Anderson to preview short ahead of Sundance premiere

Anderson and his father

Anderson and his father

Trevor Anderson’s return to the Sundance Film Festival will bring festival goers face to face with his short film The Little Deputy.

The nine minute documentary/Western film focuses on Anderson’s quest to have his photo taken with his father. The photo, which hung in his family’s home as he grew up, was something that he always wanted to tell the story behind. And now, it’s going to Sundance.

“I won’t lie, I had it in my mind while I was making this film that I’d especially love to premiere it at Sundance,” Anderson said. “Particularly because it’s a Western and of course Robert Redford is the original Sundance Kid. I’m so grateful that dream came true.”

This, his second time having a short film in the festival, will be different type of experience for Anderson.

“This time at Sundance I’m going to try my best to just chill out and enjoy the ride,” he said. “There’s so much happening all at once and such a buzz in the air, it can get easy to get caught up in a mentality of needing to get on the list for this or that party, or try to meet that or this executive. I’m approaching the whole she-bang in as Zen a way as I can this time around.”

The consummate artist, this has been a year of successes for Anderson. As drummer for Peak Performance contest winners The Wet Secrets, he has seen quite a bit of positives come his way. This is something the eclectic creative uses as fuel for projects, some of which may be hard to explain.

Director Trevor Anderson

Director Trevor Anderson

“I’ve got an idea for a really far-out short I want to try to make, involving giant erect penises in space,” Anderson explained. “I have no idea if I’ll be able to raise the money for that one or not, but I’m gonna try because I’m obsessed. I want it to have really high production values. Sort of my short, gay, erotic, 2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Edmontonians will get a sneak peak at this new film before it heads off to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Little Deputy Western Variety Show will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Metro Cinema in the Garneau Theatre.

In addition to a special screening of The Little Deputy, Anderson will introduce and screen Cattle Call by Matthew Rankin and Mike Maryniuk, Pioneer by David Lowery and I Am John Wayne by Christina Choe.

Capital City Burlesque will also perform as well as rag time duets by Night Terror and Meat. An after-party will continue at the Empress Ale House featuring the band OK Corral.

Tickets to The Little Deputy Western Variety Show are $12 and can be purchased at the door or in advance through Metro Cinema.