By Posted on: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

SJIWFF Podcast: Heather Jarvis and Laura Winters on The Safe Harbour Outreach Project

I spoke to Heather Jarvis and Laura Winters about the Safe Harbour Outreach Project and issues that effect sex workers in Newfoundland.

We talked about the difference between sex work and sex trafficking and the danger of conflating the two, as well as some of the ways that stigma around sex work is perpetuated and the diverse ways it impacts people’s lives in our province. Heather and Laura also unpacked laws around sex work in Canada and explained why we need to advocate for a legal system that focuses on harm reduction.

Follow the link to learn more about The Safe Harbour Outreach Program:

You might also want to check out this post on the St. John’s Status of Women’s Council blog which covers a lot of related material:…ghts-app


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By Posted on: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

SJIWFF Podcast Ep. 2: Penelope Smart on “Land of Mirrors: ongoing experiments in Newfoundland” and Her Vision for Eastern Edge Gallery


Photography by Chloe Edbrooke. Drawing of Inner Hebridean island by Penelope Smart.


We spoke to Penelope Smart, the new director of Eastern Edge Gallery about what it means to be a curator in an artist run space, the history of Eastern Edge and what excites her about contemporary art, including Eastern Edge’s current exhibit, “Land of Mirrors: ongoing experiments in Newfoundland”.

The show features work by Michael Flaherty, Will Gill, Philippa Jones, Jerry Ropson and Jason Wells. In this interview Penelope talks about how each of these artists explores the idea of Newfoundland imaginary.

“Land of Mirrors: ongoing experiments in Newfoundland” opened on January 23rd and will be up until March 2nd.



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By Posted on: Monday, January 18th, 2016

Ann Shin on “My Enemy, My Brother”

Interview by Eva Crocker

Ann Shin’s short documentary, “My Enemy, My Brother” which was shortlisted for an Oscar, screened at the 26th annual SJIWFF this past October. I spoke to her about the remarkable story behind her film, the challenges of telling the past in the documentary genre and webseries as a vehicle for opening-up the filmmaking process to the viewer.


Ann Shin

SJWIFF: Could you tell me a bit about “My Enemy, My Brother”?

AS: “My Enemy, My Brother” is a film about two regular guys from Iran and Iraq who get caught up in events out of their control, their countries go to war and they are conscripted. One is a thirteen year old soldier, a child soldier and the other is eighteen or nineteen. They happen to meet on the battlefield and the child soldier risks his life to save other soldier even though they are enemies. By a twist of fate they meet again in Canada, decades later, under unlikely circumstances.


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By Posted on: Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Pepa Chan on “Resurfacing”

For the first episode of the SJIWFF’s new podcast, we talked to local artist Pepa Chan about her installation, “Resurfacing” and the importance of public art.


The photograph shows Pepa’s artist statement, which was installed alongside “Resurfacing” at Quidi Vidi Lake.

The intro to this interview samples PMS & The Mood Swings’ “Yours for a While”.

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By Posted on: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Ruth Lawrence on “Buy the Boards”

By Eva Crocker

Ruth Lawrence directed and co-wrote “Buy the Boards”, a comedic webseries about a board shop. I talked to her about making her first webseries, writing with her son and filming “Buy the Boards” during Dark NL.


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By Posted on: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Simone Kisiel Talks Feminist Horror and Her Fav Webseries

By Eva Crocker

WIFTV (Women in Film and Television Vancouver) are hosting a genre contest for women screenwriters, called From Our Dark Side. The winner receives a cash prize as well as some pretty exceptional opportunities to help promote and develop their project. To get you inspired to write your genre film outline I spoke to Simone Kisiel about her new feminist horror series ‘BUGS: A Trilogy‘.

Check out Simone’s horror webseries “Housed” and some of her current favorite webseries below!

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By Posted on: Monday, November 9th, 2015

Ruth Lawrence Recommends Some Hilarious Webseries

Ruth Lawrence co-wrote the webseries “Buy the Boards” with comedians, Luke Lawrence (who happens to be her son) and Matt Wright.

While writing “Buy the Boards” Ruth researched comedic webseries from around world, we asked her to recommend a few of her favourites.

“Buy the Boards” and Ruth’s top three are below for your viewing pleasure, be prepared to laugh a lung up.

Buy the Boards


The Casuals


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By Posted on: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Hannah Cheesman on “Whatever, Linda”

By Eva Crocker
Hannah Cheesman is the co-creator, co-writer and star of the webseries, “Whatever, Linda”.

Hannah’s short film “Cheese” showed at SJIWFF26, where I had the opportunity to talk to her about writing for the web, the challenges of making a period piece and what it means to make a feminist show.

Watch “Whatever, Linda” on the show’s website.


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By Posted on: Monday, November 2nd, 2015

FRAMED Nunatsiavut Films Reaching Many Viewers

By Eva Crocker

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FRAMED Nunatsiavut participants with FRAMED producer Jenn Brown, photo by Malin Enstrom

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By Posted on: Thursday, October 29th, 2015

2015 Film Lover’s Lottery Winners

The Film Lover’s Lottery is an annual fundraiser in support of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award.

This year’s winning tickets were drawn at our Emera NL Closing night which featured Jenina MacGillivray’s 2014 RBC Michelle Jackson Award winning short film, “The Tour” and Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys.

Congratulations to the winners!

FLL-Icon-boat-150x150 Melissa Tobin winner of the DIRECTOR’S PRIZE
A 13-day Adventure Canada Greenland & Wild Labrador Cruise, with flights, provided by Adventure Canada and the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. Winner may take a companion at 50% off. June 29-July 11, 2016.
Prize value: $15,200

See a short video of RBC Michelle Jackson Award winners Jenina MacGillivray and Tamara Segura’s Adventure Canada trip.

FLL-Icon-Ipad-150x150 Louise Sutton winner of the WRITER’S PRIZE

A 32GB white iPad tablet with Smart Cover, provided by Optimized Risk and Insurance Ltd.
Prize value: $600

FLL-Icon-bed-150x150 Mary Keiley winner of the PRODUCER’S PRIZE

A one night stay, including dinner and breakfast, at Fishers’ Loft in Port Rexton, Trinity Bay.
Prize value: $300

FLL-Icon-BBQ-150x150 Sara Mackenzie winner of the BBQ CREW PRIZE

A Mallard Cottage BBQ for 10, provided by Mallard Cottage.
Prize value: $500

FLL-Icon-Tickets-150x150 Jeff Myrick winner of the FILM BUFF’S PRIZE
Two passes to the 27th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and the 2015-2016 MUN Cinema Series.
Prize value: $340



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