Things are still wild & crazy in the world of Treevenge, even though Christmas is over. The film is still playing at festivals around the globe, and chopping fans down everywhere.

Amongst very stiff competition Treevenge got an honorable mention at the 2009 sundance Film Festival - a feat we are truly proud of. Also of recent note Treevenge won the Audience Choice Award for best short film at the amazing San Francisco Independent Film Festival - Thank you San Fran! and perhaps one of the biggest accolades that we have received to date has Been winning the Rue Morgue Magazine award for best short film - a true honour.

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Upcoming for Treevenge is a slate of Film Festivals and here are a few:

Philadelphia Film Festival

SXSW Film Festival - we love Austin Texas!
And if you are going to attend make sure you check out the Fantastic Fest Schedule line up a new feature to the SXSW film program.

The Saratosa Film Festival

Festival Mauvais Genre

Calgary Underground Film Festival

Boston Underground Film Festival

Faux Film Festival

AFI Dallas

Reelshorts Film Fest

Here is a list of awards Treevenge has received so far:

  • Audience Award for Best Short Film @ New York City Horror Film Fest
  • Best Local Film @ The Coast Magazine (Halifax)
  • Audience Award for Best Short Film @ Toronto After Dark Festival
  • Audience Award for Best Short Film @ Fantasia Film Festival (Montreal, QC)
  • Best Editing @ Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, NS)
  • Best Short Film @ Fantastic Fest Online (Austin, TX)
  • Audience Award for Best Short Film @ San Francisco Independent Film Festival
  • Rue Morgue Magazine - Best Short Film
  • Honorable Mention - Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah)

If you want to listen to some great tunes and interviews (even of the Treevenge Kind) go to Rue Morgue Radio and listen (the dec 1st to 11th shows) all hail the amzazing host Tomb Dragomir!

If you do the facebook thing join our group and tell us your xmas horrors.

So Thanx so much & keep up the support of us and these great festivals!


Treevenge is the follow up short film from Yer Dead Productions Inc. The creative team that produced & directed last years award winning, and notorious Grindhouse trailer, Hobo with a Shotgun. The film was conceived during the filming of Hobo by producer Rob Cotterill & director Jason Eisener who fielded the idea back and forth in their few moments of spare time. Put on the back burner while dealing with the successes of Hobo, Jason & Rob decided to start shooting this new short film while continuing to work on drafts of a Hobo feature with their writing partner John Davies. So as John continued to work on the feature, Rob & Jason wrote and began the planning of Treevenge. The shooting began in November and continued on weekends as cast & crew were available. The shoot took a total of ten days and ended in late February 2008. Post production started immediately and the film was completed in June 2008. The film stars Trailer Park Boys regulars Jonathan Torrens & Sarah Dunsworth, as well as Lexx creator/ writer - Lex Gigeroff. Treevenge is a film that looks way beyond its incredibly low budget; and couldn’t have been possible without the pool of Halifax industry professionals and businesses that gave their time, equipment and patience in ways beyond the call of duty.



Fangoria - Michael Gingold : Read

“Prepare to have your Yuletides yacked!”

Fantasia Festival Guide – Mitch Davis Read

“This one is a must see”

Fangoria – Ryan Bruce Levey : Read

“It’s a CHAINSAW MASSACRE with helpless pine trees”

Fangoria – Michael Gingold : Read

Oddity Cinema

Chris Bavota's film blog Video Interview : View it

“Un court métrage frénétique et désopilant”

L’Exil – Chez Xophe -  Film Blog : Read

"Treevenge is a delightfully demented short"

Liz Ferguson, Montreal Gazette : Read

“People will lose their shit."

Glen Matthews – Behind the scenes blog : Read

“Treevenge de Jason Eisener en première à Fantasia”

Convergence Magazine - [Charles Prémont] – : Read

"du générique ultra grindhouse au carnage final, à la fois ridicule et complètement cinglé"

Fantistof – Kristof G – Ubisoft Fantasia Blog : Read

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Treevenge details the experiences and horrifying reality of the lives of Christmas trees. Clearly, for trees, Christmas isn’t the exciting “peace on earth” that is experienced by most. After being hacked down, and shipped away from their homes, they quickly become strung up, screwed into an upright position for all to see, exposed in a humiliation of garish decorations. But this Christmas will be different, this Christmas the trees have had enough, this Christmas the trees will fight back. Treevenge could be a short film about the end of days for Christmas trees, or perhaps, the end of humanity?



Robert Cotterill

Producer - Rob Cotterill : Rob Cotterill has been working in film since 1994, starting while going to Concordia University in Montreal. His first taste of working on a film set was on Karim Hussein’s “Subconscious Cruelty” and after he worked on several of Mitch Davis’ projects at Infliction Films. After completing school, Rob began working in the industry as an Assistant Director and still does. Through fate, on the set of Trailer Park Boys, Rob met Jason Eisener, whom he quickly forgot until a year later, when they met again, and began talking about making films. A partnership was born, beginning with the still in production documentary about Halifax’s Pink Velvet Burlesque Troop, and later with the collaboration on Hobo With A Shotgun. Recently, Eisener & Cotterill just finished production of a new short film, “Treevenge” about Christmas trees taking back their freedom on Christmas morning. So now with a strong creative team, including Jason & writer John Davies, the trio have a slew of projects in various stages of development and they plan to take Halifax over by force.

Jason Eisener

Director –Jason Eisener :
Ever since Jason Eisener can remember, movies have been a huge part of his life. Dartmouth, littered with pawnshops, served as a gold mine for a young horror/sci-fi obsessed fan & emerging filmmaker. Spending his time, & wetting his appetite on any genre movie he could find, it wasn’t long until he decided to buy a video camera. Jason soon began creating his own films with high school becoming his testing grounds; quickly, he realized that he wanted to entertain people through film for a living. Jason went on to enroll into the Screen Arts program at the Nova Scotia Community College where he learned every aspect of the film industry, which helped prepare him & the world forhis 60-minute film “Fist of Death.” This zombie action thriller was played to a sold out audience at the Oxford Theater in 2003, and went on to play at numerous universities across Canada. With underground success Jason was inspired for his follow up film “The Teeth Beneath.” With a budget of $300, this 45 minute film, went on to exceed any of his expectations, selling out the premiere and his showing at The Atlantic Film Festival. The Coast Magazine recognized it as best local film, and it put Eisener on the Chronicle Herald’s 2005 honor roll for having such contribution to the art scene in Halifax. Continuing his successes, Jason, in collaboration with Angus Swantee, won an Award for Best Direction at the 2006 AFCOOP Awards. In 2007 Jason collaborated with Rob Cotterill and John Davies to make the fake trailer, “Hobo With a Shotgun” which went on to win the SXSW Robert Rodriguez Grindhouse Trailer Competition. With it’s huge following & support, Alliance Atlantis distributed the trailer theatrically, and was shown in 186 theatres across Canada, along with Robert Rodriquez and Quentin Tarantino’s film Grindhouse