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Andrew Cymek

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Years active  1999–present
Education  York University
Name  Andrew Cymek
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Born  July 13, 1978 (age 37) (1978-07-13) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation  Director, writer, editor, actor, cinematographer, visual effects technician
Spouse  Brigitte Kingsley (m. 2005)
Movies  Dark Rising, Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf, Dark Rising 2: Summer Strikes Back!
Nominations  Canadian Comedy Award for Multimedia / Best Direction in a Feature
Similar People  Brigitte Kingsley, Landy Cannon, Julia Schneider, Jim Calarco, Mercedes McNab

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Andrew Cymek (born July 13, 1978) is the owner and creative force behind Defiant Empire and the creator of the Dark Rising projects. His extensive knowledge in writing, directing, editing and graphics have made him a one-man operation in all creative aspects.



Andrew started making films in high school with his best friends Rafael Ludwig, and Jimmy Martins, who still work together today. Andrew attended York University in Toronto where his friends attended as well. While attending York University, Andrew, Rafael and Jimmy and another partner opened a film and editing company in Yorkville called “Four Horsemen”. He was also a teacher at Toronto Film School, where he taught editing.

Defiant Empire

In 1999, while still in school Andrew met Brigitte Kingsley. In 2005, Andrew and Brigitte created a film company called “Defiant Empire”. Andrew and Brigitte ran the company together till the end of 2007, when Brigitte became president on Black Walk; the production company that helped create Dark Rising. The two companies have now produced three feature films and a television series together.


  • In 2002, Andrew launched a production company Defiant Empire Corporation with business partner Brigitte Kingsley.
  • In 2005, Andrew wrote and directed his first film Dark Rising starring Brigitte Kingsley, Landy Cannon and WWE Superstar Jay Reso.
  • In 2008, Andrew received two Canadian Comedy Award Nominations for Best Writer and Best Director.
  • In 2010 Andrew completed his second feature film, Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf, an action-thriller starring John Rhys Davies (Lord of the Rings), William B. Davis (X-Files), Mercedes McNab (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Jay Reso (WWE) which will be released through Anchor Bay on August 16, 2011. Andrew is also expanding the Dark Rising brand with a television series The Savage Tales of Summer Vale, and the Dark Rising sequel, Summer Strikes Back!
  • Personal life

    Andrew married actress/producer Brigitte Kingsley in 2002, whom he met at school in 1999 while working on a film project.


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