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anticipated release date: Hopefully in 2008
status: in post-production

"Thumbs Out" is an independent film project created by a group of young explorers on a quest to find the ultimate Canadian experience. This film chronicles the first Thumbs Out race across mainland Canada, where six teams of two stuck out their thumbs on the side of the road for fourteen days to get from Halifax, NS to Vancouver, BC. With each team carrying their own recording device, they film their own experiences first hand. From sitting on the side of the highway 1 for 8 hours, to dancing in the rain in Winnipeg, to a late night hospital visit in Banff and right through the drama and frustrations that occurred between team members, the cameras are rolling. These are the experiences of twelve young travelers on the quest to prove that Canadians still go the extra mile to lend a helping hand-- or in this case, a spare car seat.



ABOUT THE DIRECTORS

Alex Hurter is 23 years old, an aspiring filmmaker who was raised in Ottawa, ON, but moved to Toronto, ON in 2005 to pursue his filmmaking career. He majored in film theory at Carlton University, but after realizing that attending a program that only talked about movies rather than actually make them was not working for him, he dropped out after his second year. Since then, he picked up his own camera and began to teach himself the art of filmmaking through experimentation and Apple film craft workshops. He founded his own production company, Nevermore Filmworks and now works as a freelance videographer for independent bands.

Kim Sison is 21 years old, an aspiring filmmaker who was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Mississauga, ON. She just completed her four years of film school at Ryerson University's School of Image Arts. While she loves all aspects of filmmaking, she is especially interested in the field of production design, animation and editing. She has worked on many student films and has a few shorts under her belt, including a documentary about the effects of publicly funded Catholic education in a multicultural Canadian society. She is now in the process of attempting to launch her professional film career.

Alex and Kim have been dating for over a year and now reside in a loft/office in the heart of downtown Toronto. 'Thumbs Out' is their first, hopefully of many more feature film collaborations.



CREDITS

Executive Producer
Alex Hurter

Producer
Kim Sison

Based on a concept by
Joshua Gautreau <

Director of Photography
Alex Hurter

Camera Operators
Alex Hurter
Andi Millard
Beth Horodnyk
Eric Elgar
Jennifer Peat
Joshua Gautreau
Julz Minaker
Kim Sison
Megan McGrath
Nicole Lipartiti
Robert Wojciechowski
Shannon White

Editor
Kim Sison

Web-designers
Kim Sison
Chris Troup

PR
Beth Horodnyk
Kim Sison
Alex Hurter
Joshua Gautreau

Treasurer
Robert Wojciechowski