This award-winning short co-written by Pamela Jones, also a partner in Wolf Spirit Films with Gordon Loverin, is currently being expanded into a feature script.
The stalled life of a lonely middle-aged man gets a jump-start when he takes a road trip to deliver a vintage car with his charismatic best friend, who conducts a powerful ritual to help him reconnect with who he is, and restore his relationship with those he loves.
Restoration placed in the top 10 in Cannes!
The story behind the story...
The story for the "Restoration" script came after Storymaker's Pamela Jones reconnected with co-writer Gordon Loverin in a parking garage, so it's fitting that one of the central "characters" in this short is a car - in fact, a vintage Cutlass owned by Gordon. The two had worked together on a corporate video pitch several years earlier and one day realized they lived in the same apartment building. As Gordon worked on his car, he told Pam that he had always wanted to shoot a film about it, and had this idea about a couple of buddies having to deliver it to a special recipient. But as is the case with most stories we want to tell, there is always something behind the initial idea.
Pam is of Scandinavian descent and Gordon is proudly Tlingit-Tahltan and together they realized they had both endured the pain of losing touch with family and friends and of themselves after going through traumatic events. When Gordon shared some of his native traditions for healing, they knew they had to write this powerful, and sometimes comical journey of restoration.
We recently received a Canada Council Grant to allow us to work with a script consultant and to travel to the Yukon to expand this short script into a feature length script. We are humbled, honoured and grateful for the opportunity.
StoryMaker's Pamela Jones and T'senaglobe's Gordon Loverin partnered to write this cross-cultural adventure.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
An elderly music teacher meets a curmudgeonly cabbie on his last fare of the day and their lives take a surprising detour. Retirement never looked so good!
Dragonstar producer Lily Hui came to StoryMaker's Pamela Jones with an idea based on her father's experience of growing older. At 85 years old he still travels the world. His friends tell him he should settle down; that he should stay home and rest; take care of his health. Hah! Not happening.
This heart-warming short, which Lily also directed, reminds us to continue to live the biggest, boldest life possible at any age. It screened at the Lady Film Festival in Beverley Hills, at the First Focus Festival in Seattle and at La Femme in Los Angeles in addition to being a finalist at Austin, Cleveland and Women in Film in Vancouver. It was purchased by the Gaia Network and the Shorts Network.
When a married mother of two begins a passionate affair with a mysterious foreigner, guilt begins to consume her, until she discovers that her husband has a secret of his own. Does one person's guilt cancel out another and will it forever color their relationship?
This intriguing script, inspired by the classic "The Scarlet Letter" invites the filmmaker to visually "paint' the screen in red, several items at a time, as the story progresses.