BIOGRAPHY

KRIS VON KLEIST

As a teenager, Kleist’s father asked them to write an essay to explain a household misdemeanour, instead they made a short video to tell their side of the story. 

Kleist honed their raw creative style at film school. Succeeded by consistently pursuring an independant vision expressed through the film medium as a creative producer.

Kleist co-founded the production company Digital Arcade in 2016. Digital Arcade won Best Experimental Film (North American Film Awards 2017) and Best Canadian Film (Videodrunk 2017) for their short “Poor Man’s Evil Dead”.

 

Kleist went on to place in the top 10 finalist for the P.G.A's "Make Your Mark Short Competition" (2018) for "Rise & Fall". 

In the journey, Kleist discovered a love for improvising and using it as a tool when creating independent content, especially if Kleist is a part of the cast. 

With 10 years experience creating through the video art form, Kleist strives to help tell the stories that feel relevant and necessary in a collectively organic way.

Kleist currently Co-Manages along side CLAIRE SCOTT, YORK LANE ART COLLECTIVE, a media platform used to help artists connect, express & evolve collectively. 

 

Photo by: D.K Leasa

FILMOGRAPHY

Director | Editor | Producer

THE WISHFUL & LONELY
IN THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

Introducing Janice & her home for “The Wishful & Lonely”, where she prides her self in the life transformations that occur within the sisters, despite the interesting obstacles. 
 

Fully Improvised Film
 

GIRL BAND
MAY 2020

A contemporary feminist music group holds auditions for a new bandmate, the women are thrown for a loop when an unexpected male auditions.

RISE AND FALL
November 2018

An old WASP skull and Crossbones CIA recruiter attempts to corrupt a newly appointed Senator, Jack by 
performing their rite of passage. Jack quickly learns what it really means to be in power, especially when 
it all comes down to a choice.

POOR MAN'S EVIL DEAD
April 2017

When cleaning his late Grandfather's house, Kevin finds an old book...an old friend... and some good old' trouble.

Fully Improvised Film

MIDNIGHT ANIMAL
February 2016

The story follows an unnamed man who receives mysterious cryptic phone messages pertaining to assassinations. With his motives unclear, we follow the man, known only to the public as "The Midnight Animal" as he leaves a trail of blood in his wake.

RATE R

#ADDICTED
April 2014

A teenager named, Ashlyn attends their first "Cellphone Rehabilitaion Addiction" meeting. There they retell their past events that they believe lead them to hit rock bottom.

VIDEODRUNK

FILM FESTIVAL

2017

BEST CANADIAN FILM

In 2017 "Poor Man's Evil Dead" won Best Canadian Film at the Videodrunk Film Festival. 

Video Drunk 2017 

P.G.A's

MAKE YOUR MARK

SHORT COMPETITION

2018

TOP 10 FINALIST "RISE & FALL"

Out of 1800 submissions, "Rise And Fall" was selected as one of the top 10 films made within 51hours, honouring the work of past P.GA. producer, Sydney Pollack.

Make Your Mark Competition

North American Film Awards

2017

BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Poor Man's Evil Dead was also honoured with BEST EXPERIMENTAL film from the North American Film Awards.

North American Film Awards 

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