The Valley Below

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The Valley Below
The Valley Below POSTER.jpg
Directed byKyle Thomas
Produced byAlexander Carson, Cameron Macgowan, Kyle Thomas
Written byKyle Thomas
StarringKris Demeanor
Stephen Bogaert
Mikaela Cochrane
Alejandro Rae
Release date
  • September 7, 2014 (2014-09-07) (TIFF)
Running time
87 min.

The Valley Below is a Canadian dramatic film, released in 2014. The feature film debut of filmmaker Kyle Thomas,[1] the film consists of four interrelated stories taking place in the badlands around Drumheller, Alberta.[1] The film was produced by the North Country Cinema media arts collective based out of Calgary, Alberta.

The individual stories centre on Kate (Mikaela Cochrane), a young woman preparing to attend college who discovers that she is pregnant just before leaving on a camping trip with her boyfriend Henry (Joe Perry); Warren (Kris Demeanor), a zamboni driver at the local hockey rink and an aspiring musician who is struggling with alcoholism; Gordon (Stephen Bogaert), a shy and reclusive taxidermist dealing with his failing marriage with Susan (Lori Ravensborg); and Barry (Alejandro Rae), a police officer and part-time local radio host who is looking to start a family with his partner Jill (Alana Hawley).

Each of the four segments features a score by a different Canadian musician. Rae Spoon, Dan Mangan, Eamon McGrath and Gavin Gardiner composed the music.[2]

The film garnered two Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 3rd Canadian Screen Awards, in the categories of Best Supporting Actor for Demeanor and Best Original Song for Mangan's song "Wants".[3] The film received largely positive critical attention from the Canadian media, including The National Post calling it a "superb first feature".[4]


  1. ^ a b "A71 Entertainment takes Canadian rights to The Valley Below". Playback, September 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Best Original Scores: TIFF tips for music lovers". Now, September 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards Unveil Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter, January 13, 2015.
  4. ^ Knight, Chris (March 4, 2015). "The Valley Below, reviewed: Getting lost in the badlands of Alberta". The National Post. Retrieved March 10, 2015.

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