Magical Coincidence - Synopsis
Ben, a Chinese-Canadian super 8 filmmaker who does not speak Chinese, meets Amy, a Caucasian woman who speaks perfect Mandarin. A strange message sends them on a journey into a mysterious world of fate and coincidence. A unique film. Referencing John Cage, the filmmakers used a random coin toss to dictate decisions within the story, casting and production.
Born in Toronto, Keith Lock holds an M.F.A. degree in film from York University. He was a founding member and first Chair of the Toronto Filmmaker’s Co-op, Canada's first film co-op, which morphed into LIFT. His student film, Flights of Frenzy, won the Best Super 8 Award at the UNESCO 10th Muse International, Amsterdam, 1969. Early in his career, Keith worked as Claude Jutra’s assistant as well as Michael Snow’s cinematographer on a number of works. He is also Canada’s first Chinese Canadian filmmaker and directed the first feature film by an Asian Canadian. Keith’s experimental film, Everything Everywhere Again Alive, (1975), was presented at TIFF's Retrospective of Canadian Cinema in 1984, and his dramatic feature, Small Pleasures (1993), also screened at TIFF, was the first dramatic feature film made by a Chinese Canadian. His half–hour film, A Brighter Moon, received a Gemini Award Nomination for Best Short Drama in 1987. Keith was the first recipient of the Chinese Canadian National Council’s Media Applause Award in 1998. His television documentary, The Road Chosen: The Lem Wong Story, received the NFB Innoversity Conference Award, 2002 and his short film, The Dreaming House (2005), was selected for the Hot Docs Library and received the Best GTA Filmmaker Award at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Keith’s short, Magical Coincidence, was the winner of the “So You Think You Can Pitch” competition at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, 2012.