Meet Writer, Showrunner and #FromOurDarkSide Story Mentor Dennis Heaton

Dennis Heaton. Photo by Peter Mohan

Dennis Heaton. Photo by Peter Mohan

If you crave to discuss your genre film with a top-notch writer, now’s the chance. Showrunner and writer Dennis Heaton (Motive, Call Me Fitz, Fido) has confirmed he’ll join the #FromOurDarkSide mentor pool again in Season 2. Heaton mentored 2015 recipient Kate Lingley on the first draft of her screenplay In The Same Vein. Continue reading

Meet Producer and #FromOurDarkSide Mentor Marina Cordoni

Marina Cordoni

Marina Cordoni

A creative strategist who excels at working interdependently with filmmakers, Marina Cordoni‘s experience spans two decades of high-level international sales, including rights negotiations with content buyers; from theatrical, broadcast and digital platforms, to working with film financiers, government agencies, and sponsorship investors. At her company MCE Inc, she focuses on providing development, production and sales agency services to the independent film community.

Cas and DylanMarina’s most recent Executive Producer credits include Jason Priestley’s feature directorial debut: Cas and Dylan (starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany) the critically acclaimed genre films Antisocial and Antisocial 2. She is currently developing the sci-fi film South of Hope Street (directed by Jane Spencer, with whom she previously worked on The Ninth Cloud) and in post-production of the dark thriller The Bequest (directed by Jeff Kopas) and the comedy First Round Down (directed by Brett M. Butler and Jason G. Butler). Continue reading

#FromOurDarkSide Bridges the Gender Divide

cropped-darkside-website.jpgThe From Our Dark Side Genre Concept Competition closed submissions on January 16 and we were blown away by the response. Over 250 entries from across the country. Women clearly have stories they want to tell and voices they want to be heard.  Continue reading

Festival programmer, film critic Shelagh Rowan-Legg about the turning tide for women working in genre

Rowan-Legg passportMy love of genre cinema began early, between my mother’s love of Mad Max and my father’s of Star Trek. My interest in genre cinema led me to take an MA in film studies at University of Toronto. At the same time, I became the Operations Director at Toronto After Dark Film Festival. As I worked as a theatre rep at other films festivals, I found that I was often suggesting films for consideration to the TAD director. Eventually, I asked him if I could also be an official programmer. It took some convincing, but after I showed my merit through several of my selections winning audience awards, I began to travel to other festivals to scout for films. Meanwhile, I continued in my academic studies. I moved to the UK to study Spanish fantastic film. Currently, I’m working on a book based on my research, and am the shorts programmer for Film4 FrightFest in London.  Continue reading

From Our Dark Side genre contest holds info session in Vancouver December 9

Women in Film & Television Vancouver is pleased to host a free information session about the From Our Dark Side Genre Concept Contest, followed by a seasonal meet-and-greet networking event.

Tuesday, December 9, from 7-10 PM

Location: Pull Focus, #4-306 Abbott Street (Buzz Code: #8) Vancouver, B.C.  Continue reading

Meet Amanda Tapping, Director/Actor/Producer & Contest Mentor

Amanda Tapping_photoAmanda Tapping is best known for her role as Colonel Samantha Carter on Stargate SG-1. She went on to produce, direct and star in Sanctuary, which lasted for 4 seasons and is seen in over 170 countries. She continues to act in film and television, but has been spending the majority of her time directing for such shows as Continuum, Primeval: New World, Arctic Air, Strange Empire and Olympus.

She proudly sits on The Directors Guild of Canada’s Directors Advisory Committee and Women in Film and Televisions Advocacy Committee. She also runs the non-for-profit Sanctuary for Kids. Continue reading

Meet From Our Dark Side Genre Contest Mentor, Producer Rupert Harvey

FreddyRupert Harvey is a producer and writer, known for Pump Up the Volume, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, The Blob and Critters.

For more info on Rupert please check his IMDB listing.

What is genre?
An overused word.

Why is genre important?
It’s incredibly important in the film world, because it’s history. Continue reading

From Our Dark Side genre contest co-presents Berkshire County screenings at #BITS2014

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The From Our Dark Side genre writing contest teams up as community partner with the Toronto Blood in The Snow Festival, which celebrates independent Canadian horror films, and focuses on genre films from across the country.

From Our Dark Side is proud to co-present the festival screenings of Audrey Cummings’ Berkshire County on Friday November 28h at 7 and 9:45 pm.  Continue reading