The Confessional

The truth isn't always what it seems when a high school football coach comes to confession.

  • Tyson Poulin
    Director
  • Tyson Poulin
    Writer
  • Tyson Poulin
    Producer
  • Stacey Tates
    Producer
  • Sean Sperling
    Key Cast
    "Ryan"
  • Liam Cummins
    Key Cast
    "Jack"
  • Stacey Tates
    Key Cast
    "Vanessa"
  • Joyelle Loehndorf
    Key Cast
    "Joyce"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 19, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Tyson Poulin

Tyson is a twenty-three-year-old filmmaker currently residing in Warman, Saskatchewan. He has always had an interest in the dramatic arts. It was during his high school years that he found his passion for film. Just before high school graduation, when he made his first feature film called Impulse. While the film was far from spectacular, the experience he had making the film inspired him to do more. It was from that point on Tyson knew what his future would hold. When the time came to figure out a name for his production company, only one came to mind and that name was T-Po. Tyson was given that nickname by his high school football coach when he played as a defensive lineman for Tommy Douglas Collegiate. The name would catch on with the rest of the team and made him feel accepted among his teammates. Thus T-Po Productions was born (at the time it was known as T-Po Creations until the name changed in spring 2018).

After graduating high school in 2014, Tyson would spend the next three years living in northern Manitoba, working to save money for school. In his spare time, he worked to improve as an editor and learn visual effects by making several short videos and posting them to the T-Po Productions YouTube channel, including a reboot of Impulse called The Charge. Then in 2017, The Recording Arts Institute of Saskatoon (RAIS) announced a full paid scholarship for their Motion Picture Arts Program would go to the winner of a short film competition. He went on to write, direct, edit, and star in a short film called Resistance. In the end, he overcame seventeen other short films to win the scholarship.

He graduated from RAIS and learned from several local filmmakers including award-winning Saskatchewan filmmaker Shayne Metcalfe. Tyson would make his theatrical debut in February 2018 when his classes final projects screened at the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon as part of their annual student film festival. The film he screened was called Retired, another short film which he wrote, directed, edited, and starred in.

Currently, Tyson is working a full-time job as he is in the process of writing several scripts and looking to get future projects off the ground.

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Director Statement

Everyone has a story they want to tell and I believe film is the best form of storytelling in the world. Whether it's deep or just fun, I enjoy telling stories and giving people a reason to get away from the stress and challenges that day to day life can bring. The Confessional is one of those stories.

I was heavily inspired by the Regina International Film Festival and Awards (RIFFA). It is an amazing festival for filmmakers. Having volunteered for the 2017 and 2018 festivals, I've had the opportunity to meet some great Canadian talent, including a few who have won several awards for their films. However, RIFFA is a film festival for filmmakers. I wanted to experience RIFFA as such and made it my goal to submit something to the 2019 festival. One day while I was out with Stacey Tates (My Co-Producer for the film), and we discussed different ideas of what film I could make. Then I remembered an old list I had saved on Google Drive of some potential ideas for films. The Confessional was on that list and the concept immediately hooked her. We got a few friends and family members involved and together made this film a reality.