Living on the Edge hits the festival circuit!

Susan and I are very proud that our first film — Living on the Edge — is getting some great exposure on the festival circuit.

After a heart-warming reception (of almost 250 people) here in our hometown of Rimouski for the pre-screening of Living on the Edge in early November, our doc traveled to Toronto for its world premier at the Planet In Focus film festival, Canada’s largest environmental film festival. We met some great people, made some new friends, watched some GREAT films, and learned so much about filmmaking! A highlight was being able to watch and learn from other filmmakers during their pitch sessions to industry experts. Kudos to Elizabeth Mudenyo and Alessandra Cannito for your endless energy, amazing organizational skills and for making us out-of-towners feel right at home.

Here is a photo during Planet In Focus at the end of our screening: Susan and me with April Weppler from Freshwater Future Canada (our co-presenter) and Michael John Long from the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (our moderator):

Left to right: Joan Sullivan, April Weppler, Susan Woodfine and Michael John Long at York University following the screening of Living on the Edge during Planet In Focus film festival, 8 November 2014

Left to right: Joan Sullivan, April Weppler, Susan Woodfine and Michael John Long at York University following the screening of Living on the Edge during Planet In Focus film festival, 8 November 2014

After Planet In Focus, Living on the Edge crossed the big pond in December for its first international screening at the Think Forward Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Although we could not be there in person, we found the following image on Twitter just before our film was screened on 13th December – looks like there were quite a few people in the audience!

In January, Living on the Edge returns to Canada to be screened at the ReFrame Film Festival in Peterborough, Ontario. Joan will participate in a filmmakers panel led by Aisha Jamal on Saturday, 25th January at the Bourbon Barrel Saloon (!) to discuss the important connections between filmmaking and activism along with two other filmmakers: Clarke Mackey and Sean Liliani.

In February, Living on the Edge returns to Rimouski for a screening at Paraloeil one week before the kickoff of  la semaine de l’environnement. Screening date is 12th February at 19h30.

And finally, Susan just received an enquiry from the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., to review our film for consideration in this very important environmental film festival in the US capital in March 2015.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Living on the Edge will be accepted to this great film festival, which this year will have a special focus on Climate Connections! And we’re looking at other festivals in Gaspé and Portneuf – à suivre!

We are humbled by this ground-swell of support and growing interest in our first documentary.  Since the beginning of this project, we continue to believe that the best way to communicate the urgency of climate change is to focus on the human perspective: stories about how climate change is already affecting people and their communities in their own backyards, right now, not in the future.

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