THE SINGING BONES
Director Danishka Esterhazy is currently in post-production on this short film, based on the story “Bones” from the 2001 collection of short stories entitled The Rose and The Beast: Fairy Tales Retold, by internationally acclaimed author Francesca Lia Block. The book became a L.A. Times bestseller. Publishers Weekly called the collection “Intoxicating” and “heady”. Kirkus Reviews wrote “[Block] uses language like a jeweled sword, glittering as it cuts to the heart.” These two artists, Francesca and Danishka, have come together for the first time to collaborate on this project, shot in San Francisco.
A girl and boy. Brother and sister. Living in poverty and neglect. Lost in the woods. They see a house, rush toward it…it is magical. Full of good food, soft sheets, love and care. But in this house, danger lurks. And all they have is each other. The Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel takes a modern, neorealistic twist in H&G. Written by Danishka Esterhazy and Rebecca Gibson. Directed by Danishka Esterhazy. Click here for more info. World premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival in September 2013.
DAPHNE KOROL: THE DRAMA QUEEN OF WINNIPEG
For the size of its population, Winnipeg is an unfathomable hub of arts and culture, and one of the reasons for that is the great work of a few passionate people. Daphne Korol is one of them. The award-nominated Daphne Korol: The Drama Queen of Winnipeg is a celebration and tribute to this woman, and the gifts she has shared. Written and directed by Rebecca Gibson for MTS Stories From Home.
William Shakespeare’s tale of a tragic Danish prince gets a modern gender-bending twist by director Ashley Hirt. A sold-out theatrical performance took place on February 14th, 2013 in Winnipeg. Click here for more info.
The love story of Psyche and Eros is re-imagined in this short silent film shot with 24 GoPro cameras. Directed by Danishka Esterhazy. With the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council. Currently in post-production.
For several years, Dr. Roberta Woodgate and her research team have been researching the experience of First Nations children with disabilities, and their families. Child First, produced by Red Czarina and directed by Rebecca Gibson, is a three-part documentary series based on the findings of Dr. Woodgate’s research featuring dramatizations and first person accounts. Child First premiered at the First Nations Families of Children with Disabilities Summit in June 2013.
A cross-generational romantic comedy about an ambitious young woman who refuses to duplicate her mother’s mistakes in love. Using her grandmother’s vintage makeup mirror as inspiration she sets out to break the family mold but realizes that though times may change the way people fall into bed, cheat, dump each other, and find their true loves does not. Written by Ashley Hirt & Rebecca Gibson. With support from the Rogers Development Fund.
In this contemporary teen comedy, Jane Grabowski is an outcast who loses her one and only friend to the “cool kids” on the eve of high school. Jane joins a band of weirdos in a LARPing club who have big plans – to revolutionize high school and create utopia for everyone. When newfound popularity beckons, Jane makes a horrible choice that may lead everyone to a happily ever after. Written and to be directed by Rebecca Gibson. With generous support from the Rogers Development Fund, Super Channel, the Manitoba Arts Council, On Screen Manitoba, and developed through the Women in the Director’s Chair Program, and the Banff Centre. Winner of the WIFTV Screenwriter Mentorship Award.
ORANGE DAISY PROJECT
This social action campaign to promote mental health for teen girls includes a 13-part digital documentary series. Featuring fun, unique, and inspiring stories of a girl from each of Canada’s provinces and territories, Orange Daisy Project is a companion piece to Red Czarina’s feature film Jane Garbage, and aims to answer some of the questions about mental health that the film provokes.
FOUR DEAD FRIENDS
An introverted young woman, whose only friends are ghosts, becomes the target of a ghost hunter who wants to exorcise her “friends”. Written by Danishka Esterhazy & Alix Sobler. With support from the Rogers Development Fund.
A new feature film written and directed by Danishka Esterhazy.