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The School

A young boy dressed in a sweater, collared shirt, necktie and hat stands next to a tree and “salutes” with his hand. A group of children stand in a semi-circle in a clearing the woods with their teacher, heads bowed down in silent prayer. A young girl dressed in a coat with fur lining looks down sadly.

Grade Two is for laughing, playing and… burying the dead.

The Short

An adaptation of Donald Barthelme’s short story, THE SCHOOL is a darkly comedic fable about the bizarre and unfortunate events in one second grade classroom.

Behind-the-Scenes

Ezra Krybus
Writer/Director/Editor/Director of Photography

Matthew Miller
Writer/Director/Editor/Producer

Ezra Krybus stands with a camera in his hands, filming.

Matthew Miller sits at a desk across from a young actor, talking.

Krybus and Miller met while studying film production at York University in Toronto, Canada, where they worked together on several short films investigating various styles and themes. They graduated in 2003 with BFAs with honors. THE SCHOOL, which was their senior year short film, has played at more than 25 international film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Austin Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. They were awarded Best Canadian Short at the Atlantic Film Festival, the Gold Plaque for Best Student Narrative at the Chicago International Film Festival and finished second out of 525 entries at the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Krybus is a recent recipient of the National Apprenticeship Training Program awarded by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and winner of the 2003 Kodak Cinematography Award. Along with Sascha Drews (who they began working with during the production of THE SCHOOL), Krybus and Miller are developing several feature films and a short film.

Cast Bio

A.J. Pittis
(Edgar Gibson)

A.J. Pittis as Edgar Gibson in THE SCHOOL, dressed in an overcoat and standing in front of a tree.

A.J. Pittis graduated from the theatre program at George Brown College in 1995. He appeared in four productions in the Stratford Festival's 1997 season: Equus, Filomena, Little Women and Richard II. Since that time, he has been featured in CBC Radio shows such as On Guard for Thee and The Heart Laid Bare, and has done voice-over work for a number of short films, including Cathay and THE SCHOOL.

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