2018/11/13

Hi Internet;

updated 11/14/2018

So this weekend was Silverwave Film Festival. I was fortunate enough to be cast in two short films, "March 2.4" and "Infinity Land". These showed in the NB Shorts III Program on Saturday evening. Both took home awards, (you can see the full list of their achievements at the bottom of this page) and both were a fantastic time to work on.

Creeker Films. Infinity Land Poster. Laura-Beth Bird

Creeker Films. Infinity Land Poster. Laura-Beth Bird

I want to talk about "Infinity Land" and its creation. I joined the NB Film Co-op just over a year ago. I didn't know anything about film or film making but I wanted to learn. I had a great experience on the set of “Glitter”, why not do it again?

Jared Carney of Creeker Films messaged me and asked if I was interested in a rom-com based in Jeffery Dahmer's’ world. Basically, Dahmer (the serial killer) would play a game when he was young. He would put objects between four sticks placed in a square formation. The sticks would close in and space would get tighter and tighter. When the objects touched they would be removed.

Being the nerd I am, I said yes before I even received the script. When I received it, I printed it off and sat on my floor cackling at the idea of the world it took place in. Simply put, people couldn't touch or else they would disappear forever. We were going to make a love story out of this.

Creeker Films. Infinity Land. Laura-Beth Bird

Creeker Films. Infinity Land. Laura-Beth Bird

Last fall we all drove to Minto, New Brunswick and unloaded the cars. We shot over a couple of weekends. At one point we floated Eric Iverson down the lake on a makeshift raft and I accidentally threw a boulder on him whilst smashing a car window. Another point I got in a “paint fight” with paint tins filled with yogurt and food coloring which dried, then unexpectedly attracted ants. It was a lot of fun. I got to see it on the big screen Saturday night. After post-production, the movie took on the Creeker Films horror movie style. I was impressed.

Creeker Films. Infinity Land. Tony Tomarchio

Creeker Films. Infinity Land. Tony Tomarchio

So another Silverwave down, and a lifetime more to go. I hope to have more fun weekends with the New Brunswick film community creating. I encourage anyone who has ever wanted to try making films to reach out and just do it. A lot has changed for me in just over a year, and I don't regret a thing.

-Laura-Beth Bird


The 2018 Silver Wave Awards

2018 WIFT-AT NB Salute
To honour a woman working in film and television in New Brunswick.

Sponsored by Women in Film and Television Atlantic and the NB Film 
Co-op

GIA MILANI

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Nominees for Best Student Short

1. Bad Medicine by Howard Adler
2. Sister’s Dirge by Ty Giffin
3. Social Proof by Tiana Sharpe, Ashley Morehouse, Lida Milchenko

The recipient for Best Student Short is: Sister’s Dirge by Ty Giffin

Ty also wins a complimentary one year membership with the Doc Organization of Canada who is celebrating their 35 anniversary this year. As well, Ty receives $250 from the Film Co-op’s Isaac ‘ThePuma’ Miller Legacy Fund. Congratulations Ty.

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Nominees for Excellence in Music Composition

1. Christian David Bérubé for Mnemosyne
2. Daniel MacDonald for Letters from the Dead
3. Zachary Greer for The Nashwaak

The recipient for Excellence in Music Composition is: Zachary Greer for The Nashwaak

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Nominees for Excellence in Art Direction by a New Brunswicker

1. Arianna Martinez and Cassidy Ingersoll for Letters from the Dead
2. Tracey Lavigne for Mnemosyne
3. Gordon Mihan for Infinity Land

The recipient for Excellence in Art Direction is: Arianna Martinez and Cassidy Ingersoll for Letters from the Dead

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Nominees for Excellence in Sound Design by a New Brunswicker

1. Gordon Mihan for Letters from the Dead
2. Bruce LeGrow for Mnemosyne
3. Jesse Anthony for North

The recipient for Excellence in Sound Design is: Bruce LeGrow for Mnemosyne

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Nominees for Excellence in Picture Editing by a New Brunswicker

1. Tracey Lavigne for Mnemosyne 
2. Lance Kenneth Blakney and Gordon Mihan for 
Letters from the Dead
3. Gordon Mihan for Infinity Land

The recipient for Excellence in Picture Editing is: Tracey Lavigne for Mnemosyne

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Nominees for Excellence in Cinematography by a New Brunswicker

1. Jesse Anthony for Mnemosyne
2. Lance Kenneth Blakney for Letters from the Dead
3. Ashley Phinney for March 2.4

The recipient for Excellence in Cinematography is: Jesse Anthony for Mnemosyne

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Nominees for Best Experimental or Animated Short

1. BUOY by Becka Barker
2. Boy in the Garden by Peter de Niverville
3. Aliment Roots by Kenneth J Harvey

The recipient for Best Experimental Film is: Boy in the Garden by Peter de Niverville

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Nominees for Best Low Budget Documentary

We Are Characters Inc. by Kirk Pennell and Christine McLean
2. Gratitude by Pamela Gallant
3. Bernie Langille Wants to Know…Who Killed Bernie Langille by Jackie Torrens

The recipient for Best Low Budget Documentary is: Bernie Langille Wants to Know…Who Killed Bernie Langille by Jackie Torrens

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Nominees for Best Horror/SciFi Short

1. 10 Minute Time Machine by Charles Wahl
2. The Window by Stephen McKinnon and Rocklyn Warren
3. Boneyard Gloom by Jared Carney

The recipient for Best Horror/SciFi Short is: 10 Minute Time Machine by Charles Wahl

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Nominees for Best Canadian OR International Short

1. Duck Duck Goose by Shelley Thompson
2. Il Sole by Shawn Henry
3. Passage by Henry Colin

The recipient for Best Canadian OR International Short is: Passage by Henry Colin

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Nominees for Best Documentary

1. The Capital Project by Tim Rayne and Arthur Thomson
2. The Song and the Sorrow by Millefiore Clarkes
3. Bluefin by John Hopkins

The recipient for Best Documentary is: The Song and the Sorrow by Millefiore Clarkes

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Lex Gigeroff NB Screenwriting Award

The nominees for the Lex Gigeroff Excellence in Screenwriting in a NB short Drama OR Comedy are:

1. Arianna Martinez and Gordon Mihan for Letters from the Dead
2. Kaitlyn Adair for March 2.4
3. Tracey Lavigne for Mnemosyne

The recipient for the Lex Gigeroff Excellence in Screenwriting Award for a NB short Drama OR Comedy is: Kaitlyn Adair for March 2.4

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Nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama OR Comedy by a New Brunswicker

1. Kaitlyn Adair for March 2.4
2. Hannah Duijnstee for Mnemosyne
3. Cassidy Ingersoll for North

The recipient for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama OR Comedy is: Kaitlyn Adair for March 2.4

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Nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a supporting role in a Drama OR Comedy by a New Brunswicker

1. Elizabeth Goodyear for March 2.4
2. Maggie Vaughn for Mnemosyne
3. Tania Breen for Letters from the Dead

The recipient for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a supporting role in a Drama OR Comedy by a New Brunswicker is: Maggie Vaughan for Mnemosyne

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Nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama OR Comedy by a New Brunswicker

1. Tony Tomarchio for Infinity Land
2. Jon Wilkinson for Suckerfish
3. Quentin Palmer for Monkey See

The recipient for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama OR Comedy is: Tony Tomarchio for Infinity Land

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Nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a supporting role in a Drama OR Comedy by a New Brunswicker

1. Jon Blizzard for Suckerfish
2. Chris Gairns for Friend Zone
3. Alex Fullerton for Mnemosyne

The recipient for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a supporting role in a Drama OR Comedy is: Chris Gairns for Friend Zone

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Nominees for Best NB Short Drama OR Comedy

1. Arianna Martinez for Letters from the Dead
2. Kaitlyn Adair and Bronwen Mosher for March 2.4
3. Tracey Lavigne for Mnemosyne

The recipient for Best NB Short Drama is: Mnemosyne by Tracey Lavigne

East Coast Camera Rental Award (valued at $5000.00) This is made possible through SWFF sponsor Nick Wilson and we thank him for his generosity.

Winner: Tracey Lavigne

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2018 Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award. (for first or second time NB Filmmakers).

Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award has a value of ($1,880.00)
(for first time Filmmakers)
• $200 in workshops/training from the NBFC (2018)
• $600 cash from The LeBlanc Family and generous
donations
• $1000 in equipment and post services from NBFC
• $80 (full membership for two years) from the NBFC
• Workshopping of winning screenplay

There were 20 Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award submissions this year from across New Brunswick

The Winners of the 2018 Jane LeBlanc Award are: 
Saint John based Corinne Brownlee, for Distortion Kingsclear based Brenda Malley for After The War

Special thanks to Maureen LeBlanc who donated further funding to make it possible for us to award two recipients this year.

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Individual or group making significant contributions to film and video in New Brunswick in a volunteer capacity. ($500 Cash Award) Sponsored by Picaroons.

Picaroons Brian Carty Film Volunteer Recognition Award

Jeff Picka

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Individual or group making significant contributions to film and video in New Brunswick in a professional capacity.

Jim Lavoie Film Professional Recognition Award.

Frictive Pictures

(Professor/filmmaker Robert Gray, Professor/filmmaker Matt Rogers and teacher/filmmaker Jon Dewar)

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CBC/NB Joy Award. 
This is an excellent distinguished award with a value of: ($8,500)

The Breakdown for the award is as follows:
$5,500 in equipment or facilities from the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative
$2,000 in cash from CBC 
$1,000 in cash from New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative

There were 15 CBC/NB Joy Award Submissions this year from across New Brunswick

2018 CBC/NB Joy Award Winner: Kaitlyn Adair for Together We Move