IMAC is on a mission to increase our membership numbers and diversify our board in order to strengthen our position with policy makers and funders provincially and federally. Our active membership last year was over 105 people and we hope to top that this year.
IMAC doesn’t just rent gear. We are facilitators, advocates, community partners, information disseminators, and content marketers. We’ve worked hard over the last 18 months for filmmakers and cultural workers in general by advocating for the their best interests on a provincial and federal level.
Filmmaking on PEI is currently seeing a renaissance. We want to build on this but we need the numbers. We need to band together to build up this important and active sector on PEI to convince potential funders that IMAC and Island filmmakers, actors, composers, sound designers, set builders, makeup artists, wardrobe people, and all the other cultural workers that go into making films, are here and active and worth investing in.
IMAC is a valuable resource within the cultural community. Please consider supporting IMAC with a General Membership today.
The presence of Island filmmakers at this year’s Atlantic Film Festival is amazing! We proudly celebrate the achievements of our members. Great work everyone!
September in Toronto.
“A journey back to the city of my birth—Toronto. How memory mixes with fresh experience. How experience comes in flashes, and fragments, impressions, and fleeting sensations.”
“Not long ago my partner and I traversed the vast country of America (US). This dreamy lyrical documentary muses on the subtle shifts in landscape and how land shapes culture, and how tied together these elements create a national identity.
“i ran my hand over the spine of america / how coast lines become forests / turn foothills and mountains / how mountains level / to plateaus / grasslands crack wide to canyons / species shift / obeying the land / culture catches the light of the land / and beast / reflects and refines / all one land / one body / one animal family / breathe in and out / america.”
TINY TOWN – Jenna MacMillan, Tess Marie Garneau and Thom Smalley
THE GALLEY and FARMBOYS
Double bill at AFF!
PERISCOPE PICTURES – Harmony Wagner and Jason Rogerson
SINGING TO MYSELF
Presenting the Singing to Myself trailer. This isn’t a thousand dollar movie, it’s a million dollar movie!
“Debt. Underemployment. Awkward relationships.
Dissatisfied with her options in the world of striving, a young deaf woman, Iris, decides to give up on yearning to connect. Instead she floats along, working at a greenhouse, embracing her silent solitude and learning to be happy with less.
Everything is going just fine until she meets a precocious musician named Celeste.
Beautifully shot on Prince Edward lsland, Singing to Myself is an intimate gaze into the complexity and ease of female friendship.”
A 1K Wave Atlantic recipient and the second feature film from Harmony Wagner. Premieres Sept. 20, 3:30 pm at Park Lane Cineplex Cinemas as part of the Atlantic Film Festival.
Bluefin is a tale of epic stakes set in North Lake, Prince Edward Island, known as the “tuna capital of the world.” Local fishermen swear the spectacular Atlantic bluefin tuna are so plentiful here they literally eat out of people’s hands. But many scientists contend the species is on the brink of collapse. Scientific assessments indicate tuna stocks are down by 90 percent. Can both claims be true?
With stunning cinematography, Director John Hopkins documents this baffling mystery, and brings the issues into sharp focus. How much of the oceans’ wildlife should we fish, and how much must we conserve? At the heart of the documentary lies a passionate concern about giant bluefin, the key breeders capable of replenishing the decimated stocks of the largest tuna species in the world.
Today marks the official wrap of the residency of Amanda Dawn Christie. IMAC would like to thank Amanda so much for working in our space and making such a wonderful piece for Art In The Open. We are sad to see Amanda go but so excited to see how she expands on the work she created here.
After packing up Amanda we had to say good-bye to our resource room. So it’ll be a bit cramped up in IMAC for a while till things get reorganized but in the end it’ll be worth it.
And on the topic of wrapping, we’ve officially wrapped the Lovely Witches Club shoot! Woohoo! Hoping for a January 1 release date but will keep you posted.
Speaking of microbudget I’ve signed out equipment to at least 2 teams this summer that are creating the trailers for their microbudget applications already. Very smart move. I highly recommend getting your microbudget applications in order as soon as you can to work them until they are perfect. As always I am here to offer information and insight.
So many people are shooting in September! It’s amazing! Jeremy Larter shoots his Pogey Beach feature soon. Mille Clarkes is shooting a documentary. Scott Parsons and his team are shooting a trailer for their Jupiter Wise project. And Adam Perry shoots the short version of his film A Small Fortune.
We also have several filmmakers going to the Atlantic Film Festival this year including Mille Clarkes, John Hopkins and Jenna MacMillan and her team.
Very exciting time for film on PEI! If you have a story to tell me give me a shout and we’ll make sure to feature you in a blog post!
Big things are on the horizon for IMAC. Stay tuned for more info or better yet come to the AGM this month! I’ll be sending out invitations soon.
Open Studio/Wine and Cheese Reception: Monday, August 29, 2pm – 4pm
IMAC artist in residence, Amanda Dawn Christie is wrapping up her one month of research and creation on the island, and is opening up her studio to IMAC members and the general public who are interested to come and visit, to see her work space and her tools, and to say goodbye before she leaves the island!
On display will be three different models of 16mm film loopers that were brought in from Toronto, Sackville, and Halifax… come take a look and see how they work!
During her residency at IMAC she created a new installation work for Art in the Open. The installation is called “Where Ocean Meets Air” and involves three 16mm film loops that were hand-processed in salt water from the ocean, as well as a pool of water for reflecting the projection images, and performance. The work will be installed in Memorial Hall at the Confederation Centre from 4pm – midnight on Saturday, August 27, as a part of Art in the Open.
Amanda Dawn Christie is an accomplished filmmaker, working in both documentary and experimental film, as well as a visual artist and performance artist. She has been exhibiting films and videos in art gallery contexts since 1997. Her first feature film, Spectres of Shortwave will have its world premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival this fall on September 22.
Thanks so much to Amanda for working with us during this crazy summer. The DIY filmmaking workshop she put on was amazing was amazing and we are so excited to see what she’s been working on during the Art In the Open presentation.
We encourage you to go to Art In the Open and to come meet and greet Amanda during a wine and cheese reception before she heads back to New Brunswick.
SUBMIT YOUR SHORT FILM to IMAC!
The Island Media Arts Cooperative(IMAC) is hosting ‘The Prince Edward Island Youth Short-Film Competition’ as a means of letting future film-makers express themselves while instilling an interest of the Film Industry on Prince Edward Island by giving the opportunity to compete and through film production based workshops/events throughout the summer of 2016.
Keep an eye out for upcoming workshops and events on our social media:
1) The submitted short-film must be created by an Independent Island Student or group of Island Students in the grade 7-12 range. Grade 12 graduates of 2016 may still submit for this year.
2) The submitted short-film shall be no more than an absolute maximum running time length of 20 minutes or less
3) The submitted short-film must be original video, with original music (made by you) or given permission to use by the musician(s). Open source / free music and sounds are permitted for use with proper citation.
Your short-film will be rated on;
(2) level of entertainment,
(3) the level of technical detail; lights, sound, camera, editing, etc…, and most importantly
(4) how well portrayed the message/moral of your short-film is.
IMAC will accept all genres and styles of film submissions for both the intermediate and senior level students of Prince Edward Island in grades 7-12.
Prizes will be announced shortly.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 5pm – Monday Nov 28th, 2016
Please download submission form, fill out and send either by
email to YouthProgramDirector.IMAC@
mail to IMAC, P.O. B0x 2726 Charlottetown PE, C1A 8C3.
Questions? Contact Noah at YouthProgramDirector.IMAC@
IMAC is happy to announce that its recommended project “The Lovely Witches Club” created by Renee Laprise and Patti Larsen has been selected as a finalist for 2016 Telefilm Micro-Budget Production Program! The project’s producer and co-director Renee Laprise was excited to get the news.
“We are just so excited to get started! Patti (Larsen) and I have been working on various incarnations of the Lovely Witches Club since 2009. From an online creative group to the epic Witches Ball Halloween parties in 2009, 2010 and 2015, the Lovely Witches Club has been a creative space for women to express themselves in a variety of ways. To be able to embody the essence of the Lovely Witches Club in fictional stories on the web and in novels is really a dream come true.
We’ll be casting in late June and shooting in August and part of the marketing strategy is to let people follow the process step by step. We have an extensive marketing strategy in mind and it’s being expanded by our marketing expert Annelise Larson who has extensive experience with Telefilm projects. This is going to be a really fun project for us to make and for people to experience as a process and as a final viewing and reading experience. We are starting the process June 27th so go to www.lovelywitchesclub.com to watch the whole thing unfold.
Patti and I really want to thank the IMAC selection committee, the IMAC board, our mentors and Telefilm and the Talent Fund for being awesome and giving us such a wonderful opportunity.”
The Lovely Witches Club is a 7 x 11 minute episode paranormal webseries that follows a young disillusioned filmmaker hired by the so-called “witches” of Prince Edward Island to make a documentary about them only to discover the Island’s magic has been cursed and she’s the only one that can break it.
*** Watch for the novellas written by award winning author Patti Larsen based on the Lovely Witches Club webseries to be released during the series launch in January 2017. ***
Find the official TELEFILM press release HERE.
City Cinema, 1-4 pm, free screening
An afternoon of films showcasing Canadian authored stories that contribute to the understanding of global identities.
IMAC member Pravakar Thapa (PE) will discuss his film during the event.
Films being screened:
Pravakar Thapa – LYANG FYANG (SHORT NEPALI MOVIE)
Tarek Abouamin – 18 Days
Ariel Nasr – Buzkashi Boys (Academy Award Nominee)
This event is in partnership with, Reading Town and PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada.