PRIDE MONTH 2019
After Touring For 2 Years in 19 Countries, Acclaimed Canadian Short Film MORNING AFTER Is Now Available Online
Morning After is produced by Patricia Chica (Flirt Films/Quebec) and Byron A. Martin (Byron A. Martin Productions/Ontario). Starring Canada’s rising stars Thomas Vallières, Zoé de Grand Maison, Joey Scarpellino, Jordana Lajoie and Kristian Hodko (who also wrote the script), this short presents a bold and playful drama for which director Chica used a very unique creative process involving chi energy, the laws of nature and the six senses. The use of vibrational energy was also applied by all heads of departments, from the cinematographer to the production designer, music composer and colorist.
“My directing approach is inspired by a combination of various modalities that I have studied and that I’ve practiced such as meditation, kundalini yoga, quantum mechanics, reiki, psychology, role-play and other related interpersonal dynamics. The intention is to create a state of flow between the physical, emotional, mental and metaphysical bodies of the actors to help them expand their performance to the highest and most profound level,” explains filmmaker Patricia Chica.
“Over the past decade, I have been able to refine my process by testing it in my own work. Since my early career, I have extensively researched and experimented with chi energy and thanks to that, I’ve been able to develop a coherent system that blurs the lines between chi, performance and audiovisual storytelling,” she adds.
This making-of documentary shows an introduction of the process used in Morning After: https://vimeo.com/233678258
After a long time abroad, a young man returns home and reunites with friends. A sensual game amongst them forces him to confront deep conflicts within himself that lead to a powerful awakening.
More about Morning After:
Morning After has garnered over 30 awards and nominations so far including Grand Prize – Ambassador’s Award (Rhode Island), Indie Spirit Award (Idyllwild), Best Overall Short (FilmOut San Diego), Best Director (Oaxaca, Magnolia, Studio City, Montreal), Best Actor (Montreal) and Best Ensemble Cast (Los Angeles), and been selected at over 80 film festivals around the world including (Festival de Cannes – Creative Minds Shorts Selection, Frameline, Pula International, Image + Nation, RVQC, Hong Kong LGBT, Taiwan Queer, Latino San Diego, Guadalajara in LA and many more).
Executive Producers: Marc Carle and Juan Grey; Co-Executive Producers: Raj Maan, Ben Ragunton, Keith Lane, Jessica Moreno, Lisa Powers, Tariq Rahman, and Andrew Wong; Line Producer: Kathy Wolf; Associate Producers: Lily Spencer, Dany Gange, Kevin T. Peterson, Rome Keshav Chopra, Bhavna Singh, Richard Duquette, and Bonni Ellis; Cinematographer: Martin Bouchard; Colourist: Nicolas Fournier; Art Director: Alexandre Piedon; VFX: Henry Lipatov; Sound: Bruno Carrières; Re-recording Mixer: Giulio Wehrli; Costumes: Josée Métivier; Makeup Artists: Steph Miramontes and Larysa Chernienko.
We don’t usually review short films, but Morning After has won several awards at different festivals, so thought it was worth a checking out.
Sometimes when watching a short film you feel gipped. Like it all went by too quickly and you wish there was more time with the characters and story. Such is the case with Canadian director Patricia Chica’s (directed episodes of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Dogs With Jobs) Morning After. It is only 15 minutes long and believe me, it flies by. There is probably enough here, even though it takes places largely over one evening, to make a feature.
Michael (Thomas Vallieres – Game of Death) is questioning his own sexuality. Is he gay? Is he bi? What is he? Does he have to figure that out? Why does he keep having feelings for men? Yet he sleeps with women. Michael is confused.
Back home he is welcomed by his friends, Teegan (Zoe De Grand Maison – from television’s Orphan Black), Alex (Joey Scarpellino – appeared in episodes of 19-2 and Lance et Compte), Dana (Jordana Lajoie – from television’s Patrice Lavoie 24/7), and Edward (Kristian Hodko – appeared in episodes of Reign), with a Welcome Back party. The evening takes a turn that pushes Michael into even further questioning himself and who he is. After some flipping and flopping, Mother Nature intervenes and shows Michael who he truly is.
In today’s world sexuality is probably more fluid overall than it has been at any time previously. Labels are being discarded. Gender identity expanded. There is less and less of the “norm” being completely dominant. Reflecting this reality Morning After, written by Kristian Hodko (first film), has a very modern feel to it. Acknowledging that there is somewhere in between the (somewhat) traditional LGBTQ lines. Everything is blurred. That there is a grey zone even in sexuality and that the old labels don’t always fit everyone. It shows that it is okay to not be sure or to change your mind. If you maintain an open mind almost anything can happen to anyone…in the bedroom.
15 minutes that goes a long way towards opening the dialogue of fluid sexuality and labels in today’s world
For more information about Morning After, please visit the following links:
Twitter – Director: @PatriciaChica
Twitter – Producer: @ByronAMartin
Director’s Site: www.PatriciaChica.com