Director: Petter Stebbings Screenwriter: Shannon Masters Executive Producer: Avi Federgreen Producer: Jennifer Podemski Co-Producers: Heather Dahlstrom, Geoff Ewart Cinematographer: David Greene Editor: Jorge Weisz Composer: Justin Peroff Cast: Cara Gee, Jennifer Podemski, Luke Kirby, Shay Eyre, Michael Cram, Jordan Prentice
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE 2013 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Lena Mahikan has never been good at being Indian. Being Indian has only brought her grief. Her dad offed himself when she was ten and her mom, a gambling addict, sucked at mothering and kicked Lena to the curb when she was 16 and pregnant. Since then Lena, 28, has been on her own in Toronto, raising her kid Peeka, (13), and scrubbing toilets to stay afloat. Lena’s a survivor. She’s done it alone and has no one else to thank but herself. But her worst nightmare comes true when Peeka ends up in the ER after a run in with an aerosol can. Empire of Dirt is about a single mom, struggling to make ends meet yet unable to escape the cycle of poverty. As a last ditch attempt to save her kid from the streets she returns home after 13 years and is forced to reconcile a lifelong legacy of hatred towards her own mother in an effort to give her own kid the roots she deserves. Screening Sponsored by: Gun Lake Casino
Peter Stebbings Peter's first feature film, Defendor, which he wrote and directed, and stars Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Kat Dennings, and Sandra Oh, debuted at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival where it was picked up by SONY Pictures and released in theaters, followed by DVD and Blueray. Other projects are afoot, with two original screen-plays Le Boobytrap, written by Peter, Torrence, written by Australian author Matt Nable, and a feature film adaption of Charlatan, based on the New York Times bestseller by Pope Brock. He splits his time between LA and Toronto and is represented by Kishwar Iqbal at the gary goddard Agency. In Los Angeles he is represented by Amanda glazer (The Kohner Agency) and Evan Hainey at Untitled Entertainment. For writing and directing he is represented by Jennifer Levine also with Untitled Entertainment.