About Us 2017-08-07T19:28:06+00:00

TURBID LAKE PICTURES

An independent film production company that focuses on

innovative cinematic stories created for

global audiences.

FLORIAN HALBEDL
FLORIAN HALBEDLWriter/Director/Producer
Florian Halbedl was born in Luzern, Switzerland. In 2000, Halbedl immigrated to Canada with his family. While studying Medical Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, he shot his first short film for a Vertebrate Biology class. After switching one of his majors to Film Studies, Halbedl graduated with a double major in Film Studies and Medical Sciences and received a B.A. in 2009.

Halbedl immediately began his professional career in Vancouver, Canada, as a production assistant on Chris Columbus’ Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Joe Carnahan’s The A-Team and Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Since then, he has worked as part of the assistant director teams on shows such as CW’s Supernatural, Legends of Tomorrow, ABC’s Once Upon a Time and The Whispers, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, Hulu’s Shut Eye as well as Gareth Edward’s Godzilla, Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest and Duncan Jones’ Warcraft.

Halbedl works with Joshua M. Ferguson, under the Turbid Lake Pictures banner, to write, develop, produce and direct short and feature film projects.

JOSHUA M. FERGUSON
JOSHUA M. FERGUSONDirector/Producer
Dr. Joshua M. Ferguson (Ph.D) is a non-binary trans (they/them) filmmaker, writer and activist born in Brantford, Canada and raised in Napanee, Canada. Joshua focuses on making cultural interventions in their written, filmic and artistic work. Joshua is the first person to publicly apply for a non-binary birth certificate in Ontario, Canada. They have harnessed their formal academic research, previous experience as an advocate and their passion to make a difference to fight for legal recognition for non-binary people in Canada and beyond. Joshua believes in creating horizons of hope in their work by demonstrating that love transmitted through artistic mediums can inspire immeasurable positive change.

Some of Joshua’s written work has been featured in the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, OUT Magazine and VICE. Joshua’s story will be featured in an autobiographical book and a short documentary entitled Non-Binary.

With their producing partner, Florian Halbedl, Joshua’s films have been screened internationally at over thirty film festivals. The award-winning Whispers of Life (2013) is a short fiction film about the power of imagination and communication in relation to challenging anti-LGBT bullying and promoting suicide prevention. Joshua’s latest film Limina (2016) has made history or trans inclusivity in the film and TV history by becoming the first film with an actor to be deemed eligible for both male and female performer submissions at the Leo Awards in the Canadian film industry. Joshua is producing and writing the short documentary Non-Binary, which will focus on their life as a non-binary and their fight for legal recognition in Canada. They are also producing and directing a new short fiction film entitled Henry’s Heart, set to film in the fall of 2017. Joshua aims to discover innovative, unique and marginalized stories that seek to represent the rich diversity of humanity. Joshua believes that “film can act as a beacon of hope for those struggling with being marginalized while simultaneously deploying new ways to expand awareness in a changing global landscape that typically participates in exclusionary and reductive forms of cinematic representation.” Joshua and Florian are developing a feature fiction film and a feature-length documentary.