Treepot Cliffhanger #TreepotCliffhanger

The Episodes

Chapter 1-3 Back-to-back
(directed by Chris Chitaroni, Kris Lariviere
and Keith Wiggins)
March-August 2013

A playlist of the first 3 chapters back-to-back.

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Chapter 1: Feathers and Boom
(directed by Chris Chitaroni)
March, April 2013

A group of mercenaries find themselves in over their heads when a job goes awry.  Frankie, the team’s lookout, is nabbed during the getaway and finds himself in the torture chair of a notorious mob enforcer.

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Chapter 2: Payback
(directed by Kristian Lariviere)
May, June 2013

Malcolm, Frankie, Cassidy, Norm and Clive spend time at a safe house while waiting for their money from the Annikov job to come in. When payment gets delayed, tempers flare up between the group and long held resentments come to light.
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Chapter 3: Eye of the Storm
(directed by Keith Wiggins)
July, August 2013

A deadly ambush by the Handyman has Frankie and Cassidy on the run. With no other options, the two survivors seek out the one who hired them for the Annikov job, for the money they’re owed and maybe to find some answers as to what’s going on. Little do they know they are about to become involved in a sinister plot.

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Bonus Extra: Handyman Ad
(directed by Luca Fiore)
January 2014

The Handyman will change your life

Chapter 4: Code
(directed by Luca Fiore)
November, December 2013

Frankie and Drake have made there way back to a ‘front’ that the boss owns. Trying desperately to find out why the Handyman would want Cassidy, they uncover the information that has been eluding them for so long

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Episodes of the Treepot Cliffhanger series are also streaming as free films on Indie Koala, an artist-run Video on Demand site for indie films. Check out some great short films, documentaries and feature films at The Treepot Cliffhanger series is also listed on IMDB. Once you’ve watched the episode(s) above, please rate and review it on IMDB.

Behind the Scenes featurettes by VideoEyes

BTS: Chapter 1

BTS: Chapter 2
VideoEyes with Brennan Martin

BTS: Chapter 3

BTS: Chapter 4
VideoEyes with Brennan Martin

The Treepot Couch Episodes related to the Treepot Cliffhanger project

#TreepotCouch Episode 1

Directors of the first three chapters of the Treepot Cliffhanger Chris Chitaroni, Kristian Lariviere and Keith Wiggins chat with host Kelley Oliver.

Crew: Nicolas Séguin, Jith Paul
Behind the Scenes footage by VideoEyes


The Concept

The Treepot Cliffhanger is a collaborative feature film project. Five filmmakers will each make a chapter of a story over a one year period.  Each chapter will be developed over 2 months starting in March 2013.  So Chapter 1 will be in production in March-April, Chapter 2 in May-June, Chapter 3 in July-August, Chapter 4 in November-December and Chapter 5 in January-February 2014. The twist is that each chapter follows from the ending or cliffhanger of the previous chapter.

The Five Filmmakers

Here are the auditions from our six filmmakers as chosen by our Judges (in no particular order).

Kristian Lariviere

Chris Chitaroni

Luca Fiore

Keith Wiggins

Derek Price


Follow the adventure

Stay plugged into the project, see what each of the filmmakers is up to, get information about casting calls, crew calls and more by following the #TreepotCliffhanger feature film via our Facebook page:


(1)  The maximum length per chapter is 15 minutes.

(2)  Filmmakers are not restricted to the same actors and locations as the previous chapter.

(3)  The films will be streamed on YouTube so they will be subject to YouTube’s Community Guidelines, Terms of Use and Copyright/Content Verification Program.  Filmmakers are required to secure all rights and releases for all components of their production.

(4)  Compilation of the chapters together to screen as a single feature film necessitates that all of the individual sections are non-ACTRA projects.

(5)  Filmmakers will have complete ownership over their chapter and will have complete creative control the caveat that they have to follow guidelines (1) – (4).

Any questions or clarifications, please email  There is also a pinned Q&A post here.

Filmmaker Selection

Filmmakers created two minute video auditions in which they talk about their passion for making films and demonstrate their ability to deliver projects.  The jury selected six filmmakers.


Six filmmakers were chosen by our three member jury.

Adele Cardamone-Martel, Executive Producer, A&E New Program Development, CBC Television

Jeff Hopper, host of CTV Ottawa Morning Live

Jeremy Atherton, Coordinator/Professor, Algonquin College Television Broadcasting Program


Sponsorship packages for the various chapters vary depending on the time-slot chosen by each filmmaker.  Please note that these packages may contain items that are subject to availability and should be secured and scheduled in collaboration with the sponsor well in advance by each filmmaker.

Each of the six filmmakers will get a combination of equipment rental vouchers, post production facility rental vouchers and cash totalling between $775 and $900 to assist with the production of their chapter for a total of $5,150 towards the production of this feature film.  Thanks to our generous sponsors!


Students from Algonquin College’s Scriptwriting Program and members of the Writers’ Room have offered their assistance to filmmakers that are entering this challenge.  These two groups have also been involved with recent Digi60 Filmmaker’s Festival competitions and collaborated on several of the award-winning films in 2012 and 2013.  VideoEyes will be producing behind the scenes featurettes for each of the chapters.  Contact information and links provided below.

Facebook Group: Link email: Link   Facebook Group: Link email: Link
Facebook: Link Twitter: @VideoEyes website: Link    

Radio Interview

Here’s Treepot Media’s Jith Paul chatting with CBC’s Alan Neal (CBC’s All in a Day) about the project.


Chapters will be released online as they are completed with the exception of the final chapter which will be shown along with the preceding chapters as a feature film presentation at a date and venue to be annouced after the completion of the project.


Update 03: Audition to be one of the six
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Update 02: Timeline
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Update 01: Introduction
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