Ouellette Dizzy in Regina
Playback magazine (film & television)
July 7, 2003
Prolific Regina-based short filmmaker Dianne Ouellette is currently in post on her 10-minute short Dizzy Lizzy, produced under the banner Difilms. Ouellette (Daisy) directed, cowrote and coproduced the project about a little girl who sees fairies. The twist is every time the girl rescues and cares for one of these fairies, it dies.
The film is coproduced with Loreena Weideman-Buhl and Hildy W. Bowen. The cowriter on the project is Tyler Lukiwski, while Darryl Kesslar served as DOP. In all, 26 Saskatchewan-based crew members worked for free over the four-day shoot to help bring Lizzy to life.
The film was produced on a budget of about $19,000, with funding assistance from SaskFilm, the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and a grant from Screen Femmes.
Ouellette hopes to have Dizzy Lizzy ready by July, and intends to premier it in Regina on the Saturday before Halloween, to tie in with the film’s Halloween theme.
In the meantime, Ouellette is working on a new 30-minute experimental documentary about bipolar disorder with a grant from the Canada Council. She is calling it Summer, shooting on 16mm, and hopes to have it ready for spring.