Welcome to Sugar Shack Media

Sugar Shack Media is a Toronto-based media company that makes short films and web series.

Short Films

Game Boy (2018)

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Peter's parents convince him to stop playing video games and get a college education.


  • STARRING: Don Mike, John Phillips, Natasha Eloi
  • WRITER/DIRECTOR: Derek Hale
  • PRODUCER: Jean Allen
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER: Nikolay Michaylov
  • EDITOR: Phil Abucay
  • RUNNING TIME: 5:08
  • SHOOTING FORMAT: 2K
  • SCREENING FORMAT: DCP

Face Time (2018)

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Margo skips a cocktail party to avoid her ex-boyfriend and calls her twin sister for a pep talk.


  • STARRING: Hana Holubec
  • WRITER/DIRECTOR: Derek Hale
  • PRODUCER: Jean Allen
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER: Nikolay Michaylov
  • EDITOR: Phil Abucay
  • RUNNING TIME: 6:49
  • SHOOTING FORMAT: 2K
  • SCREENING FORMAT: DCP

Strangers (2017)

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Marla picks up a stranger on a commuter train by sharing a video game on her cell phone.


  • STARRING: Cydney Penner, Alex Contreras
  • WRITER/DIRECTOR: Derek Hale
  • PRODUCER: Jean Allen
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER: Rob Hale
  • EDITOR: Phil Abucay
  • RUNNING TIME: 6:49
  • SHOOTING FORMAT: HD
  • SCREENING FORMAT: DCP

Work in progress

Disco (short film)

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Molly meets Peter at a nightclub and takes him back to her place for a one-night stand that ends with an argument over breakfast.


  • WRITER: Derek Hale
  • PRODUCER: Jean Allen

Moth (short film)

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Timothy "Moth" Watson fights Mike Travis in a boxing match that flits between his present in 1965 and his past life in 1865.


  • WRITER: Tom Walmsley
  • PRODUCER: Jean Allen

Cold Turkey (web series)

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Amanda cleans up her mother's house to host her in-laws for Christmas dinner, forcing her mother to confront the recent past.


  • WRITER: Derek Hale
  • PRODUCER: Jean Allen

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