Music Video, Future Peers
In 23 weeks this year, 21 cyclists and pedestrians have died in Toronto. In four of the past five years, cyclists and pedestrians have been killed in vehicle collisions at a rate of one every 10 days. This year, we are expected to surpass that number. It's time to declare a state of emergency. This is a crisis. The city of Toronto and other urban areas need to implement adequate infrastructure for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. We felt strongly compelled to show the human side to these news stories, a community dealing with loss. We wanted to explore masculine vulnerability through grief. Being human means being vulnerable. Being human means protecting our community.
Must Kill Karl
Everyone has "that" friend - the one who shows up uninvited, drinks all your booze, and hits on your girlfriend - who we all secretly hate and wish would just go away; one night, a group of friends decide enough is enough and there's only one way to get rid of him for good - they MUST KILL KARL.
Mike Lobel is a filmmaker from Toronto, Canada. We're using "Filmmaker" here as a catch-all term for director, editor, composer, producer, actor. He's got interest folks, and he's spent the better part of twenty years in the film industry developing them.
In front of the camera, Mike is best known for his roles as Jay Hogart on MTV’s ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’ and DJ on the Family Channel sitcom ‘Really Me’. Which is probably why most of you are here, let's be honest. But did you know he does other things now too? Neither did we. Apparently, his passion for the visual storytelling medium has led Mike to the exciting frontiers of documentary filmmaking, music video producing, commercial animation, and avant-cinematic-collage-y thing making. He has been producing video content for humanitarian initiatives for various NGOs over the past few years and also knows how to fly a camera drone in advanced environments... legally!
A Banff Centre for the Arts in-residence alumnus for music, Mike has spent a lot of time travelling the world touring with indie-pop bands 'Boys Who Say No' and 'FUTURE PEERS', two bands Mike co-founded. It has been all his pleasure to share the stage with the likes of Born Ruffians, Mac DeMarco and Kevin Drew. He has recently collaborated on records with Grammy Award winning engineer/producer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer) and Tom McFall (U2, Stars).
In 2018 he premiered a feature length documentary ‘Rising Voices’, his directorial debut, which endeavours to share the hopes and dreams of youth leaders from marginalized communities across Canada. He also returned to the screen once again to portray Karl in the acclaimed short comedy ‘Must Kill Karl’. Please be advised, it is a bit naughty.
Mike recently completed editing season 3 of CBC’s ‘Detention Adventure’, a program nominated for 15 awards, including best picture editing, children's or youth, at the 2023 Canadian Screen Awards!