March 23rd, 2019

Thanks to WIFTV’s Vancouver International Film Festival for bringing Winter to Vancouver audiences again and at the best screening venue in town! Wonderful audience and post-movie conversation. Thanks, also, to all the people who still come out to real-life cinema to share the stories.

And bonus: a nice review in Hollywood North Magazine


once there was a winter

June 24th, 2016

It was a trip.
We went north for my second feature, full immersion, method directing, and came home with a film in the can.
Thank you Telefilm and William F White Awards for getting us on the way.
‘Once There Was a Winter’ is now in picture edit, anticipating early 2017 festivals.

RR ext Trailer night

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…

Today is Marlene’s Day

October 1st, 2014

I’m up late writing on a little project and thinking about Marlene’s debut this evening. As much as I’m ready for it, I’m nervous and excited and all of those things that happen when our blood and guts are strewn out for public display.

We are up for Best Canadian Feature, Best BC Film and BC Emerging Director. Saturday I am off to the Busan International Film Festival as we are nominated in the Flash Forward program.

It’s been a wild ride.

Here we are: Amber, Dakota, Paloma and I at the VIFF Opening Gala. Tonight, Wednesday, October 1 will be the first screening for us all; cast & crew, family & friends and VIFF audiences. Suzanne is shooting another feature and has sent a lovely note that she will be with us in spirit. And does Marlene have a spirit!

Must get back to writing and get a nap in before the sun rises. It’s a magical time….

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

Leo Nominations

April 27th, 2014

Well, it’s exciting…

“Sitting on the Edge of Marlene” has been nominated for 7 Leo Awards (the BC film awards):
Best Feature, Direction, Screenwriting, Picture Edit, Sound Edit, Production Design and Female Lead.

Wow. We’re just submitting for festivals now so this is encouraging news.


“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


WIFTV and Whistler Film Festival Film Market Preparation Mentorship

October 19th, 2012

“Sitting on the Edge of Marlene”
has been chosen to go to the Whistler Film Festival for market preparation. We will have pre-festival mentorship with producer Mary Anne Waterhouse (Quadrant Motion Pictures) and festival support with Angie Nolan (Whistler Film Festival Society) and Rachelle Chartrand (Women in Film and Television Vancouver).

Screenplay Award at FeFF

July 13th, 2012

“Sitting on the Edge of Marlene” had a nice table read at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Fest bringing home the Best Screenplay Award. Many thanks to Leslie Ann Coles, Mark Sanders and the staff and volunteers for another great festival.

Also awarded were: Alanis Obomsawin (Tribute), Barbara Willis Sweete (Honorary Director) and Carol Whiteman (Honorary Maverick).










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 MarleneĀ  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.