Archive of films Sunflower Hour / Sunflower Hour
2011, 85 min
Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
This mockumentary follows four puppeteers competing for a spot on the children’s television program "Sunflower Hour”. Infectious humor, eccentric characters, and blatant exaggeration in a movie that posits a clear thesis: certain people should not be allowed to entertain and educate our children.
This mockumentary follows four puppeteers competing for a spot on the children’s television program "Sunflower Hour.” None of the candidates leads a boring life: child-like David suffers from an inferiority complex after the bullying he endured from his older brothers; Leslie tries in vain to win the respect and attention of his father, an evangelical clergyman; Satan’s Spawn is going through the toughest phase of her rebellious, post-pubescent life; and tough guy Shamus is a sham Irishman who has been treating his puppet like a real person ever since his dad left years ago. After the documentarists find out that the producers of the children’s program once worked in the porn industry it becomes clear that none of its creators should be making a show for kids.... Infectious humor, eccentric characters, and blatant exaggeration in a movie that posits a clear thesis: certain people should not be allowed to entertain and educate our children.
About the director
Aaron Houston (b. 1978, Montreal) is an independent filmmaker from Vancouver. He has several short films to his credit, including Rousing Doug (2004 – winner of the Overnight Success Festival), Schlick Schlims (2007), and Two Theories, One Stone (2009). Houston has also written and directed several commercials (Nokia, Canadian Tourism Commission), and he won the Audience Award at the 2009 Eddie Awards for Best Commercial. As an active member of Vancouver’s local film community, he coproduces the Celluloid Social Club, a monthly screening event of independent films, and is a cofounder of the Hot Shots Shorts competition, which gives opportunities to emerging filmmakers. The comedy Sunflower Hour is Houston’s writer-director feature debut. He is currently working on several other projects.
About the film
Color, HD CAM
|Section:||Forum of Independents - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Steven Deneault|
|Editor:||Greg Torpedo Ng|
|Producer:||Aaron Houston, Aisla Webster|
|Cast:||Patrick Gilmore, Amitai Marmorstein, Kacey Rohl, Ben Cotton|
Film Director / Producer, Production Company
Film Institution Rep.
Film Institution Rep.