Rob Cotterill (Producer)
Rob Cotterill has been working in film since 1994, starting while going to Concordia University in Montreal. His first taste of working on a film set was on Karim Hussein’s “Subconscious Cruelty” and after he worked on several of Mitch Davis’ projects at the Montreal based Infliction Films. After completing school, Rob began working in the industry as an Assistant Director and still does. Through fate, on the set of Trailer Park Boys, Rob met Jason Eisener, whom he quickly forgot until a year later, when they met again, and began talking about making films together. A partnership was born, beginning with a documentary about Halifax’s Pink Velvet Burlesque Troop, and after, with a collaboration, including writer Jonathan Davies, on the fake trailer version of Hobo With A Shotgun. Hobo was an entrant into the Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino SXSW trailer competition in Austin Texas, which it won, garnering massive internet support, and the backing of Alliance Films in Canada to strike 186 film prints to release Canada wide with the Grindhouse Feature. During the shooting of Hobo, Eisener & Cotterill conceived of their next project, a fifteen-minute short film about the injustices suffered by Christmas trees through the unique perspective of the trees themselves. This film was called Treevenge and went on to win multiple awards around the globe including an honorable mention as best short film at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival With the successes of these films and two other viral shorts Report Card & The Number to Heaven, The Hobo with a Shotgun Feature Film creative team was solidified. The partnership formed Yer Dead Productions, a Halifax based, genre centered, production house. Now focused and determined, all efforts went towards the feature film version of Hobo with a Shotgun. Teaming up with one of Canada’s most experienced & respected producers Niv Fichman, the stage was set and shooting began on the streets of Halifax & Dartmouth Nova Scotia in the spring of 2010. Hobo with a Shotgun will be released in the spring of 2011 after its World Premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Now with a strong creative team, including Jason Eisener & writer John Davies, and a continuing collaboration with Fichman the group have several projects in various stages of development and they plan to take Halifax over by force.