Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. Dog bites girl’s face and things get complicated. After a brutal dog attack, career woman Jen becomes determined to start a new life inside a child-like fort. Her dysfunctional family tries to coax her back out into the world. But the only person who can get Jen to go outside is Jen.

(Screens at #ocanfilmfest on Nov 2 at 2:30pm – details & tickets)

Luvia Petersen is a multi-nominated actor and emerging filmmaker living in Vancouver, BC. Her projects include the Leo Nominated short film Dog Bite, which has screened internationally and continues to do the film festival circuit. The independent feature film Writing Kim, and two music videos – one of which won an “Award of Excellence” at the 2016 Canadian International Film Festival. Luvia is the recipient of the 2019 Harold Greenberg Fund shorts-to-feature grant for her project “Happiness” which will be released in 2020.

What inspired your film?

Our film is based on a true story. After being attacked by a dog, writer Gemma Holdway was inspired to write about her conflicting feelings of self-worth during the aftermath.

What was the biggest challenge in making your film?

The biggest challenge was shooting the film over two days with a small crew. You have to be selective with the shots and setups, because you simply don’t have time to do them all.

What was the best part of the experience for you?

Working collaboratively with the cast and crew on the day! You feel like you are in the trenches with these people and the only way out is together.

What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?

Plan. Plan. Plan. Let go.

What’s next for you?

My next short film Happiness will be complete in 2020, at which time we will do a festival run and hope to garner interest for the feature film version.

Our Call for Submissions for OCan21 opens on FilmFreeway early in 2021.


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