The festival tour is not over…
Premiering at TIFF, “Below her mouth” is helmed by Canadian filmmaker April Mullen (88, Dead before dawn), and boasts itself as one of the first Canadian film productions to have an all-female production crew.
Director April Mullen in attendance at the screening on October 1 !
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)
Don’t miss another screening of ‘Below her mouth‘ in Ontario at the Cinefest Sudbury ! Melissa Coghlan and Stephanie Fabrizi will be attending.
Sept. 21 8.00 pm @ Silvercity , 355 Barrydowne Road, Sudbury.
THE GREAT SEXY DEBATE
Oct. 2, 3:00 pm, INKubator Theatre
Teams of filmmakers will go tête-à-tête and have an energizing debate about how explicit sex scenes should get in film and television. Sure to have controversial arguments from perspectives of directors and performers, join us for this humorous event. Jameson Irish Whiskey will be on hand to lubricate the action and share details about their First Shot program. Don’t be afraid to heckle ! (Tickets at the door are cash only).
The Debaters :
- Arielle Rombough
- Mike Peterson
- Jesse Klein
- April Mullen
A director known as much for her versatility as she is for her passion, April Mullen‘s latest directorial offer ‘Below her mouth‘, is a relentless love story shot entirely by an all female crew. She is also being honored with the TIFF Birk Diamond a tribute to Women in Film. Her previous feature’s include: ‘88′, an action thriller, ‘Dead Before Dawn 3D’, which confirmed April Mullen as the youngest person and first female to direct a live action stereoscopic 3D feature film. The film was celebrated for its technological achievement and awarded the Perron Crystal. Mullen is co-founder of the independent production company Wango Films, alongside Tim Doiron. The company has produced five films to date. A true maverick in the feature film world, Miss Mullen is known for her bold and stunning visuals, ambitious shooting style, strong performances and unique voice.
The seventh edition of Producers Lab Toronto is set to launch alongside the Toronto International Film Festival® from September 6 to 9, 2016, organized by European Film Promotion (EFP) in collaboration with the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and the Toronto International Film Festival®.
24 producers from Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have been chosen once again to discuss project ideas, funding information, and co-production deals on both sides of the Atlantic and Down Under. The successful networking platform has facilitated the development of several trans-Atlantic co-productions, such as the Canadian- Irish co-production Unless by Irish director Alan Gilsenan, which was originally presented at the Producers Lab 2011 and will celebrate its world premiere at TIFF’s 2016 edition.
The Irish producer Tristan Orpen Lynch will present the project’s genesis in a case study together with his Canadian partner Jennifer Kawaja from Sienna Films to this year’s participants. The Producers Lab is financially supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme in association with Screen Australia, the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), the participating EFP member organisations, Eurimages, and Telefilm Canada.
The participants of the Producers Lab in Toronto 2016 will take part in various networking events, from 1:1 meetings, funding sessions on the different possibilities in Canada, Down Under and Europe through different financing models to the case study on Unless.
Its Irish producer Tristan Orpen Lynch comments on the impact that the Producers Lab 2011 had on the film’s development : “Producers Lab Toronto 2011 was extremely helpful for us in setting up our Irish-Canadian co-production feature film Unless. From meeting great Canadian Producers at Sienna Films and all the funding agencies to also being able to advance the project creatively, the experience provided a great framework for the start of the collaboration. It is fitting that the completed film will now have its World Premiere at TIFF 2016.”
As in the past six years, the intensive exchange provides a perfect starting point for creating trans -Atlantic co- productions, shown by the fact that the 24 participants from last year are still in regular contact with one another and are having concrete talks on seven prospective co-productions, involving 12 different participants from Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. With its pioneering initiative, EFP has prepared the ground for bilateral negotiations in order to provide easier access to the respective markets.
The participating producers, who were selected by the event’s five partners according to their significant experience in co-production, will present new projects with international market potential.
Hélène Cases from France, Producer on the Move 2012, who will pitch the new project The Mercy Seat by director Alix Delaport (“The Last Hammer Blow”), and Amir Hamz from Germany, who attracted international attention with the mystery-drama Der Nachtmahr (2015) and is now preparing the production of Immortality, are two of the ten European producers taking part in the event.
Canadian participants include Paul Scherzer, among others, an alumnus of the TIFF Studio, who has produced award -winning festival faves like the French -Tunisian-Canadian co-production Challat of Tunis (2014) or multi-talented Tim Doiron, who not only produces together with his Wango Films partner April Mullen films like the action thriller 88 (2015) and the horror comedy Dead Before Dawn (2012), but also stars in them and is responsible for the script.
“Farhope Tower” won 2 Bloodies : Best Director (April Mullen) and Best Actor (John White) at The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival 2015. Congrats to the Cast & Crew !
Tim Doiron, Evan Williams and John White were attending the Festival. Check out all the photos from the event.
Friday, November 27th – 7:00 pm – Farhope Tower Dir. April Mullen – CANADIAN PREMIERE
A team of Paranormal Investigators venture into the infamous Farhope Building with the dreams of landing a TV deal, but get more than they bargained for when they come up against the most powerful spirits they have every faced. Once inside the building the spirits begin manipulating the team members, and the higher they climb the more everything spirals out of control.