Empire of Dirt (film)

Empire of Dirt is a 2013 Canadian drama film directed by Peter Stebbings. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[1][2]

Empire of Dirt
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Film poster
Directed byPeter Stebbings
Written byShannon Masters
CinematographyDavid Greene
Release date
  • 6¬†September¬†2013¬†(2013-09-06) (TIFF)
Running time
99 minutes

The film was a shortlisted nominee for Best Picture at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards.[3] It also garnered nominations for Best Actress (Cara Gee), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Podemski), Best Original Screenplay (Shannon Masters) and Best Editing (Jorge Weisz).


The film stars Cara Gee as Lena, a young single First Nations mother struggling to bridge the generation gap with her daughter Peeka (Shay Eyre) and her mother Minerva (Jennifer Podemski).


The film was shot from 19 September to 4 October 2012 at Kensington Market in Toronto and at Keswick, Ontario.[4] Its original working title was Empire of Dirt, and it was briefly called Running Wolf.[5]

It was written by Shannon Masters. Producers included Colin Brunton (line producer), Bob Crowe and Jennifer Podemski (as producers), Heather K. Dahlstrom and Geoff Ewart (as co-producers), and Avi Federgreen (as executive producer).[6]



  1. ^ "Empire of Dirt". TIFF. Archived from the original on 20 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Toronto Adds 75+ Titles To 2013 Edition". Indiewire. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards: Orphan Black, Less Than Kind, Enemy nominated". CBC News, 13 January 2014.
  4. ^ Barnard, Linda (6 October 2012). "Peter Stebbings: director has hopes for TIFF 2013". Toronto Star. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  5. ^ "People to watch: Cara Gee". Toronto Star, 30 December 2012.
  6. ^ IMDB credits on Empire of Dirt

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