Photo by Ian Vardy
I am a writer, story consultant, and filmmaker who lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Most of my research and story consulting work is for the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada. I also story edit for independent filmmakers and I teach screenwriting in St. John’s.
In March of 2020, I will be a visiting artist at the University British Columbia’s Creative Writing Program. I’m incredibly honoured to do this.
I recently released my latest writer/director piece, Always Going Never Gone. It’s a supernatural short about a Banshee and the last living soul of a dying community. It stars Mary Colin-Chisholm as Ailish, Allison Kelly as Kari, and Rhiannon Morgan as the Banshee.
I made my directorial debut in the Fall of 2016 with a short animation I wrote called Mystery of the Secret Room, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
Mystery of the Secret Room was nominated for two Golden Sheaf Awards: Best Emerging Filmmaker and Best Animation. It was also nominated for a Golden Egg Award at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. In July 2017, it took part in a special Canada 150 presentation at the National Arts Centre as a part of CANADA SCENE – a celebration of artists across Canada. It was also a part of the Art Gallery of Hamilton exhibition This is Moving: Illustration on Screen, June – Sept 9, 2019.
In 2016, I also released my short film, Crocuses, winner of Best Short at the Nickel Film Festival; and, winner of the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Artist Award – a financial and mentorship prize for emerging female filmmakers. Recently, Crocuses was chosen for the 2018 Women in Film and Television International Short Film Showcase where it will tour 40+ countries in 2018. Learn more about the film on our website found here
My Feature The Royals was chosen for FIN’s 2017 Script Development Program.
My short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals, like Invisible Publishing and Riddle Fence.
In 2014, I was named 1 of 11 writers to watch for on CBC Canada Writes.
In May 2013, The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council presented me with the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award.
In 2012, I won the Atlantic Film Festival’s Inspired Script Award for my feature screenplay, The Magic of Boxer Connors. It was presented this year (2014) as a live reading at the Atlantic Film Festival’s Script Out Loud event.
In 2009, I was given the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Award for my short film script “Four Sisters.” The short was directed by Dana Warren. It aired on CBC television, screened nationally and internationally, and received an A&E short film honourable mention from the National Screen Institute.
– Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in Creative Writing
– Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland