2014 Films & Directors

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Glue Alberta

Director: Michal Lavi

Tom's job is not as demanding as he would like his wife, Sophie, to believe. His 'overtime' is an affair. When Tom thinks Sophie might be suspicious, he decides to come home early, finding that Sophie has changed the banality of their relationship with a single tube of glue.

Michal Lavi has written, directed and produced four short films: Tying the Not; Arithmetic – Annie's Life in Numbers; I Liked You Better Before; and Glue. She has been nominated for AMPIA awards as a writer and a director, and her films were nominated in multiple categories. Michal's films have screened in Canadian and International film festivals, including Sofia International Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Raindance, Calgary International Film Festival, Williamstown, Montreal World, Whistler Film Festival and Soho Film Festival. She is currently working on two shorts: Crowd Pleaser and Tastes Like Chicken, and is completing a first draft of a feature film in development.

In passing British Columbia

Director: Alan Miller

Two lonely people jump off a building to end their lives, but meet in mid-air and discover that it is never too late to fall in love.

Alan Miller grew up in Coquitlam, British Columbia. He studied English at the University of Victoria, and recently completed his MFA in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. His first short film, Conrad the Wise, played the international festival circuit and was a top-three finalist on the CBC’s nationally broadcast Short Film Face Off in 2011. He has directed music videos for acclaimed Vancouver indie band Brasstronaut, and commercials for clients like MTV’s The Buried Life and Los Angeles entertainment complex The Grove. Set in Vancouver, In Passing is Alan’s graduate thesis film.

OUT OF REACH Manitoba

Director: Madison Thomas

For unknown reasons Carmen has locked herself in her apartment. Her parents, friends and boyfriend all try to persuade her to come out, but Carmen must find the strength to leave on her own.

Madison Thomas is a filmmaker from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who enjoys telling raw human stories through unique genres. Being raised in a Métis household, storytelling was a huge part of her childhood and she found the natural extension into filmmaking in high school and has worked at honing her craft since. Madison studied filmmaking at the University of Winnipeg, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 2012. In 2011 she was accepted into Prague Film School’s summer program as the first Canadian to attend in five years and the first Aboriginal person to ever be accepted. While pursuing her career as a writer and director, she also plans to continue gaining experience in all areas of filmmaking so as to become a well rounded storyteller.

TALUS & SCREE Newfoundland

Director: Ruth Lawrence

When eleven year old Kate takes her little sister Daisy to play, an accident jeopardizes Daisy's life and throws Kate into emotional turmoil when Daisy dies six months later. After 30 years, Kate comes to terms with her lingering guilt stemming from that fateful day.

Ruth Lawrence's work as an actor, writer and filmmaker has taken her to Ireland, France, the United States, and across Canada. Her short films—Bark, Sweet Pickle and Two Square Feet—have screened across Canada and the US. Her most recent short as writer-director is Talus & Scree. It won the 2012 Linda Joy Award and was produced through the 2013 PictureStart program (Telefilm/NIFCO).

TWO PENNY ROAD KILL NOVA SCOTIA

Director: Lisa Rose Snow

Two Penny Road Kill tells the story of Lou, a solitary vegetarian road-kill cleaner, whose world is turned upside down when he finds a single purple high heel shoe on the side of the road.

Lisa Rose Snow is an actor/director/writer from Halifax. As an actor, she has appeared on Haven, Sex & Violence, This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Call Me Fitz. Her first play, Naked, won Fringe Hit at the 2010 Atlantic Fringe Festival and Bronze in The Coast’s ‘Best Production 2011.’ Snow was accepted into AFCOOP’s FILM 5 program as a writer/director with her script Two Penny Road Kill, which premiered as part of the CBC Shorts Gala at the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival. Two Penny Road Kill has had a strong festival showing, including winning Best Canadian Short at Silver Wave Film Festival and Best Short at the Parrsboro Film Festival. In March 2013, Snow was awarded a Wave Award from WIFT Atlantic. Her next film, When Fish Fly, received the 2014 National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize and will go to camera in May 2014. She is currently in development on two features; one entitled Little Louise's Menarche, part of the Atlantic Film Festival’s Script Development Program in 2013.

JESSE ONTARIO

Director: Adam Goldhammer

After their parents are killed in a car accident, 22 year old Kelly Turner finds herself in the overwhelming position of being the sole caregiver for her older brother Jesse who has autism.

Adam Goldhammer has a joint theatre, philosophy and psychology degree from McGill University. In 2010, Adam wrote, directed and acted in Little Cat Version of Me, which was a semi-finalist in Los Angeles i NexTV Webseries Competition. In 2011, Adam wrote, directed and produced his first short, 1-800-Choices, which premiered at the New Filmmakers, New York festival. Adam followed Choices with Jesse, funded by bravoFACT and starring Jake Epstein (Degrassi). Jesse is currently touring the festival circuit and has played at Cinefest Sudbury, the Edmonton International Film Festival, and the National Screen Institute Online Festival. Adam has studied acting for film in Toronto is Professional Actor is Lab and Carter Thor Studios East. He received critical acclaim for his role as Bastian Farber in the Fringe hit Balls! while touring the Canadian Fringe circuit. Adam currently works as a music video director with The Field. His credits include Diamonde for Saturns, All I Want for Alex Zaichkowski of YTV! is The Next Star, and Alcohol Abuse for Marshall Dane.

SUNDAY PUNCH ONTARIO

Director: Alan Powell

A couple's kitchen is transformed when their argument is broadcast to millions as a live sporting event on Domestic Fight TV. The gloves come off, and low blows fly, as the fighters are determined to leave everything on the kitchen table!

Alan Powell started producing and directing audio production in 1991 when he founded PNA, a voice talent agency that produced for clients throughout North America. After ten years he sold the agency and started into film production. Within 18 months he had completed a slate of five short films and became an international multiple award-winning director. His short film Across the Hall garnered awards and nominations internationally: Best Foreign Film in Australia, Best Canadian Film in New York, and Best Short Film in Los Angeles. Powell works in various disciplines and genres, including: producing and directing commissioned documentaries for his own client base, writing for the Nelvana anime series Z-Squad, directing for the factual entertainment series Urban Legends for History Television, Biography Channel, and FX, and directing season II of Fraud Squad for Investigation Discovery.

FOXED! ONTARIO

Director: James Stewart

When Emily is kidnapped by foxes and forced to work in the secret underground blue goo mines, she must use her determination to get back home only to uncover the foxes' mysterious plan.

James Stewart is an award-winning director, storyteller, artist, digital innovator and multi-platform visual designer whose work ranges from mobile to giant screen, and from viral to stereoscopic 3D museum installations. James’ film FOXED! has been awarded Best Animated Film awards at Yorkton, San Antonio, FirstGlance Philadelphia and Garden State Film festivals, and has played over 60 film festivals including Montreal, Vancouver, Annecy+, Stuttgart and Anima Mundi. Through his production company, Geneva Film Co. in Toronto, Canada, James has created work using live action, 3D, 4D, gesture control, stop-motion animation and immersive environments. James’ live action work includes three projects for TEMA staring Enrico Colantoni.

QUEEN OF THE CROWS PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Director: Harmony Wagner

Queen of the Crows peers into the life of artisan Claire, who fights to keep eleven year old Elsa from being swallowed up by the mental health system—with the help of 30,000 neighbourhood crows.

Harmony won the CBC 3-2-1 Award (PEI) for Queen of the Crows. Her first short, Vast, screened at Canadian festivals—including the CBC Shorts Gala at the Atlantic Film Festival—won the Island Media Arts Festival Audience Choice Award, and was broadcast on CBC Download. She wrote for The Big Comfy Couch and Panda Bear Daycare and has years of experience as a performer in theatre, television and film. She is Vice-President of Periscope Pictures and produced the IPF web series, Bunny Bop!; the CBC short, Lucky 7; Vast; and the music video, The Way We Do'er. Harmony has several film and series projects in development.

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