Shelagh Carter is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio as an Actress and Director, and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors Lab in Toronto. As a director, Shelagh has created work for over fifteen years. Night Travellers, her third short film, was a National Screen Institute Drama Prize winner in 2007. Her award winning 35 mm short, One Night, filmed as part of the Canadian Film Centre’s Short Dramatic Film 2009 series, screened at several international film festivals. She has also won world festival recognition with her experimental narrative short films Canoe, Rifting/Blue, and Is It My Turn. Shelagh’s first feature film called Passionflower, the story of Sarah, an 11-year-old girl, forcing her family to come to terms with her mother’s increasing mental instability, has earned film festival attention and honors. Her indie feature, Before Anything You Say, an innovative drama based on a true story, has won international nominations and awards, most recently Best Manitoba Director 2018 by the DGC. Her third feature film, Into Invisible Light, has been honoured with several awards and nominations, including most recently winning the Directors’ Choice Independent Spirit Award at the Sedona International Film Festival 2020. Shelagh’s next feature, a New York City romantic comedy titled Love, Repeat, has just been completed in the fall of 2019. The Woman Who Swallowed West Hawk Lake, a psychological thriller, is also in development. Filmography: The Darkling Plain (short, 1999), Rifting/Blue (short, 2005), Night Travellers (short, 2007), One Night (short,2009), Resolve (short, 2009), Canoe (short, 2010), Passionflower (feature, 2011), Is It My Turn (short, 2013), Before Anything You Say (feature, 2016), Into Invisible Light (feature, 2018), Love, Repeat (feature, 2019).
When Isobel’s husband Jack announces his intent to pursue a job that would require him to live in Bangkok for five years working against human trafficking, he assumes she will follow, leaving her life and career behind. However, Isobel is not prepared to follow blindly. Hurt and feeling misunderstood by one other, they attempt to reconcile their lives and love in Paris while Jack attends business meetings and in their dream home in Winnipeg. Both struggle with a desire to care for others without being aware of their inability to care for each other, refusing to give up despite themselves and despite the world around them.
Confronted by odd directives from her late husband's estate, Helena Grayson, a recent widow, is inspired to reawaken a long-buried desire to write. When she's unexpectedly drawn into an encounter with a past lover she is further challenged to explore her creative voice. Conceived under the sway of both love and art, this is a story of forgiveness, second chances, and the revitalizing power of art.
On the brink of puberty in 1962 suburban Winnipeg, Sarah Matthews is increasingly challenged and confused by her mother's instability and sexual power. While her father refuses to acknowledge that the family is fracturing under the stress of his wife's mental illness, Sarah uses her creativity, inner strength, and a new friend to discover her own identity. With courage, Sarah bears witness and demands truth from the adults around her, demonstrating love's capacity to endure.
Award Winning Filmmaker Internationally. Please go to www.darklingcinema.com for further details.Most recent awards recorded below.
"Into Invisible Light" , East Europe International Film Festival - Warsaw 2019
"Into Invisible Light", West Europe International Film Festival - Brussels 2019
"Into Invisible Light" Gimli Film Festival - 2019
"Into Invisible Light"Italian Contemporary Film Festival- Toronto 2019
Presented by the DGC at the Gimli Film Festival