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A Good Way to Start…

October 20th, 2014

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks.

Thank you to our Vancouver home town for a grand welcome: I received the BC Emerging filmmaker award sponsored by UBCP/ACTRA and WFW and then came home for closing night to get the WIFTV Artistic Merit Award. The juries for both awards were incredibly gracious in their comments and I’ll take this forward as encouragement on the next one!

Also, thank you to Busan International Film Festival. I love traveling for work and to be sent to the other side of the world with a nomination for one’s movie is pretty dreamy. The film festival there is top-notch and absolutely worth the jet-lag. The people in South Korea were so kind and generous – thank you Dosin Pak and Ji-in. Makes me want to do a film every year just to come back!

And now, back to work, and grateful to have projects to come home to. This writing and filming and editing stuff is so essential to my day to day. It keeps me grounded and curious…

Yeeeeehaa!! Who doesn’t love trophies?

June 6th, 2014

Last weekend was full of wonderful Leo Award surprises. We (Grant Pearse) got a Leo for Production Design and then I got one on the gala night for Best Direction of a Feature Film. The lovely Paloma Kwiatkowski took a break from filming in Los Angeles to come up for her nomination as well. I could get used party frocks and red carpets. Thanks for all the support over the years!

directing leored carpet w Paloma

“Sitting on the Edge of Marlene” wraps shooting

April 25th, 2013

I’m happy to announce that we’ve finished principal photography on “Sitting on the Edge of Marlene” and are now into picture edit.

Special thanks to the tireless, positive crew and fellow creators as well as our funders and sponsors. Distribution will be through eOne. Look for it in festivals beginning spring of 2014. For now, some news links:-

Suzanne Clement Headlines the Canadian Indie ‘Sitting on the Edge of Marlene’ – Hollywood Reporter

Ana Valine on the ‘Edge’ – Variety

Billie Livingston YA Novel Will Be Feature Film – January Magazine


SITTING ON THE EDGE OF MARLENE in Good to Go at Female Eye

June 9th, 2012

The latest draft of Sitting on the Edge of Marlene  has been selected for the Good to Go program at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto. The festival runs from June 20 – 24 and “Marlene” will have a few scenes read as a tasty teaser at 1:00 on June 22, 2012 at the Novotel in Toronto.

…in other news, How Eunice Got Her Baby was given a nice nod in The Toronto Film Scene online magazine.

WIF-T Kodak Award

January 2nd, 2012

Wow. A glamorous day indeed. The WIFT-T Crystal Awards on December 5th. I was presented with the generous WIFT-T Kodak New Vision Mentorship Award which includes business guidance from Laurie May of Alliance and creative guidance from Deepa Mehta. Film stock for Marlene!!!!!! Yay! It’s a rare opportunity to shoot on film these days.



WIDC Award for “Sitting on the Edge of Marlene”

April 18th, 2011

Ana Valine has won the Women In The Director’s Chair Feature Film Award, valued at $120,000 in kind towards production of her first feature film, “Sitting on the Edge of Marlene”. Valine wrote the screenplay (which is based on Billie Livingston’s novella) and will direct.


Eunice Wins at Women in Film Festival

April 15th, 2011

“How Eunice Got Her Baby” was awarded the 1st place Legacy Award at the Women in Film Festival in Vancouver in March.

The cash award is generously sponsored by Deboragh Gabler of Legacy Filmworks, Vancouver.

“How Eunice Got Her Baby” plays opening night Gala at the St. John's Women's Film Festival

October 23rd, 2010

St. John’s Women’s Film Festival 2010

Venue: OPENING NIGHT GALA – Arts and Culture Centre
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Time: 8:00 pm

Director/Réalisateur: Ana Valine
Producer/Producteur: Jordan Gross, Kristin Somborac
Writer/Scénariste: Dane Clark, Linsey Ann Stewart
Country/Pays: Canada
Running Time/Durée: 16 min

Fresh from the Canadian Film Centre, this hard little gem comes with a parental advisory. Children are best left at home for it, but adults will surely appreciate the excellent story-telling skills at work here. Director Ana Valine – about whom we are going to hear a lot more – and her talented writing team have crafted a bold, harsh fable about a young woman with starry dreams and a fair measure of hard luck. Living in small-town Canada can do that to you. Flo is like a young Courtney Love, but without the benefits. Flo’s life changes one night when a handsome bad boy walks into the groc & conf and holds her up at gunpoint. They have a much shorter ride than Bonnie and Clyde, and with no one to run from but themselves. Enter Eunice. Opening night hero Gordon Pinsent narrates in his typically whiskey-throated way – all velvet, no ice.

Eunice at Nickelfest, St John’s Telegram Review

June 24th, 2010


Last updated at 9:47 AM on 24/06/10

Nickel: Night Two



The Telegram

How Eunice Got Her Baby: Directed by Ana Valine, the film follows two sisters – Eunice (Vivien Endicott Douglas) and Flo (Kate Corbett). Eunice is good, Flo is bad. Eunice ends up with a baby, but not in the conventional way. Corbett’s sexually- charged, renegade performance is wildly riveting. You can’t help but become immersed in her ‘F*** society’ attitude and streaky black crack-whore eyeliner. There’s a romanticism and desperation to her character that makes you want her to be alright. This Goldie Hawn look-alike makes those Alicia Silverstone Aerosmith videos seem like the CBC Sunday Night Movie.

Leo Awards – The Cultural Post

June 6th, 2010

The Cultural Post

Sunday, 6 June, 2010

Winners of the 12th Annual Leo Awards

To those of you who have been following the Leo Awards, the winners have been announced. The announcement was made over an event that lasted for two days (June 4-5, 2010). For those who don’t know, the Leo Awards aim to recognize outstanding achievements in the film and television industry of British Columbia, a Canadian province on the West Coast.

So, without further ado, here are the winners as revealed during the award ceremony held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.

Category Award Recepient(s) Film or program
Feature film Best Direction Bruce Sweeney Excited
Best screenwriting Vic Sarin, Catherine Spear and Dennis Foon A Shine of Rainbows
Best Picture Editing Allan Lee and Peter Forslund Alice
Best Overall Sound David Cyr, Paul Sharp, Iain Pattison and Graeme Hughes Alice
Best Sound Editing Kirby Jinnah, Kris Fenske, Brian Campbell, Melody Drolet and Jay Cheetham Alice
Best Production Design Michael Joy, Mark Lane and Paolo Venturi Alice
Best Costume Design Monique Prudhomme The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Best Make-Up Todd Master, Nicolas Podbrey, Werner Pretorius, Maiko Gomyo, Vincent Yoshida and April Boyes The Thaw
Best Visual Effects Lee Wilson, Lisa Sepp-Wilson, Sebastien Bergeron, Simon Lacey and Les Quinn Alice
Dramatic Series Best Direction Brenton Spencer Sanctuary – Pavor Nocturnus
Best Screenwriting Brad Wright Stargate Universe – Light
Best Picture Editing Rick Martin Stargate Universe – Human
Best Production Design Bridget McGuire Sanctuary – Kali Part 2
Best Costume Design Christina McQuarrie Sanctuary – Pavor Nocturnus
Best Make-Up Todd Master, Holland Miller, Harlow Macfarlane, Werner Pretorius and Yukio Okajima Sanctuary – Fragments
Best Visual Effects Mark Savela, Shannon Gurney, Brenda Campbell, Craig Vandenbiggelaar and Krista Mclean Stargate Universe – Air
Short Drama Best Direction Ana Valine How Eunice Got Her Baby
Best Screenwriting Kelly-Ruth Mercier No Ones Knows You Like Your Mother
Best Picture Editing Hart Snider and Brendan Woollard Savage
Best Overall Sound Greg Hannas, Miguel Nunes, Roger Morris, Angelo Nicoloyannis and Greg Stewart The Gray Matter
Best Sound Editing Miguel Nunes, Roger Morris, Angelo Nicoloyannis and Greg Stewart The Gray Matter
Best Production Design Daren Luc Sasges and Ester Bovard The Gray Matter
Best Costume Design Jennifer Sharpe The Gray Matter
Best Make-Up Tina Louis Teoli Serum 1831
Documentary Program or Series Best direction Pete McCormack Facing Ali
Best screenwriting Catharine Parke Ice Pilots NWT – Transatlantic Crossing
Best Cinematography Ian Kerr Facing Ali
Best Picture Editing Jesse James Miller Facing Ali
Best Overall Sound Gael MacLean and Doug Paterson This Land
Best Sound Editing Vince Renaud and Jo Rossi Ice Pilots NWT – Suspension
Best Musical Score Dan Scorce Gagnon Wood If
Information or Lifestyle Series Direction Allan Harmon Wolf Canyon – Hairy Lawman
Cinematography Randal Platt Wolf Canyon – Hairy Lawman
Picture Editing Richard Scwadel Wolf Canyon – Hairy Lawman
Animation Program or Series Best Direction/Story Boarding Gary Scott and Russell Crispin League of Super Evil – One Zillion
Best Overall Sound James Fonnyadt, Miguel Nunes, Gord Hillier and Tony Gort Max Steel Versus The Mutant Menace
Best Musical Score Daniel Ingram Martha Speaks – Opera Contest/Maestro Martha
Youth or Children’s Program or Series Best Direction J.B. Sugar The Troop