Nova Scotias Swiss Army Knife Filmmakers

first_imgAdvertisement READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisement A surge of Nova Scotian films by new, independent voices are hitting the festival circuit. As the producer of Ashley McKenzie’s Werewolf (which played TIFF ’16) and a former programmer at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF), I am proud to be a part of this movement. This new wave boasts a bunch of cinephiles, work-a-holics, and multi-hyphenates variously capable of writing, directing, producing, editing, shooting, acting, composing, and dancing. They are Swiss Army knife filmmakers, and I have been anticipating their move from shorts to features for years.This year’s crop includes Cory Bowles’ first feature Black Cop (TIFF ’17), Seth A. Smith’s sophomore supernatural feature The Crescent (TIFF ’17, playing in the Midnight Madness programme), Winston De Giobbi’s ultra-low-budget and underground Mass for Shut-Ins, Jacquelyn Mills’ debut documentary feature In the Waves (Visions du Réel ’17), and Heather Young’s sixth short film Milk (TIFF ’17).Despite being remarkably diverse in theme and style, these new Nova Scotian films share deep connections beyond geography and their premiere dates. A DIY ethos binds all of these filmmakers together in solidarity. Many of them first met at the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative and HIFF. They admire and inspire each other’s work, share rough cuts and scripts, and continuously encourage one another to work independently. Although too self-deprecating to ever call themselves auteurs, they are unique artists who have struggled to get their films made and their voices heard within traditional Canadian filmmaking systems. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img