An important pioneer, Nell Shipman challenged what it was to be both a woman and a filmmaker in the early 20th century. Leaving the safety of the Hollywood studios, she ventured into the wilderness to make stories of her own. While in Idaho she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in at least 25 independent silent films. And yet, she is now all but forgotten, a fate not uncommon for many women filmmakers. In this documentary, Nell’s story is paralleled with the stories of others, highlighting their immense but largely hidden legacy. + Panel Discussion
Marin De Valk
Cop or killer? She’s convinced he murdered her daughter, and today is payback. His pleas of innocence fall on deaf ears. Lies are useless, mind games backfire, the truth doesn’t work. In the end, the only way he can stop this death-ride could kill them both.
TRUNK, an audience favourite at the 2015 Victoria Film Festival, is a BC-created independent feature from Chiaro Productions, Produced and Directed by Martin de Valk, Written by Keith Digby and Brian Paisley – and the first in their triptych of “claustrophobic thrillers’. The second film, CONTAINER, is now in development.
Hit with a diagnosis of cancer, Saffron wants to ensure the well-being of her children. With a lack of reliable friends and a deadbeat ex-boyfriend, she resorts to her last hope - finding her biological mother. This emotionally nuanced film builds on a strong female lead, one capable of facing reality, no matter how daunting, and charting a path towards hope and reconciliation . This mother-daughter drama shines with stellar performances by actors Gabrielle Rose and Camille Sullivan.
Plus short film: The Vocation (7 min)
“One of the year’s best films. An urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism. Wise, moving, upsetting, and sometimes funny. That defiant sisterhood changed the workplace, our sexual politics, our language. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is the best filmed account of how that happened you could ever expect to see.”
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice