Canada, 2016, Comedy, 90 minutes
Director: Amy Jo Johnson
Location: UWSA, Cambridge
Summary: When Mitch (Cram), a proud new father, discovers that his baby isn’t his, he leaves his small-town and sets out on a journey to find the baby’s true daddy. Meanwhile, Jackie (Salomaa), the baby momma, reeling from her decision to take her pregnancy into her own hands, convinces her best friend to help her find Mitch and save their marriage. The journey they all take is a heartfelt, coming of age (a slightly older age) through backwoods burlesque festivals and small town funeral-home larceny. Filled with a hilarious and moving cast of supporting characters, The Space Between is a film about acceptance, family, love… and a few dirty diapers.
Program: Post-screening Q&A with producer Jessica Adams
Producer’s Bio: Jessica is a Canadian Producer and graduate of Norman Jewison’s Producers Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. She grew up in Luxembourg and Colorado before arriving in Toronto, and now holds citizenship in Canada, France, and the UK.
Jessica has produced 10 short films since graduating from Ryerson University school of Image Arts. While completing her film studies degree, she co-produced Stephen Dunn’s LIFE DOESN’T FRIGHTEN ME, which received recognition at many festivals including Tribeca, TIFF, and the AFI. She has recently completed her first feature film with Amy Jo Johnson, THE SPACE BETWEEN. The Space Between ran a successful indiegogo campaign raising over $134,000 with 1500 supporters. Through its successful campaign, the film was awarded Indie Wire’s Project of the Year, became part of the Tribeca All Access Lab and Telefilm’s Micro Budget program, and has been featured in over 200 press before going to camera. The film has just been completed and is about to start its festival journey.
Jessica is currently developing Amy Jo Johnson’s second feature MY HEART IS IN MY HEAD and British actor-turned-director’s debut feature film THE COMPETITION. Jessica also works as a production manager and line producer, which credits include; TRU LOVE, Shaftesbury feature SADIE’S LAST DAYS on EARTH, as well as Pat Mill’s feature film DON’T TALK TO IRENE.
The films Jessica develops often promote representations of marginalized groups authored by members identifying within them. She strongly believes in developing a target audience before going to camera, and has raised over $220,000 for various projects through crowd-funding campaigns.
Moderator’s Bio: Priya Rao has over 15 years experience in various areas of the Canadian film & tv industry. She produced and starred in the comedic short, RAJU’S BLIND DATE, which was adapted as a series of radio plays for CBC Radio. In 2004 Priya was awarded the prestigious OMDC Al Waxman Calling Card grant. Her feature film KUSH KUSH IN THE BUSH, is a romantic comedy being directed by Richie Mehta. Priya was awarded the Trailblazer Award at the 2006 Reel World Film Festival for her work promoting diversity onscreen, was a councilor for ACTRA Toronto and is a founding Board Member of ACTRA’s Credit Union.
As Head of Content for the Banff World Television Festival she conceptualized a schedule of panels and workshops focusing on television and digital media. Prior to joining Banff, she spent 3 years with the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, programming their panels, and was Director of Programming for Toronto’s Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival. She has also programmed and produced Prime Time In Ottawa, Realscreen Conference and Playback Summit.
These days Priya is most often found with a glass of wine in hand as the creator and co-host of the tv show, THE DRINK, for Bell FIBE TV1.