A vain woman hires a hitman to murder herself.
The Canadian Carver by MacKenzie Brown – winner of best student fiction at The Montreal World Film Festival in 2018.
Plot outline: (65 words) Joanna and Dub Stix find themselves off track from the lives they imagined. Joanna is unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer and hires a hitman to murder herself before her illness takes its course. Dub is unemployed, in debt, and hiding potential treatment options from Joanna to ensure a large insurance claim on her death. When secrets begin to rise to the surface, so does the death toll.
Short Synopsis: (151 words) Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Joanna and Dub Stix find themselves off track from the lives they imagined. When Joanna Stix receives her medical diagnosis from a doctor with questionable regard for her patients, she refuses to slowly wither away from a severe case of lung cancer. She decides to hire someone through a man named Louie to end it for her; making it a quick and painless death instead. The Canadian Carver, known for his specific methods of doing business, is put on the hit. Unknown to Joanna, her unemployed husband, Dub, has his own secrets. Not only is he in debt with Louie, but he is hiding potential treatment options from Joanna to ensure a large insurance claim on her death. But just like a shadow in the night, all secrets reveal themselves eventually. And as secrets begin to rise to the surface, so does the death toll.
Long Synopsis: (470 words) In the shadows of Los Angeles, walks a man in suit and tie. He goes by the name Canadian Carver and is known for his very specific methods of doing business. Just as he is on the job, his boss, Louie, it about to get a surprising business proposition. Into his bar walks a young woman. She sits down at his table and slides a stack of crisp bills and a photograph his way. Joanna Stix is willing to pay what it takes to have Louie send his best man after the person on the photograph. Louie questions Joanna’s sanity when he notices it is a photo of Joanna herself.
Joanna Stix receives a medical diagnosis from Doctor Hugo, who has questionable regards for her patients. Joanna refuses to slowly withering away from a severe case of lung cancer. She makes a deal with Louie, who puts his best triggerman on it. The infamous Canadian Carver.
Unknown to Joanna, her unemployed husband Dub is in debt with Louie. Not a man of patience when it comes to money, Louie pays Dub a visit. Desperate for a way out of the mess he made, Dub finds out about a rather large insurance claim he might be entitled to if Joanna passes. When Joanna excuses herself during a doctor’s checkup, Doctor Hugo shares information about a potential trial medication that Joanna qualifies for. Knowing this would stop Dub from receiving the insurance claim, he keeps the information from Joanna.
As the Canadian Carver stalks his marks from the shadows around the city, secrets begin to unravel. When Joanna discovers not only the pamphlet and pills Dub has been hiding, but a letter from the insurance company outlining the potential claim he may receive, she snaps. Overwhelmed with anger and betrayal, Joanna demands answers. Soon enough, things run out of hand. As fire engulfs the house, Joanna flees the scene. Knowing she might have a way out, she demands Louie calls of the hit. In a desperate attempt to put some parts of her life back together, she barely gives a second glance to the person she strikes with her vehicle.
A mere three weeks later Joanna has most parts of her life back together. The treatment is working, she has a new car, and she is back in the dating game. But a few secrets still remain in the shadows. As Joanna gets ready for her date, the Canadian Carver gets ready for his latest hit. A hit that was never called off, because Louie was never able to make the call. Unknowingly left to deal with the consequences of her own actions, Joanna and her date take in the Los Angeles skyline. In the darkness of the night, the last secrets begin to unravel. And the death toll may still rise.
Created in Los Angeles by a talented cast and creative team.
The Canadian Carver short film is written by MacKenzie Brown & developed by Cad Crowd.