An old short inspired by the "Curse of 27 Club"

The recent sudden death of Amy Winehouse at the age of 27 was really upsetting and also brought me back to a phenomenon that I had become obsessed with in my final year as a film student at Ryerson called "The Curse of 27 Club".

This obsession led to the making of my short film "Declaring Genius" about a musician who just days before his own 27th birthday believes he is destined to join the "Curse of 27 Club", begins plotting his own death while trying to complete his final masterpiece.

"The Curse of 27 Club" includes artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morisson, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, D.Boon and many others. There have been other interesting occurances related to musicians in the past including the Curse of the Ninth wherein a composer is destined to die after the completion of his 9th symphony.  The list includes Beethoven, Mahler, Schubert, Bruckner among others. Whether it's coincidence, conspiracy theory or fate - it's definitely interesting to think about.

Here's the film. All the way back from 2004!


DECLARING GENIUS (dir. Mars Horodyski, 2004)

Convinced that he is destined to be part of the "Curse of 27 Club", an aspiring composer becomes obsessed with plotting his own death and finishing his final masterpiece as he draws closer to his 27th birthday.