... AWARDS IN ALL FILM CATEGORIES :: saint john filmmakers
Fredericton, Nov 06 2005 Saint John filmmakers were brought to the stage for every award category in the closing moments of the Silver Wave Film Festival.
Best NB Short Comedy Award went to filmmaker Andrew Tidby for MY FIRST KISS (photo, R, introducing his film), a sweet coming-of-age story and the not-so-sweet effect that his first kiss had on him. Long-time Key Grip Mike MacDonald showed his directing chops, receiving special recognition in the same category for his hilarious short, HUNTING LESSONS, a well-produced and directed audio-visual take on an age old joke.
Filmmaker Greg Hemmings, a recent winner at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, brought his mockumentary RUBARBICON to Silver Wave, resulting in another recognition; 1st runner-up status in the Best NB Documentary Award, with the hardware going to Big Cove Producer / Director Brian Francis of Bear Paw Productions for CIRCLE OF JUSTICE, a series of humanizing portraits of a small group of Aboriginal men within Canadas prison system, and the highly personal journey of self awareness each of the men begins during their incarceration.
The award for Best NB Short Drama was won by Fredericton filmmaker Glendon McKinney, director of THEY ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT, a superbly crafted tale of two men, their love for each other, and, ultimately, how they fulfill their need to spend eternity together.
Awards ceremony emcees Melony McCarthy and Tony Merzetti (photo, L) praised the diverse talent base and wide range of projects by New Brunswick filmmakers. With an impressive schedule of shorts and feature film, shot in various formats ranging from 16mm film to mini-DV, and covering territory from animation to drama, the Silver Wave program was heavy on home grown, offering only a minimal number of major productions such as Deep Mehtas visually arresting WATER, which opened Toronto International Film Festival; director Ruba Naddas SABAH; and the Canadian Film Centre mentored project, SHOW ME, directed by Cassandra Nicolaou. A high number of projects by youth filmmakers showed that filmmaking creativity is alive and well in New Brunswicks student population.
Other Saint John filmmakers who screened at Silver Wave included Richard McQueen with BOSTON, starring Pei Pei Zeng, a newcomer to acting whose natural talent surprised and delighted members of the audience, and Gretchen Kelbaugh with her dramatic feature, MARGARET AND DEIRDRE, the first-ever digital feature film shot by a local filmmaker in Saint John.
Photos courtesy Kendra Black