Private Project

Et tu, Dude?

Set against the backdrop of the fading, post-industrial London, Ontario, an uncelebrated underclass of Do-It-Yourself musicians stare down a bleak, marginalized future while searching for meaning in their community. Revelations and catharsis for their powerful histories are only revealed in an underground venue circuit of dimly lit basements, sleazy apartments, and empty art galleries where they perform and continue to go virtually unnoticed by a placid, indifferent city. Et Tu, Dude? serves as an intimate and captivating documentation of small-town Canadian musicians screaming unheard into the void.

Teaser I: https://vimeo.com/150205257
Teaser II: https://vimeo.com/186108212

*note: the film began as a undergraduate student project. Date of completion of final cut is fall 2016.

  • Travis Welowszky
    Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor
  • Danielle Fricke
    Illustrations
  • Peter Hurst
    Additional Audio Mixing
  • Troy Biliski
    Photos
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Music, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    50 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Flourish Music + Arts Festival 2017
    Fredericton, NB
    Canada
    April 15, 2017
    Fredericton Premiere
  • Third Space Gallery
    Saint John, NB
    Canada
    January 28, 2017
    Saint John Premiere
    Non-competition screening
  • Stereophonic XIV: Music + Arts Festival
    Sackville, NB
    Canada
    January 21, 2017
    Atlantic Canada Premiere
  • Reel Indie Film Fest 2016
    Toronto
    Canada
    November 19, 2016
    Toronto Premiere
    Winner: Best Short Film
  • Forest City Film Festival 2016
    London
    Canada
    November 12, 2016
    World Premiere
    Offcial Selection
  • Yorkton Film Festival 2016 (Student Film Cut)
    Yorkton, SK
    Canada
    May 27, 2016
    Student Film Cut
    Nominated: Golden Sheaf Best Emerging Filmmaker
  • Hamilton Film Festival 2015 (Student Film Cut)
    Hamilton, ON
    Canada
    November 11, 2015
    (Student Film Cut)
    Official Selection
  • Montreal World Film Festival 2015 (Student Film Cut)
    Montreal, QC
    Canada
    September 1, 2015
    (Student Film Cut)
    Official Selection
Director Biography

Welowszky was born in Toronto and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. While an undergraduate at Western University, Welowszky would buy his first camera using student loans. Ten months later, Debt Sentence (2014), his debut short documenting the rise of a small student activist group at his university, would premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival and be added to numerous academic curriculums and screened for students. Welowszky’s follow-up, Et Tu, Dude? (2016), is a brash documentation of a musician underclass in the fading, post-industrial city of London, Ontario.
Utilizing an undeniably idiosyncratic visual and narrative style to bring stories of marginalized communities operating on social, economic, and cultural fringes to life. Welowszky maintains a one-man crew, D.I.Y. aesthetic in writing, directing, editing and producing his works with no budget.

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Director Statement

Shot primarily over the course of a year, Et Tu, Dude? documents the lives of unappreciated musicians running an underground venue circuit in the fading, post-industrial Canadian city of London, Ontario. Providing a genuine sense of intimacy and a collection of music that soundtracks the city’s underclass, the film is as much a music documentary as it is a sociological lens into the lives of a generation facing disparity and uncertainty while navigating towards the future. Et Tu Dude? showcases the brash, outspoken art of a community historically left screaming into the void.

Sincerely,

Travis Welowszky
Director, Writer, Editor