Filmmaker David Winning (Andromeda, Stargate: Atlantis, Blood Ties) directed the Canadian feature film Swamp Devil, starring Bruce Dern which premiered on Sci Fi last Sunday. The film previously won the Best Foreign Feature film award at this year’s Big Island Film Festival in Waikoloa, Hawaii and the director was also honoured there with a Special Career award. SWAMP also won Platinum for Directing in Texas this year at the Houston International Film Festival. The film was produced in Montreal by Muse Entertainment and RHI Films, New York.
Bruce Dern of Coming Home, Big Love, and Silent Running fame and director Winning collaborated on this new monster movie Swamp Devil. The southern bogs are among the most amazing of all the habitats on Earth, a mile-wide slow-moving river of grass and decay, home to an amazing array of wildlife. Some wilder than others. Responding to a call that her estranged father, Howard (Dern), is dying, Melanie Blaime (Cindy Sampson from The Last Kiss and Proof of Lies) returns home to the nearly deserted small southern town of Gibbington. She’s discovers he’s also a suspect. But when the sheriff is attacked and killed, it is clear that the culprit is someone, or something else.
Directing film and television for over twenty years; this production marks Winning’s 13th feature. He is also a veteran of 20 Series and over 90 episodes for TV, including Stargate: Atlantis and multiple seasons on Andromeda with Kevin Sorbo. He was the 2002 recipient of the Director’s Guild of Canada’s National Award for Excellence in Television Drama; nominated again in 2006. Winning also spent four months in Hungary shooting the ABC family series Dinotopia; now released on DVD. Recently he directed PAST SINS for Lifetime starring Lauralee Bell and Rebecca Jenkins, and episodes of the new Lifetime vampire series Blood Ties.