Oct 7: All Access Pass Award Winner Ruth Lawrence’s Blog Update – AFF

 By Ruth LawrenceRL Headshot 11 Oct 7: All Access Pass Award Winner Ruth Lawrences Blog Update   AFF

It’s hard to say what the attraction is to sitting in the dark.  But I love it.  That is, I love it when I’m sitting in the dark with 200+ people all sharing a cinematic or theatrical experience.

Today started with a text from fellow filmmaker Ashley McKenzie and 20 minutes later, at 11 am, I was back in front of a screen for two great documentaries.  And a lot of people were there will us.  A quick introduction to Millifiore Clarke (whose work I’ve admired for a while) and then Zoo Revolution and Bad Coyote took us all over the world, then back to Cape Breton for two docs that questioned our relationships and ability to live with animals.  I was left with many questions, exactly as it should be.

A quick sip then back in the theatre for more Atlantic shorts including Megan Wennberg’s Grain Elevators.  This was a poem on film project so I was really pleased to see it.  I’ll be shooting one this fall so this was inspirational.  I was also pleased to see friend Natasha MacLellan on the screen!

Then it was off to the 10×10 Challenge.  This is a project where 10 Atlantic directors get paired up with 10 Atlantic bands or musicians and they have 1 week and very limited resources to create a music video.  The results can be extraordinary and over the last few years, I’ve seen some incredible works.  Milliflore’s video with Irish Mythen was lovely, as were several others (there was no program and my memory fails me for the artists, sorry) and so was Heavyweather’s Adam Penney’s video for  AA Wallace.  It’s something I’d like to try when I get the nerve!

A quick bite (that I snuck into the theatre because there wasn’t time to sit and eat) and then it was back in the theatre to see Bill MacGillivray & Terry Greenlaw’s Hard Drive (shot by my own DP, Stephanie Weber Biron) and Eva Madden’s short about Bill for the GG award he recently received for his lifetime of great work.  It was a dark film that pained me, in a good way, as I was swept up in the story.  There is a standout scene with Megan Follows and lots of lovely moments that stand out in this low budget feature.  Another glass of wine with new friends then back to the Festival lounge to end off the night!  I’ll soon close my eyes and lie down in the dark this time. Tomorrow is the big day.

Today’s new encounters and chats: Ashley & Milly, Pat Condon, Mike Cuffini, Justin, Jennice & Brad, Ian Foster, Bill & Terry, Ally & Tina Thoden, Jinx MacGillivray, Adam, Stephanie, Andrea Dorfmann, Fless, Colin MacKenzie, John Walker and Jason Beaudry.

To read more about Ruth’s film festival adventures, follow her All Access Pass Award Blog!

Reel Talk’s Spring Line Up

Reel Talk Spring Line Up includes Documentary Filmmaker Meredith Ralston and Editor Kim McTaggart

Reel Talk: Conversations with Women in Film and Television spring’s line up features documentary filmmaker and MSVU professor Meredith Ralston whose film Hope in Heaven examines the lucrative and demeaning sex tourism industry in the Philippines (Friday, May 25) and Gemini-winning, Call Me Fitz editor Kim McTaggart (Friday, June 29).

Megan Wennberg was a Reel Talk guest in March. Megan’s film Flush was one of only a dozen short films featured on the 2012 WIFT-International Showcase DVD. An audio podcast of the interview with Megan will be available soon on the WIFT-AT web site.

“Reel Talk is a monthly one-on-one interview with one woman, in a focused, intimate setting, just like Inside The Actor’s Studio.” says Reel Talk organizer and WIFT-AT Board member Jessica Marsh. “It’s a great opportunity to get inspired by some fascinating women who work & make art in film and television.”

Have a beer or pop & some popcorn and sit in on the interview. Afterwards, people stay and chat with each other and the Reel Talk guest and host, and sometimes migrate to another location where the conversation continues, over a cup of tea or a glass of wine.

Reel Talk: Conversations with Women in Film and Television 7:00 p.m. on the last Friday of every month. Carbon Arc at The Khyber, 1588 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS. WIFT-AT members are FREE, non-WIFT-AT members $6.

March 30th: Reel talk will feature filmmaker Megan Wennberg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Award Winning Short Filmmaker Megan Wennberg Guest at Reel Talk

(March 20, 2012) On Friday, March 30th Reel Talk: Conversations with Women in Film and Television features filmmaker Megan Wennberg, in conversation with writer Jessica Marsh. Megan’s film Flush was one of only a dozen short films featured on the 2012 WIFT-International Showcase DVD and her feature comedy THE PINK LADIES won the Inspired Script Award at the Atlantic Film Festival.

Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30th at The Khyber, 1588 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS as Women in Film and Television-Atlantic and Carbon Arc welcome filmmaker Megan Wennberg to Reel Talk: Conversations with Women in Film and Television. WIFT-AT members are FREE, non-WIFT-AT members $6.

“Reel Talk is a monthly one-on-one interview with one woman, in a focused, intimate setting, just like Inside The Actor’s Studio.” says Reel Talk organizer and WIFT-AT Board member Jessica Marsh. “It’s a great opportunity to get to know some fascinating women who work & make art in film and television.”

Have a beer or pop & some popcorn and sit in on the interview. Afterwards, people stay and chat with each other and the Reel Talk guest and host, and sometimes migrate to another location where the conversation continues, over a cup of tea or a glass of wine!

Megan Wennberg is a writer and filmmaker. Her most recent short films include FLUSH, SHADOWS AND SUNSHINE and BERNARD THE MAGICIAN. Her shorts have won awards at Hot Docs and the National Screen Institute, and her feature comedy THE PINK LADIES won the Inspired Script Award at the Atlantic Film Festival. Megan is currently developing the features 52 WORDS and FALLING IS LIKE THIS, and she recently received funding for her short drama SPIN THE BARREL. Megan graduated from the Canadian Film Centre’s Writers’ Lab in 2011.

WIFT, an international organization with 37 chapters and more than 10,000 members, was founded in 1973. It is committed to advancement for women in professional development and achievement in film, video and other screen-based media. WIFT-AT is celebrating its third year as the Atlantic Canada Chapter.

Contact: Jessica Marsh
Phone. 405-3710 / email info@wift-at.com
www.wift-at.com