Nick Szostakiwskyj’s Movies
Black Mountain Side (2016)
Black Mountain Side is the second of my movies, released in January of 2016 in the USA and Canada, and later that year in many other territories around the world. Known simply as “Black Mountain” in the UK, the film follows a group of archaeologists after they uncover a strange structure in Northern Canada, dating over ten thousand years before the present.
Black Mountain Side won the Best Screenplay award and the Best Feature Film award at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. It also picked up Best Cinematography (Cameron Tremblay) at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Design (Mark Dolmont) at the Leo Awards. Black Mountain Side premiered at the Fantasia International Film Festival and has since screened in theatres all over the world.
Directed by myself (Nick Szostakiwskyj), Black Mountain Side stars Shane Twerdun, Michael Dickson, Carl Toftfelt, Marc Anthony Williams, Andrew Moxham, Timothy Lyle, and Steve Bradley. Nathan Gordon was the voice behind the film’s creature.
Hammer of the Gods (post-production)
My third feature film, Hammer of the Gods, stars Josh Collins, Rob Raco, Parmiss Sehat, and Samantha Carly. Filmed all over Southern British Columbia, we’re hoping to premiere the film in 2017. Fans of Black Mountain Side will be pleased with this film, as well as a whole new audience of contemporary horror fans. We put a lot of our budget into practical special effects, including full creature designs.
Hammer of the Gods is still in the early stages of post-production with lots still left to be figured out, but keep your eyes on my Twitter and on this site for updates.
Cameron Tremblay returns with this one, as a producer and the director of photography. Michael Dickson (Black Mountain Side) also makes an appearance in the film, as does the voice of Marc Anthony Williams (Black Mountain Side).
Kankered was my debut feature, shot on a zero-dollar budget in Calgary, Alberta. It stars Matt Bailey, Jesse Ajohn, and Ben Greenhow. I was eighteen years old when I directed Kankered and it took me far too long to edit, putting it on the back-burner for over a year while I went off to film school.
The story of three friends coming to terms with growing up, Kankered is a quirky comedy inspired by movies like Superbad and Animal House. It definitely has its flaws (plenty of flaws), but it has a lot of charm and is a fun watch if you don’t mind extremely low production value and some questionable filmmaking. Enjoy at your own risk.
Watch the whole thing here: