Shelagh Carter is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio as an Actress and Director, a Professor of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's Directors Lab in Toronto. 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 latest indie feature, Before Anything You Say, an innovative drama based on a true story, has been screened successfully in Europe and the US. Additional feature film projects include a psychological thriller in development called The Woman Who Swallowed West Hawk Lake, the recently filmed Chekhovian drama called Into Invisible Light, and the romantic comedy Love, Repeat featuring New York City. She is a recipient of the award, Women In the Director's Chair Career Advancement Module 2010, in collaboration with Women in Film Festival Vancouver.
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.
The Feminine, expressed through dance.
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.
The film traces the anguish a middle-aged woman endures as she contemplates a decision on a summer day that might end her own life and that of her husband who suffers a long term and incurable illness.
n its exploration of the capacity of the body to reproduce and the mind to conceive, 'Resolve' expresses the weight and dynamism of the creative process, as well as its uncertainty, poignancy and challenge.
Painful truths emerge when a woman, Evelyn, is attacked in her home and her husband, Jack, fails to intervene. After shooting the intruder, Evelyn forces Jack to answer for his cowardice and in so doing, realizes exactly what has robbed her life of meaning and love.
Night Travellers is the story of Mika LaFreniere, a wife and mother who falls into a passionate affair with a migrant worker in the 1960s. Against the backdrop of the strict religious community where she lives, and her father’s disparaging behaviour, Mika struggles to make the right choices.
An experimental short film, exploring women and madness, devoted to breakages and particularly focused on the appetites revealed as the subject is extinguished.
Set in New York City, a contemporary fairy tale about deception and betrayal. Shot in Neo-realist film noir style.
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For Before Anything You Say. MADRID International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain, July 2017.
For Is It My Turn. WorldFest International Film Festival, Houston, USA. April 2014.
For Passionflower. Prescott Film Festival, Prescott, Arizona, August, 2012.
For Canoe. WorldFest International Film Festival, Houston, USA. April 2011.
For One Night. Gimli Film Festival, Gimli, July 2011.
For One Night. Soul 4 Reel Film Festival, USA, March 2011.