Submitted by Annick on
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 12:10pm

We're excited to announce that we're bringing a series of short films to this year's Atlantic Film Festival (September 15-22)! The screening will take place on Wednesday, September 21st at 6:45 PM. 

This short film series highlights the deep connection between the filmmaking and writing communities in Nova Scotia. This program contains cinepoetry, a short documentary, and short films with connections to the members of the WFNS. These films run the gamut of not only style and subject, but also through different stages of the organization’s 40 year history.

Dawg, directed and written by Shelly Thompson. (Member)
Tilley has nursed her mother through a long, final illness. Housesitting brings her a new friend in the form of Dawg, a gentle canine companion. When Dawg also passes on, his death helps Tilly to mark and mourn her lost mother too. (15 minutes)

The Grain Elevators, directed by Megan Wenneberg. (Featuring member poet Matt Robinson)
A former couple comes together to watch their life play out before them on Halifax’s crumbling grain elevators. This film is a result of AFCOOP and WFNS matching up poets with filmmakers to produce collaborative cinepoems. (4 minutes)

The Trumpeter, directed by Janice L. Platt. (Based on a short story by Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award funder and author Thomas H. Raddall) 
Set in Nova Scotia in 1798, The Trumpeter tells the story of a young woman named Thankfull Rogers, who learns that the Duke of Kent and his entourage are on their way and will want to use her father’s ferry. (26 minutes) 

Tell Me, directed by Shandi Mitchell. (Member)
Tell Me is an intimate portrait of the relationship between the filmmaker and her father. Daring to ask the most personal questions, Mitchell captures heartbreak, humour and our universal mortality in three evocative minutes. (3 minutes)

Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia, directed by Sylvia Hamilton. (Member) 
In their predominantly white school in Halifax, a group of black students face daily reminders of racism. With help from mentors, they discover the richness of their heritage and learn some of the ways they can begin to effect change.

Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $11.50 for seniors and students. Tickets are available via the AFF box office. We hope to see you there!