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Jason Eisener would say he's living his dream... although, to some people, it probably looks like a nightmare.
When it comes to movies, Jason has always been drawn to blood and gore, but Jason can find beauty in brutality. He grew up watching movies like Evil Dead 2 and The Warriors, where over-the-top violence was part of the fun.
So, how did he go from fan to filmmaker? Well, back in 2007, Jason was making amateur movies in his hometown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Then, along came 'Grindhouse', a tribute to 70's exploitation films, directed by Hollywood giants Quentin Tarintino and Robert Rodriguez. To promote the movie, Rodriguez held a competition asking fans to create their own fake movie trailer. Jason got to work, and in just two weeks, he made "Hobo with a Shotgun", a mini-masterpiece about a homeless vigilante.
Within weeks, the trailer had thousands of views on Youtube, and Jason went on to win the competition. Now, that could have been the end of the story, but this Hobo refused to die. Soon after, Jason and his producer flew to Toronto, where they got the chance to turn "Hobo" into a full-length film. Plus, Jason got to work with one of his all-time heroes, Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, who signed on to play the Hobo.
For Jason, it's been the chance to live out his gory dream. It's the kind of story that warms your heart... just before it rips it out of your chest.