"LENNY" RECEIVES CULTURAL FUNDING GRANT AND IS SCREENCRAFT SEMIFINALIST
I'm very pleased to announce that LENNY has been awarded a Cultural Funding grant from the City of Ottawa. This is amazing news and will really help drive us through the post-production finish line.
The script was recently a SEMIFINALIST for the Screencraft Film Fund, and I can't wait to unleash the final film to the world soon!
Check out the trailer!
"POLLY" IS TOP 15% IN ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP
"Polly" has also advanced to the second round for this year's Austin Film Festival, and was named a semifinalist in the Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards competition.
I'm very honored that my feature script, POLLY finished in the top 15% of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships. This is one of the most prestigious screenwriting competitions in the world, run by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, so to have my script recognized is pretty exciting.
I'm also very grateful to the Digi60 Filmmakers' Festival for giving me the opportunity to pitch Polly to a panel of producers, including Sarah Fodey of SandBay Entertainment, Christopher Giroux of Black Fawn Films, Adele Cardamone Martel of CBC, Hoda Elatawi of GAPC, and Michelle Aseltine of Blind Luck Pictures.
DIGI60 PITCH IT COMPETITION
It was such an honor and pleasure to present my work alongside four other super talented writers and filmmakers.
"FROM SARAJEVO" NAMED BEST LOCAL FILM AT MIRROR MOUNTAIN
FROM SARAJEVO was named Best Local Film at the Mirror Mountain Film Festival this weekend.
Thanks so much to Christopher Rohde for putting on such a great festival, and to the award sponsors, SAW Video, Railbender Tattoo Studio, and Sox City Ottawa. I've never won a tattoo before!
Had to celebrate the fancy new socks with my co-producer in crime, Brendan Butt.
Also great to celebrate the screening with an awesome female filmmaker Maissa Houri-Charron.
"LENNY" ADVANCES TO SCREENCRAFT SECOND ROUND
We're very excited to announce that our next short film, Lenny, is now in pre-production and the script has advanced to the second round of the Screencraft Film Fund competition.
Lenny is the story of a prisoner of war who befriends a spider to combat the loneliness of isolation.
We have an incredible team working on this project, including our Director of Photographer, Morgana McKenzie, who was recently nominated for two Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards.
Check out this cute video of our star, Eze Leno, meeting his co-star, Casper the Golden Knee Tarantula!
"POLLY" IS A FINALIST AT THE OAXACA FILM FESTIVAL
I'll be heading to Mexico in October with Polly for the Oaxaca Film Festival as a Finalist in the Global Script Challenge. I was accepted into the festival two years ago for The Liberation Front, but I didn't get to go, so I'll be celebrating both scripts this time. Looking forward to an exciting week of roundtables, pitch sessions, and a little sightseeing!
FROM SARAJAVO NOMINATED FOR AWARD AT MIRROR MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
I'm thrilled that "From Sarajevo" is among the nominees for Best Local Film at this year's Mirror Mountain Film Festival.
OFFICIAL SELECTION AT MIRROR MOUNTAIN
FROM SARAJEVO will be screening at the Mirror Mountain Film Festival in Ottawa on Friday July 26th at 7pm at Arts Court Theatre. I love this festival and I'm so excited to be part of it again.
For more information about the event, you can visit their website at https://mirrormountainfilmfest.com/2019-festival/
DIRTY LOVE WEB SERIES LAUNCHED
I'm so proud to be part of this ground-breaking web series "Dirty Love" that deals with a lot of really important subject matter involving sexual expression.
Thanks so much to the creators, Maissa Houri and Blakely David for having me on board as a guest director. A lot of amazingly talented women working on this, both on camera and behind it.
We're thrilled with the popularity it's gained. Check out this red hot trailer:
ALPHABET CITY IS A GOLDEN SCRIPT COMPETITION SEMIFINALIST
Thrilled to announce my feature script, "Alphabet City" has been named a semifinalist in the Golden Script Competition.
ALPHABET CITY IS A SEMI-FINALIST AT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
Wildly excited to announce my feature script "Alphabet City" has been named a semi-finalist in the Austin Film Festival. This places it in the top 2% of a record number of submissions, 10,580.
FROM SARAJEVO GETS BEST WRITING NOMINATION AT DETROIT SHETOWN
Very happy to announce that Lejla Bajramovic and I have been nominated for "Best Writing" for "From Sarajevo" at the Detroit Shetown Film Festival
It screens at Cinema Detroit for the opening of the festival on Friday September 14th, 2018 7pm-10pm.
The picture on the right is the first time Leyla and I have seen each other in person in about 25 years. I'm so grateful to have a chance to see her again!
FROM SARAJEVO was shown at Chain New York Film Festival on August 11th, 2018, along with an incredible lineup of films by and about women.
This was such an amazing festival to be a part of, and the organizers truly went above and beyond for the filmmakers.
For more info about the festival, check out:
CBC AIRS FROM SARAJEVO
FROM SARAJEVO airs on CBC's Reel Shorts August 4th, 2018. The episode also features a short interview about the making of this film and why it's so personal to me. You can also hear me admit my greatest mistake with the film ;)
Unfortunately, geo-restrictions make this available only in Canada.
FROM SARAJEVO HITS NYC'S CHAIN FILM FESTIVAL
Did my first ever radio interview with CBC's Alan Neal on his show "All in a Day" to promote the airing of FROM SARAJEVO on Reel Shorts.
FROM SARAJEVO CBC RADIO INTERVIEW
Thanks to Digi60 for this article. Digi60 has played a huge role in my development as a filmmaker, and I'm so grateful to have such an awesome festival in town.
ALPHABET CITY IS A PAGE AWARDS QUARTER-FINALIST
Very excited to announce my feature script, ALPHABET CITY, was named a quarter-finalist in the Page International Screenplay Competition.
SAINT CHARLES PLACE IN ATLANTIC CITY
Wish I could have made it to Atlantic City for the screening of Saint Charles Place. I'm so happy this film was included in the Atlantic City Cinefest. I can't think of a more appropriate place for our little movie ;)
SAINT CHARLES PLACE BEST LOCAL FILM NOMINATION AT MIRROR MOUNTAIN
It was so great to be able to join some of my filmmaker friends on stage for the Q & A at the 2017 Mirror Mountain Film Festival in Ottawa.
David Rajsic and I were so excited that Saint Charles Place was nominated for Best Local Film.
SAINT CHARLES PLACE SELECTED FOR TORONTO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
How much do I love this crew?!
Jane Hamilton, Heather Head, David Rajsic, Julie Zhu and Caelan Benn and I at the screening of Saint Charles Place at the Toronto Independent Film Festival 2017.
WINGS OF COURAGE LEADS TO MUSEUM IN NEWFOUNDLAND
I was doing archival research for A Nation Soars, a documentary trilogy about aviation in World War 1 with Sound Venture Productions, and one of the greatest highlights how I inadvertently helped create a tribute to WWI Flying Ace, Carl Falkenberg, in Botwood, Newfoundland.
Learning about the pilots who fought for Canada was an incredibly humbling experience. I will never be able to imagine what they went through at such a young age.
Falkenberg features in the film Wings of Courage.
ELECTRIC CASTLES WINS BEST SCREENPLAY AT DIGI60
Very excited to receive the award for Best Screenplay at the Fall 2016 Digi60 Festival. David Rajsic and I could not have asked for a better cast to help us realize this film.
MORAL CODING ADVANCES TO SCREENCRAFT QUARTER-FINALS
So happy to learn that my script for Moral Coding was counted among the Quarter Finalists in the 2015 Screencraft Short Script competition
MORAL CODING SELECTED FOR LOS ANGELES INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS
I had an awesome time hitting the red carpet at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards in 2015, where my script for Moral Coding finished 3rd.
SIERRA LEONE & CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
In 2010 I went to Sierra Leone to produce a documentary about youth entrepreneurship in peace building. I worked with an amazing group of young people who formed the group Artists United for Children and Youth Development (AUCAYD), who used music and dance to help reform the lives of war affected youth.
I was fortunate to have the film play at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.
Huge thanks to Algonquin College for granting me this incredible opportunity, which remains one of the highlights of my life.