"FOXED! is as dark as anything Neil Gaiman ever dreamed up."
-Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"... I used to think that 3-D had absolutely no place in the world of independent film, my mind has certainly been changed, thanks to Stewart’s insight and his amazing work on FOXED!"
-Bernard Boo, Way Too Indie
"Although FOXED! is short, it manages to bring out an array of emotions in its viewers."
-Beatriz Jereza, Pretty Clever Films
When the children from a fantastical steampunk town are kidnapped by shape-shifting foxes who have been driven away from their homes, a brave girl and her little brother must find a way to escape -- and bring peace to these rival worlds.
The foxes of Chiswick are fed up with human expansion into their woods, so with the aid of a mysterious magic, they’re replacing all the town’s children with fox-impersonators.
Their plan is far more devious than mere impersonation. They’re replacing all the kids with more-polite, more-helpful, all-around-better-behaved versions. And the town’s newly blissful parents aren’t questioning a thing.
When Emily and her brother find themselves foxed, working in underground mines with “new and improved” versions of themselves in their homes, it’s up to Emily to outwit her captors and expose the imposters. To beat a better version of herself, she’ll have to be the best she’s ever been.
JAMES STEWART is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, director, artist, digital innovator and multi-platform visual designer. His body of work ranges from film to mobile to giant screen, and from digital to stereoscopic 3D museum installations.
Through his production company, Geneva Film Co. in Toronto, Canada, James has directed over 300 commercials and created stories using live action, 3D, 4D, gesture control, animation and immersive environments.
James’ stop-motion short film Foxed! (as you can see on this site) has played in Official Selection at over 100 international film festivals including Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Stuttgart and Anima Mundi and was awarded ‘Best Animated Film’ at Yorkton, San Antonio, FirstGlance Philadelphia, Garden State and the Quebec City Children’s Film Festivals.
His silhouette art film, Béatrice Coron’s Daily Battles – based on French artist Béatrice Coron’s papercut artwork - premiered at TED2013 and has playing at over 30 film festivals and museums in the US and Europe.
James’ other notable projects include: the CSA and WGC nominated Chateau Laurier, a live-action drama series starring Fiona Reid, Bruce Grey, Kate Ross Leckie and Luke Humphrey; Werner Herzog’s Cave Of Forgotten Dreams which was called “the reinvention of the cinema medium” by The Guardian and received the prestigious Lumiere Award from the International 3D Society, 3D cinema commercials for Samsung, Toyota, Lexus, and Sprint; Ontario 4D, produced for the Vancouver Olympics and two live 3D concert films of the Montreux Jazz Festival.
As a director, James has been featured in the Directors issue of SHOOT magazine, alongside Ang Lee, has been profiled in Shots magazine, has delivered keynotes on storytelling at Banff/Next Media, CMPA, Cannes Lions, DGC, CSC, ACCT and over 20 other industry events in Hollywood, Europe and Asia. In 2011, he presented the TEDTalk Storytelling in the Next Dimension at TED (Long Beach).
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey follows him on twitter @jamesstewart3D
ATHENA KARKANIS - EMILY
Canadian actress Athena Karkanis began her professional career in acting in 2003 with an episode on The Chappelle's Show (2003).
Since that time, Athena has had an extensive career in film, television and voice acting. Her credits include television series The Lottery (2014), Low Winter Sun (2013) and The Listener (2013), the Canadian teen drama The Best Years (2007), The Border (2008), and Wild Kratts (2011). Athena is also known for her role in the Saw movie saga, particularly Saw IV (2007) and Saw VI (2009).
During the course of 2011-2012, Athena worked on the supernatural series Lost Girl (2010) and contributed voice-work for video games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011) and Diablo III (2012).
FIONA HIGHET - MOM
Fiona Highet is an actress, know for Picture Day (2012), Fugitive Pieces (2007), and Saint Ralph (2004). She has over 40 film and television credits to her name and has appeared on stage in over 30 productions, working with some of the most respected playwrights and directors in Canada.
Fiona was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and attended the University of King’s College (B.A. Hon. 1990). She studied theatre at Ryerson Theatre School (Dip. Acting 1993) in Toronto where she now makes her home with her husband and two children.
Selected theatre credits: the World premieres of Daniel Brooks’ Insomnia and the Eco Show, in their Toronto productions and as part of the Festival TransAmerique in Montreal, and Daniel MacIvor’s You Are Here and How It Works; Canadian premiere of George F. Walker’s End of Civilization and Problem Child from the acclaimed Suburban Motel series; Canadian premieres of Missing by Florence Gibson, House of Many Tongues, Bea’s Niece and The Gist directed by Richard Rose, and John Mighton’s The Little Years for which she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance.
Selected film and television credits: Whirligig, Oliver Sherman, Fugitive Pieces, Saint Ralph, Public Domain, The Bridge, Copper, Slings and Arrows, This is Wonderland.
KENNEDY ZIELKE - CO-PRODUCER / EDITOR
Kennedy Zielke is a Visual Artist based in Toronto, Canada.
Her recent commissioned film work includes developing the title and motion graphics for the web-series Someone Not There, co-producing and editing the award-winning, stereoscopic digital 3D stop-motion animated film Foxed!, the stereoscopic digital 3D short film Béatrice Coron’s Daily Battles, based on the artwork of NYC based French artist Béatrice Coron, which has screened in over fifteen festivals to date, and Werner Herzog's critically acclaimed and award-winning Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
Recent commissioned commercial work includes editing spots for The Tema Conter Memorial Trust and Kubota, currently airing on national television, and clients such as Kia, Lexus, Sprint, Genentech, TD Bank, JC Penney, and General Mills.
SEAN HARVEY - CO-PRODUCER / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Sean’s passion for filmmaking began at a very young age. By the age of 5 he was a regular on commercial sets. This was the spark that started him in the business. Wanting to pursue his filmmaking he applied and was accepted into Concordia’s Film production program.
Since graduating, Sean has been applying his skills to commercials, television and dramatic works. Including shooting with Marion Cotillard, Chloë Grace Moretz and working with Sarah Polley on her documentary, Stories We Tell.
Sean has an eye for lighting, detail, and beauty. He is experienced in large-scale productions, TV, short films, 3D, high speed cameras 1000+fps, stop motion films and has operated camera for HGTV, Food Network & Slice.
CHRIS POUNDS - CO-PRODUCER / LEAD ANIMATOR
C. A. Pounds is a sculptor and filmmaker specializing in stop-motion animation and digital visual effects.
Chris was recently nominated for an Emmy, for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects (2014) for his work on the television series The 100.