cedar Cove, Always a Bridesmaid, The Guard, Supernatural, Cold Squad, Outer
Limits, Addams Family, Stargate, and The X-Files.
On the stage, she has performed in productions at the Arts Club, Playhouse,
Tamahnous Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Bard on the Beach, Lunchbox Theatre,
Manitoba Theatre Centre, Salisbury Rep (UK), and the National Arts Centre in
Ottawa. Her stage directing credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, The Boy
Friend, Godspell, Cinderella, Footloose, The Threepenny Opera, HONK!, The
Wiz, Nine, Children of Eden, Into the Woods, You’re a Good Man, Jesus Christ
Superstar (TUTS), Rocky Horror Show (Arts Club Theatre – Granville Island),
and My Fair Lady (asst dir – Arts Club Stanley).
Daniel Jeffery (Otter’s Great, Great Grandpa)
Daniel is an actor and filmmaker who recently
graduated from the SFU Film Production program. He
grew up in Calgary, Alberta, where, at age 12, he began
acting in theatrical productions of A Christmas Carol
and creating comedy and documentary videos for the
His short film credits include Manboyhood
(2011), Whoops! (2012), and Mr:Video (2013). Daniel
was as an assistant editor on the feature documentary Fractured Land (2015).
Andrew Gillingham (Calvin)
Andrew is an actor and filmmaker who lives in
Vancouver, BC. He recently graduated from the SFU
Film Production program. He is currently studying
with acting teacher Ben Ratner, and is developing his
first feature film.
Tom McBeath (Dr. Collins)
Tom has been a Vancouver –based TV, film, and
theatre actor since 1975. He has appeared on the TV
series Motive, Endgame, Intelligence, Saved, and
Stargate, among many others. Most recently, he’s
appeared on the made-for-TV movies Man Maid, Run
For Your Life, and Far From Home. His feature film
credits include The Accused, Cousins, Double
Jeopardy, and Along Came A Spider.
Tom also manages to keep one foot in the theatre, and he has appeared on
many stages across Canada. In the fall of 2014, he was in the Arts Club production
of GB Shaw's Saint Joan at the Stanley Theatre in Vancouver.
Nelson Talbot & Graham Talbot (directors of
Nelson and Graham are twin filmmakers who realized
their passion for cinematography at a young age. Prior
to Patterson’s Wager, they previously collaborated with
writer/director O. Corbin Saleken on The Vehicle,
Corbin’s award-winning short film.
The Twins graduated from Simon Fraser
University in 2011, with a BFA in film production, and
since then have worked on a number of projects,
including commercials, PSA’s, music videos, corporate videos, and short and
feature length film. The music video they shot for Mad Child’s “Jitters” was
nominated for Best Hip Hop Video at the 2013 Much Music Video Awards, and
won Best Music Video at the 2013 Leo Awards.
The Twins have several feature length films on their roster, including the
well-acclaimed Lawrence & Holloman, which won “Best Canadian Film” at the
2013 Edmonton International Film Festival. They’ve also created commercials for
Bud Lite, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, Sunoco, Simple Mobile, Girl Scouts of
America and Vizio. For two years in a row, they made the top 20 in the Doritos:
Crash The Superbowl Commercial Contest. Their most recent entry, “When Pigs
Fly,” aired during the 2015 Super Bowl telecast and was seen by over 100 million
Rebecca Sjonger (production designer)
Rebecca is a production designer and set dresser who studied film and art
throughout her post secondary education, She graduated from the film program at
the Art Institute of Vancouver in 2009. Since then Rebecca has worked on
independent features, shorts and commercials as a production designer.
Rebecca’s commercial work includes advertisements for Bud Lite,
Shocktop Beer, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, and the Canadian Men’s Health
Association. She is also a union dresser and has worked on series such as R.L
Steins: The Haunting Hour and the CBC series Strange Empire.
Nataliya Fedulova (costume designer)
Nataliya is a production designer and costume designer
who draws continuous inspiration from multiple cultural
histories. She has a Bulgarian and Russian background,
attended a French high school, and studied fashion
design, fine arts and art history at the University of Varna, in her Bulgarian
hometown, for 4 years.
Nataliya moved to Vancouver 10 years ago, and continued her studies in
stagecraft at Douglas College. Later, she entered the much-prized SFU Film
Program. Since then she’s worked on more than 35 short films and features. In her
free time, she paints and designs jewelry.
Joyce Tu (key hair and makeup)
Joyce is a professional make-up artist who received her
training from the Vancouver Film School. She has over
six years of make-up experience, having worked on
music videos, commercials, TV shows, feature films,
and magazine photo shoots.
Kial Natale (computer effects artist)
Kial is a multi-award winning filmmaker known for his
outrageous visual effects and colorful visual style. A
published film theorist and teacher of film production,
Kial currently runs the youtube channel
“Megasteakman,” which has over 19 million video hits.
Canadian trailer
Radio Interviews
O. Corbin Saleken and Alex Zahara talk with Dahlia Kurtz – CJOB Winnipeg
O. Corbin Saleken talks with “The Witster” – CKUW Winnipeg
Jason Whyte, “Not only is this one of the best films you
will see at Whistler Film Festival, it will also make you fall in love with
Canadian cinema all over again. Wonderful!” - .Vl3X4P-_4fw.facebook
Adrian Mack, The Georgia Straight: “Patterson’s Wager is a low-key charmer”
“SpIFF 2016 – Here are the Award-Winners” – Blog-Spokane7
“Patterson's Wager marks the return of a promising festival veteran “ – Inlander
“Behind the Scenes on Shooting the Scenes for Six WFF Features” – Reel West
“Whistler Film Festival 2015 Interview: PATTERSON'S WAGER “ –
“Patterson’s Wager Defies Genre” – The Whistler Question
“Parvovirus and Panini: Patterson’s Wager’s Production Diary” – Reel West
“The World’s Most Amazing Insurance Adjuster” – The Westender
“Patterson’s Wager Winning at Whistler Film Fest” – The Ubyssey
“Reeling in Success” – The Squamish Chief
“Would you change the future if you could?” – Film Buzz
“Hawaii’s Big Island Film Festival Picks Winners” – Variety
“Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival Lands Another World Premiere”
– The Community News Commons
“Patterson’s Wager is a safe bet” – The Manitoban
“Soothsayers & Superheroes” – The Uniter
“A Talented Filmmaker in Our Midst” – Kerrisdale Insider
“Short Award Pushes Feature Production” - Reel West Magazine
writer, director, producer, and editor
O. Corbin Saleken
Alex Zahara
directors of photography
Nelson Talbot & Graham Talbot
production designer
Rebecca Sjonger
costume designer
Nataliya Fedulova
Alex Zahara
Fred Ewanuick
Chelah Horsdal
Alex Zahara
Michelle Creber
Anne Openshaw
Garry Chalk
Gillian Barber
Daniel Jeffery
Andrew Gillingham
Tom McBeath
Mark Brandon
Rhys Saleken
Michael Schaldemose
Vladimir Ruzich
Haley Victoria Hunt
Rob Stover
Brendan Prost
Mackenzie Warner
Richard Toews
Vladimir Fedulov
associate producer
Fred Ewanuick
production manager
Mackenzie Warner
first assistant director
Natasha Wehn
Hayley Gauvin
script supervisor
Petra Sevcik
location sound mixer
Anton Thomas
key hair and make-up
Joyce Tu
digital imaging technician
Lisa Pham
computer effects artist
Kial Natale
otter’s dad
otter’s mum
otter’s grandpa
otter’s great, great grandpa
dr. collins
police officer/family friend 1
creighton sr
creighton jr
storytelling logger 1
mustached logger
whistling logger
storytelling logger 2
roulette dealer
roulette woman
roulette man
drunk gambler
convenience store clerk
bingo ladies
blackjack dealer
roulette dealer 2
kids on bikes
family friend 2
Fred Ewanuick
Chelah Horsdal
Alex Zahara
Michelle Creber
Anne Openshaw
Garry Chalk
Gillian Barber
Daniel Jeffery
Andrew Gillingham
Tom McBeath
Vladimir Ruzich
Mark Brandon
Michael Schaldemose
Rhys Saleken
Haley Victoria Hunt
Rob Stover
Brendan Prost
Mackenzie Warner
Vladimir Fedulov
Richard Toews
Nataliya Fedulova
Toni-Lynn Frederick
Anthony Grieco
Evan Crowe
Farhan Haider
Arlene Sullivan
Annie Radisic
Sam Spear
Rebecca Sjonger
Audrey Saleken
Will Saleken
Calvin Leong
extras casting
Sam Spear and Kailey Spear
first assistant camera
second assistant camera
key grip
best boy electrics
best boy grip
grips/lamp operators
steadicam operator
fire wrangler
hair stylist
make-up assistants
set decorator
construction coordinator
assistant to the set decorator
wooden feet carver
safety poster designer
family friend costumes
production assistants
still photography/epk
time management
catering/craft services
catering assistants
sound designer/editor
legal services
Kathleen Hepburn
Jeremy Cox
Cedric Yu
Joe Green
Richard Dalgleish
Will Houston
Quinton Lai
Ryan Flowers
Cole Northey
Kajetan Kwiatkowski
Daniel Jeffery
Rob Crone
Ryan Flowers
Luis Maduro
Ellen Ni
Jessica Brandow
Rebecca Sjonger
Gordon Talbot
Kimberly Swanepoel
Jesse Tosso
Kyle Schruder
Monika So
Carly Southern
Katrina Tadros
Toni-Lynn Frederick
Blue Guys
Carmen’s Cuisine
Carmen Daigle
Patsy Byers
Christine Pike
O. Corbin Saleken
Lori Massini
Mark Callow
digital intermediate by Central
digital intermediate colorist
digital intermediate assistant colorist
digital intermediate technical director
digital intermediate editor
digital intermediate producer
digital intermediate coordinator
Andrea Chlebak
Bobby Maruvada
Chris Davies
Alex Taylor
Sam Trounce
William Bartlett
sound mixing by Sharpe Sound
re-recording mixer
Kelly Cole
Kevin Belen
selected sound effects used courtesy of
(,, and Mike Koenig
“Bollywood Epic”
composed by Justin Brett
distributed by
“Island Roamers”
performed by Fawnfare (Emily Allan and Sierra Lauren)
written by Emily Allan
“Art and a Wife”
performed by Rah Rah
written by Marshall Burns, Kristina Hedlund, Erin Passmore,
Joel Passmore, and Lief Thorseth
Courtesy of Hidden Pony Records
performed and written by Julia McDougall
“Silent Country Movie”
performed and written by Shane Kasai
composed by Peter Bell
distributed by
“You Just Know It”
performed by Dear Rouge
written by Drew McTaggart and Danielle McTaggart
The following books appear by kind permission of their publishers:
Sasquatch: True-Life encounters with Legendary Ape-Men
written by Rupert Matthews
published by Arcturus Publishing Limited, London
available in Canada through Indigo Bookstores
The Best of Sasquatch
written by John Green
Published by
Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us
Written by John Green
Published by
Loch Ness: Making Sense of a Mystery
written by Henry Bauer
written by Astrid Anand
published by AM productions
Thank You
Toni-Lynn Frederick
Robin Braun
Marly Reed
Arlene Sullivan
Brian Toyota
Chris Holm
Raymond Marshall
Cindy Staats
Rob Groeneboer
Ben Rollo
Nancy Shaw
Derek Kikuchi
Patrick Smyth
Guinness World Records
Shakey’s USA
Pete Stace-Smith
David Wahl
Marie Bourne
Erin Mathany
David Hancock
John Strickland
Joe Krenske
Rebecca Robbins
Tessa Rose
Daniel Perez
Joan Patterson
Ruben Anand
Bernie Auban
ICE Inc.
Bally Technologies
Konami Gaming
Megham Tillet
Carrie McCall
Elspeth Pratt
Ron Harding
Paula Grigg
Liz Cairns
Deanna Kilt
Susan Page
Preston Page
Dale Edwards
Noreen Campbell
Annie Wilkinson
Robert Kirchmeier
Tim Wienrich
Pascale Boulbes
Marine Boulbes
Kim Swanepoel
Paula McGlynn
Trevor Dunn
Jolly Kumar
Lori Wotherspoon
Ron Thompson
Bob Kusch
Lana Loyer
Luke Cheuk
Danny Virtue
Tom Beckett
Sam Spear
Dan Pierce
Lauren Spear
Oko Shio
Shane Kasai
Drew McTaggart
James Tocher
Ian Kerr
Bridget Hill
Ross Ferguson
Julie Lambert
Ed Brando
Norco Bicycles
Archie McPhee
the IOC
Jordanna Phillips
Sony of Canada
William Coupon
Aristocrat Technologies
Arcturus Publishing
Round 2
The Bigfoot Times
Heinz Canada
Sam Reid
Daniel Coppola
Dan Savage
Annabelle Lee
Henry Bauer
Hatchette Book Groups
Owen Underhill
Mat Cocuzzi
George Evans
Sidney Grigg
Kathy Watson
Daavin Weston-Kilt
Johnny Page
Lynn Flowers
Silvaine Zimmermann
Debra Saleken
Eddison Sheppard
Jana Sevcik
Lisa Schneider
Audrey Boulbes
Paul Jacob
Stephanie Swanepoel
Andrew Hill
Miles Ellis
Jolly’s Indian Bistro
Jordan McDonald
Farhan Haider
Lilly Sepulva
Jason Bechard
Kids Only Market
The Adventure Zone
Charlotte Virtue
Sidel Beckett
Kailey Spear
Julia McDougall
Emily Alan
Emma Lauder
Geoff Manton
Danielle McTaggart
Sam Trounce
Kevin Eastwood
Trent Carlson
Corey Lambert
Murray Stiller
Caylee MacLeay
Kial Natale
David McDonald
Calvin Leong
Evan Crowe
Ryan Flowers
Lauren Beason
Paralee Cooke
Petr Sevcik
Jennifer Hancock
Vladimir Ruzich
Monique Creber
Natasha Wehn
Ray Little
Shane Vieau
Joyce Tu
Nataliya Fedulova
Graham Talbot
Len Saleken
Colin Browne
Stefan Smulovitz
Kelly Cole
Scott Weber
Lisa Pham
David MacIntyre
Werner Herzog
Petra Sevcik
Claudette Martin
Enterprise Rentals
Michael Creber
Elaine Hunt
Mackenzie Warner
Jayne Mabbot
Luis Maduro
Rebecca Sjonger
Nelson Talbot
Brinsley Saleken
extra special thanks
Alex Zahara and My Mum
filmed on location in Langley, Mission, Squamish, and Vancouver, BC.
produced with the co-operation of the Union of B.C. Performers
This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance of characters to actual persons, living
or dead, is purely coincidental.
Copyright 2014 Silent Ibis Entertainment Inc.
Patterson’s Wager
North American Distributor:
Avi Federgreen
IndieCan Entertainment Inc.
[email protected]
O. Corbin Saleken
Silent Ibis Entertainment Inc.
[email protected]