HIFF to feature four South Shore filmmakers

by Gayle Wilson

  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>Ursula Handleleigh of Lunenburg had her work chosen for HIFF&#8217;s expanded cinema category.</p>

As filmmakers from around the world descend on Nova Scotia June 12 to 15 for the 13th annual Halifax Independent Film Festival (HIFF), four filmmakers from the South Shore will be rubbing shoulders with them and presenting their films.

Ursula Handleigh, the Lunenburg-based creator of an expanded cinema piece, In The Space Between Memory And Loss, will be leading the charge with her dual-film presentation, which will be playing throughout HIFF.

Evan Bower, HIFF's publicity coordinator explained the thinking behind the expanded cinema category.

"There's one project every year that tries to get people to enjoy film not in a traditional theatre setting. So this is kind of a cool project, where it will be probably in the lobby of the Neptune Theatre, outside the actual screening room."

Handleigh's HIFF project is two different films being projected together at the same time on one hanging piece of glass.

"I'm dealing with the individualities of mourning and grief, whereby grief is the internal experience of loss and mourning is the public performance of grief.

"And one is kind of hollowed out and the other is added, and then together they create a whole," she explained.

Originally from Toronto, Handleigh, 32, told LighthouseNOW she was excited to be welcomed into the arts scene. In 2018-2019, she was NSCAD's Lunenburg resident.

"I really love the work that I'm doing here and the art community," she says.

The remaining three filmmakers are among a total of 11 chosen in the Atlantic Auteurs short film program. They include former LighthouseNOW reporter Kelsey Power. Originally from Chester, she directed the musical film Embracing the Overcast.

Also showing at the festival will be Circles, a film by Tim Tracey of LaHave, while Lunenburg's Lisa Morse will be there with her A Nice Big Zero For You.

The 2019 HIFF will see such other artists as Khalik Allah, a New York filmmaker/photographer who worked on Beyoncé's album Lemonade.

The festival at the Neptune Scotiabank Stage Theatre promises to present an "electrifying" program of local and international features, filmmaker classes and questions and answers regional short films, expanded cinema and virtual reality experiences.

The festival's international component will feature work from artists in Greece, Chile, and the U.S.

HIFF is produced by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Telefilm Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, the City of Halifax, and The Coast newspaper.

The festival program can be viewed at: https://www.hiff.ca/new-events

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