By Posted on: Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Films on the Go 2012 is ready to roll!

We’re bringing the best short films from the 2011 St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival on a cross-province adventure!

Each summer, Films on the Go takes the best short films from the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival to movie screens across Newfoundland. This year, we’re bringing along some very special guests – like Joel Thomas Hynes, Des Walsh, Ruth Lawrence, Jackie Hynes and Emily Bridger — to host screenwriting and filmmaking workshops for youth in each town we stop in.

This year’s line-up of seven local and international shorts includes Christian Sparkes’ A River In The Woods, Joel Thomas Hynes’ Clipper Gold, and Darcy Fitzpatrick’s Meters. Viewers will meet monsters, 50s housewives, and a 100-year-old Danish bather.

We’ll be screening the films in a three-part tour, and the first part hits the road in just a few weeks! Leg One of the tour will stop in Twillingate on July 31, Fogo Island on August 1, and Gander on August 2. Each screening will be accompanied by filmmaking and screenwriting workshops.

In Twillingate, Joel Thomas Hynes will teach kids about guerilla filmmaking and in Fogo Island he’ll teach them about screenwriting. In Gander, Emily Bridger will help youth write an incredible script using subtext and character-driven plots.

The full film and workshop schedule is available here.

Joel Thomas Hynes is an award winning novelist and playwright with more than a decade’s experience performing leading and principal roles for film and television and stage. He’s worked as a staff writer for the CBC’s comedy series Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, as an associate producer for the feature film Down to the Dirt, wrote and directed the award-winning film Clipper Gold and recently directed the film 11 Years, currently in post-production.

Emily Bridger is an emerging filmmaker and actor from St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has performed in various roles on stage and film. Her first film, Epilogue, which she wrote and directed, screened at various festivals across Canada. Her second short film, Brad, premiered at LA Shorts Fest 2010. In the fall of 2010, Emily tried her hand at playwriting for the first time, as one of five writers, including Robert Chafe, Sherry White, Kenneth J. Harvery, and Lois Brown, for the production 5 New Very Short Plays in the Sand. Her most recent writing project, Kathy (a short film directed by Mark O’Brien), premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival 2011 in Halifax. It screened at festivals across Canada, and also won Best Comedy at Lakeshorts Film Festival 2012.

Films on the Go is brought to you by :

Canada Council for the Arts
Canadian Heritage
Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation
the government of Newfoundland and Labrador

For more information or to arrange interview with Joel or Emily, contact:
Sarah Smellie, Communications and Publicity Manager
Office: 709-754-3141 Cell: 709-689-0296