Whatever Floats Your Boat…Perspectives on Motherhood (documentary – produced)
A documentary for women, about women, by women
To be or not to be…a mom? is the question of the weekend as a group of women set sail on a houseboat. With beautiful British Columbia as Mother Nature’s backdrop, the mother of all topics is brought to the surface with courage and candour. But what floats one person’s boat can capsize another’s. Assumptions are challenged, myths shattered and truths revealed aboard the SS Motherhood.
Produced in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada.
“I recently watched the WFYB documentary and was surprised at the effect it had on me. I am in my late 20’s, currently single, and have never wanted children. But seeing the women in the documentary really made me think that in a very simplified and generalized way children in one’s life equals some kind of happiness, while the absence of children equals some kind of unhappiness…which leaves me with the fear that I might be missing something potentially very important and valuable in this life. Thank you for this documentary, as it really made me think.” – Trisha C, Calgary, AB
To read the review of the documentary and educational resource kit in the ATLANTIS Women’s Studies Journal (Volume 33.2, Spring 2009), please click here.
God’s Country (feature film – development)
What are we doing to God’s Country? Is the question asked by two female filmmakers, one hundred years apart.
In 1919, Canadian-born silent screen star, screenwriter, director, producer and early animal rights activist Nell Shipman starred in one of Canada’s highest grossing films, Back to God’s Country, shot in Northern Alberta.
Today, “God’s Country” looks very different due to massive oil sands development in the region. So when Helen, a contemporary local filmmaker with a penchant for Kafka and a passion for polar bears, hears of a marketing campaign ‘educating’ the public that climate change is a myth, she decides to take matters into her own hands.
Helen is in the process of writing a screenplay about the Alberta oil sands and the bigger issue of climate change when she first hears of Nell Shipman. As Helen learns more about Nell’s trials and tribulations, successes and challenges a century earlier, her own film project begins to take a very different direction.
Ultimately, God’s Country is an exploration of the definition of success.
Falling (feature film – development)
September 1749: Emilie du Chatelet – scientist, writer and Voltaire’s lover – is writing madly to finish her translation of Newton before she gives birth. But at the age of 43, she knows the chances of surviving childbirth are slim. She doesn’t survive; nor the baby. Though the child isn’t his, Voltaire is shattered: “I have lost the half of myself – a soul for which mine was made.”
Two hundred and fifty years later, the reincarnated souls of Emilie, Voltaire and the rest of their ‘soul-group’ pick up where they left off to learn their life lessons once and for all.