Stress Position

Stress Position

Dir. A.J. Bond
Sony F-35 & Canon 5D / 79 min. / 2013

A psychological experiment between two friends spirals out of control.

c. The Siblings

Official Selection - Highlights: 

TORONTO THEATRICAL PREMIERE – Opens April 18, 2014 at the Carlton Cinema

VANCOUVER THEATRICAL PREMIERE – May 23, 28, 30 and June 6, 2014 at the Vancity Theatre 


WINNIPEG THEATRICAL PREMIERE – August 13 at Winipeg Cinematheque

CALGARY THEATRICAL PREMIERE – August 14 at The Globe Theatre

Festival History: 

London, UK premiere: Special Festival Preview at Sci Fi London at the BFI Southbank, 2013

Portland, OR premiere: Northwest Tracking Series at the Portland Art Museum, 2013

Los Angeles, CA premiere: Cine Gear Expo Film Competition at the Paramount Studios Backlot (1 of 3 finalists in competition), 2013

Cyprus International Film Festival 2013, Cypress

Lady Filmmakers Film Festival 2013, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Oaxaca Film Festival 2013, Oaxaca, Mexico *Global Features Competition

Arizona Underground Film Festival 2013, Arizona, USA

Las Vegas Film Festival 2013, Nevada, USA

"Creepy Canuck Avant-Garde Thriller with Guantanamo overtones serves up visceral shocks and astounding, imaginative visuals"…"gorgeously lit"..."dazzlingly shot" THE FILM CORNER
Greg Klymkiw (April 16, 2014)

"Top 12 Canadian narrative feature films of 2013 "
- NATIONAL SCREEN INSTITUTE, Kellie Ann Benz (Dec 7, 2013)

"One of the more notable elements of the film, aside from the unorthodox premise, is Amy Belling's crisp cinematography; every shot within the sterile, Kubrick-honouring set was precisely framed, converging with Dan Werb's unnerving drone-ish soundtrack to create a profoundly cramped experience for the viewer. And while the torture sequences were all surprises, there would be moments when they would be re-shot for the best angles and frame."

"★★★★★ The film has twists and turns that surprise and horrify. … Stress Position forces one to contemplate the actuality of attempting to bend another’s will to one’s own. "
- EXAMINER.COM, Lindsay Waite (June 10, 2013)

"…fascinating and thrilling … a nearly flawless debut feature which jumps head first into psychological terror. There’s something darkly methodic, almost evil, in Stress Position."
- FILMBIZARRO.COM, Ronny Carlsson (March 5, 2014)

"A deeply disturbing film that seems all too real, and one that will give audiences some stomach churning tension. If you’re looking for a film that is truly psychologically terrifying, this is it."
- TORONTO FILM SCENE, William Brownridge (April 18, 2014)

"Creepy Canuck Avant-Garde Thriller with Guantanamo overtones serves up visceral shocks and astounding, imaginative visuals"…"gorgeously lit"..."dazzlingly shot"
- THE FILM CORNER, Greg Klymkiw (April 16, 2014)

"Stress Position more than lives up to its name, causing unbearable anxiety in the viewer by blending Ludivico-esque torment while blurring lines between fiction and truth to a disorienting effect. And underneath all the hideous and often blackly funny shenanigans lurks a potent parable about the vulgar ways in which people treat the people ostensibly closest to their hearts."
- METRO, Chris Alexander (April 17, 2014)

"Stress Position is an attractive, inventive, creative film well worth seeing. The torture is disturbingly real because it’s not over-the-top unreal — imagine being strapped to a playground carousel and being turned, slowly, for hours — and the needling, claustrophobic score by Dan Werb (Woodhands, Ark Analog) amplifies every iota of the prisoner’s discomfort and tosses it, wet with vernix, into the viewer’s lap."
- EXCLAIM!, Dave Jaffer (April 18, 2014)

"On one level, Stress Position melds the high-concept stylishness of creepy Canadiana like Cube with the torture porn of Saw. A caveat: in this case the punishment is almost all psychological, but somehow more disturbing because of that. … But what makes this outing from writer-director-actor A.J. Bond so impressive is it’s also so much more than that. … To give away much more about this taut, blackly comic little exercise in intensity would be unfair. Rest assured, though, it’ll expand your notions of what torture is—and who your friends are."
- THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, Janet Smith (May 21, 2014)

"Both Amito and Bond are proud about telling stories in, frankly, weird ways. There are some really profound artistic revelations in the movie as it rolls through."
- THE PROVINCE, Stuart Derdeyn (May 20, 2014)

"…a film with a lot to say and even more to think about…"
- SHIVERS, Vince D’Amato (May 5, 2014)

"…there’s still so much going on inside Stress Position that your wheels will be spinning for days."

"…the film is stylish, chilling at times and very well acted."
- VANCOUVER OBSERVOR, Volkmar Richter (May 23, 2014)

"Even though there are rules – 1. No severe pain. 2. No permanent physical damage. 3. Nothing illegal — I was shocked at how bad it got. It’s not clear how much of their suffering is performance art in their stylized white “torture chamber”, with a steel mesh sculpture as the centre piece, but their reactions to sleeplessness, waterboarding, being forced to defecate on oneself and intimate pyschological torture seemed real and true."
- VANCOUVER IS AWESOME, Susan Gittins (May 23, 2014)

"An accomplished, chilling collision between fact and fiction, this Canadian psycho-drama follows in the footsteps of other mutually assured torture films … but with a freshness and relevance to reality television post-Guantanamo Bay, which made it one of the most notable films of this year’s Sci-Fi-London. … Stress Position is an intelligent, thought-provoking film, which can only become increasingly relevant … the overall effect is a film you both want to see again because of its numerous admirable qualities, and never want to re-endure because the psychological tortures are so convincing and the verisimilitude too unnerving."
- ELECTRIC SHEEP MAGAZINE, Alex Fitch (May 29, 2013)

"…an effective fictional thriller: The setting is a white room, stark and uncomfortable as strobe lights flash and loud noises blare. What’s more painful is the psychological torture inflicted on both the characters, as Bond (who plays himself) takes his vision too far on friend Dave Amito—playing videos of Amito’s friends critiquing him, for example—and promptly gets it turned on himself."
- WILLAMETTE WEEK, Kaitie Todd (June 11, 2013)

"…an interesting, and disturbing, take on the director-actor relationship … demonstrates Bond’s stylish visual sense and willingness to follow his story down any path, however unpleasant."
- OREGONLIVE, Marc Mohan (June 13, 2013)

"The political allegory also functions on a meta level, showing an abusive auteur taking his personal vision too far. The payoff comes in the turnaround and seeing how Bond’s own cruelties inform his newly made enemy’s revenge."
- THE OREGONIAN, Jamie S. Rich (June 6, 2013)


★ Won Best Cinematography at the 2013 Las Vegas Film Festival

★ One of 3 finalists for the Cine Gear Expo Film Competition at Paramount Studios, LA (May 2013)

★ Nominated for 7 Leo Awards, including Best Motion Picture, Direction, Cinematography, Sound, Score and Lead Performance for David Amito

★ Won Best Supporting Actor for David Amito at the 2013 Las Vegas Film Festival

★ Won Best Experimental Film at the 2013 Lady Filmmakers Film Festival LA

★ Won Best Supporting Actor for A.J. Bond at the 2013 Lady Filmmakers Film Festival LA

★ Nominated for Best Editing at the 2013 Canadian Cinema Editors Awards