Always Going and Never Gone

Thanks to ArtsNL for providing with me with funding to write and research my next project Always Going and Never Gone. I will travel to the Cape St. Mary’s area a couple of times this year to conduct part of the research. It’s a beautiful remote part of the world and I’m really looking forward to spending some time there.

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Women in Film and Television International 2018 Short Film Showcase

WIFTI_SFSHuge news for us! Crocuses has been chosen for the Women in Film and Television International 2018 Short Film Showcase. This means it will be shown in 40+ chapters around the world this year.

From the WIFTI judges: “A beautiful memory, beautiful cinematography and beautiful music.  I was glassy-eyed and moved by this gem. I really enjoyed the addition of personal old photos to give the feeling of nostalgia.”

Crocuses Update

We have been having a good run with Crocuses, including Best Short at the Nickel Independent Film Festival and an Official Selection 2018 Selection by the Women in Film & TV Short Film Showcase where we will be shown in over 40 countries this year.  Thanks to my amazing producer, Latonia Hartery! Also a huge thanks to the RBC Michelle Jackson Filmmaker Award administered by the incomparable St. John’s International Film Festival. Check out our site hereCorcusesScreening2018

 

Golden Egg Competition RIFF

Mystery of the Secret Room will be one of nine films to take part in the Golden Egg Competition at the Reykjavik International Film Festival in October.

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As always, I’m endlessly grateful to the team that helped make this happen: Annette Clarke, Jon Montes, Claire Blanchet, Eloi Champagne, Fred Casia, Park Hyun Jin, Jeff Johnston and NFB – and a ton of other very generous people.

I’ll be in Reykavik as a part of the RIFF | Reykjavík International Film Festival Director’s Talent Lab.

Director’s Talent Lab Iceland

I have been selected to participate in the 2017 Reykjavik International Film Festival’s Talent Lab.

The lab highlights and promotes the innovative works of filmmakers and fosters, as well as, facilitates the networking necessary to promote their work to buyers and distributors. Participants receive guidance on how to promote their works in the international market.

I am thrilled to take part, and especially excited to go to Iceland!

FIN 2017 Script Development Program

I am a finalist in the FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival 2017 Script Development Program. Four writers from Atlantic Canada are selected to participate and over the course of 4 months, we will develop a feature film from outline to first draft. In September, we pitch it to a live audience.

The award is presented by Telefilm Canada & The Harold Greenberg Fund.

 

Crocuses Best Short @ Nickel Film Fest!

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Crocuses won Best Newfoundland and Labrador Short at the Nickel Film Festival!! We are thrilled. Thanks so much to the Nickel! Also thanks to my producer, Latonia Hartery, and our whole team, especially our keys:

  • DOP: Ian Vatcher
  • Production Designer: Deb Vatcher
  • Costume Design: Alison Ruth Hicks
  • Editor: Chris Darlington
  • Composer: Duane Andrews

Crocuses in March

Crocuses played in four festivals in March in Canada and the U.S.:

  • Kamloops Film Festival in Kamloops, BC
  • Eve Film Festival in Ottawa, ON
  • LOYNO Film Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Equinox Film Festival in Palmer, Alaska.

We’re so happy that audiences are seeing this film.  Thanks to the programmers!  You can learn more about Crocuses here.

World Premiere of Crocuses


Tonight is the World Premiere of Crocuses at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival‘s Closing Night Gala! We are thrilled that it will be opening for the the highly acclaimed feature film Maudie starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. Congrats to Mary Sexton and team on their success.

Crocuses was the winner of the RBC Michelle Jackson Award. The director mentor was Anita Reilly McGee. It was produced by Latonia Hartery of LJH films. And, the uber talented Ian Vatcher was the cinematographer.

Crocuses stars Sheilagh Guy Murphy, Paula Morgan, Emily Corcoran, Kyle Snow, Mike Daly and the show stealing Maggie Deming  Emily Deming Martin.

Hometown showing of Mystery of the Secret Room

My short animation Mystery of the Secret Room produced by the National Film Board of Canada is playing at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival Saturday OCT 22 at the LSPU Hall at 7 pm. Tickets can be bought here: http://rca.nf.ca/box-office/purchase-tickets-2/

Exec Producer/Producer Annette Clarke, Associate ProducerJon Montes, Animation Supervisor and Art Direction Claire Blanchet.

Check out the trailer. Music by the wonderful Jeff Johnston

Mystery of the Secret Room (Trailer) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.

Debut of Mystery of the Secret Room

My short animation Mystery of the Secret Room is premiering at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax next week. Check out the link to see the trailer. There are so many people to thank when it comes to this project. But, first and foremost, I have to thank Annette Clarke and Jon Montes who always push me further than I think I can go. Animation Supervision and Art Direction by the fiercely talented Claire Blanchet.

Mon Sep 19, 2016 | 2:00PM NFB Showcase: Shorts Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane Theatre 2

Thursday, Sept. 22 | 9:15PM Reel East Coast Shorts, Program 6 Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane Theatre 3

Here is the gorgeous trailer. Music by Jeff Johnson.

Mystery of the Secret Room (Trailer) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.

Four Sisters at Raw Refrains

The first film I ever wrote will be showing at Raw Refrains, August 9th at 7 pm. It will play at the Abbey Café at Monastery Spa, 63 Patrick Street, St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Kalem Mahoney will be the songwriter for the evening, Emily Bridger will be reading from her new work and Catherine Marshall will be exhibiting her artwork.

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Shooting Crocuses

We shot my RBC Michelle Jackson Award film “Crocuses” from July 31 – Aug 2nd. I had an incredible crew of focussed, smart and creative people.

The whole production ran without a hitch due to the even hand of Latonia Hartery.   It was a ton of work and I am so deeply grateful for her time and generosity.

Ian Vatcher was the director of photography. And, Deb Vatcher was the production designer. They made the film look incredible.

The RBC Michelle Jackson Award film is for emerging directors. It’s a huge opportunity and I learned so much! Thanks to Anita McGee, the director mentor. And a huge thanks to the St. John’s International Film Festival for the award.

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Storytelling & Animation

On June 17 at 1:30, my animator and collaborator, Claire Blanchet, will be joining me to talk about storytelling and animation. The focus will be my short film Mystery of the Secret Room, see schedule here: http://www.womensfilmfestival.com/2016-scene-heard-schedule/overcast-fullpageAd2016-f-e1462200165653

Luben & Elena by Ellie Yonova

Ellie Yonova’s documentary about artists Luben Boykov and Elena Popova received a green light for production in May by the National Film Board of Canada.  The producer is the amazing Annette Clarke. I was the story consultant on the proposal.

An incredible artist in her own right, Ellie is the perfect person to tell this story.

Sex in Cars

My episode for the web series Sex in Cars was shot on March 20. It stars Alison Woolridge and Brian Marler.

Sex in Cars is a web series developed and directed by Justin Simms.  He asked several writers in the community to write scripts. The instructions were simple, write something that involved sex and a car.  Other contributors are Ed Riche, Emily Bridger, Mark Hoffe, Dave Sullivan and Justin.

The series should be out in the fall.

Hors Circuits – Episode 2 – The Atlantic Bastion

In the Fall, I wrote episode 2 (The Atlantic Bastion) for Hors Circuits, a French television program produced out of Newfoundland by Sibelle Productions. I worked with a great team, including Xavier Georges (producer), Christian Sparkes (director), Allison White (producer), Scott McClellan (cinematographer) and Justin Oakey (director).

It’s a documentary mini-series about forbidden and inaccessible places starring Lou Poirier.

2015 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award

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I am this year’s winner of the RBC Michelle Jackson Filmmaker Award.  I’m absolutely thrilled and grateful. This award was founded by St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in honour of filmmaker Michelle Jackson. It is sponsored by the RBC Foundation. Plus a whole host of other organizations and people who support the arts and know the importance of telling stories.

Writer in Residence on the Great Northern Peninsula

From Aug 5-13th, I am on the Writer in Residence in Bird Cove/Plum Point on the Great Northern Peninsula. Thanks so much to the 50 Centuries’ Interpretation Centre and Dr. Latonia Hartery, lead archaeologist for the area. Latonia is also an accomplished filmmaker. I’ve been learning so much about this magical place from her.

DANNY at HotDocs

DANNY will be featured as a special presentation at HotDocs! It is a part of the Scotia Bank Big Ideas Series.

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Bloor Hot Docs Cinema Sat, Apr 25 6:30 PM
Tickets: $22

I was the researcher and story consultant on the project. I worked with a great team: Justin Simms and Bill MacGillivray (Directors), Annette Clarke (Producer), Jon Montes (Associate Producer) and Chris Darlington (Graphics and Animation).