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Two Island filmmakers’ projects have recently been recognized through their selection for the 2014 NSI Online Short Film Festival. Jenna MacMillan’s short film, In a While, tells the story of twenty-something Paul who is asked to check in on his aging grandfather, Russell. Kyle Simpson’s documentary, Beard Life, is a film where Al Douglas spends the last day with his beard before shaving it off for Movember. View both at:

Island documentary filmmaker Andrew MacCormack’s short film Here and Away won the Audience Award at the 2013 Island Media Arts Festival and was screened as part of Air Canada’s enRoute Film Festival. Here and Away was recently picked up by PBS and can be watched on their online channel. The film contemplates the notion of home as seen by an elderly man from PEI and a young woman from Beijing.

Young Island film maker Justin O’Hanley made a short, humorous film called No Parking—with no budget and without anyone else’s involvement. The film was screened at the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival and then licensed to air on CBC in December, 2013.

The National Film Board-produced short documentary Island Green, directed by Millefiore Clarkes, explores the future of family farming on PEI and points to the potential of PEI as an all-organic Island. The documentary has had more than a dozen screenings since its release in 2013. It generated a great deal of publicity, including an interview with Jian Ghomeshi on CBC’s program, Q.

Mark Sandiford’s satiric documentary, Qallunaat! Why White People are Funny,  produced in 2006, has recently experienced a “viral revival” in late January 2014 when its online streaming link was shared on the NGB website.

Late in 2013, Just Passing Through premiered online. The comedic web series was created by Jeremy Larter, Geoff Read and Jason Larter and features many Island actors and production members. A second season is in the works.

Millefiore Clarkes and Jason Arsenault are currently in production for Where the Heart Is, a documentary about a Newfoundland town. The town’s population of 72 faces the prospect of displacement when the government offers money in exchange for relocating the residents to more ‘practical’ urban centres.

The Island Media Arts Co-op supports and sustains a variety of initiatives that stimulate artistic expression through the media arts. IMAC provides workshops, production assistance, reduced-rate equipment rentals, dissemination initiatives (festivals, screenings, etc.), and community. Their facilities offer equipment for film and video production (cameras, lighting and sound equipment), editing suites for video and film, various other resources, and support staff.

—submitted by IMAC

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