by Sean Flinn
Alas, Nova Scotia-related film productions were shut out of the Genies, handed out in Toronto the same night as the Merritts. Marc Almon and Nona McDermid’s imaginative, kerosene-lit short The Wake of Calum MacLeod didn’t take the prize for Best Live Action Short Drama, but the film about the power of storytelling to preserve the connection between people, is doing just fine, thank you. It just had its broadcast premiere on Bravo! It’s also playing the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Dawson City International Short Film Festival this month. Based on former UN commander and Canadian general Romeo Dallaire’s memoir, the Halifax-shot Shake Hands with the Devil received only one trophy for Achievement in Music: Original Song went to Valanga Khoza and David Hirschfelder for “Kaya.” Another Original Song contender was Byron Wong and Luke Nicholson for “Breathe” from Poor Boy’s Game. The Clement Virgo-directed and Chaz Thorne-penned film was shot in Halifax as well. The story was even set here too. It didn’t make the awards cut in any major category.