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Best local films of 2016

These local film features and shorts were undeniable bright spots in this crummy year.


Mabel directed by Teresa MacInnes
  • Mabel directed by Teresa MacInnes

Director Heather Young looks at the world in a sad but beautiful way. She's one of Nova Scotia's most unique and honest storytellers. Being a true East Coaster, she doesn't like to brag so I'll do it for her. Since its release in 2016, this film has been travelling the world and winning (well deserved) awards.

From the Film 5 program through AFCOOP, this is a stylized, dark and eerie film from director Nicole Holland. I love the weird music and the colourful lighting.

Rubbed the Wrong Way 
A funny and simple animated short from Struan Sutherland. It was part of the CBC shorts gala at The Atlantic Film festival and the crowd was in stitches. If you like dry and sarcastic (like I do) you'll like this.

I'm Coming to Paris to Kill You
This is one of the best short films I have ever seen. Its use of projections mixed with live action brought me to a world I haven't visited since I was a kid. I want to BE director Seth Smith when I grow up.

This short documentary was directed by Teresa MacInnes. It's a sweet, beautifully-produced piece about an 89-year-old hairdresser. It made me smile and reminded me that I should call my grandmother. Bonus: This one's available online

Stephanie Clattenburg is a film writer and director based in Halifax NS. Her interests include film, music, television, radio and time travel. 

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