27 Aug Shandi Mitchell directs feature film The Disappeared
Shandi Mitchell’s Debut Feature The Disappeared Set to Film in Nova Scotia
Story of fishermen lost at sea to shoot off the coast of Lunenburg, NS.
Halifax, NS – August 30, 2011– Award-winning writer and director Shandi Mitchell will direct her first feature film, The Disappeared, this September off the coast of Lunenburg, NS. Her riveting story tells the tale of six men in the fight of their lives, in two dories on the great, unforgiving North Atlantic Ocean.
Produced by Two Dories Film Inc., The Disappeared is inspired by countless maritime stories of those who make their living at sea; those who returned and those who disappeared. Mitchell gathered first person accounts, perused archival records and went to sea to better understand the beauty, awe and terror of a world few have witnessed.
“I spoke with a ninety-two year old man who had worked on the sea his entire life,” said writer and director Mitchell. “I asked him if he had ever been afraid. He answered, ‘Once. When I had been lost.’ I wondered what it could be like to be in that infinite vastness, between the shores of living and dead. Who would I be, if everything was stripped away?”
Shandi Mitchell was assistant director for Growing Op, Poor Boys Game and The Hanging Garden. She directed the multiple Gemini nominee, Baba’s House and festival darling, Tell Me. The New York Times noted her as one of ten most interesting new writers of 2009 following the release of her debut novel. Under This Unbroken Sky, published in 11 countries, won the Commonwealth Regional Prize, the T. H. Raddall Fiction Award, the Margaret & John Savage First Book Award and was long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Award.
Filming The Disappeared on the open ocean will be a true embodiment of the power and strength of the film’s seventh character – the sea itself. Overseeing this challenge is Capt. William “Bill” Flower, leading the same marine team that worked on Moby Dick, Titanic and K-19: The Widowmaker.
“Having worked with Shandi for many years, I have the highest regard for her as a filmmaker,” says producer Gilles Belanger. “We have assembled the best marine and creative crews to shoot this film. It’s going to be an exciting adventure.”
The Disappeared is being produced by Gilles Belanger, Ralph Holt, Walter Forsyth and Karen Franklin. The Disappeared has been acquired by Astral’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central. It was developed and is being filmed with the financial support of Telefilm Canada and Film Nova Scotia and was developed with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
Two Dories Film Inc. is a Nova Scotia company based in Halifax. It was incorporated for the purpose of producing the theatrical feature film, The Disappeared, for national and international distribution. Follow The Disappeared online at www.twitter.com/disappearedfilm and on Facebook.
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