AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Short Film: ANOTHER DAY
Best TV Web Series: ON A LIST
Best Performances: SISTER
Best Cinematography: MINIATURE CHESS
Best Direction: THE ARTIST’S WAY OUT
Best Editing: LIFE CYCLE
Best Sound & Music: ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Theme of night: Connecting in a unique way
NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.
Jeananne Goossen has been acting in the film/TV industry for 15 years and has been coaching actors for the last 5. After starring in and executive producing the short film HYPERLIGHT, she wrote/produced/directed the webseries THE ARTIST’S WAY OUT starring Kandyse McClure and Keon Alexander. She identifies as Queer, and mixed-Chinese. She is currently working as an actor on The Handmaid’s Tale.
Robert Jackson (director of episode 3) is a Black American producer, production designer and on-set dresser who has been in the industry almost 20 years. His projects include Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Hostiles. This is his first directing credit.
The short-form series THE ARTIST’S WAY OUT (AWO) is something I wrote for the two actors starring in it, both of whom I love dearly. I was needing uplifting when put it together, and so I made something that in the moment felt fresh and entertaining. I believe there is something for everyone in this intimate story of 2 people isolated together.
I was also wanting to see BIPOC characters on screen in the Canadian winter! Although the series raises issues of cultural and sexual identity, they are simply a part of who the characters are, as they experience the ins and outs of a new relationship in close quarters, and of trying to be artists.
Another challenge was to shoot this series in six, 9-hour days with one camera. I was nursing a 1 year old at the time and wanted to see if we could make a set with livable working hours. We made our days and finished all six episodes for around 5K per episode, thanks to an abundance of community support!!
Kandyse McClure and Keon Alexander star in this Canadian indie romantic dramedy about 2 Millenial BIPOC artists hammering out their work and their relationship in the dead of winter in the middle of nowhere. They just started dating and now they’re living together…with deadlines!!! 6 short episodes.
During the heyday of the 1920s, JOE KENNEDY, the patriarch of the Kennedy family, bullied for a lifetime in anti-Irish Boston sets his sights on Hollywood and the cash to support a run for the US Presidency, but Hollywood’s glitz and glamour hide a dark underbelly – it doesn’t like outsiders. Inspired by true events.
Narrator: Val Cole
Pat/Announcer: Andy Camp
Joe: Sean Ballantyne
Babe Ruth: Shawn Devlin
Lu (32) is cynical, passive, angry, silly, a tough nut with a chronically extended middle finger and, in her own eyes, a loser. When she finds out she’s pregnant, she has no choice but to move back to her mother’s place. A dark comedy series in eight, 4- to 10-minute episodes, about a failing mother-to-be.
A rip into a Parallel Universe has opened above a small Colorado town dropping a corpse from the sky and dumping a German U-Boat into a forest. This rip has reinvigorated shady industrialist Frank DeWitt who rules the town with an iron fist. What a first day for new sheriff Jaimie and her new to town undersheriff, Azmi.
Narrator: Julie Sheppard
Jaime: Kyana Teresa
Lester: Allan Michael Brunet
Azmi: Steve Rizzo
Bus Driver/Dewitt: Sean Ballantyne