How Eunice Got Her Baby

2009 / 35mm colour / 15:55 minutes

Florence, a small town cashier with big dreams, has every intention of getting out of town until Darryl Dean Chipman wanders into the store, holds her at gunpoint and steals her heart. Their unlikely love burns fast and hard, and leads to Flo’s sister, Eunice, inheriting the progeny of these star-crossed lovers.

“…makes those Alicia Silverstone Aerosmith videos seem like the CBC Sunday Night Movie.”

Heidi Wicks, The Telegram

“…this hard little gem comes with a parental advisory.…a bold, harsh fable about a young woman with starry dreams and a fair measure of hard luck…Flo is like a young Courtney Love, but without the benefits.”

St John’s Women’s Film Festival

“… a short form, Canadian version of David Lynch’s Wild at Heart, this story (is) about love and family strength”

Kristal Cooper, Toronto Film Scene

Screenings, Nominations, and Awards to date

  • Premiere: Montreal World Film Festival, August 2009
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Oct 2009
  • Yellowknife Film Festival, Feb 2010
  • Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, March 2010
    • Award: Best Short Film
  • Broadcast – CBC Canadian Reflections, April 2010
  • Yorkton International Short Film Festival, May 2010
    • Nomination: Best Short Drama
    • Leo Award: Best Direction
  • WorldWide Short Film Festival, Toronto, June 2010
  • Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, June 2010
  • Nickel International Film Festival, St John’s NFLD, June 2010
  • Broadcast – The Sundance Channel 2010
  • Northwest Film & Video Festival, Portland, November 2010
  • St John’s Women’s Film Festival, St John’s, October 2010
  • Women in Film Festival, Vancouver, March 2011
    • First Place Legacy Award


Director: Ana Valine

Producers: Kristin Somborac, Jordan Gross

Writers: Dane Clarke, Linsey Ann Stewart

Editor: Kye Meechan

DOP: Arthur Cooper

Score: Russell Broom

Produced by the Canadian Film Centre


Eunice: Vivien Endicott-Douglas

Florence: Kate Corbett

Darryl: Aaron Poole

Convenience Store Clerk: Tony Nappo


Canadian Film Centre

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