Photo by Ian Vardy
I am a writer, story consultant, and filmmaker, originally from Freshwater, Placentia Bay, who now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
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.
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 Magic of Boxer Connors, is in development with Pope Productions. Besides my own projects, I have a production company with Deanne Foley and Elisabeth de Mariaffi called Bar Haven Productions Inc.
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.
Besides writing, I am a researcher and story consultant. Most of my research is with the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada. I love the collaborative approach they take with their projects.
– Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in Creative Writing
– Information Technology Professional Diploma
– Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Member of the Writers Guild of Canada