Peak Oil

A laid off oil field worker tries to find a little music.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Dylan Rhys Howard

Filmmaker’s statement

To me this movie is about how we as a culture (particularly in Western Canada, where I’m from) need to move away from the traditionally masculine, emotionally repressed homeostasis that has been the norm for generations, and replace it with vulnerability and honesty.

By the end of the film, I hope the central character understands that, even if he might not ever express it that way. I hope we can all follow him into the future.

About Dylan Rhys Howard

Dylan Rhys Howard

Born in Wellington, New Zealand and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Dylan Rhys Howard is an independent filmmaker whose work has been described as “quiet and upfront, honest, real, rich, fertile, built on characters with depth and complexity.”

In 2018, his short film Peak Oil was selected to be part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short On Talent program and screened at the Marché Du Film Court at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France. Peak Oil also received an Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association award for best narrative short.

His documentary Lifetimes Of Snow, a portrait of musician Jom Comyn and the hometown they share, was named the most outstanding Albertan short documentary at NorthWest Fest in 2016. His one-minute silent film A Brief Portrait Of A Northern Summer In Progress received first place at Edmonton’s Gotta Minute Film Festival in 2015.

He has served on the board of directors for the Film And Video Arts Society – Alberta since 2016 and the Metro Cinema Society’s Programming Committee since January 2018.

When not doing any of the above, you can catch him reading Ted Hughes poems to his wife, writer Lizzie Derksen, or walking an energetic dog named Ranger who incidentally has truncated any further development of this bio, as its writing has begun to impinge on the time allocated for an afternoon walk.

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