Jason Eisener (Director)
Ever since Jason Eisener can remember, movies have been a huge part of his life. Dartmouth, littered with pawnshops, served as a gold mine for a young horror/sci-fi obsessed fan & emerging filmmaker. Spending his time, & whetting his appetite on any genre movie he could find, it wasn’t long until he decided to buy a video camera. Jason soon began creating his own films with high school becoming his testing grounds; quickly, he realized that he wanted to entertain people through film for a living. Jason went on to enroll into the Screen Arts program at the Nova Scotia Community College where he learned every aspect of the film industry, which helped prepare him & the world for his 60-minute film “Fist of Death.” This zombie action thriller was played to a sold out audience at the Oxford Theater in 2003, and went on to play at numerous universities across Canada. With underground success Jason was inspired for his follow up film “The Teeth Beneath.” With a budget of $300, this 45 minute film, went on to exceed any of his expectations, selling out the premiere and his showing at The Atlantic Film Festival. The Coast Magazine recognized it as best local film, and it put Eisener on the Chronicle Herald’s 2005 honor roll for having such contribution to the art scene in Halifax. Continuing his successes, In 2007 Jason collaborated with Rob Cotterill and John Davies to make the fake trailer, “Hobo With a Shotgun” which went on to win the SXSW Robert Rodriguez Grindhouse Trailer Competition. With it’s huge following & support, Alliance Atlantis distributed the trailer theatrically, and was shown in 186 theatres across Canada, along with Robert Rodriquez and Quentin Tarantino’s film Grindhouse. TREEVENGE was the follow up short film from Jason and Yer Dead Productions Inc, produced in 2008. TREEVENGE details the experiences and horrifying reality of the lives of Christmas trees. The film won a slew of awards from the festival circuit in 2009 including an Honorable Mention (for Shorts) at the Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Short from Toronto After Dark, Fantasia, San Francisco Independent Film Festival among many others. It was on the heels of the success of Treevenge and the Hobo trailer that Jason had the idea to turn the Hobo concept into a feature film. The result is an exploitation style vigilante epic starring Rutger Hauer. Shot in Halifax in the spring of 2010, the feature version of “Hobo With A Shotgun” is already experiencing tremendous buzz, fueled by a fervent online fan base. Hobo with a Shotgun will have its world premiere at Sundance in January 2011.