Caelum Vatnsdal

Caelum Vatnsdal

From his cradle days in the great northern city of Winnipeg, Caelum Vatnsdal has lived and breathed the cinematic arts, with an especial love for the horror genre. Since then he has made short films, feature films, documentaries, music videos and more, and has worked also as a writer, producer, camera assistant, set decorator, special effects artist and actor. Vatnsdal began his professional life working on the films of Guy Maddin, starting with the colour feature Careful, on which he toiled in the art department, the camera department, and as an actor. (He continued acting for Maddin through to the director’s famous production The Heart of the World in 2000.) In 1994 he directed his first feature film, Black as Hell, Strong as Death, Sweet as Love, and through the 2000s, Vatnsdal busied himself making mostly documentary productions, including a large-scale documentary on Bigfoot for the Canadian Television Network. He has written three books on film – a monograph on the works of Guy Maddin in 2000, a history of Canadian horror films, titled They Came From Within, in 2004 and a biography of the actor Dick Miller called You Don’t Know Me, But You Love Me in 2018. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife and son.

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