PEI filmmaker Susan Rodgers will celebrate the world premiere of her first feature film, Still the Water, at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival Stream this September. Viewers can begin streaming the film at home from midnight September 17 until midnight September 25.
“This has been my labour of love since 2017,” says writer, director, and producer Rodgers, who is also the author of the popular fiction fifteen-book Drifters series. “There are so many people who gave their heart and soul to the project. We are all ecstatic.”
There may not be a red carpet gala and the smell of fresh popcorn, but Rodgers sees the silver lining in debuting her film completely online.
“Any other year, a festival debut meant a limited audience,” says Rodgers. “Now through FIN’s digital platform, all of Atlantic Canada can see my film. Maybe it was meant to be.”
Completely shot on PEI, with director of photography Christopher Ball (camera operator for The Lighthouse, Aquaman), the film stars Ry Barrett (Open Your Eyes, The Demolisher), Colin Price (Murdoch Mysteries, Disasters at Sea) and Christina McInulty (Til Ex Do Us Part).
Still the Water is about a despairing hockey player who returns home to PEI, but his reappearance fuels jealousy and the emergence of a long-buried, painful truth. It features music from Catherine MacLellan, Irish Mythen, Nathan Wiley, and the song “Blood and Salt Water” written for the film by Lennie Gallant. Nicolle Morrison was Executive Producer and Rick Gibbs was Producer.
Written, produced, directed by Rodgers, the film was primarily funded by private equity via PEI’s provincially regulated Community Economic Development Business (CEDB) share program.
Tickets can be purchased online at finfestival.ca. Follow Still the Water on social media @stillthewatermovie or visit stillthewatermovie.ca.