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.
Much to Dianne’s surprise she was presented with a Golden Sheaf for her short experimental film Ashes. Jason Britski and Ashley Genno were in attendance with Dianne on Saturday May 27th at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton.
The Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival, now in its 59th year, is the longest running festival of its kind in North America. Over the years, the festival has garnered an esteemed reputation as one of the country’s top film and video festivals; a reputation that attracts outstanding entries and personalities from across Canada.
Ashes will be screening at the Niagara Indie Film Festival, June 23-24, 2006 in St. Catharine’s, Ontario.
The long awaited documentary Summer is now in the final stages of post production. Jason Britski has taken over the final edit and sound design. Jason Moberg, a talented local musician is in the final stages of composing music for the production. A premier screening will be scheduled for the first week of November.
‘Truth or Tale’ a new television series by Dianne Ouellette and Jason Britski has received funding from the SaskFilm Filmmakers fund and SCN. The series to be shot in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba will go into production mid July.
Ashes will be screening at the Female Eye Film Festival, June 15-18, 2006 at St. Woodbridge, Ontario. The Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) was established in 2001 and is Ontario’s one and only annual international independent women’s film festival.
Ashes will be screening June 17th, at 4pm at the Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro, NC at the Hi Mom! Film Festival. The festival runs from June 15-17, 2006.