Tidings, Issue 16: February 2012

Tidings, Issue 16:  February 2012


Welcome to Tidings, Issue 16

Britany Sparrow 150x150 Tidings, Issue 16:  February 2012Hello everyone!

Welcome to the first of two issues dedicated to our wonderful conference Women Making Waves. In this issue of Tidings we remind everyone to take advantage of the early bird registration for Women Making Waves, let everyone know about the extension for WAVE Award nominees, spotlight one of our festival sponsors and the creator of the WAVE award statue, and introduce one of the special guests at Women Making Waves in the Her Story column.

- Britany Sparrow


Women Making Waves

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Interested in meeting other Atlantic filmmakers, TV professionals, interactive and trans-media creators for a weekend of learning & fun? Then come join us at the 2nd Annual Women Making Waves from March 9-11 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Women Making Waves conference is all about connecting and sharing for mutual support in our careers. There will be workshops, panels and plenty of networking opportunities for everyone (men and women!) involved.



$150 Non WIFT-AT members

$125 WIFT-AT members

$100 Students/Seniors

10% Discount for Out of Towners

Sign up before February 11, 2012 and save an additional 10%! The deadline is approaching quickly so make sure you don’t miss it! Take advantage of both discounts and save 20%!

Full registration includes opening reception, all events on Saturday - including breakfast, lunch and dinner – movie night, and Sunday events including the Awards Brunch.

For online registration, individual event pricing, and additional information, please go to our website: http://wift-at.com/women-making-waves-conference/

Full program will be announced very soon!

WAVE Awards – Extended deadline for nominations!

Nominations have been extended until TODAY. Get your nominations in!

Do you know a woman in the screen industry whose contributions, accomplishments, and dedication deserve to be recognized? Then nominate her for a WAVE Award!

On March 11, 2012, Women in Film and Television – Atlantic is pleased to be hosting its second annual Women Making Waves Awards Brunch. Unlike traditional awards, there are no categories for the WAVE Awards. The goal is to salute women in the screen industry for their contributions, accomplishments, emerging talent, vision, leadership, dedication, and outstanding behind-the-scenes support. As these awards are not province specific either, anyone (men and women!) from the four Atlantic Provinces can submit nominations, and there is no limit to the number of nominations made by any one person. Any woman in the industry, at any level can be nominated: from directors to set designers, to bookkeepers, producers, volunteers – every role is eligible.

To submit a nomination, please send a letter presenting why the Nominee should be recognized by WIFT-AT (800 words maximum), along with the resume and/or filmography of the Nominee, the contact information of both yourself and the Nominee, and a picture of the Nominee (if available). Nominations are due by Monday, February 6, 2012 and can be submitted by email to Ally Cameron, 2012 WAVE Awards Coordinator, awards.wift.at@gmail.com.

All nominations will be kept confidential, with only the winners announced at the WMW Awards Brunch, Sunday, March 11, 2012. Join us for this celebration as well!

Who should be the 2012 worthy WAVE award recipients? We would love to hear from you!


Sponsor Spotlight – Abbi Hennigar of Film Nova Scotia
 by Nicole Trask

Abbi Hennigar works as the Director of Marketing at Film Nova Scotia and promotes the local film industry internationally, which takes her to various markets such as the Cannes Film Festival and American Film Market in Los Angeles. She promotes the province, our talented filmmakers, industry professionals and production support. Originally from Cambridge, Nova Scotia, Abbi is the younger of two children to parents Bill and Barb. Hailing from a Michelin family, Abbi’s father divided over 30 years between the Granton and Waterville plants. Abbi is well-versed in communications with a Business degree from St. Francis Xavier University and a Public Relations degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. When she’s not at work she can be found training for long distance runs such as the Bluenose marathon (full, half, 10 and 5km) or playing her favourite sport, football. As an avid football player, she was a member of the Maritime Women’s Football League All Star team in 2009 and 2010 and named MVP in 2009 for her defensive position with the Halifax  Xplosion team. For three years running, she’s also been a team captain. A devoted reader (she’s currently obsessed with The Hunger Games), animal lover and traveller (favourite trips include England, Ireland and Albania); Abbi brings a well rounded and personal touch to her work at Film Nova Scotia. Here’s more about Abbi, at a glance….

Who are you?

I am communications professional working with Film Nova Scotia. I am an extremely active person and I love being outside, usually not far from the water. I consider myself a very loyal friend and I am very close to my family, but I am a very private person. I don’t like talking about myself too much, which makes answering this question a bit difficult. Some of my passions include shopping (I have an out of control shoe, purse and jacket collection) watching sports and reading. In fact I am a regular at the Keshen Goodwin Library. I love travelling and wandering around new cities and learning about new cultures and ways of life.

What do you do at Film Nova Scotia and how long have you worked there?

I am the Director of Marketing and have worked here for over five years. I began as the Communications & Locations Assistant in 2006 and in 2008 when that job was divided into two positions I took over the Communications Officer Role. In June of 2010 I was named Acting Director of Marketing and officially took over the role in October of that same year.

What are some of your favourite aspects of the job?

In my position as Director of Marketing, I love having the opportunity to promote Nova Scotia in markets around the world. In some cases, you are meeting with individuals who have no idea where Nova Scotia even is and it is exciting to be able to showcase the work that has been done here. I enjoy travelling so getting to do it as a part of my job has been fantastic.

During my time as Communications Officer, I worked quite closely with the local producer community through organizing all of Film Nova Scotia’s industry events so I feel like I have good understanding of the local industry. Now in my current position, I am working with the foreign production community and I have enjoyed learning about both sides of the film
industry throughout these two roles.

In your role as Director of Marketing, how to you hope to contribute to the future of the film industry in Nova Scotia?

I hope to continue raising awareness of the industry we have in Nova Scotia both locally and internationally. A lot of great  projects have been made in Nova Scotia and the quality of the crews and talent we have here can stand toe to toe with anywhere. I hope to introduce guest producers to our province and continue to showcase the work that is being done here to local and international audiences.


Spotlight – Kristianne LeBreton, Designer of the WAVE Award
by Tara Thorne

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2011 WAVE Award

Kristianne LeBreton is back again, literally hammering out the awards given out at Women Making Waves. The New Brunswick metalsmith designed the inaugural statue for the debut event in 2011, and personally cut, glued, moulded, pressed and—yes—hammered the four statues given to four notable figures in Atlantic Canadian film.

WIFT-AT “approached me and wanted a design based on their logo but also wanted to integrate waves, to represent the Maritimes,” says the artist from her home in Burtts Corner, NB. “I did a couple of sketches—I was looking in books, and I saw a, oh what’s the word? That’s my French brain taking over. A silhouette! I wanted a woman’s figure but with the hair on the side, to represent a wave. They chose what they liked the best and let me go.”

LeBreton is a graduate of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, moving to Fredericton from her home in tiny Dundee, settling in Burtts Corner after graduating with a diploma in fine craft. In addition to creating and selling jewellery, she also works at NBCCD in the jewellery department and in the Fredericton supply store Beadnik, quite literally living her art.

The WIFT awards are made from four materials: “copper, brass, Plexiglas’s and wood,” says LeBreton. “I wanted to build something that looked like a film reel, but I needed a certain thickness, so wood was quite natural. One of the processes is called a hydraulic press—I built the mould myself and got it pressed. The metal I hammered myself. I used a special glue that’s just for epoxy. I engraved the names myself.
 I worked two or three weeks steady on them, a lot of testing, a lot of designs, and building it took me a couple days each.”

The WIFT-AT trophy isn’t the only one in LeBreton’s case—“I had one the year before for the Woodstock High School,” she says. “They have a big basketball tournament every year called The Thunder Valley Classic.”

Though LeBreton would love to be a go-to trophy maker for the region, there is the issue of time and labour with handmade pieces: “The biggest competition would be the mass production companies,” she says, “which are a lot cheaper.”

But with her third art show in six months on the horizon for May, it’s safe to say she’s not worried about the work washing away.

See more of Kristianne’s work at unforgottenmetalart.com.


Her Story – Elizabeth Klinck, Special Guest at Women Making Waves

Her Story Elizabeth Klinck Tidings, Issue 16:  February 2012Elizabeth Klinck studied English literature and history at Queen’s University. It was here that she was first introduced to the field of research. She answered an advertisement to be a casual cook and reader for a historian named Dr. Arthur Lower. She would do little assignments for him; fact checking, running errands to the library, simple research tasks. After graduation, Elizabeth parlayed her experience with Dr. Lower into a job in Winnipeg working at the Winnipeg Film Group. Next stop was the National Film Board in Montreal where she worked as a researcher for the five years with directors  Paul Cowan, John N. Smith, and Donald Brittain. She then worked at Cinar as their vice president for two years before relocating to Ontario.

After taking a short maternity leave, Elizabeth started her own research company in 1991. She slowly built up a roster of clients from across Canada and around the world. A love of archive programming led her to concentrate in the field of visual  research and music clearances, as well as editorial research.

Six years ago she helped found the Visual Researchers Society of Canada. It now boasts a membership of 65. Elizabeth has worked as a board member for the Yorkton Film Festival, the Audio Visual Trust, FOCAL (UK), and History Makers. Her  research and clearance workshops are in popular demand internationally. In her spare time she works with DOC and WIFT in the field of training. Elizabeth won the inaugural Gemini Award for Best Visual Research, was nominated for an Emmy Award, and recently was honoured with the FOCAL Lifetime Achievement Award. Married with two adult children,  Elizabeth now lives on the shores of Georgian Bay, north of Toronto.


NS Pulse
by Chris Pauley


  • Time is running short for registration for the 2012 Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF)! HIFF is dedicated to the exhibition of film and video as art, in a noncompetitive setting free from commercial agendas, and focuses on the short film as a form of expression for Canadian artists. Taking place from April 10 – 14, 2012, the festival will screen films around the themes of “Atlantic Canada Narrative” (celebrating films in narrative form from all four Atlantic provinces),”Atlantic Women in Film” (in partnership with WIFT-AT, celebrating films from Atlantic Canadian women), and “Atlantic Canada Experimental” (seeking the unusual and unique from across the Atlantic provinces). The deadline for entries is February 10th, 2012, and submission materials can be found here. For information on HIFF sponsorship opportunities please contact Greg Morris-Poultney at 902-405-4474 x3 or via  email at admin@afcoop.ca.


  • The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative will be running a number of workshops in February as part of their Winter 2012 series. These include:

            Introduction to Successful Screenwriting (February 1st, 6pm – 10pm)

            Grant Writing: Finding the Money (Feb. 8th 6pm – 10pm)

            35mm Cameras: Part I (Feb. 2nd 6pm – 10pm)

            35mm Cameras: Part II (Feb. 7th 6pm – 10pm)

            Intro to Digital Imaging (Feb. 14th 6pm – 10pm)

            Film Imaging with HD video: The Panasonic HVX 200 with 35mm lenses
            (Feb. 21st 6pm – 10pm)

            Camera Assistant’s Intensive (Feb. 25th/26th 10am – 5pm)

            Cinematography Primer: Visual Style (Feb. 28th 6pm – 10pm)

            Lighting Principals and Aesthetics (Feb. 9th 6pm – 10pm)

            Grip and Electric Intensive (Feb. 25th/26th 10am – 5pm)

            Production Managers’ Intensive (Feb. 18th/19th 10am – 5pm)

            Continuity and Script Supervision (Feb. 22nd 6pm – 10pm)

            Art Department Intensive (Feb. 11th/12th 10am –5pm)

More information on all courses offered can be found here.


  • NS Pulse 150x150 Tidings, Issue 16:  February 2012 Moving Beyond Prejudice: A 2-Day Symposium on Race & Film will take place on February 9th and 10th. It is presented by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative in partnership with Saint Mary’s University and NSCAD University, and with the participation of DOC Atlantic: The Documentary Organization of Canada, the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and The Coast: Halifax’s Weekly.As a part of African Heritage Month, the event will focus on prejudice, diversity, and filmmaking and will include a variety of screenings and talks, including documentary director Paul Saltzman, who will screen his acclaimed documentary Prom Night in Mississippi. The documentary, which is narrated by Morgan Freeman, follows a group of 2008 high school seniors in Charleston, Mississippi as they prepare for their senior prom – the first racially integrated prom in Charleston’s history. For more information, click here. 


NB Pulse
by Cathie LeBlanc

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Gia Milani

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


  • New Brunswick Films for a New Brunswick Theatre

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


PEI Pulse
by Millefiore Clarkes


  • Island Media Arts Festival Deadline Approaching!

Filmmakers from the Atlantic Provinces are encouraged to submit their short films (30 min or under) to this great and  growing festival on PEI. Submission is free. All successful applicants receive an Artist Fee. IMAF is an initiative of The Island Media Arts Co-op. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: FEBRUARY 15TH 2012 (POST-MARKED)

More info can be found here.


  • PEI Screenwriter’s Bootcamp Open for Submissions

The PEI Screenwriter’s Bootcamp is calling for submissions. The deadline is March 26, 2012. The Bootcamp is scheduled to take placeJune 4-8 2012. There are three workshops being offered: Writing a Treatment, Writing a First Draft, and Writing for the Small Screen. All the details are on the website.


  • The Island Film Factory’s Digital Media Workshops

The IFF’s Digital Media Workshops are organized and underway. Participants have been selected from PEI who display an accomplished skill-set in specific aspects of the industry, but who require additional training to take them to the next level professionally. The idea behind these workshops is to create a more sustainable Film and Media sector indigenously on PEI.  The workshops are:

Production Manager – January 25-29 –Cathy Grant

Director of Photography – February 22-26 – Jeff Wheaton

Field Audio Recording – February 24-26 – Aram Kouyoumdjian

Grip/Gaffer/Electric – February 24-26 – Corey Bulger

Long form Drama Editing – March 23-25 – Chris Cooper

Comedy Editing – April 13-15 – Kimberlee McTaggert

Online Editing – March 30-April 1- Ken Petersen

Sound Design – March 2-4 – Steven Naylor

All information can be found here.


NL Pulse
by Ruth Lawrence


  •  Barbara Doran has been busy preparing for the broadcast of her most recent production, Life Below Zero, on CBC TV’s Doc Zone on February 9, 2012. Directed by Josh Freed, this documentary looks at how winter affects us as Canadians. Life Below Zero poses the question…Winter, do we love it or do we leave it? This is the second co-production from Morag Loves Company with Josh Freed Films, after their successful documentary Where Did I Put…My Memory? in 2010.


  • WIFT-AT’s St. John’s Women’s Film Club starts on February 7, 2012 with 10 participants meeting once a month at Erin’s Pub to discuss a previously viewed film. In late February, the screenwriting group begins its twice monthly meetings. For more info, contact Ruth Lawrence at bluepinionfilms@gmail.com


What’s Happening at WIFT-AT?


Halifax’s Reel Talk: Conversations with Women in Film and Television begins a new season of monthly Conversations in February at Carbon Arc. Candid, generous, inspiring, challenging, these one-on-one conversations offer a chance to spend the evening getting to know one artist and her work. In a focused, intimate setting, the live interview style is reminiscent of Inside The Actor’s Studio. Check back soon for this year’s line up of guests.

February 7th: Women’s Film Club – St. John’s will begin its monthly screening series.

WIFT-AT will partner with St. Thomas University to present a screening of Miss Representation in February (date TBC).

April 10th: Join us in Moncton as WIFT-AT presents La Génie de Jacques Brel, une Soirée Rencontre avec la Cinéaste Annett Wolf. The conversation with this award winning journalist, interviewer, filmmaker will take place at Moncton`s Aberdeen Cultural Centre and will include a screening of Annett’s remarkable hour long interview with Jacques Brel.

April 13th: This year as part of The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, WIFT-AT will present Women in Atlantic Canada, a collection of short films made by women from the Atlantic Provinces.

For more information on WIFT-AT events please contact info@wift-at.com.


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