Feb 17

Celebrating Black History Month


IMAC in partnership with the Black Cultural Society and Cinema Politica celebrate Black History month with a screening of Ninth Floor, Whitewash and from our own Scott Parsons the trailer for Jupiter Wise vs. The King.

Sun, Feb 12
2pm (doors open at 1:45)
City Cinema
By Donation



Trailer by Scott Parsons (director), Ryan Gallant (writer)

The King vs Jupiter Wise is a fictional adaptation of the life of Jupiter Wise, a slave on PEI in 1785. Jupiter wants to get on a boat and escape slavery on PEI. He wants the woman he loves who is owned by the Governor to go with him. As he is beginning his “run” he discovers that his owner’s son is being kidnapped and one of their buildings on fire. Jupiter decides to rescue the boy from his kidnappers. Thus begins a tale of truth, love, hardship and redemption. Screen play written by Ryan Gallant. Original soundtrack by Scott Parsons and Jonny King. Produced and directed by Scott Parsons and Eye Witness Productions Canada.



by Nadine Valcin / Canada / 6:20 / 2016 / English

Whitewash examines slavery in Canada and its omission from the national narrative. The country prides itself as being the benevolent refuge where enslaved Africans who were brought to United States gained their freedom via the Underground Railroad. That powerful image overshadows the fact that slavery was legal in Canada for over 200 years under both French and British rule. Whitewash brings to light some of the slave families that were brought to Prince Edward Island by Loyalists and looks at how nine generations of descendants have assimilated to the point of leaving very few visible traces of their origin.

The New Trailer from Scott Parsons: THE KING VS. JUPITER WISE


Over four decades after the infamous Sir George Williams Riot, Ninth Floor reopens the file on a watershed moment in Canadian race relations and one of the most contested episodes in the nation’s history. Making an audacious foray into non-fiction, writer and director Mina Shum engages the original protagonists in a compassionate cinematic exercise of reckoning and redemption.

Director: Mina Shum
Cast: Rodney John, Clarence Bayne, Senator Anne Cool
Year: 2015
Duration: 82 min

Feb 17

Young Island Voices

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In 2016 the Island Media Arts Cooperative ran the Young Island Voices project. Our Youth Program Co-ordinator Noah Hoskins travelled across the Island to introduce teens to IMAC as a resource hub for young Island filmmakers. IMAC challenged youth to tell their own stories with film and three industrious teens took us up on our offer with fantastic results. Keelin Fremlin, Alexander Cairns, and Zaneta Ambassa created unique pieces with strong themes and engaging plot lines.

Seventeen year old Keelin Fremlin submitted two short films. The first, A Cup of Tea, follows a little girl (played by Evie Grace Mawson) living with an alcoholic mother. She dreams of a land and characters much like the ones written by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland to distract herself from her harsh reality. Keelin’s second piece Melody is an avant-garde, two and a half minute montage of her friends and peers speaking, playing music and making art while an angelic voice recites a monologue about the importance of music and creation. So inspiring! We look forward to following Keelin’s exciting career as a filmmaker.

Alexander Cairns (17) and his collaborators explore themes of teen drug and alcohol abuse in his short-film YOLO. The film follows a young man on a steady path to success. Unfortunately he falls off the tracks and ends up fraternizing with the wrong crowd with very poor results. The realness of this short acts as a warning to youth. Alex says the biggest thing he learned from this project was how to properly collaborate with his partners, “Even when your plans start to fall apart, you can make compromises and still finish with a great product.”  We hope to see more work from Alexander in the future!

Twelve year old Zaneta Ambassa’s short film Muted follows a young musician who has been unintentionally muted by The Big Guy in the Sky as he relaxes in his “control room.” Seeing this character interact and attempt to communicate with her peers as she come to terms with her inability to speak is charming and comical. Zaneta wrote the script with her sister in a mere three days, “We didn’t want to forget anything and we didn’t want to take any breaks just in case!” Zaneta is a star in IMAC’s books and we look forward to seeing her next short!

To encourage these enterprising young filmmakers, IMAC’s Executive Director Renee Laprise proudly awarded each a $250.00 grant in support of their next project. “IMAC is thrilled to support young, local artists and their dreams. We are here to help you tell your stories.” Youth interested in filmmaking are encouraged to contact IMAC. We want to see more films by youth in 2017. Tell us your story!

IMAC would like to acknowledge the support of the PEI Community Cultural Partnerships Program and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Links to the films:

Keelin Fremlin: A Cup of Tea/Melody

Alex Cairns: YOLO

Zaneta Ambassa: Muted

Jan 17

PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp open for applications

Application Deadline: April 3, 2017

Workshop Dates: June 3 – 7, 2017

Training Opportunities for Producers and Screenwriters.

This coming June, the Island Media Arts Coop (IMAC) will be hosting the eleventh PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, a professional development workshop series for emerging screenwriters and producers from Atlantic Canada. These writers and producers will participate in five days of intensive professional development and be part of networking activities with producers and broadcasters in search of their next big production of feature films, documentaries, web and television drama.

The organizers are excited to welcome for the first time Deb Patz, author of Production Management 101 to mentor emerging producers. Returning mentors Tom Shoebridge, Sharon Buckingham, and Hannah Cheesman will be working with screenwriters again this year. In total, there are four workshops on offer that cover writing a feature from an idea, writing a next draft for a feature, writing a dramatic series, and production management. As an added bonus, Jan Miller will work her magic with the participants, preparing them for pitching and moving their projects forward.

With the support of Telefilm Canada, Innovation PEI, the Independent Production Fund, the Harold Greenberg Fund, and the City of Charlottetown, IMAC is able to offer these workshops at no charge to the talented individuals invited to participate.

• Writers are required to submit an application that outlines their idea and showcases their writing abilities.

• Emerging producers are required to make a case for being selected to participate in the production management workshops.
Details are outlined in the guidelines available on our web site: or you can contact Louise Lalonde at 902 213-7684.
The event takes place from June 3 to 7, 2017 and the deadline for submissions is April 3, 2017. There are no application fees or workshop fees, and this is a competition with limited seats.
We’re in this to help make your dreams of success come true!
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Alisha Corrigan pitches her feature film project to Sharon Buckingham, T S B Productions on the final day of the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp 2016.

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Sep 16

Support IMAC today!

IMAC is on a mission to increase our membership numbers and diversify our board in order to strengthen our position with policy makers and funders provincially and federally. Our active membership last year was over 105 people and we hope to top that this year.

IMAC doesn’t just rent gear. We are facilitators, advocates, community partners, information disseminators, and content marketers. We’ve worked hard over the last 18 months for filmmakers and cultural workers in general by advocating for the their best interests on a provincial and federal level.

Filmmaking on PEI is currently seeing a renaissance.  We want to build on this but we need the numbers. We need to band together to build up this important and active sector on PEI to convince potential funders that IMAC and Island filmmakers, actors, composers, sound designers, set builders, makeup artists, wardrobe people, and all the other cultural workers that go into making films, are here and active and worth investing in.

IMAC is a valuable resource within the cultural community. Please consider supporting IMAC with a General Membership today.
Thanks all!


Sep 16

Island Filmmakers screening at the Atlantic Film Festival

The presence of Island filmmakers at this year’s Atlantic Film Festival is amazing! We proudly celebrate the achievements of our members. Great work everyone!


September in Toronto.


 “A journey back to the city of my birth—Toronto. How memory mixes with fresh experience. How experience comes in flashes, and fragments, impressions, and fleeting sensations.”

Across America.


“Not long ago my partner and I traversed the vast country of America (US). This dreamy lyrical documentary muses on the subtle shifts in landscape and how land shapes culture, and how tied together these elements create a national identity.

“i ran my hand over the spine of america / how coast lines become forests / turn foothills and mountains / how mountains level / to plateaus / grasslands crack wide to canyons / species shift / obeying the land / culture catches the light of the land / and beast / reflects and refines / all one land / one body / one animal family / breathe in and out / america.”  Source:


TINY TOWN – Jenna MacMillan, Tess Marie Garneau and Thom Smalley


Double bill at AFF!



PERISCOPE PICTURES – Harmony Wagner and Jason Rogerson


Presenting the Singing to Myself trailer. This isn’t a thousand dollar movie, it’s a million dollar movie!


“Debt. Underemployment. Awkward relationships.

Dissatisfied with her options in the world of striving, a young deaf woman, Iris, decides to give up on yearning to connect. Instead she floats along, working at a greenhouse, embracing her silent solitude and learning to be happy with less.

Everything is going just fine until she meets a precocious musician named Celeste.

Beautifully shot on Prince Edward lsland, Singing to Myself is an intimate gaze into the complexity and ease of female friendship.”

A 1K Wave Atlantic recipient and the second feature film from Harmony Wagner. Premieres Sept. 20, 3:30 pm at Park Lane Cineplex Cinemas as part of the Atlantic Film Festival.





Bluefin is a tale of epic stakes set in North Lake, Prince Edward Island, known as the “tuna capital of the world.” Local fishermen swear the spectacular Atlantic bluefin tuna are so plentiful here they literally eat out of people’s hands. But many scientists contend the species is on the brink of collapse. Scientific assessments indicate tuna stocks are down by 90 percent. Can both claims be true?

With stunning cinematography, Director John Hopkins documents this baffling mystery, and brings the issues into sharp focus. How much of the oceans’ wildlife should we fish, and how much must we conserve? At the heart of the documentary lies a passionate concern about giant bluefin, the key breeders capable of replenishing the decimated stocks of the largest tuna species in the world.

Aug 16

It’s a wrap … for now!

Today marks the official wrap of the residency of Amanda Dawn Christie. IMAC would like to thank Amanda so much for working in our space and making such a wonderful piece for Art In The Open. We are sad to see Amanda go but so excited to see how she expands on the work she created here.

After packing up Amanda we had to say good-bye to our resource room. So it’ll be a bit cramped up in IMAC for a while till things get reorganized but in the end it’ll be worth it.

And on the topic of wrapping, we’ve officially wrapped the Lovely Witches Club shoot! Woohoo! Hoping for a January 1 release date but will keep you posted.

Speaking of microbudget I’ve signed out equipment to at least 2 teams this summer that are creating the trailers for their microbudget applications already. Very smart move. I highly recommend getting your microbudget applications in order as soon as you can to work them until they are perfect. As always I am here to offer information and insight.

So many people are shooting in September! It’s amazing! Jeremy Larter shoots his Pogey Beach feature soon. Mille Clarkes is shooting a documentary. Scott Parsons and his team are shooting a trailer for their Jupiter Wise project. And Adam Perry shoots the short version of his film A Small Fortune.

We also have several filmmakers going to the Atlantic Film Festival this year including Mille Clarkes, John Hopkins and Jenna MacMillan and her team.

Very exciting time for film on PEI! If you have a story to tell me give me a shout and we’ll make sure to feature you in a blog post!

Big things are on the horizon for IMAC. Stay tuned for more info or better yet come to the AGM this month! I’ll be sending out invitations soon.


Aug 16

INVITATION for a Wine and Cheese Open House with Amanda Dawn Christie

Open Studio/Wine and Cheese Reception: Monday, August 29, 2pm – 4pm  

IMAC artist in residence, Amanda Dawn Christie is wrapping up her one month of research and creation on the island, and is opening up her studio to IMAC members and the general public who are interested to come and visit, to see her work space and her tools, and to say goodbye before she leaves the island!

On display will be three different models of 16mm film loopers that were brought in from Toronto, Sackville, and Halifax… come take a look and see how they work!

During her residency at IMAC she created a new installation work for Art in the Open.  The installation is called “Where Ocean Meets Air” and involves three 16mm film loops that were hand-processed in salt water from the ocean, as well as a pool of water for reflecting the projection images, and performance.  The work will be installed in Memorial Hall at the Confederation Centre from 4pm – midnight on Saturday, August 27, as a part of Art in the Open.

Amanda Dawn Christie is an accomplished filmmaker, working in both documentary and experimental film, as well as a visual artist and performance artist.  She has been exhibiting films and videos in art gallery contexts since 1997.  Her first feature film, Spectres of Shortwave will have its world premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival this fall on September 22.

Thanks so much to Amanda for working with us during this crazy summer. The DIY filmmaking  workshop she put on was amazing was amazing and we are so excited to see what she’s been working on during the Art In the Open presentation.

We encourage you to go to Art In the Open and to come meet and greet Amanda during a wine and cheese reception before she heads back to New Brunswick.

Jul 16

D.I.Y. Filmmaking

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