"Persephone" Music Video
Music by The Criminal Kid. Shot on a beautiful and windy Autumn weekend on the great plains of Saskatchewan, this music video is a collaboration between Dark gems media and the Criminal Kid. Shot on the Blackmagic Ursa Mini in 4K.
Balikbayan: From Victims to Survivors
BALIKBAYAN: From Victims to Survivors is a feature documentary about the resilience of the people of Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines and the children, staff and volunteers of the small orphanage Streetlight. Directed by Rob Hillstead and Jon Jon Rivero. Produced by Qi Creative, Echolands Creative Group, and Dark Gems Media.
The Criminal Kid's sophomore album is another Dark Gems Media production. The album was released on March 25, 2022.
Professor and Scholar vignettes
One of the joys of my time during my MFA studies at the University of Regina was to get to know so many cool people that gave the faculty of media production (currently know as the department of film) such a unique personality. I enjoyed every collaboration.
Short Super8 horror films, each airing annually at the One Take Super8 Event through the Saskatchewan Filmpool. I haven't done one of these in many years, but I still have a few reels yet to scan of existing work.
Chelsea is a short film about a man who is tempted by a beautiful woman who is not what she appears to be.
Sold to the Cause - Linger
Produced by David Roman and Rob Hillstead, performances by David Roman, Rob Hillstead, and Justin Robson. Special thanks to Nathan Binns and Victor Roman. "Sold to the Cause" is cause for alarm. When will the military cyborgs gain consciousness and decide to rise up against their human masters? This high-concept single by Linger is 15 years in the making, and it sounds fresh and bold. "Sold to the Cause" is a preview for the second of three EPs, "Creatures of the Last Five Minutes." Check it out on spotify, soundcloud, iTunes, and more.
The Mud Dreams
A short film centring around a Syrian immigrant's experience of going to University in rural Canada while his hometown in Syria is destroyed in the civil war. Directed by Mohammad Saadoun, Starring Andrew Ibacache and Michelle Serada. Cinematography by Rob Hillstead.
Rise Up, Tacloban!
This music video was produced to commemorate the 1st anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan and represents a message of hope to people around the world. It was created to raise awareness of global collaborations during times of crisis and need.
A short, diary film I did for my first semester of University. This project won "Best Local Film" at the Living Skies Student Film Festival. It makes me feel naked to put it out, so don't ever tell me you saw it :).
The Criminal Kid - These Blue Walls are Faking Freedom
10-Track LP Produced by Rob Hillstead and David Roman, featuring the group "The Criminal Kid" (Allysia Kerney, Vic Roman, Jeremy Pilon, Mike Van Betuw)
Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata - Single
Allysia Kerney masterfully interpreted Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata for the short film "The Dark Somnambulist." Photography by Rob Hillstead. Mixed by David Roman of Roman Empire Studios. Allysia Kerney is the writer, composer, teacher, blogger, and video host of Youtube's PianoTV.
Linger - Creatures of Yesterday
My long-running music project Linger with co-founder David Roman released 4-track EP "Creatures of Yesterday" in 2014. Check out the music video, band photos, and more.
The Dark Somnambulist
The Dark Somnambulist is a short film about a sleepwalking man who awakens to find he's murdered women he cares about while asleep. At home, his wife seems oblivious, but it seems she knows more about his situation than she lets on.
Vanitas Vanitatum (2013)
A series of photos revolving around the fleeting moments of life and death.