Canadian Film Fest - 3 Women to Watch
I was recently featured as one of three women to watch at Canadian Film Fest on SHE DOES THE CITY.
This week at The Royal, Canadian Film Fest focuses on fresh voices in Canadian cinema. Three women – Deanne Foley (co-writer/director of Relative Happiness), Mars Horodyski (co-writer/director of Ben’s at Home) and Kelly McCormack (writer/actress of Barn Wedding) will be attending their screenings at the festival. You can also catch Kelly McCormack at the panel ‘Making it as an Actor: The Actresses Speak‘.
Find out more here. Canadian Film Fest runs March 25-28 2015 at The Royal (608 College Street).
Director/co-writer of Ben’s At Home
Ben’s At Home is a topical and comedic look at today’s wired generation. The film follows the newly 30 and single Ben who is heartbroken and cynical after his girlfriend dumps him. He makes the unusual decision to never leave his house again.
What actor or actress would you like to work with and why?
Canada has such amazing talent and we were really lucky to bring some outstanding (and funny!) people together for Ben’s at Home. Of course I definitely want to work with my partner in crime Dan Abramovici again (who co-wrote and stars in Ben’s at Home). He’s extremely talented and I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of him on the big screen in the near future. Another Canadian I would love to work with is Tatiana Maslany! I think she’s brilliant. Dan and I have written a new script called You Have Feet in Your Shoes and she is our dream choice for the female lead.
Who inspires you?
I’m really inspired by indie filmmakers such as Lynn Shelton and the Duplass Brothers who have taken their careers into their own hands and made their films by any means possible. I think it’s important to stop waiting for someone to give you a chance and create opportunities for yourself. Canada’s very own Ingrid Veninger is also a great example of this. Her 1K feature film challenge inspired us to start thinking about how we could make a film on a micro-budget and the end result was Ben’s at Home.
What is the best career advice you’ve received?
Always say yes.
I think I remember Tina Fey writing about this too. You never know where one meeting or unexpected job will lead you. Ben’s at Home was a big leap of faith but it has led us to so many wonderful and unexpected opportunities. We are currently working with Back Alley Film Productions/Muse Entertainment (Durham County/Bomb Girls) on a web series based on the film. I never could have expected that our little indie film could have opened up so many doors for us.