Two Films, One Festival



Double Grand Slam: "The Flesh So Close" and "It Was Sunny the Day I Killed Her" have both been chosen as Official Selections for the 2015 Charlottetown Film Festival in Prince Edward Island. Two KJH films at the same fest.


Congratulations to the casts and crews.

"It Was Sunny The Day I Killed Her" Nominated for Golden Firebird Award



"It Was Sunny The Day I Killed Her"
has been nominated for the "Golden Firebird Award" at the 2015 Hong Kong International Film Festival. The award honours the best international emerging filmmaker. Twenty films were nominated out of 280 screening festival titles from 50 countries. With appreciation to the Hong Kong Film Society, organizers of the festival.

BUCKY, New TV Series, Currently in Development

The pilot episode of the new heart-rending, irreverent, drama/comedy TV series, BUCKY, is currently in production. The series stars Kevin Lewis, and is written and directed by Kenneth J Harvey, recent 2015 Canadian Screen Awards nominee. Here is a three-minute teaser. Thank you for having a look.


Now Accepting Portrait Bookings

Kenneth J. Harvey is now accepting portrait bookings. Please contact via email for rates and available dates. Click on the arrows in the flash display below to view samples.


"The Slattery Street Crockers" Nominated for 2015 Canadian Screen Award

"The Slattery Street Crockers" is nominated for a 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARD for Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini Series. Screenplay by Kenneth J Harvey. Thank you to all the supporters of the program for making this possible, and congratulations to you all. See you at the gala awards ceremony.

Currently Filming "The Immigrant's Handbook"

Screen grab from THE IMMIGRANT'S HANDBOOK, the first feature film, photographed and directed by award-winning Newfoundland filmmaker Kenneth J. Harvey. Coming in late 2015.

Raindance Film Festival Selects "It Was Sunny the Day I Killed Her"

RAINDANCE, one of the largest, most renowned film festivals in the world has honoured IT WAS SUNNY THE DAY I KILLED HER with an Official Selection nod. 

Now in its 22nd year, the festival has a strong legacy of showing alternative films and uncovering the hottest new filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene. 

 Raindance-premiered hits include Memento, Pulp Fiction, Old Boy, the Blair Witch Project, Pusher, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Ghost World and Love Exposure. Listed by Variety as one of the world’s top 50 ‘unmissable film festivals’, Raindance aims to nurture, support and promote independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world. 

Congratulations to all the remarkable women who made this film possible. See you in London.

"It Was Sunny the Day I Killed Her" Already Selected by Nine Film Festivals

From the winner of the Atlantic Film Festival's Kodak Best Short Award for "I'm 14 and I Hate the World." 

IT WAS SUNNY THE DAY I KILLED HER has already been chosen as an official selection by nine festivals since the film's release four weeks ago.

The film festivals include one of the most renowned overseas film festivals in the world, a fest selected by Variety as one of the "50 Unmissable Film Festivals." 

"I am about to turn 68, and nothing I have ever seen has had such a profound effect. I have to watch this again and again. Thank you." 
-Linda Russell

"Gorgeous and terrifying." - Tony Burgess

"Yes, I killed her a thousand times. One of the most touching works of art I have ever experienced. Thank you so much for this film. Every woman should see it and every man should hear it.
-Dorcas Kelland-Klartoft

"It's a Girl" Official Selection, Perth International Film Festival

Laurels are out for the 2014 Perth International Film Festival, and IT'S A GIRL (written, shot and directed by Kenneth J. Harvey) is an Official Selection. See you in Australia. Congratulations to lead actress, Emma Harvey, and all the crew.

Celebrating Over 500,000 Views of My Photographs on Flickr

TIFF's Top Ten Shorts

GEEK ASSASSIN, the new film by Kenneth J. Harvey, has been invited to take part in the Toronto International Film Festival's-- Canada's Top Ten shorts. 100 short films from across Canada will compete for the Top Ten places.

Canada's Top Ten was established in 2001 by TIFF to honor excellence in short and feature length contemporary Canadian cinema.

The Top Ten will be chosen by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals from across Canada and announced in December.

GEEK ASSASSIN, Official Selection, 2013 Atlantic Film Festival

GEEK ASSASSIN will screen at the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival in September. This is the third year in a row that the festival has screened a film by Kenneth J. Harvey. The Atlantic Film  Festival, one of the major North American film festivals, was just selected by IndieWire.com as one of the "50 Leading Film Festivals" in the world.
 

Geek Assassin to Premiere at the 2013 Nickel Film Festival

GEEK ASSASSIN will premiere at the 2013 Nickel Independent Film Festival in June. The film has been chosen as an official selection. Congratulations to the wonderful and astonishingly talented cast and crew.
 

Help Fund Post-Production, The Slattery Street Crockers, TV Pilot

Episode 1 of The Slattery Street Crockers has been shot and is in the can. The footage looks beautiful and the acting is remarkable.

Now, we need to raise a little more money for post-production (editing, sound mix, music, promotion, etc). Please help fund The Slattery Street Crockers and receive an online code to view sneak preview scenes or attend the world premiere (click the link below to help out).


Episode 1-- The Slattery Street Crockers



Principal Photography for The Slattery Street Crockers is complete. Editing got underway on April 2nd. The TV pilot should be completed by late summer.

Norm Hiscock (Parks & Recreation, King of the Hill, Saturday Night Live) is on board as consulting producer. He will also be a guest director when the series is picked up.

Documentary Film on Beaumont Hamel



Award-winning Filmmaker and Newfoundland Opera Company Join Ranks to Produce Documentary Film on Beaumont Hamel

"WAR & OPERA"

Kenneth J. Harvey and Island Horse Productions are pleased to announce that they have been contracted by Opera on the Avalon to document the development of the two act opera, Out of a Clear Sky, commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Beaumont Hamel.

The one-hour documentary, WAR & OPERA, will follow artistic director, Cheryl Hickman, and Opera on the Avalon as they work toward producing this bold dramatic endeavour and living memorial to the tragic, near annihilation of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment in the Battle of Beaumont Hamel.

The score for Out of a Clear Sky will be written by award winning composer John Estacio with libretto by John Murrell.

Out of a Clear Sky will focus on the history of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, culminating in the battle of Beaumont Hamel in 1916. The production will feature some of the best and brightest operatic stars from the province, as well as artists from Opera on the Avalon.

Kenneth J. Harvey will write and direct the documentary.

Cover, East Coast Living

Delighted to report that my photograph made the cover of the latest issue of East Coast Living. I did the interior shots, as well.  

TV Pilot Up and Running











Ecstatic to report that Norm Hiscock (Parks & Recreation, King of the Hill, Saturday Night Live) has signed on as consulting producer of my TV pilot, The Slattery Street Crockers. Another big announcement coming within days. Stayed tuned.

TIFF's Top Ten Shorts

IT'S A GIRL, the Super 8 film by Kenneth J. Harvey, has been invited to take part in the Toronto International Film Festival's-- Canada's Top Ten shorts. 100 short films from across Canada will compete for the Top Ten places.
 
Canada's Top Ten was established in 2001 by TIFF to honor excellence in short and feature length contemporary Canadian cinema.
 
The Top Ten will be chosen by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals from across Canada and announced on December 4th.

'Winter' in Globe & Mail

'Winter,' a new short story by Kenneth J. Harvey in the Globe & Mail
click HERE to read the story


The Harvey Retaliation: A New Consumer Revenge Series



PREMIERES JUNE 19th

The Harvey Retaliation

Episode 1: Scotiabank Steals From Children

Click HERE to watch Episode 1

'box' a new short film by kenneth j. harvey

‎'box,' a new short film by kenneth j. harvey, is currently making the film festival circuit.

please check back for updates.

Thank you, Bob Rae, for Stealing My Plane Seat

Latest piece by Kenneth J. Harvey in the Globe & Mail




Click Here to Read

'I'm 14 and I Hate the World' Wins at Atlantic Film Festival

Newfoundland author-turned-filmmaker Kenneth J. Harvey was one of the big winners at the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Canada, this past weekend.

Harvey's first short film, "I'm 14 and I Hate the World" won the Best Atlantic Short award sponsored by Kodak. The award came with a prize of $3,000 in film stock.

Over thirty short films were in the running for the award.

To date, "I'm 14 and I Hate the World" has been selected for ten film festivals around the world (Italy, Russia, India, South America, US and Canada) and has been nominated for two US-based Maverick Movie Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Performance (Song)

Reinventing the Rose in The National Post

To read the first two chapters of REINVENTING THE ROSE, please click here


"Profoundly Entertaining." - The National Post 

A gynecologist sues his artist girlfriend to terminate her pregnancy as "return of property."

Kenneth J. Harvey's new novel, Reinventing the Rose, has just been released and is already going into second printing. 

Order the novel by clicking on the cover below:


"Particularly Beautiful... Marvellous" -- The Chronicle Herald

Reinventing the Rose is "Particularly beautiful... Marvellous" - The Halifax Chronicle Herald. 


To read the first two chapters, click here 


"I'm 14 and I Hate the World" is Going to Russia

"I'm 14 and I Hate the World" is going to Russia. The film has been selected for the competition program by the programmers at the Deboshir Film Festival in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. This is the fourth film festival to accept the film.

Official Selection, Nickel Film Festival (Opening Night)

"I'm 14 and I Hate the World" has been chosen as an Official Selection of the 2011 Nickel Film Festival. The film will premiere opening night of the festival on June 21st.
  
This is Kenneth J. Harvey's first short film.

Reinventing the Rose in Canada

Kenneth J. Harvey's new novel, Reinventing the Rose has been bought by Dundurn Press, Canada's largest independent publisher. It will be released in Canada, June 2011.

To read the first two chapters, click here

Order the novel by clicking on the link below:

TOWN in 6th US paperback printing



* Now in its 6th Printing

U.S. Paperback Edition
The Town That Forgot How To Breathe

Picador USA


Order here: 

Reinventing the Rose, Bestseller in Russia


Kenneth J. Harvey's new novel, Reinventing the Rose, is a bestseller in Russia.

The novel concerns a pregnant artist whose gynecologist boyfriend takes her to court with the intention of forcing her to abort her fetus.

Running side by side with the main conflict is the minutely detailed, day by day, development of the embryo.  

The book has been the publisher's (Centrepolygraph) number two bestselling book for the past three months. Click here to view publisher's website

This marks the first time that a Canadian author's novel has been published in Russia before any other country.

This is Harvey's fifth novel to be published in Russian translation.

Blackstrap Hawco Wins 2010 Atlantic Canada Reads


Blackstrap Hawco has won the 2010 Atlantic Canada Reads competition.

"One of the quintessential CanLit texts." -Steven W. Beattie, That Shakespearean Rag

The other nominated books were:

February, Lisa Moore
Annabel, Kathleen Winter
The Republic of Nothing, Lesley Choyce
The Push & the Pull, Darryl Whetter
George & Rue, George Elliot Clarke

A Best Book of the Decade, 2000-2009

Blackstrap Hawco by Kenneth J. Harvey has been selected by Amazon.ca as one of the 50 Best Books of the Decade

A selection of other titles included on the list: 

* The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill 
* The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen 
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling  
* Life of Pi, Yann Martel
* Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
* The Road, Cormac McCarthy
* The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
* Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky

A Best Book of the Decade


The Town that Forgot How to Breathe

has been named a
Best Book of the Decade

by The National Post, along with:

* Island: The Collected Stories by Alistair MacLeod:
* Life of Pi by Yann Martel
* Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
* River of the Brokenhearted by David Adams Richards
* The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy.

Blackstrap Hawco Nominated for IMPAC













Blackstrap Hawco
has been nominated
for the $160,000 International IMPAC
Dublin Literary Award

"Canadian original Kenneth J Harvey
should impress the judges with Blackstrap Hawco,
a daring extravaganza of voices about a
Newfoundland family."

-The Irish Times

Booklist Does Blackstrap, First US Review





-Booklist, November, 2009

Blackstrap Hawco.
Harvey, Kenneth J. (Author)
Nov 2009. 840 p. IPG/Harvill Seeker,
hardcover, $24.95. (9781846551543).

Harvey’s searing narrative encapsulates the brutal,
majestic history of Newfoundland by outlining the
events and experiences that shaped the characteristically
dismal history of the extended Hawco family.

Stretching back and forth through time as Blackstrap
details the often painful exploits and ordeals suffered
by the Hawco clan during the twentieth century, the
hapless narrator serves as both a pitiable victim of his
hardscrabble working-class circumstances and as a
noble symbol of endurance and tenacity.

Starkly elegant, the author’s prose mirrors the
desolate magnificence of the island itself. After years
of being overshadowed by its culturally overpowering
neighbor to the south, Canadian literature is finally coming
into its own and savvy readers are sitting up and taking
notice of writers like Harvey who mine uniquely
Canadian experiences to tremendous effect.

Two Kenneth J. Harvey Books in 100 Greatest


Inside

and
The Town That Forgot
How to Breathe

have been selected
for inclusion in

Atlantic Canada's
100 Greatest Books