2016 – 2020 (And Beyond)
The journey of this short film started in early 2016. It started with a script. A script about a woman who finds herself trapped in the rubble of her apartment after a catastrophic earthquake — and who must confront her mortality and greatest fears as a result.
And with that script, we started applying for funding, attaching cast and crew, and praying to the Film Gods that this project would one day come to fruition.
What was happening in 2016?
The Me Too movement was just about to catch fire. Trump was elected into the Oval office amongst much controversy. And we were still a few years away from the first global climate strike.
In Canada, major government funders like Telefilm were making commitments to gender parity (at least, with key roles) in Canadian film productions by 2020.
Fortunately, in the year that followed, we secured funding from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council, brokered relationships with sponsors and supporters, and shot our film in December 2017.
Since then, we collaborated with our talented post-production crew to finish our film with an eye to delivering a satisfying experience for our audience.
Flash-Forward: A New Decade (2020)
We complete post-production and pick up the final masters of the film. Now what?
It’s early 2020. The Me Too movement has made inroads, but we await what lies beyond the movement and whether it leads to true justice and reconciliation. Trump is facing an impeachment trial and provoking his enemies and allies into what we all hope will not end in WWIII.
The first Global Climate Strike was led by an inspiring teenager in Greta Thunberg, but we cannot help but wonder: Is it too late? Australia burns — the proverbial canary in the coal mine that challenges us all to recognize how fragile we have made Mother Earth.
In Canada, the film industry is still working towards gender parity (let alone intersectionality), but there is progress, and therefore, hope.
In 2016, this film started as a personal story about one woman’s journey through trauma and grief.
In 2020, this film cannot help but evolve into an allegory for the collective trauma and grief we feel as citizens of this tumultuous world.
However, I believe there is hope. After all, the title of the film itself, “After the Quake,” suggests that there is more to the journey after the initial catalyst of tragedy. Let this be a call to action for healing and peace.
And now thank you…
We are proud that our production achieved gender parity. But more than that, our cast and crew included a diversity of folks from all backgrounds and walks of life. It was is a strength to have different points of view challenging our choices at every stage.
Thank you to our supporters, sponsors, friends, and family that believed in this project from the beginning. It takes a village to make a film and we share credit with all of you.
Thank you to our exceptional cast, Grace Lynn Kung and Matthew Gin, for taking a leap of faith and coming on this journey.
Thank you to our production and post-production crew. They were all rockstars that elevated this film with their talent, work ethic, and can-do attitudes. Hire these folks! Seriously.
Over the coming months, we will share our film with audiences as we embark on the film festival circuit.
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