OCanFilmFest2018 – Away Home – Jana Stackhouse

Away Home – Synopsis

A man returns to his family home on the East Coast of Canada to unite his family and say goodbye to his terminally ill mother.

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 2 p.m.

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About the director, Jana Stackhouse

Jana Stackhouse is an award-winning director whose films have screened at various festivals internationally including TIFF, The Atlantic International Film Festival,  and Los Angeles CineFest. While earning a BFA in Film at Ryerson University, Jana received numerous awards including The Norman Jewison Award and the Harvey Hart Director’s Award. Jana wrote and directed “Away Home”, which was selected for TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival and won the Best Female Director Award at Hollywood North Film Festival. Jana’s latest project is directing the web series “Note To Self” for CBC which garnered over one million views and received a Canadian Screen Award Nomination for Best Fiction Web Program or Series.

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OCanFilmFest2018 – End of the Night – Tavit Melikian

End of the Night – Synopsis

After the accidental death of his best friend, Jimmy comes to believe that the friend now haunts his car, but selling it – even with the brother’s help – takes them to a very dark place. 

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 5 p.m.

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About the director, Tavit Melikian

Tavit Melikian graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in 2010. One of his biggest achievements was having the opportunity to work on the movie “Noah”, as a special makeup effects artist. He directed his first short film titled “End of The Night” and is currently working on directing his next film. 

What inspired your film? 

I’ve always wanted to make a short film, but I also didn’t want to fall into the traps of low budget storytelling. I also wanted my first film to be about the actors. Let the actors tell the story and I will just follow (an actor’s director).  I came up with the story when I thought about the relationship I have with my own best friend. I’ve known him for 25 years, but what if he passes away one day?  Would I still hang out with his younger brother?

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OCanFilmFest2018 – What We Owe – Bryce Mercier

What We Owe – Synopsis

Noah struggles with moving forward with his serious girlfriend Emily, as he wants to be there 24/7 for his sick mother, Ann. When it is suggested that Ann be moved into an assisted living home, Noah cannot seem to let go, even the slightest.

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 5 p.m.

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About the director, Bryce Mercier

Bryce Mercier is 21 years old and comes from Bradford, Ontario. Completing his final year of his Bachelor of Film & Television at Sheridan College. ‘What We Owe‘ is the second short film that he has directed since starting his directing career.

What inspired your film?

Our parents inspired our film, Ryan Cowan (writer) and I focused on that awkward transition in life where we get to the age where we start to become adult and you start to make the hard decisions. When you’re growing up you never think about how one day your parents will need your help like you did when you were little. Continue reading “OCanFilmFest2018 – What We Owe – Bryce Mercier”

OCanFilmFest2018 – It Could Be You – Cody Westman

It Could Be You – Synopsis

‘It could be you!’ says the big cardboard man in the convenience store. Bernie knows it will never be him. Still, as he trudges through life in a grey, dull world where people say as little as possible to each other, the highlight of Bernie’s soul-crushing daily routine is buying, checking and then crumpling his losing lottery tickets. What Bernie doesn’t know – yet – is that fortune comes in many forms, and at any moment it can slam into you like a speeding car. Or in this case, an SUV.

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 2 p.m.

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About the director, Cody Westman

Cody Westman has been involved in the film and entertainment industries in Montreal, Vancouver and St. John’s since 1999. In 2001 Cody directed and produced his first piece, a web pilot entitled ‘Beyond Travel’. Since then he has worked in the film industry, while producing and directing commercials, corporate video, music videos, short films, and working as a touring musician.
In 2013, Cody began production on his first documentary ‘That LITTLE Room – The Story of Erin’s Pub’ which was picked up by Air Canada internationally, NTV, the Nickel Film Festival, and the Kerry Film Festival in Ireland.  Under the production company Cats Eye Cinema INC., Cody has produced / directed / edited two short films (Deadline & It Could Be You) and is starting production on a Telefilm supported short film CASEY in April 2017. Cody works full time in video production and lives with his wife and 2 boys in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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OCanFilmFest2018 – Angels – Taylor Olson

Angels – Synopsis

A young Dad struggles to reconcile with protecting his daughter and bringing her up in a world that has nothing to offer her and will only take everything from her.

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 8 p.m.

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About the director, Taylor Olson

Taylor is an ACTRA nominated actor and Screen NS nominated writer/ film maker based in Halifax, NS. He is one half of Afro Viking Pictures, and has directed/ written films such as Hustle & Heart, Cut, Perfectly Sane, Danny Dare Me, Grace and Angels. His films have screened internationally and won prizes at CBC’s Short Film Face Off, FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival, Emerging Lens Film Festival, Bluenose Ability Film Festival and Big Terror Film Festival.

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