Praxis Centre for Screenwriters supports the creative development of Canadian film, television and new media projects through workshops, courses, promotion and public events.
WFF/Praxis Joint Screenwriters Lab
We are proud to announce the new WFF/Praxis Screenwriters Lab
, a joint feature script development program for up to eight Canadian screenwriters that aligns Praxis' flagship feature film screenplay competition with the Festival's robust slate of project development programs.
Canadian screenwriters are invited to apply to the Screenwriters Lab, which includes a five day workshop to be held during the Whistler Film Festival + Summit
from December 1-5, 2014.
Deadline to apply: June 30, 2014
WFF and Praxis will formally celebrate the new program announcement on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts with a live reading of scenes from six new screenplays in the Praxis Summer Readings workshop. The readings will be professionally cast with some of BC's leading actors.
Visit the application page
for more information and to apply, or visit www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.
The WFF/Praxis Screenwriters Lab is supported by Telefilm Canada, the Harold Greenberg Fund, Corus Entertainment/Movie Central, I.A.T.S.E. Local 891, the Writers Guild of Canada and Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts.
Writers selected for the Summer Readings Series
Six writers have been selected for the Praxis Summer Readings Series, taking place June 7-10, 2014.
The writers are:
Cathryn Atkinson, Garibaldi Highlands, BC
Love, sex and death make a charming threesome-on-the-prairies as a grieving, unfaithful man builds a massive stone monument to his dead wife on his front lawn.
Cathryn Atkinson is a fiction writer, journalist and editor. She holds an M.A. in Theatre Arts/Playwriting from Goldsmiths College, London, U.K. She lived and worked in Britain for 15 years, writing and editing for The Guardian, The Observer, The Financial Times and others. In Canada, she has written for The Globe and Mail, NewStatesman magazine, Elle and Agence France-Press.
In 2000, Cathryn won the duMaurier Playwriting Challenge at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. She was a short story finalist in the 2009 CBC Literary Awards.
Originally from Winnipeg, Cathryn lives in Squamish, B.C., and writes for Pique Newsmagazine in Whistler. She is currently in the six-month ProSeries screenwriting course offered by ScreenwritingU in L.A.
Rhonda Jesckey, New Westminster, BC
Screenplay: WRESTLING WITH HER SPIRIT
Near the end of WWII a young woman from a pacifist sect becomes entangled in military secrets, accused of treason and is sent to Kingston Prison sparking the Cold War and Churchill's Iron Curtain speech.
Rhonda Jesckey is a screenwriter and composer. She graduated from SFU, started writing screenplays in 2006 and currently works as a music teacher in Vancouver.
Lulu Keating, Dawson City, Yukon
Screenplay: KLONDIKE KALAHARI
In Canada's far north, life and love is not for the weak of heart.
Lulu Keating has over 25 years of professional experience as a writer,director and producer. In 1985 Keating directed her first documentary in Japan, about Canadian singing legend Rita MacNeil. In 1989 she made her first feature, The Midday Sun. Shot entirely in Zimbabwe, it tells the story of a well-intentioned volunteer. The Moody Brood is an animated documentary that won numerous awards and wide acclaim. Lucille's Ball, is Keating's second feature. Keating lives in Dawson City, Yukon, where she is developing several features, a documentary and a dramatic series.
Darrell Racine, Brandon, MB
Screenplay: CROW NEST
A teenage Aboriginal girl returns to her northern reserve after the death of her father and takes up his fight to stop a hydro-electric project that threatens to flood their traditional lands.
My name is Darrell Racine. I am Metis from the Turtle Mountains in Southwestern Manitoba. I currently teach in the Department of Native Studies at Brandon University. I have been teaching here for fifteen years. In the past ten years I have written two plays with Dale Lakevold in our English Department. I just started teaching an Aboriginal screenplay course here at Brandon University. I learned to tell stories from my father who was a trapper and hunter and have attempted to transfer the narrative structures from these stories into my writing.
Joyce Thierry Llewellyn, North Vancouver, BC & Garnet Hirst, Nova Scotia
Screenplay: FIDDLE E.D.
Drifter Fiddle MacPhife arrives in destitute Dulse Dull Cove, NS, and for a price offers to use his music to bring prosperity back to the town. His fiddle playing soon has the Cove packed fin to fin with fish but Mayor Normi McNitty refuses to pay, "Cause he's playing us like a fiddle!" When the cod disappear and are replaced by marauding seals blocking the town's streets, the Mayor is forced by the Town Council to ask MacPhife for help a second time. What happens next is a lesson for anyone who has ever considered mixing music with miracles.
Joyce and Garnet haven't seen each other in person since they were residents at the Canadian Film Centre's "TV Drama Program" 16 years ago but they have continued to successfully co-write film and TV scripts and recently completed their second MOW "creature" script together. Garnet is an East Coast award-winning playwright and theatre director who wrote, directed, and produced a feature, Opus For a Miracle (in post-production) and a TV pilot, Slower you Move, Faster you Die. West Coaster Joyce has written and story edited film, television, and corporate scripts and is also a screenwriting teacher who likes to indulge in both travel and narrative non-fiction writing.
Katherine Wagner, North Saanich, BC
Screenplay: The Omerta
The Omerta is a character driven drama about an aging professional road cyclist who seizes his last chance to win the Tour de France, despite a failing drug-riddled body, and pressure from his tour-tired wife who longs for him to throw in the towel.
Katherine writes fiction and screenplays, short and long, for children and adults. She is an M.F.A. candidate in creative writing at UBC and holds a B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Victoria. Her sociology thesis on local organic food systems is a forthcoming book chapter. Katherine has worked as a copywriter and copyeditor, and she has served on the editorial board of PRISM International Literary Journal; she currently works as a creative writing mentor at Booming Ground. She lives with her family in Victoria B.C.
Praxis is a program of Simon Fraser University's School for Conemporary Arts.