November 5th 2017 10:00 AM - November 5th 2017 02:00 PM

The Action Starts At Cut + The Pineville Heist

27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton, ON, Canada

The Action Starts At Cut + The Pineville Heist


Workshop + Film Double Bill! 




For 12 years Chambers has been teaching filmmaking at a practical film school in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. He has presented at events across Canada, Australia, England and the USA. 

In stand-up style with heavy doses of humour, Chambers educates and inspires in a 90-minute interactive presentation that includes:

- How to break in to the film business

- Producing and directing tips

- Balancing the Business with the Art

- Appreciation of the craft

- Life on set: War Stories and Movie Stars 


"Wonderful presentation. The way Lee Chambers presents – his personality - is very engaging and easy to listen to. He has a way about him that make you want to be a filmmaker!" 

Jon Diack - Producer Noggin Sauce Pictures

"Fabulous... it was inspirational and educational!" 

Paul Weston - Legendary Stuntman (Rogue One, Aliens, Superman)

"The presentation was absolutely amazing!" 

Trevor Murphy, Award winning CayFilm director


Canadian writer, producer and director LEE CHAMBERS graduated from the Leeds Metropolitan University Film Program in the United Kingdom and he has worked on television shows for the BBC and feature films for Miramax. His short film work has been Executive Produced by top industry filmmakers such as Paul Haggis and David Cronenberg and he was nominated for a Director’s Guild of Canada Ontario Award in 2011 for a short film made with Roger Corman. Chambers theatrically released his debut feature film, The Pineville Heist, which has so far been selected by over 50 festivals, winning dozens of awards and nominations.


THE PINEVILLE HEIST (Lee Chambers / 90min / CANADA) 


Fourteen year old Aaron stumbles into the aftermath of a five million dollar bank heist gone wrong. Hiding under a canoe, Aaron partially catches the murder of one of the robbers. In the chaos he sneaks away with the money and heads straight for the closest place of safety, his high school. Terrified, Aaron tells his shocking tale to Amanda Becker, his drama teacher, but it doesn't take long for one of the psychotic robbers to show up. In the locked down school the pair are relentlessly pursued in a quest to get the money back and wipe out the evidence. 

The Pineville Heist is based on the screenplay by Todd Gordon & Lee Chambers. Script consultants included a (former) Senior VP of Production at Universal Pictures and the author of the Screenwriter's Bible.




Hamilton Film Festival

“This fest is sure to become the next TIFF it is keeps up this caliber of cinema heaven.” - John Nicol / Filmmaker The 12th Annual Hamilton Film Festival continues to be one of Canada’s most important up-and-coming film festivals. This year’s festival will feature over $25,000 in prize value, plus the opportunity to network with, and pitch your films, scripts and projects. Distributors actively look to the Hamilton Film Festival for titles and we will be releasing a list of films acquired during the 2016 festival. Guests have included Academy Award® winner Colin Chilvers, Daniel Baldwin, Michael Pare (Eddie and the Cruisers), Tony Rosato (SCTV), Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Miano (Donny Brasco), Frank D’Angelo (Red Maple Leaf), Fred Fuchs (Godfather III Executive Producer, Milton's Secret) Art Hindle (Black Christmas), Doug McGrath (Goin’ Down the Road), Lynne Griffin (Curtains), Julian Richings (Superman: Man of Steel), Kirsten Bodenstedt (COO and Co-Owner of Peregrine Labs) Academy Award® winner Colin Doncaster, Bob Munro (VFX Supervisor), Sean Sullivan (Wayne’s World, Back to the Future III) Lisa Langlois (Class of 1984) and many, many more! Filmmakers and producers attended from Italy, Germany, Austria, France, the USA and all across Canada. We have 14 prize categories, including Jury, Feature, Short, Doc, Actor, Actress, Editing, Cinematography, Screenplay (x2), Music, Student, Truly Independent local award and the legendary Sparquie the Squirrel award! As a “Truly Independent” festival, we are not run by a Board of Directors and we don’t pre-program or pick themes and genres. We let YOUR submissions and selections dictate what we show each year as we accept all genres and lengths! The festival is as diverse as our alumni, who come from over 50 countries around the world. Filmmakers globally are looking to the Hamilton Film Festival as an accessible event with multiple chances to screen, win awards and gain post-festival promotion as our Alumni is our family and your movie never has a shelf life with us. In 2016, we screened 175 films out of 700 submissions so if you have a great film, your chances are very good! We are a festival that is very proud of screening films made by female filmmakers. Last year we screen 45 films by female directors! We are proud to offer, for the second year, the Canadian Film Market which runs the final weekend of the festival and will include Industry Development events, quality networking, pitches and private screenings for industry. Over 25 countries participated in 2016. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is a major destination for film and television productions. Films like Spotlight, Crimson Peak, Suicide Squad, The Hulk and Robocop are just a few films that have taken advantage of Hamilton’s many incredible locations. Producers love the additional tax credits, Directors love the “anywhere is here” look of the city, and people love seeing it on screen! Filmmakers around the world are choosing the Hamilton Film Festival as a required stop, and we want YOU to be a part of this growing scene that is on the verge of expanding into a not-so-hidden gem! See you and your film in Hamilton this November!