Film Production

Susan Heimsoth has always been interested in making film. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Don S. Williams Award for artists in North Vancouver. The purpose of this grant was to make Susan’s first film, BCC (Blind Carbon Copy). This film was part of a larger film concept.

Where is myMind?

Where Is My Mind (2021) is a short film about survivors of trauma. The story recognizes how we may be attempting to live a “normal” life, when disturbing events remain with us from the past. This film recognizes those moments when we may appear present, but in fact we have gone for a brief second to another place and time. A word, a sound, a person, a place, or an image may trigger a memory. Despite years of therapy and other forms of healing, some survivors of trauma may not fully recover. This film reflects on what we all carry with us in our body, mind, and spirit. It reminds us to be in a place without judgement of others. Many people function in the world, plagued by distressing and pervasive memories of the past. Few of us escape trauma in our own lives. When we meet someone, we never know what they have been through. Even those that we know very well may be burdened with past events that are never revealed.

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Where is myMind?

Where Is My Mind (2021) is a short film about survivors of trauma. The story recognizes how we may be attempting to live a “normal” life, when disturbing events remain with us from the past. This film recognizes those moments when we may appear present, but in fact we have gone for a brief second to another place and time. A word, a sound, a person, a place, or an image may trigger a memory. Despite years of therapy and other forms of healing, some survivors of trauma may not fully recover. This film reflects on what we all carry with us in our body, mind, and spirit. It reminds us to be in a place without judgement of others. Many people function in the world, plagued by distressing and pervasive memories of the past. Few of us escape trauma in our own lives. When we meet someone, we never know what they have been through. Even those that we know very well may be burdened with past events that are never revealed.

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Moonlight SonataA Story of Words

The short film ‘Moonlight Sonata’ was made in 2021.The theme of the film is that of the affect of words; words that were spoken that can never be retracted, or words that you hear that cannot be forgotten. Words, either spoken or heard, may stay with you, and shape your life, your thoughts, and your actions. This film looks at the process of grieving from certain traumatic words, including shock and denial, pain and guilt, anger and bargaining, depression and loneliness, feeling the upward turn, reconstruction, and acceptance.

The film is shot in dark locations, with moonlight and lantern light symbolizing hope and forgiveness, and a way out of the darkness of the mind. The light symbol is woven throughout the dance as one woman – representing the wise woman – tries to show the way out of the darkness and into the light of forgiveness. In the end, the wise woman is able to lead one woman out of the cycle. The others stay behind, caught in one of the stages of grief. The cast is made up of ordinary women who use contemporary dance as a medium to tell their story. Each actor dances with the choreographed movement. They jointly and individually express their feelings of grief throughout the film with choreography by the film creator.

Featured is piano music from Ludwig van Beethoven entitled ‘Moonlight Sonata,’ played by pianist Jacquie Brownridge. The piece was written in 1801. Beethoven called this piece ‘The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, marked ‘Quasi una Fantasia,’ Op.27, No. 2. The popular name ‘Moonlight Sonata’ comes from a critic’s remark on the music, after Beethoven’s death in 1832. The film features scenes of a pianist playing on stage with an amateur dance troupe, who together weave the theme of pain and forgiveness.

The film was shot during the pandemic, and the use of face masks indoors lends to the story. Themes of the pandemic are often thought of when viewing this film. Lockdowns, masking, closing of businesses, and many other ideas may be sensed by the viewer. The creator leaves those themes open to interpretation by the audience. Art is seen by everyone in their own way.

Moonlight Sonata is currently being submitted to film festivals around the world. It will be released for public viewing after those festivals are complete. You can watch the trailer for this film HERE.

MadWorld

A Powerful Demonstration of Art and Collaboration our recent film (2020), Mad World, was created to express some of the issues around Covid 19 pandemic.  There is a disconnect between Covid protocols (wearing masks and physical distancing) versus nature: connection with the world and each other. To us, it is a Mad World that we are living in.

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