Defining Instincts Press Release

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                      

SavageArts Entertainment Presents: The World Premiere Screening of “Defining Instincts”Wednesday, September 28th at the Carlton Cinema, Toronto.

Intense, youth oriented film explores the thin line between euphoria…and despair


(Toronto)   The producers of a unique coming of age film, in association with Toronto’s 211 Helpline, kick off their Awareness Campaign for Youth, with the debut of Defining Instincts, next Wednesday…1pm & 7pm at the Carlton Cinema.

The music-driven film Defining Instincts forms a visceral and intense vehicle, communicating the emotional fervor of growing up today- something that must be truly witnessed to be understood.

Jane and Vince are dealing with their dysfunctional parent’s divorce.   She needs easy money to party; he seeks refuge in drugs and sex.  Tyler is medicated on prescription drugs…and struggling with his sexual identity.  

While today’s youth are often accused of lacking the passion and direction necessary to take charge of their lives, both governmental and non-governmental organizations have fallen short in providing solutions to the new problems they face.  As a result, young people often feel isolated and alone.

Marko is deeply disturbed.  He’s been sexually abused, and is being bullied at school.  Jasmine suffers both physical and verbal abuse from her alcoholic father, and contemplates suicide.  Joel is hooked on fun and partying, but spirals downward, due to his choice of so-called “friends”. 

Defining Instincts and the band K.i.n.d (movie soundtrack)…grew out of a belief that change must be made by youth, not for them. Through direct contact with young people; artist, musician, and filmmaker Rob Bryton was inspired to write and produce the k.i.n.d album, and organically the motion picture Defining Instincts was born.

Annette is shy and sensitive, trying to understand her attraction to girls.  Hayley is homeless, kicked out of the house, living on a friend’s couch.  Chase is from a good family, but rebels against the system.  

Defining Instincts will be donated to organizations around the world that benefit youth.  During TIFF 2011, the Defining Instincts team worked closely with Toronto’s 211 Helpline to help promote youth awareness of the various social services that are available to young people in need.

David sells drugs and is dealing with being gay and coming out at school.  He’s an easy target for homophobic classmates.  Mr. Kerr is the school’s guidance counselor and Marko’s father.  Denying his reality, he heads down a road of deception, while fulfilling his twisted sexual desires.

The entire cast and crew of Defining Instincts donated their time and efforts to the movie’s cause. Through film and music, they hope to raise awareness and gain new insights into solving problems.

About:  Producer/Director – Rob Bryton

 Rob Bryton, creator of “Defining Instincts” – and the k.i.n.d album, “instincts” – has captured the experience of growing up in the 21st century, and society’s profound impact on today’s youth.   He calls it “a music-driven Docu-drama”, but it is hard to discern if the stories have grown out of the songs…or if the tunes have sprung from real-life circumstances.  In any event, this project is already being compared to such cult classics as “Yellow Submarine” and “The Wall”, plus more recent youth driven hits “Kids”“Thirteen” and “Kidulthood”.

Defining Instincts” is more than just a film…it’s the soundtrack to every teen’s life.



Peroni Moda Files

Interview with Director Rob Bryton


By Amy Lu

Toronto is a big city but the world is a small place, particularly in the fashion and film industry. Kevin and I bumped into Director Rob Bryton and good friends every where we went during TIFF. OK…so mostly at the post-party Ritz, regardless it was fabulous to have daily post-mortems from a director’s perspective and of course exchange daily goss! I also snapped lots of detail shots of Rob and Sam’s style along the way…

I met with Rob at the Bell Lightbox to chat about his film Defining Instincts, his passion behind making the film and how he kept cool when a director’s worst nightmare came true.

AL: Please tell our readers about your film Defining Instincts.
RB: Defining Instincts is a snapshot of life’s experiences from today’s youth perspective. How they feel, what they feel, and most importantly how they are dealing with life…

AL: The subject matter is very heavy, about a coming of age of sorts, but in the most raw and honest way. Why did you feel so compelled to move forward with this project?
RB: Youth have a need to be heard and understood but feel that no one’s really listening. I wanted to help them make sure people would listen… and experience the truth, globally!! The issues and situations are very real and raw is the true reality. Sometimes so harsh that I had a difficult time trying to stay objective during shooting some of the scenes.

AL: You work very closely with 211, an organization that supports youth. Can you share some more information about 211 and why you are such a fan.
RB: 211 is a country wide helpline that has operated for almost 10 years, which I became aware of a short time ago. After researching 211 I was shocked that there was almost NO awareness by youth and it’s so obvious the benefits it could have for them!!

AL: Speaking of life’s obstacles and how one should overcome them, the unthinkable happened at your own premiere. I’ll set the scene for our readers: A successful red carpet, a packed house, smooth credits and fifteen minutes into the film… the projector quits working. There is nothing worse from a director’s perspective am I wrong?
RB: Well, the world could end. The one thing I’m sure of in life is that there’s going to be unexpected sh*t that happens and I try and not get overly stressed about anything. It’s not easy sometimes!

AL: How did you deal?
RB: I kept remembering the inspirations and reasons I wrote the music and film, which made it much easier to deal with. As you know from seeing the movie, what I had to deal with that night is mild compared to what youth are dealing with….!!!

AL: You found the light at the end of the tunnel within a day, that is remarkable! How did you shift your perspective?
RB: I quickly learned as a teenage musician that you can’t loose belief cause of mistakes. Life isn’t perfect! And I’m very fortunate to have such great friends who help me see clearly and care in such an awesome way. That includes meeting special people at the times we seem to need that connection, like spending time with you and Kevin that night was such a needed connection and inspiration.

AL: What’s next for you Rob?
RB: Continue building awareness for the issues that youth are dealing with, back in the studio producing music, and in the process of completing the next movie script! Will keep you posted always…

AL: Well it was an absolute pleasure hanging with you this festival! I’m looking forward to seeing you at TIFF 2012.
RB: Was an awesome pleasure for me as well, it feels like we’ve known each other forever. I’m sure well be seeing each other throughout our travels. I welcome the adventures. Thank you so much for you kind support.


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