News & Blog

Dec. 12, 2013

New SPF Site Design

Welcome to the brand-new Steam Powered Films website! After nine years, it was time for a fresh make-over. The new site should be much more legible, better organized, and easier to navigate. This section will also now include occasional blog postings and updates on Steam Powered Films, so keep watching!

 

 

Sept. 1, 2011

20 MINUTES OF OXYGEN at Toronto Independent Film Festival

Our sci-fi music video 20 Minutes of Oxygen, for The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, will be screening as part of the music video program at the Toronto Independent Film Festival.

 

Thursday Sept. 15, 7:30PM

Toronto Underground Cinema

186 Spadina Ave. Toronto

 

 

Jul. 23, 2011

20 MINUTES OF OXYGEN at HollyShorts Film Festival

Our sci-fi music video for The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, 20 Minutes of Oxygen, will be screening as part of the music video program at the HollyShorts Film Festival.

 

Monday Aug. 15, 7:30PM

Laemmie's Sunset 5

8000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood

 

 

Jun. 9, 2011

THE LEGEND OF BONEFISH webpage launched

The Legend of Bonefish sketch comedy webseries now has it's own page. Check it out here.

 

 

Apr. 29, 2011

THE LEGEND OF BONEFISH in Just For Laughs Chicago

The first comedy sketch from our ongoing webseries, the self-titled THE LEGEND OF BONEFISH has been selected by guest jurist Nora Dunn (of SNL fame) to screen at the Chicago Just for Laughs festival.

 

Wednesday June 15, 6:00 PM

Gene Siskel Film Center

Art Institute of Chicago

 

 

Apr. 26, 2011

PRESS FOR THE CASE CLOSED MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT

Our shoot for the new performance music video for Case Closed involved a hike up the Squamish Chief, and was covered in the online edition of the Georgia Straight.

 

First Article

Second Article

 

 

Mar. 31, 2011

20 MINUTES OF OXYGEN nominated for Golden Sheaf Award

Our recent music video for The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets is an official selection of the Yorkton Film festival, and has been nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award in Performing Arts and Entertainment.

 

May 26 - 29, Yorkton Sasketchewan

 

 

Feb. 5, 2011

20 MINUTES OF OXYGEN at Cthulhupalooza II

20 Minutes of Oxygen, the brand new sci-fi music video for The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, will be premiering Feb.18th at the Cthulhupalooza II live event!

 

Friday February 18, 7:00PM

Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings

 

 

Oct. 26, 2010

THE LEGEND OF BONEFISH webseries

Several of the founders of Steampowered Films were members of the sketch-comedy troupe The Legend of Bonefish in the 1990s, and so we've begun dusting off and filming these comedy gems in an ongoing irregular webseries. Check out the latest sketches on Youtube here!

 

 

Oct. 7, 2010

HELL'S HABIT on DVD

Hell's Habit is now available as part of AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits Vol. 2, a second compilation of award-winning horror shorts. Order HERE.

 

 

Dec. 5, 2009

ARTS CUTS PSA

The BC Government is planning on cutting arts funding in the province by 92%, which will have devastating results. Mike Jackson was one of several directors asked to make a PSA protesting the cuts:

 

WATCH

 

Kryshan Randel also made an excellent PSA, which can be seen here.

 

Fight the cuts. Contact your MLA.

 

 

Dec. 3, 2008

THE BAR AND THE VEIL ON DVD

The Bar is now available on DVD from IndieFlix, and The Veil is available as part of a compilation of horror shorts entitled AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits. To order, visit Indieflix.

 

 

Aug. 20, 2008

THE BAR AT NFB CINEMATHEQUE

The Bar is screening at the NFB Cinematheque in Toronto, in a reprise of the Canadian comedy shorts program from the Worldwide Short Film Festival:

 

Wednesday, August 20, 7:00 PM

150 John St. Toronto

 

 

Jun. 8, 2008

THE BAR AT CFC FESTIVAL, TORONTO

The Bar will be screening at the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto, as part of their "O! Canada" Canadian comedy shorts program:

 

Saturday, June 14, 6:30 PM

Cumberland 4 Cinemas - Theatre 1

 

 

Apr. 21, 2008

THE BAR NOMINATED FOR TWO LEOS

The Bar has been nominated for two LEO Awards, in the categories of Best Costumes (A.J. Andrien) and Best Visual Effects (Mike Jackson, Antony Graf and Simon Ager).

 

 

Mar. 13, 2008

THE BAR WINS BEST COMEDY

The Bar won Best Comedy at the Sea to Sky Film Festival, in Squamish BC.

 

 

Nov. 1, 2007

THE BAR AT WHISTLER

The Bar will be screening at the Whistler Film Festival as part of their shorts program:

 

Saturday, Dec. 1, 1:00 PM

Village 8 Cinemas - Theatre 7

 

 

Aug. 16, 2007

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS FOR THE BAR

The Bar will be having its world premiere at The Montreal World Film Festival, and has also been made an official selection of The Edmonton International Film Festival and The LA Shorts Festival!

 

Montreal World Film Festival

Cinema OMF/NFB Cinema

August 27, 11:00 AM

August 28, 2:30 PM

Sept. 1, 7:30 PM

 

Edmonton International Film Festival

October 2, 7:00 PM

 

LA Shorts Fest

Screening times TBA

 

 

Jul. 17, 2007

MIKE JACKSON NOMINATED FOR EMMY

Steam Powered's Mike Jackson has been nominated for outstanding editing in the 28th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Mike is nominated for his work on the CBS / History Channel program Beyond Top Secret, about covert operations at the start of the Iraq war. Produced by Peter W. Klein, the show was also nominated in the outstanding research category.

 

 

Mar. 29, 2007

REAL MATHEMATICS IN HOLLYWOOD

The "Real Mathematics" video for THIRD EYE TRIBE will be playing at the Hollywood DV / HD Festival. Thursday March 29, 10:48 PM, Fairfax Cinema Theatre, 7907 Beverley Blvd. Los Angeles, California.

 

 

Oct. 25, 2006

HELL'S HABIT WINS BLOODSHOTS

Hell's Habit was an entry in the 2006 Bloodshots 48-hour horror film competition, and swept the awards for the Vancouver chapter (international results are still pending). Shot on super-8mm film and developed by hand in a single weekend, it was honored with Best Picture, Best Acting, Best Editing and Best Costumes!

 

 

Sept. 26, 2006

HOOPED ON ATOMFILMS

Hooped is currently live on AtomFilms! Click on the link to watch:

 

HOOPED (2004) WARNING! Contains extremely coarse language!

 

Updated 2013: AtomFilms no longer exists. Therefore, no link.

 

 

Sept. 5, 2006

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Several Steam Powered films are screening at a number of festivals in the next few weeks! Check them out if you can:

 

THE VEIL

 

2006 Chicago Horror Film Festival

Oct. 8, 10:30 PM

Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.

 

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (Portland)

Oct. 6, 9:30 PM

Hollywood Theatre, Portland OR

 

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (Austin)

August 20

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Austin TX

 

Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival

Sept. 30, 9:00 PM

Davis Theatre, 4614 North Lincoln Ave.

 

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

Oct. 22, 9:15 PM

Bloor Cinema. Screens before Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Retribution.

 

 

DIAL 'A' FOR ALPHAMAN

 

International Horror & Sci-Fi Festival

Oct. 28, 10:45 PM

Oct. 29, 4:00 PM

Centerpoint Theatre, Phoenix AZ

 

Giggleshorts 2006

Toronto, Schedule TBA

 

 

HOOPED!

 

Giggleshorts 2006

Toronto, Schedule TBA

 

 

Aug. 16, 2006

THIRD EYE TRIBE MAKES SEMI-FINALS

The "Real Mathematics" video for THIRD EYE TRIBE made semi-finalist in the music video category at the 2006 Action/Cut Short Film Competition!

 

 

Aug. 12, 2006

HOOPED! IN RIIFF

Hooped will be having it's US festival premiere at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Saturday August 12, 10:15 PM, Cinematheque, Providence Rhode Island.

 

 

May 16, 2006

THIRD EYE TRIBE FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

The "Real Mathematics" video for THIRD EYE TRIBE will be premiering on opening night of VIDFEST 2006, and will also be touring as part of the fifth annual INDIE MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL. If you're in one of the following cities, check it out on the big screen:

 

VIDFEST 2006 - Vancouver

June 14th - Time and location TBA

 

INDIE MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL

 

Toronto

June 9, 4:30 PM

NFB Cinema, 150 John St.

 

New York

June 13, 8:00 PM

SUGAR, 311 Church St.

 

Calgary

June 17, 7:30 PM

Broken City, 613 11th Ave. SW

 

Victoria

TBA

Lucky Bar, 517 Yates St.

 

Seattle

TBA

 

Los Angeles

June 29, 8:00 PM

Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St.

 

Vancouver

July 4, 7:30 PM

Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Dr.

 

ADDED SCREENINGS

 

Chicago

August 11, 7:00 PM

Chicago Art Department, 1837 South Halsted

 

Austin

September 4, 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse, 409 Colorado St.

 

Pleasantville, NY

September 26, 7:00 PM

Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd.

 

Tel Aviv, IL

Tuesday October 3, 10:30 PM

2 Shprintzak St.

 

 

Apr. 8, 2005

ALPHAMAN No.1 SCI-FI SHORT ON iFILM

iFilm has added Dial "A" for Alphaman to their short films program, and on April 8th it hit No.1 Sci-fi short on their charts. Click on the links below to watch:

 

DIAL "A" FOR ALPHAMAN (2001)

Quicktime recommended.

 

Updated 2013: iFilm was bought by Spike TV. To watch, go here.

 

 

Jan. 25, 2005

DUDE AND HOOPED ON iFILM

iFilm has added Dude and Hooped to their short films program! Click on the links below to watch these two comedies:

 

DUDE (2000)

HOOPED (2004) WARNING! Contains extremely coarse language!

Quicktime recommended.

 

Updated 2013: iFilm was bought by Spike TV. Links no longer work. Watch Hooped here.

 

 

Jul. 12, 2004

NEW MUSIC VIDEO

Watch the new music video for Vancouver's Dave Stephens and his pop single Livin' in a Dream.

 

 

Apr. 9, 2004

NEW WEB PAGE DESIGN

We've just launched our newly re-designed web page. It should now be easier to navigate, faster loading, and better looking. If you notice any errors, please let us know!

 

 

Apr. 2, 2004

HOOPED COMPLETED

Hooped, long in post-production, is finally complete! Watch for screening and festival announcements.

 

 

Feb. 15, 2004

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS IN POST

We shot two new music videos in late January, produced by Robin Chan and Like Minded Media. The videos, for Vancouver's Dave Stephens and Third Eye Tribe, are now both in post-production.

 

 

Jan. 1, 2003

ALPHAMAN AND FREQUENCY ZERO ON T.V.

Starting this month Dial 'A' for Alphaman will be in rotation on both Space: The Imagination Station and the new Drive-In Classics channel. In addition, Frequency Zero will be appearing this season on CBC's Zed. Watch for them!

 

 

Aug. 24, 2003

FREQUENCY ZERO WINS AT 'REEL FAST' COMPETITION

Frequency Zero, the first musical from Steam Powered Films, was honored with both Best Ensemble and the coveted People's Choice Award at this year's Reel Fast 48 hour film competition. Thanks go out to everyone for their support and enthusiasm!

For more information about the competition, visit the Reel Fast website.

 

 

July 31, 2002

ALPHAMAN PLAYS AT COMEDY FESTIVAL

Dial 'A' For Alphaman will be screening at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival.

Wednesday July 31, 8:00 PM

Anza Club, #3 West 8th Ave.

For details, visit the Comedy Fest website.

 

 

Apr. 27, 2002

FILMS PLAY AT VFS FESTIVAL

Dial 'A' For Alphaman and A Fishfull of Dollars will be screening at the 1st Annual Vancouver Film School Film Festival. Saturday April 27, 5:00 PM

Vancouver Film School Theatre, 400 W. Hastings.

For details, visit the VFS website.

 

 

Sept. 15, 2001

DUDE IN PLANET INDIE FILM FESTIVAL

Dude will be premiering in Toronto at the Planet Indie Film Festival. Saturday Sept. 15, 7:00PM, Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West.

 

 

Aug. 25, 2001

HONORABLE MENTIONS IN 'REEL FAST' COMPETITION

A Fishfull of Dollars made the top 10 picks of the 2001 Reel Fast 48-hour film-making competition. In addition, we received two honorable mentions: One for Best Ensemble, and one for Best Actor for our own, multi-talented Peter New.

 

Mar. 2001

ARTICLE IN PLAY MAGAZINE

Short article about three recent superhero shorts, including Dial "A" For Alphaman.

 

 

 

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ABOUT STEAM POWERED FILMS

Steam Powered Films is the production company of director Mike Jackson. It was founded in 1999 with the help of  Sam Dulmage, Peter New and Palle Hoffstein, as a home for their creative works. SPF also provides post-production services including editing, colour correction and visual effects.

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604 202.7647

contact@steampoweredfilms.ca

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