STRESS POSITION comes out on VOD and limited edition DVD in the US on August 26th! The DVD contains numerous deleted scenes and a tense and humourous commentary track between director A.J. Bond and star David Amito.
TORONTO PREMIERE! - Stress Position opens April 18 at the Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton Street, Toronto).
VANCOUVER PREMIERE - Stress Position opens May 23 at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver).
Two friends make a bet to see which of them can withstand a week of psychological torture at the hands of the other.
A.J. Bond wrote and directed Stress Position. Amy Belling served as producer and cinematographer. The Siblings partnered with long time collaborator Jessica Cheung, who is also producing. The feature shot for 21 days in March and April 2012. Also involved are long-time collaborator David Amito and new accomplice Marguerite Moreau. The film was produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada. For upcoming screening details please join our mailing list and follow The Siblings' blog.
2013 • 79 minutes • HD Colour • 16x9 • DCP • 5.1 Surround • English • Canada
★ Won Best Experimental Film at the 2013 Lady Filmmakers Film Festival LA
★ Won Best Supporting Actor for A.J. Bond at the 2013 Lady Filmmakers Film Festival LA
★ Won Best Cinematography at the 2013 Las Vegas Film Festival
★ Won Best Supporting Actor for David Amito at the 2013 Las Vegas Film Festival
★ Nominated for Best Editing in a Feature Film at the 2013 Canadian Cinema Editors Awards
★ One of 3 finalists for the Cine Gear LA Film Competition at Paramount Studios, LA
★ Nominated for 7 Leo Awards, including Best Motion Picture, Direction, Cinematogrpahy, Sound, Score and Lead Performance for David Amito
★★★★★ “The film has twists and turns that surprise and horrify. … Stress Position forces one to contemplate the actuality of attempting to bend another’s will to one’s own.”
- Examiner.com, Lindsay Waite (June 10, 2013)
“…fascinating and thrilling … a nearly flawless debut feature which jumps head first into psychological terror. There’s something darkly methodic, almost evil, in Stress Position.”
- FilmBizarro.com, Ronny Carlsson (March 5, 2014)
“A deeply disturbing film that seems all too real, and one that will give audiences some stomach churning tension. If you’re looking for a film that is truly psychologically terrifying, this is it.”
- Toronto Film Scene, William Brownridge (April 18, 2014)
“Creepy Canuck Avant-Garde Thriller with Guantanamo overtones serves up visceral shocks and astounding, imaginative visuals…”
- The Film Corner, Greg Klymkiw (April 16, 2014)
“Stress Position more than lives up to its name, causing unbearable anxiety in the viewer by blending Ludivico-esque torment while blurring lines between fiction and truth to a disorienting effect. And underneath all the hideous and often blackly funny shenanigans lurks a potent parable about the vulgar ways in which people treat the people ostensibly closest to their hearts.”
- Metro, Chris Alexander (April 17, 2014)
“Stress Position is an attractive, inventive, creative film well worth seeing. The torture is disturbingly real because it's not over-the-top unreal — imagine being strapped to a playground carousel and being turned, slowly, for hours — and the needling, claustrophobic score by Dan Werb (Woodhands, Ark Analog) amplifies every iota of the prisoner's discomfort and tosses it, wet with vernix, into the viewer's lap.”
- Exclaim!, Dave Jaffer (April 18, 2014)
“An accomplished, chilling collision between fact and fiction, this Canadian psycho-drama follows in the footsteps of other mutually assured torture films … but with a freshness and relevance to reality television post-Guantanamo Bay, which made it one of the most notable films of this year’s Sci-Fi-London. … Stress Position is an intelligent, thought-provoking film, which can only become increasingly relevant … the overall effect is a film you both want to see again because of its numerous admirable qualities, and never want to re-endure because the psychological tortures are so convincing and the verisimilitude too unnerving.”
- Electric Sheep Magazine, Alex Fitch (May 29, 2013)
“…an effective fictional thriller: The setting is a white room, stark and uncomfortable as strobe lights flash and loud noises blare. What’s more painful is the psychological torture inflicted on both the characters, as Bond (who plays himself) takes his vision too far on friend Dave Amito—playing videos of Amito’s friends critiquing him, for example—and promptly gets it turned on himself.”
- Willamette Week, Kaitie Todd (June 11, 2013)
“…an interesting, and disturbing, take on the director-actor relationship … demonstrates Bond’s stylish visual sense and willingness to follow his story down any path, however unpleasant.”
- OregonLive, Marc Mohan (June 13, 2013)
“The political allegory also functions on a meta level, showing an abusive auteur taking his personal vision too far. The payoff comes in the turnaround and seeing how Bond’s own cruelties inform his newly made enemy’s revenge.”
- The Oregonian, Jamie S. Rich (June 6, 2013)
• Watch A.J. get grilled on the Global Morning Show.
• A great, provocative interview and analysis of director A.J. Bond in The Globe & Mail.
• Interesting interview with A.J. Bond in Black Sheep Reviews.
• An in-depth chat with director A.J. Bond on the Adjust Your Tracking podcast.
• Director A.J. Bond discusses Stress Position on the Directors Notes podcast.
CYPRUS – Stress Position is playing at the Cyprus International Film Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2013.
MEXICO – Stress Position was selected for the Global Feature Competition at the Oaxaca Film Festival on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
ARIZONA – Stress Position is playing the Arizona Underground Film Festival on Saturday, September 14, 2013.
LAS VEGAS – Stress Position played the Las Vegas Film Festival on July 21, 2013 at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
PORTLAND, OR – Stress Position screened as part of the Northwest Tracking Series on Thursday, June 13, 2013.
LA PREMIERE – Stress Position was one of 3 finalists for the Cine Gear Expo Film Competition on the Paramount Studios Backlot in LA on Thursday, May 30, 2013.
UK PREMIERE – Special festival preview at Sci-Fi-London on May 5, 2013 at BFI Southbank.
WRITTEN + DIRECTED BY:
& Marguerite Moreau
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
Matthew Gordon Long
Produced with the participation of
© 2013 The Siblings + Sagebrush Ventures Inc.
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c. A.J. Bond, 2013