Waiting Outside… will inspire audiences to rediscover the value of the small moments in life and to make the most of every one. The film centres on Simon who cares for his young daughter Scout while his husband Felix is deployed overseas. When Simon gets a serious diagnosis, his world is shaken and he must deal with it, and the future, alone. We hope it furthers a conversation on quality of life while shining a light on the challenges faced by people in similar situations, and the impacts those challenges have on them.
There’s some very exciting news to share about our short film!
The short film’s director and writer (as well as producer), Joshua Jamieson, recently sat down with a UK-based film digest called The New Current for an in-depth interview about making it to Cannes, how the project developed, and his artistic background. Check out the interview by visiting their article here, or click on the image’s caption below to access a PDF version.
On the home front Waiting Outside… has been officially selected for the Nickel Independent Film Festival in June 2018! Stay tuned as other festival screenings are confirmed! We can’t wait to share our story!
We are pleased to announce the cast of Waiting Outside… a few days before heading into production on August 20 and 21, 2016! We couldn’t be more thrilled about the talented actors we have lined up for the short independent film.
Here is the cast list, and a little about each of them.
Simon Grigsby – Clint Butler (imdb.com profile)
Scout Grigsby – Kate Dobbin
Waiting Room Woman – Amy House (imdb.com profile)
Physician – Kyle Snow
Clinic Receptionist – Lisa Rose Snow (imdb.com profile)
Clint Butler is a classically-trained Canadian actor, born and raised on the beautifully rugged east coast island of Newfoundland (and Labrador). Trained initially for Musical Theatre, Clint began his performance career as a lead vocalist in the American cruise industry. Since then, he has performed on stages in Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, London, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, and St. John’s, as well as other great Canadian towns. A member of Canadian Actors Equity and ACTRA, Clint’s career spans from workshopping and originating new Canadian stage roles to ducking bullets on TV; musical and comedic repertory theatre to independent dramatic shorts.
Notable credits: Guest Starring as Doug Randall in season five of Republic of Doyle (CBC); appearing as the grotesque and mysterious “Archivist” in season four of Lost Girl (Showcase/Syfy); and touring as “Bergeron” in Artistic Fraud’s critically acclaimed staging of Robert Chafe’s Oil and Water (Resource Centre for the Arts, Factory Theatre, Magnetic North, Neptune Theatre, The Grand Theatre, and Canada’s National Arts Centre), for which he has also been published as an original cast member.
Kate Dobbin can most recently be seen in the Shallaway Choir and Ennis Sisters video for Sing You Home, the commemorative song to written and recorded to mark the 100th anniversary of Newfoundland’s role at Beaumont Hamel. She also appears in tourism ads for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Amy House is a comedienne, writer, actor, and producer. For the past 13 years she has been the Artistic Animateur of the RCA Theatre Company at the LSPU Hall. Amy has created several one-woman shows which she performs and tours, as well as several two-handers with Berni Stapleton, including A Tidy Package, In Stitches, The Importance of Being Foolish and Berni and Amy Rises Up. Her past film and television credits include Sherry White’s feature Crackie, Justin Simms’ short Heartless Disappearance into Labrador Seas, and The Halifax Comedy Fest TV broadcast.
Kyle Snow just finished as a cast member in the Michelle Jackson award winning short Crocuses coming soon from Deanne Foley. He has also appeared in Ida Here and There, and as a background actor in the upcoming Netflix series Frontier. He additionally worked as a safety driver and stunt double on Braven, a new mini-series starring Jason Momoa.
Lisa Rose Snow is an award-winning filmmaker and performer originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. As a performer she is known for her comedic roles, but has also played leading roles in dramas and genre films, including spots on Haven, Trailer Park Boys and All the Wrong Reasons. Her short films have won awards around the world, including Best Canadian Short (Silver Wave Film Festival), Audience Choice (San José International Short Film Festival), and the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize. In 2013 Snow created Organic Water Productions Inc with long time collaborator and friend Lora Campbell. OWP is an independent production company interested in female-driven stories and underrepresented voices. Snow received a 2013 Wave Award from Women in Film & Television Atlantic, the first time this award has ever been given to an emerging artist. Snow holds an Honours Degree in Acting from Dalhousie University and is a recent alumni of the Canadian Film Centre’s Cineplex Screenwriter’s Lab in Toronto.
Waiting Outside is a Linda Joy Award winning short script written and directed by Joshua Jamieson and co-produced by Blue Pinion Films (Ruth Lawrence) and m0xY Productions. It will be shot over two days, August 20-21, 2016. This low budget shoot is operating under the ACTRA AIP agreement.
Synopsis: Simon cares for his young daughter Scout while his husband Felix is deployed overseas. When Simon gets a serious diagnosis, his world is shaken and he must deal with it, and the future, alone.
Auditions will be held Sunday August 7, 2016 from 10am to 1pm.
Scout – A smart and inquisitive young girl, Scout is around 7 or 8 years old. She has a few tomboyish traits and is fearless. Her two gay parents, Simon and Felix, have raised her to have an open mind, and encourage her to explore boundaries. She’s energetic and active, enjoying animals and being outdoors.
Waiting Room Woman – A middle-income style-savvy travel agent in her early 40s who is a little presumptive, and supporting someone in her life affected by cancer. She sometimes speaks or comes to conclusions quickly without thinking, but always has the best of intentions at heart.
Physician – An oncologist, new to his practice. He’s altruistic and deals directly but empathetically with his patients.
Clinic Receptionist (non-speaking) – A freshly graduated young woman in her early 20s who has earned her first job in the medical administration field, even if it wasn’t her ideal first gig and she’s overworked. She’s somewhat flippant about it at times as a result.
Please send photo & resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Those selected for an audition will be contacted with the time and location.
We’ll also be running a silent auction in support of the short film production running up to our Piatto party. So here are the details on how that will work and a preview of items that will be up for grabs. Be sure to revisit this post for updates as lots are added. The auction is anticipated to start online on or before Thursday, May 5, 2016.
Let’s start with the good stuff…
What’s in the auction?
- An original piece of artwork by Mike Gough created especially for our film’s auction
- An original piece of artwork by Ally Baird called “Untitled” (11″ x 14″)
- A Weekend Stay in a chalet at Kilmory Resort
- 80s Music Premium Pack (a copy of Matthew Chojnacki‘s best selling LP art book Put the Needle on the Record which features 250 7-inch and 12-inch single sleeves, along with commentary from 125+ musicians and cover artists. PLUS a limited edition pink vinyl collector’s copy of the Go Go’s Beauty and the Beat album signed by ALL FIVE members)
- Film Art Collector Pack (a copy of Matthew Chojnacki‘s best selling books Alternative Movie Posters volumes one and two PLUS a limited edition giclee Pee Wee Herman 11″ x 17″ framed print, numbered 25/35, exclusively offered at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles signed by artist Steven Dressler)
- Dinner and a Show Pack (a $50 certificate for Chinched Bistro plus two tickets to any upcoming White Rooster Theatre Co. show)
- A Milestones $100 certificate
- An initial session with registered health nutritionist Erin Chafe, (RHN, RNCP) at Healthy Blossoms
- A copy of the brand new release from Breakwater Books, One Man Grand Band: The Lyrical Life of Ron Hynes by Harvey Sawler (this book is visual and stunning!)
- A copy of the new release from Breakwater Books, Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland edited by Lisa Moore plus a Racket tee (size Medium)
- A copy of the recent 2015 BMO Winterset finalist from Breakwater Books, Ledger in the Open Hand by Leslie Vryenhoek
- Book ‘n Booze Pack (1 dozen of Quidi Vidi beer + Rock Recipes Volume 1 by Barry Parsons, published by Breakwater Books)
- Book ‘n Booze Pack (1 dozen of Quidi Vidi beer + Rock Recipes Volume 2 by Barry Parsons, published by Breakwater Books)
- 5 Brothers Cheese Pack
- The ‘Just Beer’ Pack
- Haircut and Style Services (Hair Connection Salon & Spa, with Melissa Miller)
- Bennett Foods Pack
- Winterholme Spa Services
- Photography Session with Crystal Clear Images
How will it work?
The auction will run on the ‘DISCUSSION’ tab of our Facebook event page (here).
Images of the items and/or donor’s logo will be posted there with descriptions of the product or service up for bid.
Place your bid by typing the your bid amount in as a comment on the relative photo.
It’s that easy!
How will payment work?
We’re Square equipped! So you can pay for your film production supporting purchase with any major credit card. We’ll also accept email money transfers or cash.
All the other details…
Bidding is open to anyone in Canada or the United States of America. Certain lots will be auctioned online only, other select lots will continue their silent auction process at the Piatto event, and bidding on those particular lots will close at the conclusion of the event.
If you are an active bidder on an auction lot that will close at the event on May 16 but you cannot attend, you will have the ability to submit your maximum bid amount privately by email for a proxy bidder to apply on your behalf at the event.
All lots that are online only will close bidding at the same specified date and time, which will be indicated in the item/photo description.
The last bid entered with a time stamp associated with the Facebook comment that is before the advertised closing date and time for bids will be the winner of the lot. If that is you, you will be responsible for paying the pledged amount.
If your geographic location would require an item to be shipped should you be the successful bidder, please refer to the item/photo description to ensure the particular item you’re interested in can be shipped.
Other questions? Or have something you’d like to toss into our auction? Contact us!
We have some exciting news that we’re finally able to share with everyone! The co-producer and director/writer behind the upcoming short film Waiting Outside… (whose script won the 2015 NL Joy Award) has been selected as one of ten emerging and mid-level career producers to partake in a film business development mission to Los Angeles, CA.
The delegation includes Jamieson and nine other film producers from Newfoundland and Labrador, and will be led by staff from the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation. Working in concert with L.A. based consultant Peter Wetherell (President, Magus Entertainment Inc.) and script consultant/story editor Ruth Atkinson, strategic meetings will be scheduled with various individuals and organizations between June 6 and 10, 2016.
Jamieson will also be a delegate at the ‘Produced By 2016‘ conference presented by the Producers Guild of America, which takes place on the Sony Picture Studios lot June 4 and 5, 2016. That conference features a number of professional development opportunities, panels, and roundtable discussions with confirmed presenters and panelists including Elizabeth Banks (Partner, Brownstone Productions; Pitch Perfect 1 & 2, The Hunger Games), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Russell Simmons (All Def Digital), and Morgan Freeman (President & Co-Founder, Revelations Entertainment; Invictus, Madam Secretary), plus many, many more!
Sessions at the conference will feature discussions around the challenges and opportunities facing independent film producers, the current state surrounding film financing, social media marketing integration for film productions, and an opportunity to meet buyers from streaming broadcasters like Amazon, Hulu, and YouTube, among others.
Jamieson is very much looking forward to soaking up as many case studies and experiences, and as much mentorship, as possible from the well-versed professionals on the mission. He’s exceptionally grateful for the opportunity, and is anxious to discover what opportunities exist for Waiting Outside… and the m0xY Productions in-development documentary Winter’s Second Chance.
We were so surprised and thrilled when the latest issue of the Newfoundland Herald rolled off the press and into shops this Monday past! On page six of the January 10 to 16, 2016 issue featuring the Royal family on the cover, there’s a lovely little piece about our short film’s big success!
Pop out and pick up a copy before they’ve left stands, or click on the image in this post to see a PDF of just the article itself. Many thanks to the Herald and its staff for including our news about winning the NL Joy Award from the Linda Joy Media Arts Society!
m0xY Productions co-producing the short inspired by a Carmelita McGrath poem with Blue Pinion Films
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December 1, 2015 (St. John’s, NL) – The Joy Awards, managed by the Linda Joy Media Arts Society out of Halifax, NS have announced 2015 recipients, and a short film being co-produced by Joshua Jamieson and Ruth Lawrence called Waiting Outside… has won the NL Joy Award.
The 2015 award benefits include $7,500 in rental services from Atlantic Studios Cooperative, $2,000 in post-production services and $500 towards production equipment rental from the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative, and $1,200 in script consultations by John Doyle. The award is open to residents of the province and past recipients include Roger Maunder, Christian Sparkes, and Jordan Canning.
“When I found out, I had to re-read the letter four or five times. I genuinely didn’t believe what I was reading at first, and my mom was sitting next to me at the time trying to figure out what was going on,” Jamieson said. “To be in the company of these past recipients, including my co-producer Ruth, is a privilege. I have deep respect for my fellow Newfoundland and Labrador filmmakers. It’s truly an honour, and a wonderful reassuring vote of confidence for this project, and for me as an arts practitioner.”
The short film, which has been endorsed by the Canadian Cancer Society-NL (CCS-NL), focuses on a single father who is fighting for his life while striving to make the best possible one for his eight year old son. Of the project, CCS-NL said “we feel the film will present a relatable and realistic life situation through its main characters, and will further support and encourage an important public dialogue surrounding the circumstances and challenges those living with cancer may face,” in their letter of support.
The script for the film was inspired by a poem of similar name, Waiting Outside Clinic 2B, which appears in Carmelita McGrath’s book Escape Velocity (Goose Lane Editions). The script is currently in its third draft, and will continue to evolve prior to the eventual production phase which will take place sometime in 2016.
“My previous film work has been documentary-based; this was my first foray into writing an original script for screen and it felt daunting,” Jamieson continued. “But I’ve been guided and reassured by Ruth throughout the process, we’ve been able to bounce ideas off one another to make it stronger. I also had the opportunity to get feedback from award winning producer/director Gia Milani who did All The Wrong Reasons – it was an excellent exercise to refine the script further. I think the consultations with John Doyle resulting from this award will lead to a rock solid shooting script that we will be ready to go to production with.”
Also on board for Waiting Outside… are Brad Gover (cinematographer) and Darryl Couch (animation/editor), both of whom worked on Jamieson’s Just Himself: the story of Don Jamieson. Musician and film composer Rozalind MacPhail joins Jamieson for the first time on this project, and she has scored films for Lawrence and many others in the past. She recently performed a live score for Ingrid Veninger’s He Hated Pigeons at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and at the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina.
“I can’t wait to bring this film to life, to highlight brilliant locations like Bowring Park in the city of St. John’s, and to tell these stories. I hope the film will inspire its audiences to rediscover the value of life’s little moments, and to make the most of each one,” Jamieson added.
The production, thus far, has been supported by the City of St. John’s through its arts grant program, some members of the corporate community, and private donations. Additional funding partners are expected to come on board in the near future, and details on how to make contributions to the production can be found at www.waitingoutside.ca. Private contributions are processed using Square to ensure they are secure.
“Ruth and I would like to emphasize our thanks and appreciation to the Linda Joy Media Arts Society, their staff and the jury for the award. We would also like to acknowledge fellow filmmakers who were in consideration for the award, and wish them every success with their projects,” Jamieson concluded. “We look forward to working with Atlantic Studios Cooperative, NIFCO, and Mr. Doyle.”
It has been a little while since our last public update on our short film project Waiting Outside… so we thought it was high time that we shared a little news!
Over the last few months, our original script has evolved from its initial incarnation to a second draft, and it’s now in it’s third draft! The film is getting tighter, the story more focused. We have also applied to a number of development and funding opportunities. Some are in the final stages of confirmation, and others were unsuccessful. Par for the course, and we’re encouraged by the support we’ve received thus far, and will continue down other avenues to ensure this film gets made.
We will be applying to the NL Joy Award this week, and if fortunate enough to be selected for that based on the artistic quality of our work and the value of our message, that will help us with a number of services and stages.
We’re also hoping to network with some new corporate partners to introduce them to our project and discuss how we can help them, and how they can support a strong film about real life people and challenges that come along with facing cancer. If you’re reading this and fall into that category potentially, feel free to get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.
On a final exciting note, Rozalind MacPhail, a musician bursting with talent who will be scoring our short film is in the news today as her latest performance approaches. As part of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, she will be performing a live improvised score to Ingrid Veniger’s feature film, He Hated Pigeons at the LSPU Hall this Saturday, October 24 at noon. You can read more about that here.
The Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador announced this morning that Carmelita McGrath has won the E.J. Pratt Award for poetry in the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards for 2015!
Obviously, we here working on the Waiting Outside… short film production are incredibly chuffed for Carm! It was, after all, her words within her award winning book Escape Velocity (Goose Lane Editions) that inspired our own project. We’ve loved the creative process with Carm thus far, and look forward to how it will continue to unfold as we continue to work, gathering the means for our shoot, doing the shoot, and collaborating through post.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are sponsored by the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and administered by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador under the distinguished patronage of The Honourable Frank Fagan, CM, ONL, MBA, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Poetry judges Robin Durnford, Sue Goyette and George Murray, said of Escape Velocity: “Each poem in Carmelita McGrath’s Escape Velocity is its own little journey, sometimes without any obvious destination. And yet her delicate rhythms pull us, almost gravitationally, into meditations…”
(We couldn’t agree more with you, judges!)
“In her first collection in over a decade, McGrath offers us earthly objects that feel weightless because of the deftness of her language.”
(Wait till you see our film!)
So, hats off to you Carm, well done, well deserved.
We took advantage of the beautiful summery day in St. John’s, NL and headed off to Bowring Park to get a little location scouting in! The opening scenes of Waiting Outside… will feature some tender moments between the single dad and his son at the famous 100 year old park as they enjoy feeding the ducks (something safe, not bread!). The duck pond at the park also features one of Sir George Frampton’s seven statues of Peter Pan (commissioned in 1925 by Sir Edgar Rennie Bowring in memory of his granddaughter who died at sea). The Peter Pan statue will also have some resonance with the context of our short film, given the single father’s circumstances and the fact that he has an eight year old son.
After feeding the birds, the two will cross a bridge as they head home for the evening. What happens next? Well, we’ll save that for later…