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The Ox

Master craftsmen and Vietnam veteran Eric Hollenbeck keeps ancient crafts alive in Eureka, California.


Dinner with Fred

Inspired by the extraordinary true story of a brilliant young poultry scientist in WWII Canada


"Did you ever hear the story of how the chickens saved my life?" Inspired by the extraordinary true story of a brilliant young poultry scientist in WWII Canada, Dinner with Fred stars Adam John Harrington in the title role in this visually lush, ambitious, and sweepingly hopeful short film. At the cusp of the Invasion of Normandy, devoted artillery lieutenant Fred Conrad's train comes to a screeching halt when he is ripped from the sides of his brothers and sent home to lead the Canadian push to cope with a massive wartime food shortage.

Though devastated at first, Fred, with the help of his loving but no-nonsense wife Hilda (Austin Highsmith), turns a misfortunate change-of-plans into a career in humane poultry science that proves to hold meaning and purpose heyond his wildest dreams, With sparkling supporting performances by Scott Lowell, Ron Orbach and Scott Laufer, Dinner with Fred is a captivating tale of what it means to serve one's country even in unexpected ways.


Qualified for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Winner. Best Director of a Short Film, 2011 Tulsa International Film Festerval (Ben Proudfoot)
Winner. Best Short Film, 2011 Tulsa International Film Festival
Winner. Best Short Film, 2011 Flint Film Festival
Winner. Best Picture, 2011 Souther California Business Film Festival
Winner. Best Actor, 2011 Souther California Business Film Festival (Adam J. Harrington)
Winner. Best Director, 2011 Southern California Business Film Festival (Ben Proudfoot)
Winner. Best Score, 2011 Van Wert Film Festival (Kyle Malkin)
Winner. Best Student Short Film, 2011 Redemptive Film Festival
Semi-Finalist. 2011 Angelus Student Film Festival
Official Selection. 2011 Los Angeles Shorts Fest
Official Selection. 2011 Rome International Film Festival
Official Selection. 2011 Rumschrpinge Film Festival
Official Selection. 2011 Film Stories Student Film Festival


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Cast & Crew

Adam J. HarringtonOld/Young Fred Conrad
Austin HighsmithHilda Conrad
Scott LowellHeywood Flannigan
Ron OrbachMitch Corkum
Scott LauferJack Conrad
Ben ProudfootDirector, Writer
Alex KefalosProducer
Matthew QuandtProducer
Aaron RabkinProducer
Dillon BrownAssociate Producer
John DeaneAssociate Producer
Kyle MalkinComposer
Josh LiptonCinematographer
Nicole DeaneFilm Editor
Scott David C.S.ACasting Director


Located on the same corner in Downtown LA, the two shops struggle to make ends meet in a decreasingly tactile world.


McManus & Morgan is the oldest (and once most prosperous) paper ship in Los Angeles. Aardvark Letterpress is a family-run printing business dating back to the 1940s. Located on the same corner in Downtown LA, the two shops struggle to make ends meet in a decreasingly tactile world. A rare and fascinating inside peek into the archaic worlds of letterpress and paper-selling, this short documentary is a strangely touching story of two inter-dependent businesses hanging onto their livelihoods and passions, doing whatever it takes to keep their crafts - and dreams - alive.


Winner. Audience Choice Award, 2012 Southern California Business Film Festival
Winner. Best Incorporation of Business Elements, 2012 Southern California Business Film Festival
Semi-Finalist. Best Young Filmmaker, Ireland's 2012 Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival (Ben Proudfoot)
Official Selection. 2012 Vimeos Staff Pick
Official Selection. 2012 American Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection. 2012 Northwest Ohio Film Festival
Official Selection. 2012 Port Townsend Film Festival
Official Selection. 2012 Atlanta Shortfest
Distributed by Vimeo, Air Canada & KCET


Remarkable Short Docs: ink&paper
The Last Letterpress and Paper Store in Downtown Los Angeles
From Pineapples to ink&paper – the Unusual Path of a Fabulous Short Documentary

Cast & Crew

Cary OconHimself
Gary WolinHimself
Ben ProudfootDirector, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
Kyle MalkinComposer
David BolenSound Designer
Alex KefalosDistributor
Dillon BrownPost-Production Supervisor
Jim O'KeeffeSpecial Thanks
Beth BlockSpecial Thanks
290 ClassmatesSpecial Thanks
USCSpecial Thanks

Ben Proudfoot | Director & Founder

Director and producer Ben Proudfoot was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His father is a trial lawyer and his mother is a sociology professor.

At the age of 15, Proudfoot began studying sleight-of-hand magic and over the next three years, won both the Canadian and International Championships for legerdemain. At 16, he joined the Magic Castle Junior Program in Los Angeles.

Proudfoot's passions shifted to filmmaking, and he was subsequently accepted to the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. In 2011, Proudfoot wrote and directed the short film Dinner with Fred which garnered dozens of festival awards worldwide and won him two Best Director awards and a qualification for the 2012 Academy Awards© for Best Live Action Short Film. In May 2012, Proudfoot directed a short documentary entitled ink&paper that found an international audience of over one million people on Vimeo, triggering Sony Pictures Television to option the property.

In 2012, Proudfoot founded Breakwater Studios Ltd. and established a production office in Los Angeles in the building where Walt Disney first started his company in 1923.

In 2013, Proudfoot released another short craftspeople documentary called The Ox which garnered even more views than ink&paper did.

Proudfoot is in post production on his first feature film, a documentary about a Shakespeare scholar mounting Romeo & Juliet in Rwanda with local high school kids 20 years after the genocide.

Emily Bon | Head of Development

A native of artistically vibrant Santa Monica, Emily Bon developed her passions for film, literature, and vocal studies at a young age. Her further investment in the cultural studies of gender, ethnicity, and media led her to the prestigious Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, with a minor in Cinematic Arts from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She graduated with honors in the Spring of 2012.

Emily’s previous positions at major agencies in the film and digital media industries led her to Breakwater Studios in early 2014, where she works daily with Ben Proudfoot as his Development Coordinator.

David Bolen | Cinematographer

David Bolen is an award-winning Canadian cinematographer and director based out of Los Angeles, California. Born in Toronto to a family of filmmakers and journalists, David was exposed to cameras at a very young age.

An alumnus of the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts, David has worked consistently as a cinematographer and director since graduating in 2013. In addition to shooting feature documentaries such as the award-winning feature documentary The Dropbox, which will be released in Fall 2014, David has filmed over 30 short films, 20 music videos, 15 commercials, and numerous behind-the-scenes for several hit shows, including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Glee. David is also experienced as a director, selected at USC to direct a 480 thesis film entitled Hotel Vernonia (2013).

David's most recent collaborations have been with director Ben Proudfoot of Breakwater Studios. Working for Breakwater as a cinematographer and director, he has shot several live-action opening title sequences for Warner Bros. and Darkwoods Productions. David recently traveled to Africa to capture Proudfoot’s Kigali/Verona, a feature length documentary chronicling a Shakespeare scholar mounting Romeo and Juliet in Rwanda 20 years after the genocide. David is currently directing two pilot episodes of Haven: Origins, a origin story spinoff series for Stephen King’s Haven, which airs on Syfy.

Dillon Brown | Head of Post

Dillon Brown was born in the sunny beach city of Santa Barbara, CA and has lived in the Ventura County region of Southern California for his entire life. In high school he decided to take his love of movies and try to make a career out of it, and was fortunate enough to gain acceptance to the film program at the University of Southern California, where he graduated in 2011. Since then he has been paying off his student loans while working with Ben Proudfoot at Breakwater Studios in his capacity as a post-production workflow expert and associate producer.

While at USC, Dillon furthered his interest in the merging of film with digital technologies, where he explored the latest digital cinema related technologies and workflows. Trained by Los Angeles' Company 3 and having worked on dozens of films including Proudfoot's Dinner with Fred, Dig (2011, Phil Hodges), and Take Me Home (2011, director Sam Jaeger), Dillon's valuable insight and experience thus far has been instrumental in building Breakwater Studios' post-production capabilities. His work at other post-production companies in Los Angeles, and other web programming and disc authoring freelance work, has furthered his knowledge and expertise.

When not engaged with the cinematic medium, Dillon can be found driving up and down the coastal regions of Southern California with the top down in his twenty-year-old BMW convertible, listening to KCRW or his exquisitely crafted Spotify playlists.

Nick Wright | Creative Partner & Editor-in-Chief

Nick Garnham Wright was born and raised in the rolling hills of Northern California. Drawn to the arts at a young age, Nick soon became passionate about storytelling and, in turn, filmmaking. This pursuit led him to New York City where he earned a degree in Film & Television at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Always a California kid at heart, Nick moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an editor and avoid another east coast winter. In addition to editing, Nick is a writer and director, helming a variety of short films and music videos. His comedic short, Breaking the Board, was an official selection at the 2013 Los Angeles Comedy Fest.

Nick has spent time living in England, France, and the Czech Republic with many adventures in-between and many more to come. Stay tuned for what's next.

Stephen Derluguian | Director of Special Projects

Stephen Derluguian was born in Krasnodar in the former Soviet Union to professor parents. When he was just a toddler, his family moved to Chicago. Stephen grew up watching classics of international and Soviet Cinema on VHS, gifts his father brought back from his travels.

In 2012, Stephen graduated Magna Cum Laude from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he met director Ben Proudfoot. He began working on an international production for Breakwater Studios shortly after graduating.

Today Stephen’s passion has become his work, and everyday he strives to bring vital, thoughtful and artistic films to the screen as Director of Special Projects for Breakwater Studios.

Sean Higgins | Head of Sound

A native of Marin County, California, Sean Higgins grew up in the video village on Industrial Light & Magic sets watching his Dad, an on-set video assist. Since his childhood, Sean has been passionate about sound production in its many venues, and particularly its application in cinema. He began to apprentice with industry professionals while still in high school. After being accepted to USC, Sean served as the audio director of Bovard Auditorium and all campus performance venues, worked as a teaching assistant in numerous sound production classes, and mixed over 100 student short films. Since graduating, Sean has worked on over 50 short films and a number of features as either supervisor, mixer, or production sound recordist.

Particularly interested in post-production and documentary location recording, Sean excels in collaborative environments where he can help create a soundtrack integral to the story. He has worked with Ben Proudfoot since before the formation of Breakwater Studios, most notably on Ben’s 2011 short, Dinner With Fred, where Sean supervised all sound, from pre-production to mixing the final film on a Warner Bros. stage.

Sean holds a B.A. degree in film production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with a minor in music recording from the Thornton School of Music, and currently freelances as a sound re-recording mixer for motion pictures and television.

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