Rusted Pyre (3rd place)

Canada, 2011 (shot on location in HAVELOCK, SK)

Rusted Pyre follows Ginny (Samantha Somer Wilson) and Sally (Brooke Palsson) as they venture out in the middle of Winter a ways out of town to endure a rite of passage in a secluded, abandoned old car. The two share a ghost story that turns in to a power struggle before it takes a terrifyingly twist as the story becomes a new ghost story. “Mean Girls” meets “Ginger Snaps” in this compact horror flick.

Writer: Daniel Audet (Calgary, AB)
Director: Laurence Cohen (Calgary, AB)
Producer: David Cormican (Regina, SK)
Editor: Laurence Cohen (Calgary, AB)
Composer: Andrew Raiher (Los Angeles, CA)
Cast: Brooke Palsson (LESS THAN KIND)


-2011 Cannes Film Festival, Telefilm Canada’s “Not Short on Talent” Programme
-2011 Worldwide Short Film Festival
-2011 Tulsa International Film Festival
-2011 Atlantic Film Festival
-2011 Edmonton International Film Festival
-2011 Calgary International Film Festival
-2011 Young Cuts Film Festival
-2011 Short & Sweet (Canada)
-2011 Reel Rave International Film Festival
-2012 Fort Myers Film Festival
-2012 CBC Canadian Reflections (TV Premiere)

-2008 Canadian Short Screenplay Competition, 3rd place
-2010 NSI Drama Prize
-2011 Best Actress in a Short Film; Samantha Somer Wilson (Tulsa)
-2011 Top 100 Films (Young Cuts)
-2011 Best in Canada (Reel Rave)
-2012 Audience Choice Award (Fort Myers)



At 25, Laurence most recently completed work in visual effects for Gulliver’s Travels, Thor and Captain America. This represents a dream of working in movies since a very young age.

Beginning in claymation at age 8, Laurence continued to make 15 films by the time he was 16. Laurence’s work Pop Wars at age 15 was nominated for ‘Best Computer Animated Film’ at the EyeLenz Film Festival. It was also nominated for ‘Editing’, which is rare since editing in animation takes place before production. Also, by the age of 15, he had won 12 awards for acting in the Calgary Kiwanis Festival including the gold medal in the ‘Duologue’ category for three consecutive years. In his graduating year of high school Laurence won ‘Best Film’ at the Western Canada High School Film Festival and was awarded scholarship entry into York University’s film production program.
Having interned at Aurenya Entertainment, Idea Machine, and New Machine Studios for multiple years, Laurence gained professional experience in animation and special effects including credits for Raven Tales, which has, among other festivals, screened at Sundance and won the ‘Governor’s Cup’ at the Sante Fe Film Festival.

His 2nd year film Left Hook won Best Documentary at the Young Cuts Festival in Montreal in 2006. His 3rd year film is currently being considered by the Alberta Ministry of Education to be used in schools across the province as an anti-bullying film.
His most recent short film, The Rocket Man, won ‘Best Canadian Short’ at the 12th Okanagan International Film Festival and has screened at BridgeFest (Bosnia) and at MIFF (Mississauga Independant Film Festival). It will also screen at the 2011 Bay Street Film Festival and was also a semi-finalist at the Angelus Student Film Festival 2009.
His documentary Life in a Day with Magen David Adom has been distributed by the head office of Magen David Adom Canada to all the country’s chapters.
A 2010 National Screen Institute Drama Prize Award Recipient for the short film Rusted Pyre, Laurence has most recently directed and edited Rusted Pyre, set to screen at Festival de Cannes 2011 as part of Telefilm’s Canada @ Cannes “Not Short on Talent” and in Toronto for the CFC’s Worldwide Short Film Festival. Laurence also edited CSSC’s 2010 2nd place winner Minus Lara (nominated for the 2011 Best of Saskatchewan Golden Sheaf Award at Yorkton Film Festival and edited CSSC’s 2009 1st place winner Seeing in the Dark.
Laurence loves to tell stories that take the audience on a journey. ‘The ultimate cinematic experience is in establishing an imaginative world and realizing its most creative, integral and powerful interaction with the characters.’


DAVID CORMICAN is an award winning blogger (2010 Canadian Weblog Award winner – best literature & writing category), father, performer, filmmaker, producer and founder of the prestigious Canadian Short Screenplay Competition (CSSC), an organization he formed in 2008 to showcase and promote emerging screenwriters through recognition and the production of their work.

In 2010, Cormican was nominated for the Regina Mayor’s Arts & Business Award for Innovation in the Arts and a recipient of NSI’s Drama Prize. In addition to establishing CSSC’s Short Film Fund, he is also a partner with Minds Eye Entertainment, where he is in charge of development and an executive producer for the company’s feature film, television and branded content.

Still not yet 30, Cormican’s impressive producing credits belie his youth. Recent executive producing accomplishments include the $19M action thriller THE TALL MAN (Jessica Biel, Stephen McHattie) and the $15M female-in-jeopardy thriller FACES IN THE CROWD (Milla Jovovich, Julian McMahon, Michael Shanks) for Minds Eye and producing accomplishments include RUSTED PYRE (Brooke Palsson, Samantha Somer Wilson), which received its world premiere at the 2011 Festival de Cannes as part of Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent program, followed by a Canadian bow at the 2011 Worldwide Short Film Festival and for Bravo!FACT, MINUS LARA (Romina D’Ugo), for which he was nominated as a producer with a nod for the exclusive Ruth Shaw Golden Sheaf award of excellence as part of the 2011 Yorkton Film Festival. David is currently working on a $3M zombie slasher film, 13 EERIE, with Academy Award winner and director Roger Christian.

He is a board member for Regina Downtown BID, ACTRA Saskatchewan, board member representing the arts portfolio for SaskCulture and he currently holds the Saskatchewan seat for the Canadian Media Production Association (where he is the youngest board member). He also sits on various committees and juries for SaskFilm, SMPIA, the CMPA, Reel World Film Festival and Worldwide Short Film Festival.


Daniel Audet was raised on a ranch at the very south end of Alberta. It was a dry place, with it’s own microclimate formed by the Sweetgrass Hills, and was crawling with rattlesnakes and coyotes. Audet’s family had a huge collection of books and so he was surrounded by stories at an early age. The first stories he told were to scare friends around the campfire. As Audet grew up his focus began to drift towards visual art, mostly painting. He continued to daydream possible stories only now they were so specific in their visual design that he realized they needed to be screenplays. His background as a painter has always guided his approach to screenwriting. In both cases Audet deals with the image and the ideas that can be conveyed with it. Since the filming of his first produced screenplay, Rusted Pyre, Audet has been writing and painting in Calgary where he manages a downtown art gallery.


Brooke Palsson has been acting since she was nine years old, getting her start playing the role of ‘Melanie’ in the TBS production of “Breakaway” alongside Dean Cain. From there, the door opened up to a number of made-for-television movies including “While I Was Gone,” “Eye of the Beast,” and the short film, Halley’s Comet, as well as commercials and voice over work. While only 18-years old, she’s already received numerous awards and accolades in her performances, most recently being Winner – The 2011Canadian Comedy Awards, Best Individual Performance; Winner – 2010 Gemini Awards , Best Comedy Program or Series , Winner Best Ensemble at 2010 Canadian comedy Awards, and Nomination – 2009 Gemini Awards Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series, all for the HBO series, “Less Than Kind.” Brooke can be noted for her lead role in Guy Maddin’s movie “Keyhole” as well as lead in the short Rusted Pyre which premiered at the Canne Film Festival and most recently as the lead in the movie “ Euphoria. “


Performing since the age of 10, Samantha Somer Wilson is 16 years old and attends Earl Haig Secondary School – drama program.

Lead roles in film include: Rusted Pyre (CSCC) and Rocket Man (Aurora Lightworks). Supporting roles in film and television include: Gemini nominated feature film Nurse.Fighter.Boy (CFC/Universal), Instant Star (CTV), Prank Patrol (YTV) and Molly an American Girl on the Homefront (MOW) for the Disney Channel. Samantha’s voice can also be heard in the YTV animated series Will & Dewitt, CBC Radio Dramas and many national radio campaigns.

Professionally she has appeared in Blackbird (Studio 180), Dying to be Sick (Pleiades Theatre). Other selected theatre credit include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Paper Mill Theatre), Honk, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Cocktails and Candy Canes (Da Capo Prods), Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story, Joseph an the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Randolph Young Co.).

Samantha had the privilege of spending three summers at the Interlochen Centre for the Arts in their Musical Theatre program and two summers at the prestigious Broadway Theatre Project in Florida.

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INTERVIEW AS AIRED ON CBC TELEVISION NEWS APRIL 19th, 2011 (scroll to 45:30 in the newscast)

David Cormican interviewed by CBC Television

Find out more about RUSTED PYRE on IMDb and on IMDbPRO.

RUSTED PYRE plays as part of the Cannes Film Festival as part of Telefilm Canada’s Perspectives Canada screening. It premieres as part of the “Not Short on Talent”:
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Canadian short program sponsored by Telefilm Canada
Monday May 16th, 3h30pm, LERINS 1 theater
Festival de Cannes / Marché du film screening

As part of the Worldwide Short Film Festival, RUSTED PYRE will screen a part of the POWER PLAYS program:

Power Plays
Thursday June 2nd, 6h15pm
Saturday June 4th, 3h00pm
Worldwide Short Film Festival

RUSTED PARTS, An interview with the cast and production team behind RUSTED PYRE (Brooke Palsson, Samantha Somer Wilson, Laurence Cohen & David Cormican):

Short Film Production Crew movie set shoot

Brooke Palsson and Brenda Shenher on short film screenplay contest winner

director lines up his shot

Brooke Palsson and Samantha Somer Wilson

Shooting on location in Havelock, SK

sharing a laugh in between takes on short screenplay contest winner

Samathan Somer Wilson and Brooke Palsson

art department set dec

Fire on the dash candles wax dripping

short script contest winner Rusted Pyre

screenplay contest winning script

Rusted Pyre crew and cast

That's a picture wrapfor Ms. Brooke Palsson

Daniel Audet's Rusted Pyre

First Assistant Director Daniel Redenbach

Rusted Pyre short film on set still

Brooke Palsson and Samantha Somer Wilson

David Cormican, Laurence Cohen and Dillon Andrews

Rusted Pyre Crew

key make-up department head Sarah hegglin

Shawn Fulton and Laurence Cohen set up the next shot

Rusted Pyre MVP

Gabriel Boyko claps our slate

Rusted Pyre short film slate

Samantha Somer wilson and brooke palsson actresses actors

Laurence Cohen, Shawn Fulton and Daniel Redenbach

car up in flames

shooting is finished

Tulsa International Film Festival 2011 official selection TIFF Oklahoma Horror Film Festival

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