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River Heights indie filmmaker debuts Shameless

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Anna’s leading a troubled life these days. Despite a promising start at university she fell in with a bad crowd. First came the drugs, then an abusive relationship, then hanging out with gangsters and now she’s one of the main players in a prostitution ring. Her future does not look bright.

Fortunately, Anna is not real. She’s a figment of the imagination of River Heights-based filmmaker Zan Klein, and she’s played to perfection in Klein’s new movie by up-and-coming local actress Bridget Young.  

Young cut her teeth in the performing arts at Tec-Voc’s drama program, where she had a couple of leading roles on stage as Betty Chumley in Harvey and then as Martha Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace.

These days, Bridget works a day job as a debt collector while fulfilling her passion for acting by moving from stage roles to film.

Anna is Bridget’s first leading role but she has appeared in other films as an extra, has done some voice-over work and is also working on music videos.

Klein is a young, independent filmmaker. Shameless, which details the downward spiral of Anna’s life, is his third film.

His previous efforts involved experimentation with film-noir, ’90s sports movies and sci-fi.

You need a passion, an idea, a small budget and a group of like-minded friends to make movies the way Klein does. Your release medium could be YouTube or, as it was in his case, the Park Theatre on Osborne Street, where Shameless premiered to a mostly full house on Sept. 16.

Klein credits his parent’s love of cinema for his interest in filmmaking and acting and strives to make films that are not just entertaining but also moving.

Nowadays, when not busy securing grants and funding for new projects, he’s concentrating on writing.

Meanwhile I’m left wondering what will finally happen to Anna. One thing you can be sure of, though — whatever her fate, it will be expertly portrayed by Young.

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