There’s no question about how April Mullen sees her hometown. The Niagara Falls-born filmmaker has used the city as a backdrop for many of her films and is always quick to acknowledge her roots.
“There’s nothing better than being back here,” Mullen said as she awaited the start of the City of Niagara Falls Arts and Culture Wall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday at Niagara Square. “This is where it all began.”
“It” is a film career that is rapidly advancing for Mullen, who’s appeared in Ken Finkleman’s satirical series Good God in addition to roles in her own films. In the director’s chair she has helmed a series of her own independent films including Dead Before Dawn 3D and 88. Most recently, she served as director for Below Her Mouth, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
“TIFF was such a whirlwind experience. The film was so well received.” And speaking of whirlwinds, Mullen’s trip back to Niagara Falls was just that.
“I just flew in this morning at 4 a.m.,” she said, adding that she would be heading back to Montreal afterwards to continue work on her latest project, the CBC series Bellevue, starring Ana Paquin, which will hit the small screen in February.
“It’s a crime thriller,” she said. “I’ve been working on it for the past six to eight weeks.”
But Mullen wasn’t the only one being honoured Saturday. Other inductees included former Niagara Parks Director of Communications turned travel writer George Bailey, Friends of Stamford Village heritage group leaders Ronald and Joan Brown, historian Ernest Green and the pop group Wave (Dave Thomson and Paul Gigloiotti).
Source : Niagara Falls Review (02/11/2016)
CBC Canada asked 7 Canadian women being celebrated at TIFF this year.
At the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week, Telefilm Canada and Birks partnered for the 4th annual Birks Diamond Tribute, which honoured 12 women working in the Canadian film industry : directors Tracey Deer, Ann-Marie Fleming, April Mullen, Léa Pool and Ann Shin ; actors Amanda Crew, Caroline Dhavernas, Christine Horne, Sandra Oh and Jennifer Podemski; and scriptwriters Emma Donoghue and Marie Vien.
The women were selected by a pan-Canadian jury of 20 journalists and bloggers covering the world of arts, culture and entertainment, and collectively they certainly have much to celebrate. But looking at the 91 features to come out of Canada in 2013-’14, a study by ‘Women in View’ found that 22 per cent of those movies were written by women, and just 17 per cent were made by female directors. It’s clear that discussion surrounding the issues facing women in the industry needs to continue – which is why CBC Arts asked seven of the women being honoured at TIFF to chime in on what the Canadian industry can do to set a higher bar for women in film.
What do you think differentiates being a Canadian woman in film from being an American woman in film? What are the pros and cons ?
April Mullen: Being a Canadian woman in the entertainment industry has all the challenges you’d find crossing any border. The percentages are low across the board when it come to women in film and that’s a fact; however, I tend to focus on supporting and celebrating women that are succeeding and breaking through. I feel it is important to strive for more of a balance in terms of a female perspectives which includes all aspects : unique scripts and stronger female characters and directorial voices.
I believe if the younger generation starts to see celebrated women in film and awareness is amplified, then we are on track to give them the courage it takes to know it’s possible. If you see it, you believe. At a younger age this makes a huge impact for young creators. It is a long term goal where we now are the trailblazers to a more balanced industry.
What do you think we need to do as a collective industry — and society — to make Canada set the bar even higher for women in film ?
The bar is set high and we are here – now it’s time to allow creative freedom and be sure that Canadians see Canadian cinema and talent. Strive to foster a new generation of women and celebrate the ones that have been the trailblazers.
Who is another woman in film — Canadian or otherwise — that you really admire and why ?
Andrea Arnold. I just saw American Honey in Cannes and it shook my soul — I have not stopped thinking about the standout raw moments in that film.
Source : CBC Canada (19.09.2016)
Congrats to Cast & Crew of ‘Badsville’ : the movie has just been nominated for 12 Maverick Movie Awards !
1. Best Picture
2. Best Acting Ensemble
3. Best Director – April Mullen
4. Best Screenplay – Ian McLaren & Ben Barrett
5. Best Actor – Ian McLaren
6. Best Actress – Tamara Duarte
7. Best Supporting Actor – Greg Kasyan
8. Best Supporting Actress – Kate Campbell
9. Best Cinematography – Russ De Jong
10. Best Editing – Gordon Antell
11. Best Music – Simone Cilio & AJ Gallardo
12. Best Make-up/Practical VFX – Marina Coria
Awards will be announced on the MMA website and on social media outlets on Saturday, October 1st, Noon GMT.
Director April Mullen, who just completed the feature film “Below Her Mouth” was one of our honourees last night at the ‘Birks Diamond Tribute Event’ at the Shangri-La hotel in Toronto. Congrats !
For a fourth year in a row, Telefilm Canada and Birks, have partnered to celebrate Canadian women in film during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The 2016 honourees of the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film are directors Tracey Deer, Ann Marie Fleming, April Mullen, Léa Pool and Ann Shin; actors Amanda Crew, Caroline Dhavernas, Christine Horne, Sandra Oh and Jennifer Podemski; as well as scriptwriters Emma Donoghue and Marie Vien.
The 12 Canadian women actors, directors, and scriptwriters were selected by a pan-Canadian jury of 20 journalists and bloggers covering the world of arts, culture and entertainment. The recipients will be honoured on Monday, September 12, 2016 at an invite-only event at the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto.
“The 2016 edition of the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film showcases diversity—that of our industry and our country. Among the honourees are rising stars and established talent, as well as filmmakers who have distinguished themselves in a wide variety of genres and styles,” said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada’s Executive Director. “It is essential to promote the dynamism that these women bring to cinema, both at home and abroad. They are true stars and we want all Canadians to be proud of them!”
“Birks is extremely proud to recognize Canadian female talent in film for the fourth year in a row during TIFF. This year’s honourees are highly deserving of the reward and demonstrate that in every category of film, from writers to directors to on screen, women are leading the way. Canadian women are setting the bar extremely high,’’ added Eva Hartling, Vice President, Marketing & Communications of Birks Group Inc.
The Niagara based Mullen family is full of talent ! Congrats to Melanie Mullen for winning “Niagara Rises Best Short” for ‘Stalker Breakup’ and April Mullen for winning the “Emerging Artist Award” for ‘Farhope Tower.’