Photo by: D.K Leasa
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.
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
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
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
When cleaning his late Grandfather's house, Kevin finds an old book...an old friend... and some good old' trouble.
Fully Improvised Film
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.
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.
BEST CANADIAN FILM
In 2017 "Poor Man's Evil Dead" won Best Canadian Film at the Videodrunk Film Festival.
Video Drunk 2017
MAKE YOUR MARK
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
Poor Man's Evil Dead was also honoured with BEST EXPERIMENTAL film from the North American Film Awards.