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September 2012 Tidings – PEI Pulse

PEI Pulse2 380x304 September 2012 Tidings   PEI PulseGretha Rose, owner of Cellar Door Productions and co-owner of FortuneIT Ltd. is currently in post production on a new television series for the Food Network: ‘Chef Michael’s Kitchen’.

Join Chef Michael Smith as he goes back to basics while stirring in freestyle ideas along the way. Watch as he shares his favourite home-style recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques and learn how to add a twist or two to your cooking. See how easy it is to impress yourself in your own kitchen because once you know the rules, you can break them!

Chef Michael’s Kitchen was filmed in beautiful Fortune, Prince Edward Island over the spring with a crew comprised of Maritime film professionals, the majority of which were from PEI. ‘Chef Michael’s Kitchen’ airs on the Food Network on August 27th at 6 pm EST.

  • The newly formed Charlottetown Film Society is now running City Cinema in Charlottetown and has officially launched its fundraising campaign with a raffle. First prize is a trip for two to TIFF for two days in September along with a pass to the Closing Night Gala, and second prize is a one year of free movies (2 per week), and lots of other prizes. Tickets are available at City Cinema or email lmlalonde@yahoo.com.

  • City Cinema is hosting a special evening of film on September 23 with guest Thom Fitzgerald, Director of Cloudburst. His film will be the very last film screened on film at City Cinema as they are going digital. There will be two screenings: one at 5 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and there will be a reception at the Haviland Club after so that people can meet Thom and enjoy some food and libation.
  • Harmony Wagner of Periscope Pictures was the recipient of the 2012 CBC 3 -2- 1 Award at this year’s Island Media Arts Festival. The award, along with funding from PEI Council of the Arts, will go toward the production of the short film QUEEN OF THE CROWS, set to begin shooting in Charlottetown this fall. Harmony’s directorial debut, VAST recently screened at the Nickel Film Festival.
  • As part of Culture Days activities and with the support of Culture PEI, the Charlottetown Film Society in partnership with the Island Media Arts Coop is hosting the first of a series of Sunday afternoon screenings that will focus on Island-made films.
  • Two forty-minute screenings will be on offer beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at City Cinema on King Street. The public is invited free of charge to view local filmmakers’ works in a theatre setting and cast their vote for one of the People’s Choice Awards.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded in four categories for Best of Short Shorts: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. A complete list of films is available on our web page or for more information and a complete list of films, please visit: The Charlottetown Film Society Inc. on Facebook.

 

The PEI Pulse is compiled by Millefiore Clarkes. Mille is a Producer/Editor/Director with her company One Thousand Flowers Productions. She has been creating documentaries, music videos, web series, and experimental work for a number of years. Check out her work at www.onethousandflowers.tv Mille’s work has been screened at festivals such as The Vimeo Film Festival, The Atlantic Film Festival, and RIDM and she has won the Music Video of the Year Award from MusicPEI as well as the WIFT-AT Salute Award.


NS Pulse – September 2012

photo 2161446 resize1 350x233 NS Pulse   September 2012In support of the Halifax premiere of Beat Down, First Weekend Club and Women in Film and Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT) are hosting the 6:45 pm screening of Deanne Foley’s award-winning feature film at Empire Theatres Bayer’s Lake (190 Chain Lake Drive) on Friday, September 7th. There will be a Q&A with director Deanne Foley after this screening followed by a reception at Montana’s Bar & Grill (194 Chain Lake Drive).
Beat Down is an irreverent comedy about wrestling, family and following your dreams no matter how painful that can sometimes be.  The film, starring Robb Wells (Trailer Park Boys) & Marthe Bernard (Republic of Doyle), has been creating much buzz with sold-out screenings in Canada and the US on the film festival circuit and collecting awards along the way. Beat Down is directed by Deanne Foley (The Magnificent Molly McBride), co-written by Deanne Foley & Iain MacLeod (Trailer Park Boys) with Paul Pope (Sundance award-winning Grown Up Movie Star, Rare Birds) as producer.

            Support the future of this film by seeing it on Opening weekend!

  •  WIFT-AT member Eva Madden’s short film Pose“, which was made when Eve was the AFCOOP 2012 Filmmaker in Residence, has been nominated in The Coast’s Best of Halifax 2012. POSE is nominated for Best Film (short,feature,other) and Eva Madden has been nominated for Best Filmmaker. Eva is the only female nominated in both categories.Pose is an experimental documentary that explores the visceral experience of posing as a nude model, while in the process revealing a character study in contrast and contradiction. Through the eyes of artist and raconteur Dave Cullen, the film explores the unique experience of an artist setting down his pencils and posing as a nude model.
    To vote for Eva, please visit the Coast Survey here:http://posting.thecoast.ca/halifax/Survey?survey=3217648
    POSE is also playing at the Atlantic Film Festival on Saturday Sept 15 @ 4:05 as part of Atlantic Shorts 2 at Park Lane. http://atlantic.bside.com/2012/films/pose0_evamadden_atlantic2012
  • Noted as a top festival in Canada, the 32nd Atlantic Film Festival will be held from September 13th – 20th in Halifax. Large enough to attract the world’s most notable actors, directors and producers, but intimate enough to be innovative and flexible in its approach to the changing needs of our industry, audience and the communities we serve, the AFF provides an unpretentious atmosphere for watching some of the best international, Canadian and Atlantic Canadian films, while showcasing some of the best musical talent the region has to offer.

    Keep an eye out for screenings from a number of WIFT-AT members such as Ashley McKenzie and Lara Cassidy. A full program guide can be found here.

  • FILM 5 Info Session and Networking – Wednesday, Sept. 5th 6pm. AFCOOP Office, 5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101. Come find out more about the program and meet with potential writers, directors and producers!
  • FILM 5 2012/13 Call for Applications – Application Deadline – October 1st 2012. FILM 5 is a professional film-training program for Writers, Directors and Producers culminating in the opportunity to produce a five-minute film. The program provides: Cash and services to produce a five-minute filmMentorship and instruction from industry professionalsRelationship building opportunities with the local film communityApplication guidelines and form are available on the AFCOOP web-site: www.afcoop.ca
  • Prismatic Festival and Conference – Screenings September 14-29. Prismatic brings new works by culturally diverse artists into the spotlight. The mandate of this initiative is to promote the pursuit of artistic excellence through collaboration, innovation and dialogue. http://www.onelighttheatre.com/pris.html.
  • AFCOOP’s Fall General Meeting – Tuesday October 2nd, 6:30pm. AFCOOP Office, 5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101. Full Members must send regrets to admin@afcoop.ca.The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in AFCOOP is welcome to attend! If you would like to become a Full Member of the co-op please contact Greg in advance of the meeting to confirm your eligibility: admin@afcoop.ca. AFCOOP GM’s are a great networking opportunity for folks in the film and media arts communities. Come find out what we’ve been up to at the co-op and learn a bit about what the next season holds.
  • Arts Nova Scotia Funding- Grants to Individuals December 15  http://novascotia.ca/cch/investing/artsns-funding/individuals/. The program supports the creation of new works by professional artists in all disciplines including fine crafts, literary, visual, media and performing arts. It also promotes a broad understanding and appreciation of art and artists through professional development, creation and presentation of work. Individual artists may submit one application per grant per deadline. To encourage equitable distribution of funds, artists can only receive one Creation Grant in a 12-month period.

NS Pulse is compiled by Chris Pauley. Chris is a composer and the owner/operator of Evil Twin Music. He has been playing music since he was a kid, and writing music for the media for fifteen years. Check out his work at www.eviltwinmusic.ca, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EvilTwinMusic and on Twitter @EvilTwinMusic.

Newfoundland Feature Film: The Grand Seduction

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This has been a busy spring and summer for women producers in the Newfoundland & Labrador feature film industry. First up was Rock Island’s feature film Hold Fast, produced by Rosemary House and hot on its heels was a feature comedy co-produced by Barbara Doran of Morag Loves Company.

Based on a Quebecois hit film (known in Anglo Canada as Seducing Doctor Lewis), The Grand Seduction features a slew of Newfoundland performers in the supporting cast of characters led by Brendan Gleeson and Gordon Pinsent. As a co-production with MAX Films in Quebec, the mix of Anglo and Franco crew have been moving around the Bonavista peninsula in glorious weather, hopping from Red Cliff, Tickle Cove, New Bonaventure, Old Bonaventure to Champney’s.

I spent a few weeks working on the wardrobe crew (with locals Peggy Hogan, Charlotte Reid, Heather Power, and Allison Hicks) in early August and was pretty impressed with the NL women working all around me in almost every department- from location manager Lynn Andrews to makeup artist Mackenzie Geehan, from electrician Flora Planchat to unit PA Renee Callahan, from office PA Crystal Parsons to assistant production coordinator Anita Reilly-McGee.

Under the direction of Don McKellar, performers such as Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones, Sara Tilley, Rhonda Rogers, Michelle Rex Bailey, Sheila Redmond and Janet Edmonds are among the large cast.

For Barbara Doran, The Grand Seduction is just the latest feature film she’s co-produced in the past 5 years. Young Triffie was director Mary Walsh’s feature debut and 2009’s Love & Savagery led to a Genie award for Best Supporting Actress Martha Burns.

Before that, Doran co-produced the award-winning international TV mini-series Random Passage, an 8-hour production that stands out as one of the greatest challenges and achievements in her long, successful career.

When she’s not producing great drama, she writes and directs documentaries such as Life Below Zero, To Dublin With Love, Still Rowdy After All These Years, When Women Kill, and Phantoms of the French Shore. Her talent for pulling together productions ranging from big budget to small scale has been a contributing factor in her success but those who know her best recognize that her passion for a good story is what accounts for her longevity in a competitive industry that just gets tougher each year. Filming continues to the end of September on this latest production.

Newfoundland Feature Film: The Grand Seduction is by Ruth Lawrence. Ruth is an actor/writer/filmmaker whose most recent film Two Square Feet, starring Jeanne Beker, won the 2011 RBC Michelle Jackson Award and will debut at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in October 2012. www.bluepinionfilms.com

 

Invest in WIFT-AT: Become a member!

When was the last time you went to a movie and shook your head at how the women were portrayed? Or watched the credits and it hit home that less than twenty per cent of the people working in film are female? We are offering you an opportunity to help make a positive change.

WIFT-AT is the newest chapter in an international organization, Women in Film and Television, designed to support and connect women working in screen-based industries. If you are joining us for the first time or are renewing, you are investing in the many women in your community who want to be on screen, in writers’ rooms, at film festivals and on set. You can do it right now, online, here. And as a volunteer organization, it is membership fees that sustain our activities.

In the last two years, WIFT-AT has brought to the east coast some of the most successful women working in film and TV in North America, Patricia Rozema and Kari Skogland to name a couple, to inspire and train our Atlantic female filmmakers. We have celebrated our own female filmmakers by handing out Wave Awards at our annual Women Making Waves weekend in Halifax. We have partnered with regional film festivals and have arranged screenings of work by female filmmakers in Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton and Halifax and have even established a film club in St. John’s. This spring we launched a new award for an emerging filmmaker, the All Access Pass award. And we’re just getting started

Our chapter was formed three years ago. We are already more than a hundred members strong. If you join us by renewing or purchasing a membership, your contribution will help our not-for-profit organization continue to grow. And please join us for our celebration of Atlantic Women in the Screen Industry reception, Sunday, September 16, 6- 8 pm at the Lord Nelson Hotel, as part of the Atlantic Film Festival, right after the WIFT-AT AGM. WE would love to see you there.

The number of women working in film and television is small in number but big in influence. One recent study showed that when a female director is at the helm, the number of women employed on a film jumped by fifty per cent.

That’s a great return on your investment. Please consider joining us.

Christine McLean, Chair, WIFT-AT membership committee

Click here to renew or become a member today.

September 2012 Tidings – NL Pulse

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Sara Tilley is an actor, writer, Pochinko clown instructor and award-winning novelist. She’s spending part of her summer working on a feature film shooting in the Trinity Bay area in Newfoundland. I caught up with her while on the set:

 “I have been cast as Miriam Mahoney in the film The Grand Seduction, directed by Don McKellar, which is shooting in Trinity Bay this summer and fall. Miriam is married to Bob Mahoney (Pete Soucy) and has nine children, with another on the way. Her dream: to never be pregnant again. I have had a lot of fun on set so far working with my ‘kids’, though I admit I am no expert on quieting crying babies when the cameras are rolling. It’s been great to work on such a large production and to feel the ensemble energy of this piece – which is ultimately about the town itself, and all us little folks in it.”

  •  The Fishing for the Future Film Festival runs in Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park from September 28-30, 2012. Five screenings along with panels, workshops, discussions, art exhibits and an online gallery will celebrate coastal communities, oceans, marine fisheries and aquaculture in Canada and around the world. www.fishingforthefuturefilmfestival.ca
  •  The 23rd Annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival provides fantastic screenings, workshops, panels, forums, and meet and greets for a low cost during the week of October 16-20, 2012. www.womensfilmfestival.com

NL Pulse is compiled by Ruth Lawrence. Ruth is an actor/writer/filmmaker whose most recent film Two Square Feet, starring Jeanne Beker, won the 2011 RBC Michelle Jackson Award and will debut at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in October 2012. www.bluepinionfilms.com

 


September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19

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Welcome

Hello fellow WIFT-ers! To all of you returning members welcome back, and to all of you joining us for the first time, welcome! There have been all kinds of great things going on this summer at WIFT-AT and we’re excited for what’s coming up this fall.

-Britany Sparrow, Tidings Editor

Invest in WIFT-AT: Become a member!

When was the last time you went to a movie and shook your head at how the women were portrayed? Or watched the credits and it hit home that less than twenty per cent of the people working in film are female? We are offering you an opportunity to help make a positive change.

WIFT-AT is the newest chapter in an international organization, Women in Film and Television, designed to support and connect women working in screen-based industries. If you are joining us for the first time or are renewing, you are investing in the many women in your community who want to be on screen, in writers’ rooms, at film festivals and on set. You can do it right now, online, here. And as a volunteer organization, it is membership fees that sustain our activities.

In the last two years, WIFT-AT has brought to the east coast some of the most successful women working in film and TV in North America, Patricia Rozema and Kari Skogland to name a couple, to inspire and train our Atlantic female filmmakers. We have celebrated our own female filmmakers by handing out Wave Awards at our annual Women Making Waves weekend in Halifax. We have partnered with regional film festivals and have arranged screenings of work by female filmmakers in Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton and Halifax and have even established a film club in St. John’s. This spring we launched a new award for an emerging filmmaker, the All Access Pass award. And we’re just getting started.

Our chapter was formed three years ago. We are already more than a hundred members strong. If you join us by renewing or purchasing a membership, your contribution will help our not-for-profit organization continue to grow. And please join us for our celebration of Atlantic Women in the Screen Industry reception, Sunday, September 16, 6- 8 pm at the Lord Nelson Hotel, as part of the Atlantic Film Festival, right after the WIFT-AT AGM. WE would love to see you there.

The number of women working in film and television is small in number but big in influence. One recent study showed that when a female director is at the helm, the number of women employed on a film jumped by fifty per cent.

That’s a great return on your investment. Please consider joining us.

Christine McLean, Chair, WIFT membership committee

AGM Invite 380x531 September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19Meet us at the WIFT-AT AGM!

Our Annual General Meeting and Event at The Atlantic Film Festival will be held on Sunday, September 16th at 4pm in the Britannia Room at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax. Please join us as we elect a new Board of Directors, introduce some exciting new programming initiatives and roll out our three-year strategic plan! And once the business is done, it’s time to party! C’mon downstairs to the AFF Super Channel Festival Lounge to celebrate WIFT and everyone who has helped make 2011-12 such a successful year!

 

 

 

 

Spotlight Ashley McKenzie photo by Krista Comeau 1 380x252 September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19And the recipient of the All Access Pass Award is…Ashley McKenzie!

Women in Film and Television – Atlantic has awarded its inaugural All Access Pass Award to Nova Scotia filmmaker Ashley McKenzie. The prestigious award offers McKenzie a delegate pass to every major film festival – that’s seven festivals – in the Atlantic Provinces over the next year. It also includes an annual membership in WIFT-AT, mentorship at every festival with a senior WIFT-AT representative, a weekend pass to the Women Making Waves Conference in March 2013, select accommodations plus a $1000 cash prize.

There’s no other award like this in the country,” says WIFT-AT Board Chair Jan Miller. “This is the first of its kind and we’re thrilled to offer it.”

McKenzie says the award is perfect for her. “The All Access Pass is such an exciting initiative. The award will enable me to attend festivals in the Atlantic region with ease, increasing exposure for my new short film “When You Sleep” and building connections for the future.”

Earlier this year McKenzie’s short film “When You Sleep” was selected as part of Telefilm’s Canada: Not Short On Talent showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. McKenzie was the only Maritime filmmaker whose work was selected for the screening program.

Festivals are such incredible places to share your work, learn, and be inspired,” says McKenzie. “I always want to present my films in person, but finding the means to do so is a challenge at this stage of my career. This is a perfect opportunity to connect more with the East Coast, the place where I love to live and make movies.”

McKenzie recently moved home to New Waterford, Cape Breton to begin development on her next short film,Stray”, which she plans to shoot in November.

I connected with cinematographer Stephanie Weber Biron at the St. John’sInternational Women’s Film Festival in 2010, went on to work with her on “When YouSleep”, and will continue to collaborate with her in the future,” says McKenzie. “It is opportunities such asthese that make attending festivals so beneficial to my future plans.”

WIFT-AT gives the All Access Pass Award annually to a deserving female working in screen-based media whose career will be assisted by the award.

IMAF Louise Lalonde 380x253 September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19WIFT-AT 2012 Salute Award: One of Life’s Many Surprises

As the 2012 Island Media Arts Festival drew to a close, and happy with the decision that we, the committee, had made in choosing a recipient for the 2012 WIFT-AT Salute Award, I stood at the back of the theatre and daintily shoved a piece of celery in my mouth. As I gnawed away on my celery, I watched Mille Clarkes, last year’s recipient, go up on stage to announce this year’s winner. Then I heard her say my name. I stopped chewing. “Wha? That’s not what we agreed on,’’ I thought. The announcement that I was the recipient of the award was received by lively applause and the committee members were quite pleased that they had managed to distract me and keep it a surprise. I grabbed a napkin, spit out the celery and aimed for a trash can. As I made my way up to the stage, my mind went blank. I couldn’t think of anything to say except “Thank you.’’ So, I will now take this opportunity to say what I should have said that night: “I used to think that awards were kind of pointless. After all, when you’re passionate about something, you just naturally do what needs doing and to single out one person seemed somehow wrong to me. Then one day, I received an award and my attitude changed completely. It’s not only a thrill to be recognized by your peers, but the validation that it brings spurs you on to do even more and work harder at making a difference. Being a member of WIFT-AT has led me to exciting new contacts and a wealth of resources that I never knew were out there, and receiving an award of appreciation like this is truly an honour. Again, thank you, and I look forward to another year full of surprises and new and exciting projects.”

One of Life’s Many Surprises is written by Louise Lalonde, recipient of the 2012 WIFT-AT Salute Award. Louise is Project Manager of the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, President of the Charlottetown Film Society, and a member of the Island Film Factory. For more info, visit www.peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net or www.islandfilmfactory.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/TheCharlottetownFilmSociety

BarbaraDoran1 380x531 September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19Newfoundland Feature Film: The Grand Seduction

This has been a busy spring and summer for women producers in the Newfoundland & Labrador feature film industry. First up was Rock Island’s feature film Hold Fast, produced by Rosemary House and hot on its heels was a feature comedy co-produced by Barbara Doran of Morag Loves Company.

Based on a Quebecois hit film (known in Anglo Canada as Seducing Doctor Lewis), The Grand Seduction features a slew of Newfoundland performers in the supporting cast of characters led by Brendan Gleeson and Gordon Pinsent. As a co-production with MAX Films in Quebec, the mix of Anglo and Franco crew have been moving around the Bonavista peninsula in glorious weather, hopping from Red Cliff, Tickle Cove, New Bonaventure, Old Bonaventure to Champney’s. I spent a few weeks working on the wardrobe crew (with locals Peggy Hogan, Charlotte Reid, Heather Power, and Allison Hicks) in early August and was pretty impressed with the NL women working all around me in almost every department- from location manager Lynn Andrews to makeup artist Mackenzie Geehan, from electrician Flora Planchat to unit PA Renee Callahan, from office PA Crystal Parsons to assistant production coordinator Anita Reilly-McGee. Under the direction of Don McKellar, performers such as Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones, Sara Tilley, Rhonda Rogers, Michelle Rex Bailey, Sheila Redmond and Janet Edmonds are among the large cast.

For Barbara Doran, The Grand Seduction is just the latest feature film she’s co-produced in the past 5 years. Young Triffie was director Mary Walsh’s feature debut and 2009’s Love & Savagery led to a Genie award for Best Supporting Actress Martha Burns. Before that, Doran co-produced the award-winning international TV mini-series Random Passage, an 8-hour production that stands out as one of the greatest challenges and achievements in her long, successful career. When she’s not producing great drama, she writes and directs documentaries such as Life Below Zero, To Dublin With Love, Still Rowdy After All These Years, When Women Kill, and Phantoms of the French Shore. Her talent for pulling together productions ranging from big budget to small scale has been a contributing factor in her success but those who know her best recognize that her passion for a good story is what accounts for her longevity in a competitive industry that just gets tougher each year. Filming continues to the end of September on this latest production.

Newfoundland Feature Film: The Grand Seduction is written by Ruth Lawrence. Ruth is an actor/writer/filmmaker whose most recent film Two Square Feet, starring Jeanne Beker, won the 2011 RBC Michelle Jackson Award and will debut at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in October 2012. www.bluepinionfilms.com

A Top Ten “To Do” for Writing a Film Grant – Part 1

One evening in June, WIFT-AT Board Member Irene Duma and I met with St. John’s filmmaker Anita McGee to see if we could put together a guide to approaching the dreaded funding application.

A couple of hours and two bottles of wine later, we had come up with ten tips that we felt would give any new or experienced grant writer an edge on the competition. This list is a conglomerate of our successes and failures as applicants, with invaluable insider tips from Anita, who has sat on juries since Jesus was a cowboy and knows her stuff!

Here are the first five gems:

#1 – Read the Application

The most valuable advice I’ve ever received on grant writing came from the late Robbie Thomas and it was this: read and follow the application guidelines.

It’s surprising how few people take the time to simply read the application. It tells you pretty much everything you need to know, from who is eligible and what support materials to provide, to how many paragraphs you should write about shooting your first short in Cupids this summer.

Read the guidelines. Do what they say. And if you don’t understand them, call the funder and ask lots of questions.

A thorough reading of the application guidelines is a good way to begin to…

#2 – Get to Know Your Audience

Check out the website of your potential funder. Read their mandate, their mission statement and their staff bios. Are their goals in line with yours? Tell them so.

Pay close attention to the language used. Is it formal or informal? What does it tell you about them and what they want to hear?

A little research will give you a good sense of who you’re speaking with, and allow you to tailor your application accordingly.

# 3 – Know That Your Audience Doesn’t Know You

If you’re in or around the local arts community, you might take for granted that people know who you are and that they’ve seen your work. You shouldn’t.

“Newfoundlanders are bad at understanding that nobody knows us,” says Anita. “We’re not used to having to convey a sense of who we are as artists in our community.”

In a competitive arts environment where Anita says “even Guy Maddin would have to fight in a crowd”, it’s important to produce a professional and complete application each time around. Like a newbie.

Because “you’re from here” isn’t enough.

#4 Know Your Project

The ability to speak to your project can make or break your application. What is your vision? What is your plan? Why, and why not?

You know why you’re here. You know why you’re writing the application. This is your chance to take an audience on a tour of your concept, and you can be creative while doing it. In fact, it’s kind of expected!

Be articulate. Be clear and concise, not repetitive,” says Anita. “Paint a picture. Write it as though you’re writing a movie and the words you’re writing are evoking a sense of what you’re doing.”

#5 – Build a network, or a nest… and charge admission! You might be famous someday.

Just kidding about the admission (and probably the fame as well! here’s hoping!), but it’s important to surround yourself with folks who are supportive of your work and to spend time in environments that foster creativity.

As you make alliances with others in your field, opportunities for collaborations and partnerships appear, and this can spill over into proposal writing.

So foster these relationships! Having support not only builds faith in your project, but it helps you keep faith when the going gets tough.

Join us next month for tips #6-10!

This Top Ten List was compiled by Tracey Waddleton. Tracey was the primary grant-writer for and manager of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society for 2010 and 2011. She provides writing, editing and administrative services from the downtown home she shares with her two cats, Emma and Sam, and studies English at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The 2012 Praxis Summer Screenplay Readings

In November 2011, I was one of eight Canadian writers chosen for the Praxis Screenplay Competition with my dramatic feature film script, House of Matches. I travelled from Halifax to Vancouver, where I had a number of one-on-one meetings with a writing advisor, award-winning novelist and screenwriter Peter Behrens. In preparation for our working together, I read Peter’s novel The Law of Dreams and fell in love with his epic, poetic story. On the plane I felt jittery, anticipating his response to my script. When we met, he told me right away that he was pleased to be reading the work of a real writer. A real writer. For a beginner like myself, this kind of comment is almost enough. I had a strong impulse to turn right around and go home to my cozy writers’ cave, vindicated. But I stayed. Over the course of four days, Peter and I would meet and discuss the script, I would leave and work intensely on a new draft, send it to him and we would meet again. In addition to having scheduled these one-on-one meetings, Praxis hosted a production meeting for all eight writers. A guest producer went around the table and gave each of us feedback about our scripts. By the end of that intensive week, I flew home to Halifax with what felt like an exciting new draft.

To my delight, I was invited back to Praxis, along with five other writers from the original eight: Kevin Doree, Andre Harden, Jesse Heffring, John Burke and Geoff Redknap. In June 2012, we returned to Vancouver for the Praxis Summer Readings. Over the course of three days, we heard professionally cast table readings of our screenplays, two on each day. A script would be read by actors, the audience and actors would have a discussion, we would break for lunch, and then there would be a second reading and discussion in the afternoon. As the House of Matches reading began, I was so nervous and excited I had to remind myself to breathe. Lori Triolo, the Praxis casting director who cast all six scripts, did an amazing job. As the actors began speaking, giving voice and passion to the words I printed on paper, I felt as though I secretly had multiple personality disorder and someone had taken the voices in my head and liberated them.

Each table reading had an audience of about twenty people: the four writing advisors, the four script editor interns, Praxis Director Patricia Gruben, Program Assistant Liz Cairns, my five fellow screenwriters, guest producer Christine Haebler (Screen Siren Pictures) and Telefilm’s Lauren Davis. After each reading, the entire audience and the actors engaged in a rousing discussion about plot, character, theme, tone – all the good stuff you want people to be talking about when it comes to screenwriting. It felt thrilling and invigorating and just a tiny bit decedent to be talking about nothing but writing, day after day. I learned a great deal about giving feedback by listening to the writing advisors. They responded to the readings with great consideration, wisdom and patience. One screenplay involving a mix of reality and a fantasy world and after the reading it became apparent that the audience was somewhat confused about the plot. Then one of the advisors, Lynne Stopkewich, suggested that perhaps his story was confusing to us because perhaps he wasn’t clear about the laws of this fantasy world. She suggested that the more he understood and was clear about those laws, the more we would understand the story. It was an eloquent way to cut to the heart of the issue and propose a way to make the story stronger. When it was time to discuss House of Matches, it was thrilling and surreal to have a whole group of people talking about story issues and details that had, until that point, only been swimming around in the fish tank of my mind – sometimes with explosive splashes and sometimes in tiny, murky circles. Thoughtful suggestions were made. Strong opinions were expressed. People took sides! The way I see it, you could go in the direction of a Mike Leigh film, or you could go Hollywood, but you can’t do both. I took notes and regretted that I’ve switched off every Mike Leigh film I’ve ever tried to watch.

Near the end of the discussion, one of the House of Actors actors, Tim Perez, suddenly made an impassioned speech that I will never forget. It went something like this:

“You know, I would just like to say – this story is the story of my life. It’s the story of my mother and how she struggled and suffered to raise me in this country, it’s the story of all the Latina girls I see fighting to get by, raising kids, dealing with the immense obstacles in their lives; the addiction, the oppression, the absent fathers. Zoe’s got two kids and she’s so young and she’s so poor and all over the place and dealing with so much. We meet her and we think, She’s not gonna make it. She has too much to contend with – she just won’t make it. And then guess what? She does. But she doesn’t win the World Cup or become a soccer superstar or anything like that – she works hard and doesn’t give up and she goes to school. She pulls herself out of poverty. This is the story we need to see, this is the story we want to see. We want to see these girls make it. So I hear you giving Jessica suggestions about structure and characters and that’s great – say whatever you want say if you think it will make it better. But this story is important and this film needs to be made because it’s real.”

As Tim left the room, he patted me on the shoulder, thanked me, and wished me luck. My story had touched him so deeply it made him consider his mother’s life journey. As a writer, this is what I hope for.

I was lucky enough to be approached by two other writing advisors, Arne Olsen and Michael Miner, who each gave me generous, detailed feedback about House of Matches. Additionally, each Praxis writer was given a one hour meeting with guest producer Christine Haebler. I took notes intently the whole week.

On the final day, I met with Peter Behrens and Gorrman Lee, the story editor intern who had been assigned to House of Matches. We discussed the script and the feedback that had been given at the reading. Peter offered me new ideas and responded to my questions and concerns that had been churned up after days of notes. As I was leaving, Peter wished me luck with the new draft. He reminded me of how much he loves the story and my writing and encouraged me to keep at it and stay true to my vision. Elated and inspired, I headed for the skytrain.

The 2012 Praxis Summer Screenplay Readings was written by Jessica Marsh. Jessica wrote the screenplay for “Wake”, the 2010 winner of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Short Film Face Off. She is a 2012 Praxis Screenwriting Centre Fellow and is hard at work on a post-Praxis draft of her feature film script, House of Matches. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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I’ve loved words for as long as I can remember. I started talking as early as possible, could read by the time I was in pre-school, and wrote my first short story at the age of 6. By high school, I had written a novel, and although it was definitely lacking in substance, it solidified that above all things, I loved to tell stories. I was also very involved in theatre, working backstage, acting small parts, and writing one act plays for class. I loved the team work, the collaboration, and the connection you created with people, feeling that you had gone to battle together and no one else could ever understand. When I left high school, I was unsure if I’d ever get to be a part of something so amazing again.

When I turned 20, I did the craziest thing I’ve ever done: I moved across the country from Vernon, BC to Fredericton, NB to attend UNB. I registered for an Introduction to Film class, which turned out to be a life defining moment. It was love at first sight. After graduating from UNB in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and minoring Creative Writing and a Certificate in Film Production, I joined the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative and haven’t slowed down since.

One of the greatest thrills of my life was when I was given the opportunity to direct my first film, The Perfect Cliché, in 2007. I was awarded the Short Film Venture Grant in 2008 for my second film, The Morning After, and Emily Brennan won the Best Actress in a Comedy Award at SWFF for my third film, True Hollywood Romance. My fourth film, Gamers: A Love Story, starring Kyle Smith and Becky Forbes (shown), was nominated for acting and screenwriting awards at the 2011 SWFF, and has recently been accepted to the 2012 Atlantic Film Festival.

I’ve worked on over 20 independent short films as Production Manager, Script Supervisor, and Assistant Director, putting in hundreds of volunteer hours helping new and experienced filmmakers create their films on a shoestring budget. I also sit on the Board of Directors for the NBFC, teach workshops through the NBFC workshop program in Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John, and I have been one of the Silver Wave Film Festival organizers since 2008. In 2011 I was awarded a Silver Wave Award for Contribution to the New Brunswick Film Industry in a Volunteer Capacity, alongside my longtime friend and mentor, Colin Smart.

In 2011, I was fortunate enough to be awarded the NB Joy Award for my fifth film, Chopsticks. This film took me where I had never gone before: I stripped away as many of the words as I could, and created relationships between the characters with looks, touches, and everything that was left unsaid. It was terrifying, and one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had on set. We’re in post production now, and I have a long winter ahead of me. And I couldn’t be happier about it.

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  • WIFT-AT member Eva Madden’s short film “Pose“, which was made when Eve was the AFCOOP 2012 Filmmaker in Residence, has been nominated in The Coast’s Best of Halifax 2012. POSE is nominated for Best Film (short,feature,other) and Eva Madden has been nominated for Best Filmmaker. Eva is the only female nominated in both categories.

Pose is an experimental documentary that explores the visceral experience of posing as a nude model, while in the process revealing a character study in contrast and contradiction. Through the eyes of artist and raconteur Dave Cullen, the film explores the unique experience of an artist setting down his pencils and posing as a nude model.

To vote for Eva, please visit the Coast Survey here:http://posting.thecoast.ca/halifax/Survey?survey=3217648
POSE is also playing at the Atlantic Film Festival on Saturday Sept 15 @ 4:05 as part of Atlantic Shorts 2 at Park Lane. http://atlantic.bside.com/2012/films/pose0_evamadden_atlantic2012
  • Noted as a top festival in Canada, the 32nd Atlantic Film Festival will be held from September13th – 20th in Halifax. Large enough to attract the world’s most notable actors, directors and producers, but intimate enough to be innovative and flexible in its approach to the changing needs of our industry, audience and the communities we serve, the AFF provides an unpretentious atmosphere for watching some of the best international, Canadian and Atlantic Canadian films, while showcasing some of the best musical talent the region has to offer. Keep an eye out for screenings from a number of WIFT-AT members such as Ashley McKenzie and Lara Cassidy. A full program guide can be found here.
  • Prismatic Festival and Conference – Screenings September 14-29

    Prismatic brings new works by culturally diverse artists into the spotlight. The mandate of this initiative is to promote the pursuit of artistic excellence through collaboration, innovation and dialogue.

    http://www.onelighttheatre.com/pris.html

  • FILM 5 2012/13 Call for Applications – Application Deadline – October 1st 2012. FILM 5 is a professional film-training program for Writers, Directors and Producers culminating in the opportunity to produce a five-minute film. The program provides:

Cash and services to produce a five-minute filmMentorship and instruction from industry professionalsRelationship building opportunities with the local film communityApplication guidelines and form are available on the AFCOOP web-site: www.afcoop.caFILM 5 Info Session and Networking – Wednesday, Sept. 5th 6pm, AFCOOP Office, 5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101. Come find out more about the program and meet with potential writers, directors and producers!

  • AFCOOP’s Fall General Meeting – Tuesday October 2nd, 6:30pmAFCOOP Office, 5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101

Full Members must send regrets to admin@afcoop.ca

The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in AFCOOP is welcome to attend! If you would like to become a Full Member of the co-op please contact Greg in advance of the meeting to confirm your eligibility:admin@afcoop.ca. AFCOOP GM’s are a great networking opportunity for folks in the film and media arts communities. Come find out what we’ve been up to at the co-op and learn a bit about what the next season holds.

  • Arts Nova Scotia Funding- Grants to Individuals December 15

http://novascotia.ca/cch/investing/artsns-funding/individuals/

The program supports the creation of new works by professional artists in all disciplines including fine crafts, literary, visual, media and performing arts. It also promotes a broad understanding and appreciation of art and artists through professional development, creation and presentation of work. Individual artists may submit one application per grant per deadline.

To encourage equitable distribution of funds, artists can only receive one Creation Grant in a 12-month period.

NS Pulse is compiled by Chris Pauley. Chris is a composer and the owner/operator of Evil Twin Music. He has been playing music since he was a kid, and writing music for the media for fifteen years. Check out his work at www.eviltwinmusic.ca, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EvilTwinMusic and on Twitter @EvilTwinMusic.

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  • It’s been a busy and exciting summer for Joceline Paczoski. She recently completed work on a 4-part soap opera web series called “Hallmark Family” created by the talented Digital Filmmaking students at the Centre for Arts and Technology in Fredericton, NB. Joceline plays Lily Lars, a religious mom whose mundane world begins to unravel. Check out all the drama for yourself on YouTube. Also, the SWFF 2011 award-winning comedy, “Thanksgiving Wishes,” in which Joceline plays Mrs. Kelson, has been selected to screen at the Toronto Independent Film Festival. Director/writer Denis Sweet did such a great job on this film, congrats to the entire cast and crew.

Currently, Joceline is editing a screenplay that she has written and hopes to begin filming it next spring. She is definitely looking forward to many more acting opportunities right here in Atlantic Canada. Stay tuned!

  • Christine McLean was story editor on The Paramount, a documentary produced by Hemmings House Pictures that was broadcast on CBC Maritimes this past Saturday night. She was also script writer and narrator on the documentary, It Was the Dance, produced and directed by Semra Yuxel of Acrolect International, slated for broadcast this fall on CBC. Christine hosted CBC Radio’s Information Morning in Fredericton for the past month and this week, she is hosting Information Morning in Saint John.

  • Gretchen Kelbaugh and her company, Story First Productions, are delighted to have landed a great distributor, Moving Images Distribution, for several of her educational videos. They plan to market both Menocracy; Gender Representation in Government (a 2012 version) and the five-part series 80/20; the Developing World in the USA and Canada. 80/20 is already a highly successful co-production with Rowan Ridge Productions, having sold widely across Canada to high schools, universities and NGOs.

  • This summer has been very busy for Nathalie Rayne. She started a new job at the beginning of the summer with the New Brunswick Arts Board as Marketing, Communications and Translation Specialist. You can find her weekdays sitting at her desk working on Facebook and Twitter posts and translating documents. Every once in awhile she takes a break to put together shelving from IKEA icon smile September 2012 Tidings Newsletter Issue 19 . Everyone should drop by her office at 61 Carleton Street in Fredericton, NB to see how great their office renos look and to talk to a program officer about NB grant programs.

Nathalie’s husband Tim Rayne directed two music videos that she edited. One for local metal band Hero’s Last Right, which was shot in the basement at the Charlotte Street Art Center and the Blackbox Theatre at STU in Fredericton. The other was for Winnipeg singer Ingrid Gatin, which was shot in the green screen studio at Outreach Productions (special thanks to them). Thanks to the project producer Arthur Thomson, DP Jeff Crawford and the rest of our crews from both productions. Nathalie and Tim always appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication!

Nathalie has also been asked by the NB Film Co-op to edit the Cultural Capital documentary about Acadians in Fredericton. She has been working on that for a few months.

All three of these projects will be submitted to the Silver Wave Film Festival on September 4th.

In between all this, Nathalie and Tim adopted their lovely dog Fraggle from the SPCA, started a weekly radio show “East Coast Stream” which is all about east coast music and can be heard Thursdays at 4pm on 97.9 FM CHSR (or on their website as a podcast), and are in pre- production on a local food documentary which will be shot over the winter and next summer.

  • After script writing for almost two years and delaying production twice, Britany Sparrow has finished principal photography on her NB Joy Award winning film Chopsticks. The film, starring Elizabeth Goodyear, Andrew Long, and Leah Warren, tells the story of a woman who is forced to re-evaluate her life choices and her marriage after re-connecting with an old friend. Chopsticks will be edited over the fall and winter months by Andre Goguen and by the Postman editing team.

  • Congratulations to NBFC ED Tony Merzetti (Bliss Carman: Divine Force of Nature), andmembers Joel Thompson (Boxface) and Britany Sparrow (Gamers: A Love Story) who had their films accepted into the 2012 Atlantic Film Festival. These films were all nominated for or won awards at the 2011 Silver Wave Film Festival.

NB Pulse is compiled by Cat LeBlanc. Cat has been membership services director at the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative for 17 years and is co-organizer of the annual Silver Wave Film Festival. She also does production management/catering and music for independent shorts for her volunteer work. Check out her music work at: http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/Catinahatmusic/Welcome.html

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  • Sara Tilley is an actor, writer, Pochinko clown instructor and award-winning novelist. She’s spending part of her summer working on a feature film shooting in the Trinity Bay area in Newfoundland. I caught up with her while on the set:

 “I have been cast as Miriam Mahoney in the film The Grand Seduction, directed by Don McKellar, which is shooting in Trinity Bay this summer and fall. Miriam is married to Bob Mahoney (Pete Soucy) and has nine children, with another on the way. Her dream: to never be pregnant again. I have had a lot of fun on set so far working with my ‘kids’, though I admit I am no expert on quieting crying babies when the cameras are rolling. It’s been great to work on such a large production and to feel the ensemble energy of this piece – which is ultimately about the town itself, and all us little folks in it.”

  • The Fishing for the Future Film Festival runs in Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park from September 28-30, 2012. Five screenings along with panels, workshops, discussions, art exhibits and an online gallery will celebrate coastal communities, oceans, marine fisheries and aquaculture in Canada and around the world. www.fishingforthefuturefilmfestival.ca

  • The 23rd Annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival provides fantastic screenings, workshops, panels, forums, and meet and greets for a low cost during the week of October 16-20, 2012. www.womensfilmfestival.com

NL Pulse is compiled by Ruth Lawrence. Ruth is an actor/writer/filmmaker whose most recent film Two Square Feet, starring Jeanne Beker, won the 2011 RBC Michelle Jackson Award and will debut at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in October 2012. www.bluepinionfilms.com

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  • Gretha Rose, owner of Cellar Door Productions and co-owner of FortuneIT Ltd. is currently in post production on a new television series for the Food Network: ‘Chef Michael’s Kitchen’.

Join Chef Michael Smith as he goes back to basics while stirring in freestyle ideas along the way. Watch as he shares his favourite home-style recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques and learn how to add a twist or two to your cooking. See how easy it is to impress yourself in your own kitchen because once you know the rules, you can break them!

Chef Michael’s Kitchen was filmed in beautiful Fortune, Prince Edward Island over the spring with a crew comprised of Maritime film professionals, the majority of which were from PEI. ‘Chef Michael’s Kitchen’ airs on the Food Network on August 27th at 6 pm EST.

  • The newly formed Charlottetown Film Society is now running City Cinema in Charlottetown and has officially launched its fundraising campaign with a raffle. First prize is a trip for two to TIFF for two days in September along with a pass to the Closing Night Gala, and second prize is a one year of free movies (2 per week), and lots of other prizes. Tickets are available at City Cinema or email lmlalonde@yahoo.com.

City Cinema is hosting a special evening of film on September 23 with guest Thom Fitzgerald, Director of Cloudburst. His film will be the very last film screened on film at City Cinema as they are going digital. There will be two screenings: one at 5 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and there will be a reception at the Haviland Club after so that people can meet Thom and enjoy some food and libation.

  • Harmony Wagner of Periscope Pictures was the recipient of the 2012 CBC 3 -2- 1 Award at this year’s Island Media Arts Festival. The award, along with funding from PEI Council of the Arts, will go toward the production of the short film QUEEN OF THE CROWS, set to begin shooting in Charlottetown this fall. Harmony’s directorial debut, VAST recently screened at the Nickel Film Festival.
  • As part of Culture Days activities and with the support of Culture PEI, the Charlottetown Film Society in partnership with the Island Media Arts Coop is hosting the first of a series of Sunday afternoon screenings that will focus on Island-made films.

Two forty-minute screenings will be on offer beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at City Cinema on King Street. The public is invited free of charge to view local filmmakers’ works in a theatre setting and cast their vote for one of the People’s Choice Awards.

Cash prizes will be awarded in four categories for Best of Short Shorts: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. A complete list of films is available on our web page or for more information and a complete list of films, please visit: The Charlottetown Film Society Inc. on Facebook.

The PEI Pulse is compiled by Millefiore Clarkes. Mille is a Producer/Editor/Director with her company One Thousand Flowers Productions. She has been creating documentaries, music videos, web series, and experimental work for a number of years. Check out her work at www.onethousandflowers.tv Mille’s work has been screened at festivals such as The Vimeo Film Festival, The Atlantic Film Festival, and RIDM and she has won the Music Video of the Year Award from MusicPEI as well as the WIFT-AT Salute Award.

What’s Happening at WIFT-AT..and beyond.

  • Meet us at the WIFT-AT AGM! Our Annual General Meeting and Event at The Atlantic Film Festival will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 4pm in the Britannia Room at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax.

  • WIFT-AT is inviting submissions for the 2013 WIFTI Showcase. WIFTI will be accepting two films from every eligible Chapter across the globe. From there, their selection committee and Showcase Producer will be choosing one film to represent each Chapter in the 2013 Showcase. Last year’s entry from WIFT-AT was Megan Wennberg’s FLUSH.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:

Eligible films will have a completion date after 2010. They should be under 15 minutes in length and should highlight the work of Women in two of the following categories; Director, Producer, Actor, Writer, Director of Photography, Animator, and/or Editor. First preference will be given to film submissions directed by Women. We encourage submissions featuring strong female characters and stories about women. Submissions will ONLY be accepted from current WIFT-AT members (you may join now by going here)

Send a DVD copy of your film to the WIFT-AT office. Please include a cover letter indicating:

-The name and gender of your Director, Producer, Actor, Writer, Director of Photography, Animator, and/or Editor.

-The title

-The run time (15 min max)

-Date of Completion (after 2010)

-A short synopsis

-Full contact info

Submissions must be received by Friday, September 21, 2012. Notification will be provided via email by October 5, 2012.

  • The Canada Council for the Arts provides research, creation, production and dissemination support to artists, organizations, groups and independent collectives in film, video, new media and audio. The next deadline is October 1, 2012. www.canadacouncil.ca/mediaarts/

  • Bravo!FACT provides support and funding for short films and music videos, see www.bravofact.comfor more details. There are four deadlines per year and the next one for 2012 is December 7.
  • The Linda Joy Awards support the work of emerging media artists, as well as established artists who wish to explore a new genre or medium in Atlantic Canada. Check the website for upcoming deadlines for your province. http://www.lindajoy.com/
  • Telefilm Canada’s has officially launched its new Micro-Budget Feature Film program. Through the program, 23 partnering organizations will each recommend one project and team per year to be sent to the national selection committee at Telefilm. From there, Telefilm will select eight to ten projects to receive a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $120,000 per project. The project must be a fictional or a documentary feature length film destined for distribution to the public on one or more platforms.

Partners include the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, the Island Media Arts Cooperative, the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative, the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co- operative, and NSCAD University. Please contact your local film co-op or organization for specific details on how to apply.

Applicants to the Recommendation Phase are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Micro-Budget Production Program Guidelines prior to applying to ensure they and their project are fully eligible to apply to the Program. The Guidelines and FAQ available on Telefilm’s website.

  • Apply now for NSI Features First deadline Sept 12, 2012

http://www.nsi-canada.ca

HerStory – Tara MacDonald

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I was working in Calgary, Alberta and getting ready to tell my father that I wanted to go to SAIT for film instead of staying at my brand new, high paying job, when my father passed away unexpectedly in 2006. This moment marked my life as I had to be patient to realize my passion. I had to walk before I could run.

In 2007, I came home to Nova Scotia and registered at a private career college for Digital Filmmaking. Months later, the only reason I was still at the school passed away. His name was Daniel Gaynor and he had such a passion for life and film. He encouraged me to join AFCOOP and I did. This led to a job as a PA on the set of Paper Hearts, a Film 5 Production. With hope in my heart, I left the school and started my own company naming it after my father – Charlie Mac Productions Inc. I took a Production Workshop at the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-op with Julian Grant. This workshop changed my focus at the school and I knew, in my heart, that I could do this. Hiring people I knew and opening up two offices seemed logical until part of my private investing stepped back and led me to drastically change my work environment. In the first few years Charlie Mac Productions won various awards but lacked major clients. I was forced to start networking and moved the office into a home office. Then, I met Jacqueline Kelly, MBA through LinkedIn and through her I acquired clients plus more investors. Caroline Ruyle joined the team as a Stills Photographer and she recently completed work with award-winning Director Julia Phillips Smith.

Despite facing some obstacles, we’ve succeeded in building a small business. I stayed in the business due to other filmmakers reaching out to lend support and time through the years. We also reached out for professional training at Maine Media Workshops. They not only helped us train for larger clients but also reaffirmed my love of film as producer/writer/director. Whenever I’ve been tired I’m reminded by the greater vision of film – reaching an audience with your story. That is the best moment of my career when you get an email from someone in a different country interested in the films you produce. Also, working with David Kellogg was a real joy in Maine.

Now, I am taking things extremely slow and concentrating what I want my company to look like. A huge help for me was Jac McNeill of Highland Coaching who offered business coaching that provided me with my compass for the direction of the company. I still network but recently moved Charlie Mac Productions Inc. out of small contract work so we can focus on feature film development.

The heat that I received from working through the past few years does not compare to the rewards of production. Never let a bank, accountants, fellow filmmakers and private investors dictate your company’s vision and get in the way of what you want to accomplish. With help from freelancers and new investments in the film community such as Steve Richard’s new studio in Bayers Lake, I know that I will always remain a producer long after the life of my company. I’m inspired by other women that are filmmakers and mostly, my determined Mom. My Mom dragged me as a small child to all sorts of artistic events and I’ve never forgotten the appreciation I gained for the arts community.

Contact Tara at info@charliemacproductions.com or visit her website at http://www.charliemacproductions.com/index.php.

The Third Annual Island Media Arts Festival – A Celebration of Atlantic Short Films

by Cheryl Wagner

From May 8-13, Prince Edward Island was a-buzz with independent film makers and film fans as the third annual IMAF opened its doors and turned off the lights, screening over 60 short films from all four Atlantic provinces.

The theme was Diverse Networks - and the variety of topics and styles reflected that with panache. IMAF’s Managing Director Dave Ward offered that this diversity distills into a vibrant regional community. And Curator [and WIFT-AT member] Mille Clarkes was challenged with a tough selection process with over 120 submissions.

“We received so many quality works from across Atlantic Canada that we wished we could have added many more screenings to the roster. It is amazing what so many artists can do, and often with so few resources,” Clarkes said.

There was a strong representation of works by WIFT-Atlantic members, including our own Britany Sparrow’s Gamers: A Love Story. The festival kicked-off with Kristen Santos’ kick-ass music video Cannonball for PEI’s singer-songwriter, bright light Brooke Miller. Next up was the Island’s Jenna MacMillan’s romantic comedy Sweethearts. This opening night show – with screenings in Charlottetown, Summerside and Georgetown – also featured Nova Scotia’s Ashley McKenzie’s award-winning Rhonda’s Party.

Documentary night Where We Are – Docs about Atlantic Canada included the charming In Key Choir from Rothsay’s Gretchen Kelbaugh which introduced us to members of an unforgettable choir of ‘challenged’ adults. This 10-minute film challenged our attitudes. In the Same Boat by Halifax’s Rachel Bower presented us with the surprising parallels between a Newfoundland inshore fisherman and an Alberta cattle rancher as they assess their years of effort and what the future holds. Both filmmakers had made the jaunt across the big bridge and were present to introduce their films which was a real bonus.

Thirteen films were screened at the Experience Experimental night of media art and art docs. And of these films EIGHT were by woman filmmakers. These included Mille Clarkes’ In Between Spaces, a video project that explores the notion of a communal gaze. New Brunswick had a strong presence with films by Louise Bourque, Kamaya Lindquist, E. Hearte, Jessica Arsenault and Leandre Bourgeois.

Comedy Night – Funny HaHa – included the very pointed Ken Fucks Up by Nova Scotia’s own Ruby Boutilier and Sarah Byrne. It was interesting to note that with Renee LaPrise’s Buzz Off ,only 2 of the 15 comedy shorts screened were by women. It does pose the question – why do we feel more compelled to make experimental/art shorts and shy away from comedy? Friday Night Freak Out featured eight shorts of zombies and mythical creatures all by male film makers. Interesting.

The week flew by with panels and screenings that included terrific work from Grade 6 kids in an animation workshop who created remarkable ‘camera-less animation’ by drawing on 16 mm film and making their own music for the score. This was inspiring! Other interesting works by young people included two compelling shorts with strong messages about texting while driving.

The most intriguing panel was the announcement of the MicroBudget Program by Telefilm Directrice Carolle Brabant with Gordon Whittaker. This fund will finance 10 feature films providing experience for short filmmakers as preparation for Low Budget financing. IMAC and the Island Film Factory hosted a reception for the very warm and approachable Mme Brabant who indicated gender-equity is important in the project.

The IMAF Gala on Sunday night was hosted by CBC. The night was a celebration of Ten of PEI’s Best Shorts and FIVE of them were by our WIFT-AT gals here on PEI. Susan Rodger’s extended music video Silence Bloodhound was tender and touching. Fine Tuning by Jenna MacMillan was an accomplished work, showing her great promise fresh out of Ryerson. JoDee Samuleson continues to display her world-class talents as an animator with her very drole A Brief History of Charlottetown. Wrapping up the program was an episode of Periscope Pictures’ BunnyBop!, and songstress Catherine MacLellan shone in Mille’s video of her single Stealin’. The big news of the night was the announcement of the CBC’s 3-2-1 Award of $9K toward the making of a short film. The winner was the very pregnant Harmony Wagner for The Queen of the Crows. We know she will deliver!

To top off the night, Louise Lalonde was surprised to be awarded the WIFT-AT Saulte Award for her contribution to our region’s community in producing the annual PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp. This award provides an annual WIFT-AT membership and full registration to the 2013 Women Making Waves event. Congrats Louise!

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June Tidings: PEI Pulse

TheHealingPlace SusanRodgers PEI Pulse June Tidings: PEI PulseSusan Rodgers is currently in production on a new documentary film. The Healing Place is about a remarkable woman’s journey on the quest for healing after a heartbreaking loss, and the two very special places half a world apart she turns to for comfort. Can she find closure in the safe confines of a resilient Japanese village still recovering from nature’s devastating attack on its nation? Or will the healing power of nature in Prince Edward Island’s International Children’s Memorial Place be the source of her renewal?

Harmony Wagner‘s short film VAST screened at the Viewfinders International Film Festival For Youth and was selected for the Nickel Film Festival in Newfoundland. Her upcoming film, The Queen of the Crows won the 2012 CBC 3-2-1 Award at this year’s Island Media Arts Festival.

Mary Helen McLeese, from Stratford, PEI has just had her first film The Invitation debut at the Island Media Arts Festival.

“Nicholas Whalen, who plays the Hero in the film and who I work with regularly, convinced me to make a film to put into the festival. It was conceived, written and filmed within four weeks. With a tiny budget of $400, I was incredibly lucky to have a group of amazing volunteers and actors to help produce the film. I also would not have been able to create this film without use of my sister’s extensive costume collection at BJM Costumes in Saint John as well as hairdresser Anya Zakharenkova’s donated time and expertise to create the amazing hairstyle on Angela Rush, who played the Heroine.”

This period piece set around 1750 was inspired by Les Bergeries, a keyboard piece written in 1717 by François Couperin.

“Doing an historic, silent film for a first attempt was a challenge. I didn’t want to do the typical subtitles to tell the story, so I came up with an idea for it being based around a letter which is read at different points in the story. The storyline is about a daydreaming young servant girl who falls in love with a handsome aristocratic friend of her employer.  Believing that he is secretly writing a love letter to her, she steals the letter and confronts him.”

Mary Helen’s next project:  “My next short is a modern comedy, but will have fantasy elements  as I continue to be inspired by epic costumes and a penchant for TCG’s (trading card games). I look forward to submitting it for the 2013 Island Media Arts Film Festival!”

Millefiore Clarkes‘s short experimental documentary December in Toronto was shortlisted for the 2012 Vimeo Film Festival Awards. Her film will be screened at the festival in NYC where she plans to attend.

 

peiscreenwriters web June Tidings: PEI Pulse

Louise Lalonde won the 2012 WIFT-AT  Salute Award. This award is given to a PEI woman in the film and media arts sector who has contributed greatly to the community and craft of filmmaking. Louise is best known for her work as the force behind the annual PEI Screenwriter’s Bootcamp (a program of The Island Media Arts Co-op), now entering it’s sixth year.

The PEI Pulse is compiled by Millefiore Clarkes. Millefiore Clarkes is a Producer/Editor/Director with her company One Thousand Flowers Productions. She has been creating documentaries, music videos, web series, and experimental work for a number of years. Check out her work at www.onethousandflowers.tvMillefiore Clareks’ work has been screened at festivals such as The Vimeo Film Festival, The Atlantic Film Festival, and RIDM and she has won the Music Video of the Year Award from MusicPEI as well as the WIFT-AT Salute Award.

Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012

Welcome

Hello Tidings readers -

Happy June! This will be our final issue before we break for the summer, so I want to thank you all for reading and sharing your wonderful stories with us. Please look for us again in late August or early September, and don’t forget to send us your news and press releases - we want to know what you have going on this summer. Also thank you to all the ladies (and gents) who submitted articles for the newsletter. I couldn’t do this without your support!

- Britany Sparrow, Tidings Editor

allaccesspass web 300x256 Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012ALL ACCESS AWARD – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

We want to award our WIFT-AT members a chance to experience all of the film festivals Atlantic Canada has to offer. But wait, there’s more!

Along with delegate passes to seven festivals, we’re also going to give one worthy female recipient professional development meetings, local accommodations, representatives at each festival to show them around and $1,000 cash!

Ready to take your career to the next level? Apply online today for the All Access Pass Award!

Click HERE for the online application. DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED to Friday, June 15th!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@wift-at.com with any questions.

angelaantle web Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012LOOKING FOR LOVE? Pitch it!
Ruth Lawrence Interviews Angela Antle

Ruth Lawrence: Well Angela, it’s time to turn the tables. As the former host of Weekend Arts Magazine for CBC Radio St. John’s, you’ve often interviewed me. But your career has taken a new direction.

Angela Antle: I think my career path has been going down this road for sometime…obviously, two decades of producing CBC Radio and Television has given me an incredible foundation. Even my work as a visual artist has come into play in helping me create program ideas and collaborate.

I was ‘bitten’ by the program development bug while serving on the CBC’s Network Radio Program Development Committee. That experience gave me the skills and confidence to start pitching my own ideas and ultimately led to the co-creation of Majumder Manor and more recently the TV dating format Looking for Love.

And I may be back to interview you again, Ruth…so consider yourself warned! The CBC has graciously given me a leave to pursue these opportunities and I am so appreciative of their support.

RL: So you and a co-producer just won a pitching contest?

AA: It was hosted by MIPFORMATS in Cannes, a lead-in to MIPTV. My co-producer on Majumder Manor - Stuart Coxe – sent me the contest notification. We’d talked about creating a TV program based on an article I read about online dating. Over a weekend, I locked my office door, ignored my motherly duties, and we honed that pitch. The prize was $33,000 of development money from Warner Brothers International and if chosen as finalists, we’d get to pitch in the Grand Palais at Cannes. I was overjoyed that Looking for Love (L4L) was one of the 6 international concepts selected for the live pitch contest.

The rules stipulated that only one of us was allowed onstage to pitch, and truthfully, I was happy to tweet backstage while Stuart sweated it out. He is an incredibly skilled ‘pitcher’ and even though I wasn’t on stage, it was crucial to have a partner to create the overall pitch. I am grateful to collaborate with Stuart; he’s very creative and a great mentor. Here’s an interview from right after the live event…don’t be fooled…normally I am a lot more talkative! I was pretty floored that we had won.

RL: You look blissful there! Did your producing experience prepare you too?

AA: I’ve been working for two years on Majumder Manor, a docu-soap that will air on the W Network. It’s a 13-episode series following comedian Shaun Majumder’s quest to transform his hometown from a sleepy rural outport to an upscale luxury tourism destination. That led to the pitch because I co-developed and co-produced MM with Stuart Coxe (and Take The Shot Productions of St. John’s).

Stuart and I spent five weeks shooting on the beautiful Baie Verte Peninsula last summer. It was intense and challenging and we learned to rely on and trust each other. Pitching and winning L4L has further solidified that – I hope to create many more programs with Antica Productions.

RL: In retrospect, was anything you learned a help or hindrance?

AA: Ha! The first thing that pops to mind is “ignorance is bliss.” Seriously, if I had known how huge that contest was or how many broadcasters and producers would be in the audience, I might’ve been intimidated. I watched last year’s contest on YouTube…but until you go through it, you can’t know. Frankly, until I attended MIPTV, I was blissfully unaware of how many other people are out there pitching. Aside from the contest, I would advise anyone in TV to attend MIPTV. Fill your schedule with meetings and go there, guns blazing – some of our meetings were 10 minutes, some were 45. But we made it worthwhile, we pitched several projects to international broadcasters.

In terms of advice, find a strong collaborator and look for the opportunities. Most of the TV festivals (Banff, New York Festivals, etc) have pitch contests.

L4L was a strong idea and as long as we created a clear and entertaining pitch, I felt we’d have a good chance. If an idea falls flat, adapt it, and re-pitch. Stuart and I both come from a news and current affairs background which is perfect for unscripted TV formats – our program ideas are generally rooted in facts or current trends – they have a ‘hook’ built in.

RL: What was your main strength as a team?

AA: So many factors helped us win: Stuart knows how to pitch. He was the only presenter who asked the audience a direct question and he has a lot of experience in unscripted programs (Dragon’s Den, Make the Politician Work, Wipeout) so he handled the judge’s questions very well. Because we formulated the idea as an international TV format, it had to be crystal clear and easily understood by an international audience; that made the pitch very strong. Our sizzle, an animation created by Perfect Day of St. John’s (pday.ca), was fabulous.

Watch the animated pitch here. The password is guest1.

RL: Well, you won! What happens next?

AA: A major Canadian broadcaster came up on stage after the win and asked us to submit the format to them. We have and are now waiting to hear if the show will be produced first in Canada. The win opened so many doors at MIPTV; we had producers and broadcasters pitching us and we are following up on those leads.

RL: I mean, what are you up to right now?

AA: I’m an active board member for SJIWFF – I’m watching submissions for the 23rd annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. We are expecting over 500! I am working with our incredible staff to build up the industry event that accompanies the festival. Keep your eyes open for some really exciting guests this year…you may even want to book your flights now for October 16-20, 2012.

RL: Having done it in my interviews with you, I appreciate the final plug! Thanks Angela, I can’t wait to go Looking For Love with you.

The Third Annual Island Media Arts Festival – A Celebration of Atlantic Short Films
by Cheryl Wagner

From May 8-13, Prince Edward Island was a-buzz with independent film makers and film fans as the third annual IMAF opened its doors and turned off the lights, screening over 60 short films from all four Atlantic provinces.

The theme was Diverse Networks - and the variety of topics and styles reflected that with panache. IMAF’s Managing Director Dave Ward offered that this diversity distills into a vibrant regional community. And Curator [and WIFT-AT member] Mille Clarkes was challenged with a tough selection process with over 120 submissions.

“We received so many quality works from across Atlantic Canada that we wished we could have added many more screenings to the roster. It is amazing what so many artists can do, and often with so few resources,” Clarkes said.

There was a strong representation of works by WIFT-Atlantic members, including our own Britany Sparrow’s Gamers: A Love Story. The festival kicked-off with Kristen Santos’ kick-ass music video Cannonball for PEI’s singer-songwriter, bright light Brooke Miller. Next up was the Island’s Jenna MacMillan’s romantic comedy Sweethearts. This opening night show – with screenings in Charlottetown, Summerside and Georgetown – also featured Nova Scotia’s Ashley McKenzie’s award-winning Rhonda’s Party.

Documentary night Where We Are – Docs about Atlantic Canada included the charming In Key Choir from Rothsay’s Gretchen Kelbaugh which introduced us to members of an unforgettable choir of ‘challenged’ adults. This 10-minute film challenged our attitudes. In the Same Boat by Halifax’s Rachel Bower presented us with the surprising parallels between a Newfoundland inshore fisherman and an Alberta cattle rancher as they assess their years of effort and what the future holds. Both filmmakers had made the jaunt across the big bridge and were present to introduce their films which was a real bonus.

Thirteen films were screened at the Experience Experimental night of media art and art docs. And of these films EIGHT were by woman filmmakers. These included Mille Clarkes’ In Between Spaces, a video project that explores the notion of a communal gaze. New Brunswick had a strong presence with films by Louise Bourque, Kamaya Lindquist, E. Hearte, Jessica Arsenault and Leandre Bourgeois.

Comedy Night – Funny HaHa – included the very pointed Ken Fucks Up by Nova Scotia’s own Ruby Boutilier and Sarah Byrne. It was interesting to note that with Renee LaPrise’s Buzz Off only 2 of the 15 comedy shorts screened were by women. It does pose the question – why do we feel more compelled to make experimental/art shorts and shy away from comedy? ‘Friday Night Freak Out’ featured eight shorts of zombies and mythical creatures all by male film makers. Interesting.

The week flew by with panels and screenings that included terrific work from Grade 6 kids in an animation workshop who created remarkable ‘camera-less animation’ by drawing on 16 mm film and making their own music for the score. This was inspiring! Other interesting works by young people included two compelling shorts with strong messages about texting while driving.

The most intriguing panel was the announcement of the MicroBudget Program by Telefilm Directrice Carolle Brabant with Gordon Whittaker. This fund will finance 10 feature films providing experience for short filmmakers as preparation for Low Budget financing. IMAC and the Island Film Factory hosted a reception for the very warm and approachable Mme Brabant who indicated gender-equity is important in the project.

The IMAF Gala on Sunday night was hosted by CBC. The night was a celebration of Ten of PEI’s Best Shorts and FIVE of them were by our WIFT-AT gals here on PEI. Susan Rodger’s extended music video Silence Bloodhound was tender and touching. Fine Tuning by Jenna MacMillan was an accomplished work, showing her great promise fresh out of Ryerson. JoDee Samuleson continues to display her world-class talents as an animator with her very drole A Brief History of Charlottetown. Wrapping up the program was an episode of Periscope Pictures’ BunnyBop!, and songstress Catherine MacLellan shone in Mille’s video of her single Stealin’. The big news of the night was the announcement of the CBC’s 3-2-1 Award of $9K toward the making of a short film. The winner was the very pregnant Harmony Wagner for The Queen of the Crows. We know she will deliver!

peiscreenwriters web Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012To top off the night, Louise Lalonde was surprised to be awarded the WIFT-AT Saulte Award for her contribution to our region’s community in producing the annual PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp. This award provides an annual WIFT-AT membership and full registration to the 2013 Women Making Waves event. Congrats Louise!

taramacdonald web Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012HerStory – Tara MacDonald

I was working in Calgary, Alberta and getting ready to tell my father that I wanted to go to SAIT for film instead of staying at my brand new, high paying job, when my father passed away unexpectedly in 2006. This moment marked my life as I had to be patient to realize my passion. I had to walk before I could run.

In 2007, I came home to Nova Scotia and registered at a private career college for Digital Filmmaking. Months later, the only reason I was still at the school passed away. His name was Daniel Gaynor and he had such a passion for life and film. He encouraged me to join AFCOOP and I did. This led to a job as a PA on the set of Paper Hearts, a Film 5 Production. With hope in my heart, I left the school and started my own company naming it after my father – Charlie Mac Productions Inc. I took a Production Workshop at the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-op with Julian Grant. This workshop changed my focus at the school and I knew, in my heart, that I could do this. Hiring people I knew and opening up two offices seemed logical until part of my private investing stepped back and led me to drastically change my work environment. In the first few years Charlie Mac Productions won various awards but lacked major clients. I was forced to start networking and moved the office into a home office. Then, I met Jacqueline Kelly, MBA through LinkedIn and through her I acquired clients plus more investors. Caroline Ruyle joined the team as a Stills Photographer and she recently completed work with award-winning Director Julia Phillips Smith.

Despite facing some obstacles, we’ve succeeded in building a small business. I stayed in the business due to other filmmakers reaching out to lend support and time through the years. We also reached out for professional training at Maine Media Workshops. They not only helped us train for larger clients but also reaffirmed my love of film as producer/writer/director. Whenever I’ve been tired I’m reminded by the greater vision of film – reaching an audience with your story. That is the best moment of my career when you get an email from someone in a different country interested in the films you produce. Also, working with David Kellogg was a real joy in Maine.

Now, I am taking things extremely slow and concentrating what I want my company to look like. A huge help for me was Jac McNeill of Highland Coaching who offered business coaching that provided me with my compass for the direction of the company. I still network but recently moved Charlie Mac Productions Inc. out of small contract work so we can focus on feature film development.

The heat that I received from working through the past few years does not compare to the rewards of production. Never let a bank, accountants, fellow filmmakers and private investors dictate your company’s vision and get in the way of what you want to accomplish. With help from freelancers and new investments in the film community such as Steve Richard’s new studio in Bayers Lake, I know that I will always remain a producer long after the life of my company. I’m inspired by other women that are filmmakers and mostly, my determined Mom. My Mom dragged me as a small child to all sorts of artistic events and I’ve never forgotten the appreciation I gained for the arts community.

Contact Tara at info@charliemacproductions.com or visit her website at http://www.charliemacproductions.com/index.php.

Nova Scotia Pulse

32nd Atlantic Film Festival Call for Entries
June 15, 2012 – Final Submission Deadline

Submissions may be fiction, documentary, animation or experimental of any length. Only films completed no more than 18 months prior to the 32nd Atlantic Film Festival will be considered for admission. Preference will be given to submissions that have not been distributed theatrically or broadcast on television in the Atlantic region prior to the 2012 Festival. Entry fee is $30. You can fill out our entry form online at www.withoutabox.com or download the form from our website at www.atlanticfilm.com and mail it in with your entry.

If you have any questions, please contact the Festival:

Toll free:  877.611.4244 T: 902.422.FILM F: 902.422.4006
E-mail: programming@atlanticfilm.com
For
more information visit http://www.atlanticfilm.com/sites/default/files/32nd_aff_entryform2.pdf


AFCOOP Filmmaker in Residence 2012 Call for Entries
Deadline: June 11, 2012, 5pm

The AFCOOP Filmmaker in Residence (FIR) program will provide a filmmaker with the resources and guidance to create a completed work with the support and participation of the AFCOOP community.

The Applicant must be an experienced filmmaker and must have created at least three independent film or video works, have previously exhibited at least 3 separate film and/or video works in a professional context, have completed basic film training appropriate to their discipline/filmmaking process, have been practicing for at least four years, not including time training, have been living in Nova Scotia for at least 6 months prior to the application deadline and be a citizen of Canada or a landed immigrant, not be a full time or part time student at any level during the residency, and be able to commit to the project for a period of up to six months.

For its part, AFCOOP will provide services and expenses for the proposed project (up to $4,000 in direct ‘cash’ costs of the project, up to $11,000 in AFCOOP equipment and facility rentals, and staff and organizational support and a supportive community in which to work).

Application form and details available here: http://afcoop.ca/programs-and-training/afcoop-filmmaker-in-residence-2011-call-for-entries/fir-guidelines-and-application-2012-3/

Parrsboro Film Festival 2012
Deadline for submission is September 1, 2012

If you are a film maker in Atlantic Canada, whether professional, student or amateur, we invite you to submit your short films to the 2nd Annual Parrsboro Film Festival.  A jury will select films in two categories:
- shorts (more than 5 minutes but no more than 20 minutes) and
- short shorts (no more than 5 minutes)

The audience favourite in each category will receive a certificate of appreciation.  Deadline for submission is September 1, 2012. We cannot guarantee that submissions received after September 1 will be eligible for this year’s festival. Our theme is films made recently (within the last 2 -3 years) in Atlantic Canada. Any genre will be considered. There is no submission fee.

For more information visit https://sites.google.com/site/thehallsitelogic/films-for-all-at-the-hall-1/parrsboro-film-festival/pff-submission-form

ashley web Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012 Congratulations to Ashley McKenzie, whose short film When You Sleep screened at the Cannes Film Festival as part of their Canada: Not Short on Talent program, featuring 25 short films from directors across the country.  The full story can be found here!

NS Pulse is compiled by Chris Pauley. Chris is a composer and the owner/operator of Evil Twin Music. He has been playing music since he was a kid, and writing music for the media for nigh on fifteen years. Check out his work at www.eviltwinmusic.ca, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EvilTwinMusic and on Twitter @EvilTwinMusic.

New Brunswick Pulse

Christine McLean has been key in writing and structuring the upcoming multi-media launch of the new season at the Playhouse in Fredericton, NB. She will also be host of the event on June 19. Christine also recently hosted a province-wide Victoria Day edition of Information Morning on television, radio and online for CBC.

Silver Wave Film Festival now accepting applications
Deadline is September 3, 2012.

The NB Silver Wave Film Festival (SWFF) screens feature films, documentaries and short films shot in the province and produced by New Brunswick filmmakers. It also showcases some of the best film and videos from Canada and around the world. By infusing a warm glow and setting the town abuzz, the Silver Wave Film Festival is a grand celebration of New Brunswick’s   growing presence in the world of film and television entertainment.

2012 Silver Wave Film Festival runs from November 8-11, 2012! For application forms and additional   information go to www.swfilmfest.com.

dunsworthworkshop web Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012 Recently, seasoned actor John Dunsworth was in Fredericton, NB to give an advanced acting workshop for 15 lucky actors from across New Brunswick (Jeff Bate Boerop, Leah Warren, Joceline Paczoski, Bunthivy Nou, Carol Ann Hanley, Chris Gairns, Mike Mallaley, Patricia Leger, Danny Thebeau, Tracey Carney, Sheldon Garland, Suzanne Short, Keith Ruttan, Dennis Poirier and Elizabeth Goodyear .

The workshop was co-ordinated by Film Co-op staff Cat LeBlanc and hosted by the New Brunswick Filmmakers’
Co-operative
.

Skate Proof is a feature length crime/drama film that was made in New Brunswick by Film Co-op member Jesse Anthony. All of the cast and crew consisted of New Brunswickers that were willing to dedicate their free times on weekends in the fall of 2011, the production had the help of the New Brunswick Filmmaker’s Co-operative. The movie is now complete and is available online for streaming and download, as well as a free iPhone/iPad app to download at http://www.skateproofmovie.com.

Due to demand, the New Brunswick Film Co-op will be hosting film workshops in Fredericton in July/August in Directing/Screenwriting/HD Camera and Lighting/Production Management and the AD, Picture Editing and Documentary Filmmaking.

The NBFC Kids and Teen Film Camps are almost filled up and will happen in July.

 http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/KidsCamp/KidsCamp/Welcome_.html

http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/KidsCamp2/Welcome_.html

 The NB Short Film Venture Programme has been suspended. An announcement will be made later in the year about any new initiatives being launched.

NS Pulse is compiled by Cathie Leblanc. Cat is the Membership Services Director at the NBFC. She is also a documentary filmmaker and singer/music composer. You can check out her music at: http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/Catinahatmusic/Welcome.html and follow her on Twitter @catinahat.

Prince Edward Island Pulse

TheHealingPlace SusanRodgers PEI Pulse Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012Susan Rodgers is currently in production on a new documentary film. The Healing Place is about a remarkable woman’s journey on the quest for healing after a heartbreaking loss, and the two very special places half a world apart she turns to for comfort. Can she find closure in the safe confines of a resilient Japanese village still recovering from nature’s devastating attack on its nation? Or will the healing power of nature in Prince Edward Island’s International Children’s Memorial Place be the source of her renewal?

Harmony Wagner‘s short film VAST screened at the Viewfinders International Film Festival For Youth and was selected for the Nickel Film Festival in Newfoundland. Her upcoming film, The Queen of the Crows won the 2012 CBC 3-2-1 Award at this year’s Island Media Arts Festival.

Mary Helen McLeese, from Stratford, PEI has just had her first film The Invitation debut at the Island Media Arts Festival.

“Nicholas Whalen, who plays the Hero in the film and who I work with regularly, convinced me to make a film to put into the festival. It was conceived, written and filmed within four weeks. With a tiny budget of $400, I was incredibly lucky to have a group of amazing volunteers and actors to help produce the film. I also would not have been able to create this film without use of my sister’s extensive costume collection at BJM Costumes in Saint John as well as hairdresser Anya Zakharenkova’s donated time and expertise to create the amazing hairstyle on Angela Rush, who played the Heroine.”

This period piece set around 1750 was inspired by Les Bergeries, a keyboard piece written in 1717 by François Couperin.

“Doing an historic, silent film for a first attempt was a challenge. I didn’t want to do the typical subtitles to tell the story, so I came up with an idea for it being based around a letter which is read at different points in the story. The storyline is about a daydreaming young servant girl who falls in love with a handsome aristocratic friend of her employer.  Believing that he is secretly writing a love letter to her, she steals the letter and confronts him.”

Mary Helen’s next project:  “My next short is a modern comedy, but will have fantasy elements  as I continue to be inspired by epic costumes and a penchant for TCG’s (trading card games). I look forward to submitting it for the 2013 Island Media Arts Film Festival!”

Millefiore Clarkes‘s short experimental documentary December in Toronto was shortlisted for the 2012 Vimeo Film Festival Awards. Her film will be screened at the festival in NYC where she plans to attend.

 

peiscreenwriters web Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012

Louise Lalonde won the 2012 WIFT-AT  Salute Award. This award is given to a PEI woman in the film and media arts sector who has contributed greatly to the community and craft of filmmaking. Louise is best known for her work as the force behind the annual PEI Screenwriter’s Bootcamp (a program of The Island Media Arts Co-op), now entering it’s sixth year.

 

 

The PEI Pulse is compiled by Millefiore Clarkes.  Millefiore Clarkes is a Producer/Editor/Director with her company One Thousand Flowers Productions. She has been creating documentaries, music videos, web series, and experimental work for a number of years. Check out her work at www.onethousandflowers.tvMillefiore Clareks’ work has been screened at festivals such as The Vimeo Film Festival, The Atlantic Film Festival, and RIDM and she has won the Music Video of the Year Award from MusicPEI as well as the WIFT-AT Salute Award.

Newfoundland Pulse
by Ruth Lawrence

Janelle Hickey NL Pulse Tidings Newsletter Issue 18, June 2012Janelle Hickey, the new Festival Director of the Nickel Independent Film Festival gives us a sneak peek at the women featured in this year’s program. The 12th Annual Nickel Independent Film Festival is proud to be screening 34% female content this year. Thirteen of the 38 programmed films have been created by females. Out of these thirteen films, four of them are local NL films.  Two are Picture Start films – Meters, produced by Paula Gale; and Kathy, written by Emily Bridger and produced by Shannon Lynn Hawes.  Decolored, written and directed by Allison White was the 2010 Michelle Jackson award winner. There’s a first-time animated film, Friends, by Tymur Markunin, and filmmaker Jordan Canning brings Oliver Bump’s Birthday, a short she’s written and directed. The Nickel runs June 19-23, 2012 at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s.

NL Pulse is by Ruth Lawrence. Ruth is an actor/writer/filmmaker in St. John’s, NL . Her work has garnered many awards including the Joan Orenstein Best Actress Award, the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award and the 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Artist of the Year. Check out her work at www.bluepinionfilms.com and www.whiteroostertheatre.com or follow her on Twitter @IamRuthLawrence.

On The Web

Filming unanswerable questions, from Rwanda to Antarctica by Anne Aghion @TEDxESCP

 A Blog About Women in Film by Krystyna Hunt

Another reason to love Ingrid Veninger by Sarah Smellie

Cannes sexism debate explodes on eve of festival by Melanie Goodfellow

What’s Happening at WIFT-AT

Women’s Film Club
First Tuesday of the month | St. John’s, NL

June 5 Selection: An Unreasonable Man, co-written/directed/produced by Henriette Mantel.
For more information, email Ruth Lawrence bluepinionfilms@gmail.com.

Reel Talk: Conversations with Women in Film, TV & New Media
Last Friday of the month | Halifax, NS

This month’s guest is Gemini-winning, Call Me Fitz editor Kim McTaggart, Friday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. Carbon Arc at The Khyber, 1588 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS. WIFT-AT members are FREE, non-WIFT-AT members $6.

WIFT-AT at the Atlantic Film FestivalAGM & Get Together
Sunday, September 16, 2012 | Halifax, NS