About this time last year, I was deciding if I wanted to pitch to direct a film in my fourth and final year of school. When realizing my streaming options were limited (if you don’t direct or produce you have to stream. For instance, be an editor on X number of films, or a cinematographer), I decided I wanted to direct a documentary. It started with nervously pitching to my class and teachers, being shortlisted and then chosen, wrangling a crew, going through draft after draft, researching, traveling to Chicago, Los Angeles and Ottawa, typing up then reading through 200+ pages of transcripts, and then hours and hours of post-production.
One year later that documentary is nearly complete. What a relief! There are so many people to thank, but I’ll save that for the credits. Exactly one month from today that film (as well as another one I did the cinematography for, plus 3 others I worked on) will be screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Kind of a big deal, eh? It’s a gorgeous venue our committee this year is amazing for getting it.
This year is an exciting year. We’ve got some amazing stuff this year. There are films with children, older people, pugs, pianos on fire, cars on fire and even a time traveler. It’s going to be good.
If you’d like more information about the festival, click HERE. (You can also see some nice portraits of the filmmakers and stills from their films).
To buy tickets, click HERE. You can buy a 3 Day pass, or individual tickets. My main two projects are on Sunday June 3rd (“The Mask of Family” and “Mara”), but all of the nights are going to be great!
I leave you with some stills from my documentary: