Bryde MacLean (left) and Sophie MacLean star in Singing to Myself by Island director Harmony Wagner

Women in film

Watching Interesting Films Together at City Cinema

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PEI’s chapter of Women in Film and Television Atlantic (WIFT-AT) will present Island director Harmony Wagner’s feature film Singing to Myself on May 25 at City Cinema. The screening will  kick off its “Watching Interesting Films Together” initiative.

The purpose of the “Watching Interesting Films Together” initiative is to shine the spotlight on a film by a woman director each month at City Cinema in Charlottetown for local filmmakers and film buffs to attend.  After the screenings, folks can enjoy each others’ company—and maybe a glass of wine—as they discuss the film and their own projects.

Historically, film has been a male dominated industry but films directed by women, such as the 2021 Oscar-nominated films Nomadland directed by Chloé Zhao and Promising Young Woman directed by Emerald Lilly Fennell, indicate that progressive change is happening.

WIFT has long represented female filmmakers locally and around the globe through mentoring, training and networking events. Charlottetown producer and WIFT-AT board member Louise Lalonde notes that “Watching Interesting Films Together is one example of such networking opportunities. I love that we are launching it with Harmony’s remarkable film Singing to Myself which received WIFT’s 1K Wave Award in 2016.”

Wagner looks back, “Singing to Myself is an intimate gaze into the intricacies of female friendship, something that I wasn’t seeing explored very deeply in mainstream television or film. We shot the film using all Island locations, crew and talent to showcase to the world that even early on in our development, the PEI film industry punches above its weight class.”

The growth of the film sector on PEI is encouraging to Lalonde, who has invested in that development over the past 14 years via the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp. “There is a new crop of Island women directors like Trilby Jeeves, Kelly Caseley, Shannon Shura, Sarah Segal-Lazar, and Jahan Bloch dreaming up interesting new works.”

Wagner concurs, “I’m thrilled to be a part of this initiative and I look forward to seeing great films and having great conversations.“

City Cinema is located at 64 King Street in Charlottetown. Tickets available at citycinema.ca.

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