Vancouver writer/director Mina Shum‘s 1994 first feature Double Happiness was a breakout hit and winner of the Best Canadian Feature film at TIFF. It was featured on a recent episode of CBC Televisions The Filmmakers series.
Her new film Meditation Park is a bittersweet comedy about a devoted Chinese-Canadian wife and mother in East Vancouver whose life and family are forever altered after she discovers an orange thong in her husband’s pocket, forcing her on a journey of truth and liberation.
The film stars Pei-Pei Cheng who has had an incredible career in China as a martial artist and actor most recognized in North American from her role in the critically-claimed Crouching Tiger, Hiden Dragon. Rounding out the cast are Tzi Ma, Don McKellar and Sandra Oh. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and opens in theatres on March 9, 2018.
Newfoundland director Stephen Dunn‘s feature film debut Closet Monster, starring Connor Jessup, tells the story of a teenage boy desperate to escape his dysfunctional family and get a job developing special effects for movies. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 where it won the award for Best Canadian Feature Film.
Dunn is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre and Ryerson University’s Film Program. I had a chance to meet him in Halifax when our films were competing in CBC’s Short Film Face-off in 2013. His film Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, starring Gordon Pinsent, won the competition.
Dunn was the youngest filmmaker ever selected for the TIFF Talent Lab where he won two TIFF RBC International Emerging Filmmaker awards for his film, Swallowed. He attended the Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner in 2009 with his film, The Hall, where film critic Roger Ebert highlighted Dunn as an upcoming filmmaker to watch.
Closet Monster is now available to stream on YouTube.