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by Cathie Leblanc

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Gia Milani

Director Gia Milani’s first feature film All the Wrong Reasons has been funded at the polish and packaging stage of development by Telefilm Canada, New Brunswick Film and Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund.

All The Wrong Reasons, written by Gia Milani with Jonas Chernick (Lucid, Inertia) as story editor, and  produced by Tony Whalen, Gia Milani (Shore Road Pictures) and Co-Produced Phyllis Laing (Buffalo Gal Pictures), is a film about choices made in the aftermath of severe traumatic stress. The story hinges on two lives that intersect in a big box department store: a woman who has witnessed her sister’s suicide and a firefighter who was hurt on the job. She endeavours to keep her comfort zone intact while he strives to regain his former life.

The script  has been recognized in several ways, including winning the Script Accessible Award as part of SLAMDANCE’s year-round Writing Competition that received over 2,500 submissions. Gia was honored at the 2010 SLAMDANCE Film Festival in Park City, Utah. All The Wrong Reasons was also a semi-finalist (top 20 out of over 3,000 submissions) in Final Draft, Inc.’s Big Break International Screen Writing Competition, and placed in the top 100 out of 2,500 entries in the Slamdance 2009 Feature Screenplay Competition. Gia and her Slamdance award were mentioned in a number film magazines including Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, and Playback.

Gia is the President and creative force behind Shore Road Pictures. She has garnered numerous awards and proven her diversity in writing, directing, and producing. She is a leader with tremendous vision and a tireless work ethic. Gia  is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), a  founding member of WIFT-AT, a member of WIFT Toronto, a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and  Television (ACCT), a member of Film Independent (FIND), a Director and member of the New Brunswick Producer’s  Association (MediaNB), and a member of the New Brunswick Filmmaker’s Co-operative (NBFC).

Her debut work, the quirky short film Bathroom Stalled (2005), which Gia wrote and directed, received several  awards, has been broadcast on Movieola 34 times, and was sold to Mini Movie Channel International (Russia &  Germany) and The Accessible Channel Canada).

For more details on Gia and her film, visit her website.


  • Filmmakers Britany Sparrow and Bunthivy Nou began work on a volunteer project for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick’s annual The NB Heart Truth Fashion Gala 2012. At the fashion gala, alumni  designers of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and well known New Brunswick women will join together once again to shine the light on women’s heart health at Casino New Brunswick in Moncton, NB on April 28, 2012. The video project will continue production over the next month and will then be turned over to editors Jennifer Chiasson and Nathalie Rayne. For more information on the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Heart Truth Fashion Gala, please visit their website.


  • The 4th Annual Fredericton 48 Hour Film Competition will be taking place in from February 17-19, 2012. In  this competition, teams of up to 10 people who will write, shoot and edit a film of 10 minutes (or less) in 48 hours. For further information please see the Facebook group.


  • The 1st Annual Moncton 48 Hour Film Competition will take place from March 23-25, 2012. Please see the Facebook group for more details.


  • The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative has launched its annual workshop series. For information on workshops in Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John, please click here.


  • New Brunswick Films for a New Brunswick Theatre

10 New Brunswick short films will be shown in Ottawa on March 3, 2012 as part of a fundraiser for the Paramount  Theatre Project to save the old Paramount Theatre in Saint John, NB. One of the films shown will be WIFT-AT member  (and Tidings editor!) Britany Sparrow’s film Gamers: A Love Story. For more information visit the Facebook group.