The Esteem Coach

You can always feel better about yourself, right? Two self-help con artists play a funny and slightly sinister game of cat and mouse with the world's happiest man in this comedic short film from award-winning director Robert David Duncan.

  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Teresa Laverty
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  • Sam Mansouri
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  • Robert David Duncan
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  • Stephanie Bally
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  • Shelley Janze
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  • Sacha Romalo
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  • Gregorio Gomez
    Sound Design
  • Arnold Bogdan
    Director of Photography
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    Comedy, Dark Comedy
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    6 minutes 30 seconds
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Director Biography - Robert David Duncan

My core training in acting is from the Stella Adler Studio in New York. I love acting and filmmaking and Vancouver where I now live is a beautiful place to make films. I am interested in the dramas, delights, passions and heartbreaks that take place in everyday interactions (or lack thereof) between ordinary people. Most of my films have dealt with human-scale issues such as tough choices, love, dreams, hope and finding meaning and fun in life. I love an underdog story! My motto is don't let anything get in the way of telling a story that might uplift someone - film it with your smartphone if that's what you have, but get it done and share it with the world.

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Director Statement

What would happen if the world's happiest guy bumped into the wrong self esteem coach? This was the question I had in mind when I wrote The Esteem Coach. I wrote with specific actors in mind and was delighted when I was able to get Teresa Laverty and Sam Mansouri to play the leads. This film pokes fun at the self-help industry in a funny and hopefully lighthearted way!