Singing To Myself, a feature length film written and directed by Harmony Wagner has been selected for the Atlantic Film Festival. The film will screen on September 20 at Park Lane Cineplex Cinemas in Halifax.
Islander Sophie MacLean plays Iris, a young deaf woman at a crossroads in life. Dissatisfied with the idea of going deep into debt to go to school and struggling to connect with the hearing world, she decides to embrace her solitude and learn to be happy with less. Her efforts to be self sufficient in silence are thwarted when she meets a precocious musician, Celeste, played by another Islander, Bryde MacLean (no relation).
“Sophie and Bryde give world-class performances,” says Wagner. “The Island has so much talent and these two are shining stars.”
Visually, Singing to Myself is a return to the dramatic style of Wagner’s award-winning films, VAST and Queen of the Crows. To showcase the beauty of Prince Edward Island, the crew shot on location in French River, Thunder Cove, and Charlottetown. Tess Marie Garneau of Island-based production company Tiny Town Media is the cinematographer.
Singing To Myself was a recipient of a 1K Wave Atlantic award presented by Women in Film and Television and pUNK Films. The initiative challenged five female filmmakers to make five features in five months for only $1000 each.
‘Given the budget constraints,” says producer Jason Rogerson, “we could never have done this without the help of The Guild, the Island Media Arts Coop, and the local restaurants and caterers who supported the crew with food donations.”
“An army marches on its stomach,” says Rogerson,”so we are indebted to The Table, The Kitchen Witch Tea Room, Churchill Arms, Local 343, Upstreet Brewing Company, The Hopyard, Hunter’s Ale House, Cedar’s Eatery, Red Island Baked Potato, Downtown Deli, Cheryl Wagner and Starbucks for providing our intrepid crew with scrumptious fuel.”
Singing To Myself boasts a rich soundtrack of Island talent, featuring music by Sorrey, Racoon Bandit, KINLEY, and Jenn Grant, with sound design by the Hill Sound Studio.
The film is produced by Charlottetown’s Periscope Pictures and would not be possible without the support of Women in Film and Television Atlantic, pUNK Films inc., Telefilm Canada, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Warren P. Sonoda, The Hideout Studios, Halifax Motion Picture Sound & Music, 902 Post Inc. , The PostMan Post-Production Studio, National Film Board of Canada, and RBC Royal Bank of Canada.
Tickets to the world premiere screening are available at Atlantic Film Festival. The film makes its PEI premiere at the Charlottetown Film Festival on October 29. For the latest, follow Singing To Myself on Facebook.