NSCC Screen Arts Grad wows film industry with taste of home

Short Doc on Neil’s Harbour captures win at LA Film Festival

NSCC Screen Arts Grad wows film industry with taste of home

Emily films on site in Neils Harbour for her short documentary. (Credit: Kelly Fricker)

“I originally wanted to be a police officer but chose to study criminology and sociology at St. Mary’s University. I always loved the idea of working on films and when I found out about the Screen Arts program at NSCC I thought it was cool and took a chance.” ~ Emily Fricker, Nova Scotia Film Maker (Screen Arts ’17)

Fast Fact

Established in memory of Cathy and Laura Gainey, The Gainey Foundation is committed to supporting charitable organizations that offer environmental and arts education programs for youth. (Source: www.gaineyfoundation.com).

There really is no place like home. For Emily Fricker, sharing a snapshot of her hometown through a short documentary catapulted her to a film festival in Los Angeles, California and was presented with the Student Film Short Award. As a budding screen artist, Emily says a chance to share her work with an international audience was ‘incredible’.

The Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival aired the NSCC Screen Arts graduate’s four-minute documentary, Neils Harbour: A Day Down Home in November. Thanks to support from The Gainey Foundation and NSCC Foundation, Emily was able to attend and be front and centre at the festival.

“I couldn’t believe it, everything happened so fast,” Emily says. “I heard about the film festival news on a Tuesday and got word from the Gainey Foundation on Saturday that they would help me get to California to see my work aired in person. My mom was there to support me while I made the film and she was able to be there with me in L.A.”

Life in a small town

Shots of her grandmother baking bread, one of the eldest residents of the small Cape Breton fishing village helping fix the fishing nets for village fishermen, along with close ups of a traditional Nova Scotia meal, offer a glimpse into the life of a small Maritime town.

Emily says she made her community more relaxed about starring in her documentary by shooting only images without faces – that view makes the sights, sounds and feel of the village even more compelling. It takes you on a sentimental journey home.

She says it was the last day of classes when one of her faculty encouraged her to submit her film. “I knew from the first day of class that Emily was a story teller,” says Janet Hawkwood, NSCC Screen Arts faculty. “She understood the value in writing about the small human moments that make up everyday life and was able to translate those moments into strong visuals as highlighted in her short documentary on Neils Harbour.” She adds, “I believe it is that combination that will serve her well in her future film projects.” 

The film was also a finalist in the From Away film competition for Atlantic Canadian post-secondary students, produced by the Atlantic International Film Festival as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The L.A. festival’s website states, “Every independent artist hopes to one day emerge from the underground scene and share their talents with the masses. Hopefully the showcase platform we provide will help facilitate that dream.”

The 24-year-old says she has some more ideas percolating and hopes work will keep her here, in Nova Scotia, with the chance to also travel a bit. “I loved working on a television show when I graduated, but I also love having the freedom to do my own thing.” Asked if she could picture herself accepting an Oscar one day, Emily humbly says, “I wouldn’t say no to that.”
 

10/12/17

“I originally wanted to be a police officer but chose to study criminology and sociology at St. Mary’s University. I always loved the idea of working on films and when I found out about the Screen Arts program at NSCC I thought it was cool and took a chance.” ~ Emily Fricker, Nova Scotia Film Maker (Screen Arts ’17)

Fast Fact

Established in memory of Cathy and Laura Gainey, The Gainey Foundation is committed to supporting charitable organizations that offer environmental and arts education programs for youth. (Source: www.gaineyfoundation.com).

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