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Stenson started making his own short films while working on big Hollywood movies — including RV with Robin Williams — as a production assistant, after high school graduation.
That experience, he says, “showed me I wanted to make movies in a different way; that I had to take my own path.”
While the mainstream film industry can provide a good living, Stenson’s taken the independent, do-it-yourself approach.
With a master’s degree in playwriting from the U of C (with a supportive supervisor in well-known playwright Clem Martini), he’s written about a dozen plays performed in Canada and U.S., while also working as a DJ.
Armed with his theatre experience, a Talent to Watch Telefilm Canada grant and production/mentorship from Kino Sum Productions, Stenson made his first feature film.
This year, he hopes to shoot another movie and take Events Transpiring — already screened elsewhere in Canada — to international festivals.
Stenson’s advice for future filmmakers is to network and connect with arts organizations.
“I wish I had done that earlier. They have a huge impact for young artists.”