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Local filmmaker draws inspiration from France


TRURO – Leah Johnston’s newfound inspiration came from miles away from her hometown of Truro.

The filmmaker and director spent more than a week at Cannes Film Festival in France where one of her short films was being showcased.

“It was really cool and very humbling,” said Johnston. Her short “Ingrid and the Black Hole” was showcased in Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent program at Cannes Market.

“It was my first time seeing one of my shorts with an audience, so it was great to hear them laugh at what parts they found funny.”

The 30-year-old also said it was great to see her film in context with others from Canada.

“I was inspired by others shown as well,” she said. “Honestly, I was feeling a bit stuck before going to Cannes, but now I’m excited to start writing again. I was in a bit of a block, but I find after seeing other people’s shorts, that fades away. I find inspiration in other people’s work and can write again.”

While her film wasn’t being showcased until near the end of the festival, Johnston spent a week prior at the event.

“It was such a wonderful networking event. At international events, Canadians kind of cluster together and there was a Canadian pavilion we spent time at. I met some other producers and filmmakers from other parts of Canada.”

She said a lot of the first few days were spent talking with others about her upcoming project “Creature He” and putting some feelers out. Business cards are always exchanged, and Johnston was giving out USB drives with some of her work.

“I got some positive responses for my films,” she said.

Now that she’s home from the festival, she’s hoping to begin writing the script for “Creature He.”

“It’s about girls raised in seclusion who believe men are extinct and what happens when they realize maybe there are men in the world,” she said.

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

 

The filmmaker and director spent more than a week at Cannes Film Festival in France where one of her short films was being showcased.

“It was really cool and very humbling,” said Johnston. Her short “Ingrid and the Black Hole” was showcased in Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent program at Cannes Market.

“It was my first time seeing one of my shorts with an audience, so it was great to hear them laugh at what parts they found funny.”

The 30-year-old also said it was great to see her film in context with others from Canada.

“I was inspired by others shown as well,” she said. “Honestly, I was feeling a bit stuck before going to Cannes, but now I’m excited to start writing again. I was in a bit of a block, but I find after seeing other people’s shorts, that fades away. I find inspiration in other people’s work and can write again.”

While her film wasn’t being showcased until near the end of the festival, Johnston spent a week prior at the event.

“It was such a wonderful networking event. At international events, Canadians kind of cluster together and there was a Canadian pavilion we spent time at. I met some other producers and filmmakers from other parts of Canada.”

She said a lot of the first few days were spent talking with others about her upcoming project “Creature He” and putting some feelers out. Business cards are always exchanged, and Johnston was giving out USB drives with some of her work.

“I got some positive responses for my films,” she said.

Now that she’s home from the festival, she’s hoping to begin writing the script for “Creature He.”

“It’s about girls raised in seclusion who believe men are extinct and what happens when they realize maybe there are men in the world,” she said.

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

 

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