Well-known Vancouver actor, director, writer and musician Mackenzie Gray  is making a splash – yet again – at BC’s prestigious Leo Awards. His Film Noir short Under The Bridge Of Fear  was originally created for the 2013 Crazy 8’s filmmaking challenge and has since screened at the Cannes Festival, Whistler Film Festival, Vancouver Film Festival and has been purchased for broadcast this summer by the CBC. Under The Bridge Of Fear’s most recent achievement has been garnering no less than 8 Leo Nominations. They are:
- Best Short Film – various producers including Mackenzie Gray
- Best Direction – Mackenzie Gray
- Best Screenwriting – Mackenzie Gray
- Best Costume Design
- Best Production Design
- Best Musical Score
- Best Hair Styling
- Best Makeup
Notably, the leads in Under The Bridge Of Fear have also been nominated for additional Leo’s – Johannah Newmarch for Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series for When Calls The Heart and Best Actress in a Web Series for Polaris. David Lewis has been nominated for Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama for Stalled.
In addition to this acclaim, Mackenzie Gray has also been nominated as an actor for Best Guest Performance (Male) in a Television Series for Bitten (SyFy) and Best Performance in a Children’s Program or Series for Spooksville (Hub Network).
About Under The Bridge Of Fear:
Blackmail, intrigue, secret love, deception and dangerous femme fatales smokily swirl to a wild climax in Under The Bridge Of Fear. In this homage to the great Film Noir thrillers of the 1940’s, hard-boiled Private Eye Hamilton Drake (David Lewis) is hired by his former flame, notorious society dame Georgia Thurlow (Kendra Anderson) and her sultry movie star companion Carrall Cordova (Leo Award Winner Johannah Newmarch) to chase down the rat who is blackmailing them with photographs that could ruin them both. But in the Sapphic underworld Drake is led to, nothing is ever just black and white. Mackenzie Gray creates a Film Noir love-letter to the steamy past of Vancouver with a colourful twist.
The supporting cast is comprised of a wonderful group of Vancouver actors, including Leo-Award winner Brent Fidler, Piercey Dalton, Teagan Vincze, Abby DeForest, Lara Rova and Erin Boyes.