Kyle Thomas on set of The Valley Below
|Alma mater||Concordia University|
|Occupation||Film director, actor, screenwriter, film editor, film producer|
Kyle Thomas (born 23 June 1983), is a Canadian writer, director, producer, and actor. His first feature film The Valley Below premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014. The film garnered two Canadian Screen Award nominations in the categories of Best Supporting Actor for Kris Demeanor and Best Original Song for Dan Mangan's "Wants". The film received largely positive reviews from the Canadian media, including The Globe and Mail and the National Post, who called the film a "superb first feature".
Early life and education
Thomas was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, but was raised in Calgary, Alberta. He began making films with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers in his teenage years before attending Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal in the early 2000s. After completing his BFA, he returned to Calgary to establish the North Country Cinema media arts collective in 2005.
Directing and producing
Kyle Thomas is a founding member of North Country Cinema, along with filmmakers Alexander Carson and Nicholas Martin, whom he met at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Through North Country Cinema, Thomas has focused on producing director-driven film and video content, and has created award-winning works that have screened at major international festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival and SXSW. Thomas' recent films have portrayed neo-realist narratives concerned with intimate, personal stories depicting life in rural Alberta. Following the announcement that his first feature film The Valley Below would be funded by Telefilm Canada, he was declared one of "10 Canadians to Watch at Cannes" in 2013.
Thomas plays the role of Danny in North Country Cinema's second feature film O, Brazen Age written & directed by Alexander Carson. The film will premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2015.
- 2007: Last Chance Saloon
- 2008: Ghost Town
- 2009: Liminal State of Decay
- 2011: Not Far From The Abattoir
- 2012: The Post
- 2014: The Valley Below
- "Canadian Screen Awards Unveil Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter, 13 January 2015.
- Knight, Chris (4 March 2015). "The Valley Below, reviewed: Getting lost in the badlands of Alberta". The National Post. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- North Country Cinema (15 June 2013). "North Country Cinema // ABOUT". North Country Cinema. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- Volmers, Eric (5 March 2013). "Telefilm gives Calgary filmmakers funds for first feature, Down in the Valley". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- TIFF Festival 2013 (7 August 2013). "Numbers & Friends". Toronto International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- SXSW 2012 schedule (20 February 2012). "Not Far From The Abattoir". SXSW. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- Telefilm Canada (18 April 2013). "Canada's big on talent: Telefilm Canada reveals its '10 Canadians to Watch at Cannes'". Telefilm Canada. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- Vancouver International Film Festival program (3 September 2015). "O, Brazen Age". Vancouver International Film Festival. Retrieved 10 September 2015.