P.E.I. filmmaker to digitally debut project at Atlantic film festival

Although the audience will not be packing into a crowded theatre due to the COVID-19 crisis, P.E.I. filmmaker Susan Rodgers is celebrating the premiere of her film Still the Water at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival this September.

Stream the premiere of Susan Rodgers' film Still the Water from home this September

Actor Ry Barrett seen playing the role of Jordie MacAulay on the set of Still the Water. (Submitted by Renée Horton/Publicist)

Although the audience will not be packing into a crowded theatre, one P.E.I. filmmaker is finding a silver lining for the premiere of a major project at an East Coast festival that is going ahead this fall despite COVID-19.

Summerside's Susan Rodgers will be releasing Still the Water at the hybrid FIN Atlantic International Film Festival this September.

"Everything has changed, of course, and in a way, that's a good thing because the film, the screening won't be limited to people who can just physically hop into seats at the theatre," Rodgers told Mainstreet P.E.I. host Matt Rainnie.

Even though movie theatres reopened a month ago in Charlottetown, with physical distancing and other health measures in place to limit the spread of coronavirus, the Halifax-based festival has gone digital this year, which means Islanders can still take in the Island scenery, hockey and lobster fishing featured in the film on their own TV screens from the couch.

"People in Summerside won't have to leave the comfort of their homes. They can watch the film from here," Rodgers said.

Watch the full trailer for Susan Rodgers' film Still the Water:

Rodgers was thrilled when the work she wrote, directed and produced on the Island was accepted for the film festival.

She pulled back the curtain and shared what it took to get a movie off the ground in series of video posts on Facebook in 2018.

"It's been a long journey to get to this point, so yeah, it's exciting. It's also a little nerve-racking."

Susan Rodgers on the set of Still the Water. (Submitted by Susan Rodgers)

In the story, which Rodgers said is geared to audiences from the Atlantic Provinces who could relate to the Island scenery, two brothers come together after tragedy tears them apart.

"The film takes them on a journey of kind of pulling apart before they can reconnect," Rodgers said.

"It's really a story about forgiveness and hope."

Rodgers said she typically feels most at home while on set, but especially when shooting a project in her home province that features music made on P.E.I.

Nicolle Morrison was the executive producer and CBC's Rick Gibbs was the producer.

People can go to the website to purchase tickets and stream the film at their convenience anytime between midnight on Sept. 17 and midnight on Sept. 25.

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