by Lela Scott MacNeil
August 3rd, 2010

Rooftop Films Alum Jamie Travis is an award winning Toronto based filmmaker whose films are known for their dark irony and stunningly stylized aesthetic. “With passionate stories of suburban woe and obsession played out against surreal, hyperdesigned backdrops,” said the New York Times, “Mr. Travis’s films feel a bit like a mixture of work by David Lynch and Douglas Sirk.” And this year, Jamie’s haunting and funny short film The Armoire was an audience favorite at our “Fears and Fantasies” short film program.

If you were at the show, loved The Armoire, and would like to be brought further into Jamie’s artistic world, you’re in luck. Or if you didn’t make it to the show, but you’re intrigued and want to know more, you’re also in luck. A brand-spanking-new DVD, filled with five of Jamie’s most acclaimed films. is now available from Zeitgeist Films on You can order it right now and watch it this weekend.

Here’s a rundown of the films:

The Patterns Trilogy (2005-2006): A woman waits by the phone. A man watches a teacup spin. Are they lovers? Yes, they are. Now let’s watch them sing and dance. A gorgeously styled, fabulously poppy triptych, The Patterns Trilogy is a singularly epic musical-thriller/anti-romance.

The Saddest Boy In The World (2006): Timothy Higgins is having his worst year ever. Always picked last for the team, this eight-year-old lives in a world of friendlessness, suburban complacency and prescription drugs. Now his ninth birthday party has arrived, and he prepares to upstage the musical chairs and birthday cake with a show-stopping suicide.

Why The Anderson Children Didn’t Come To Dinner (2003): Travis’s first award-winning short tells the gloriously surreal story of three seven-year-olds forced to endure their mother’s culinary abuses. Anderson Children premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to play at over forty festivals worldwide, including South by Southwest and Slamdance. In 2004, the film made its US television debut on PBS’s Independent Lens, hosted by Susan Sarandon; and on Canada’s late-night CBC series ZeD. Deemed Sumptuously visualized and darkly hilarious by critics, Film Threat magazine voted it the No. 2 Short Film of 2004.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Click here to buy it now.


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