Sleep

A man wakes up in the middle of the night to investigate a sound outside his bedroom door but the intruder he finds is not who he expected.

Creative team

Co-writers: Michael Clowater, Kiko Barbosa
Director/producer: Michael Clowater

Filmmaker’s statement

“This film was conceived, written, planned, cast, shot and edited all within an approximately 16-hour period at the Maine Media workshop in the summer of 2013.

It was meant to simply be an exercise in composition and framing in order to tell a story without dialogue but it turned out so well, we decided to finish it to submit to festivals.

The cinematographer, Kiko Barbosa, and I did most of this together and the film was finished with final audio, music and colour grading in Toronto.”

About Michael Clowater

Michael Clowater

Michael Clowater is an award-winning advertising writer and director in Toronto.

He has written for the Comedy network. Sleep is the fourth short film he’s directed.

His first short, Alfred’s New Dog, screened at TIFF (children’s section), the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Interfilm Festival in Berlin, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC as part of a special exhibit on independent children’s films.

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