Writers Announced for CFC Writers Workshop at Whistler Film Festival

Congratulations to the writers who were selected to take part in a writers workshop this Saturday at the Whistler Film Festival as part of theWhistler Industry Summit. The workshop will be led by Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan.

The selected participants are: Blake Corbett with the film MIGHTY LION,Katherine Collins with THE BERLINER, and Garfield Lindsay Miller withBITTER PILLS.

Blake Corbett | MIGHTY LION | SYPNOSISIn a remote Cameroonian village, 16 year old football prodigy Hastings Banda is purchased for 100 Euros, and shipped to a training gulag in the frozen Ukraine. After witnessing the death of a friend, Hastings escapes, crossing Europe in pursuit of his dream of playing midfielder for Manchester United. But after getting to London, he falls in with a group of street youth ruled by a ruthless criminal who threatens to sell him back to the Russians.

Katherine CollinsA graduate of UBC, York, and the CFC, Katherine has written two short films, GOD'S GOODNESS and CFC's SDF, NIGHT. In 2007, Katherine's script, THE BERLINER, was developed through the NSI's ‘Features First' Program with director E. Jane Thompson and CFC alumnus, producer Dan Bekerman ('09). Katherine's current feature projects also include HUNGRY GIRL, with John Fawcett and Copperheart Entertainment; the vengeance film, RAPTURE, with Marvel Comics' and CFC alumnus Kaare Andrews ('06); HONESTLY AND CRUELTY with Grindstone Media and the adaptation of ZED for Mad Samurai Films. In 2010, Katherine story-edited on the documentary series Dussault Inc. for CityTV and has joined the Endgame writing team for Global Television.

THE BERLINER | SYPNOSISIn this psychological thriller, an immigration officer tries to solve the mystery of an accident that almost killed her. She discovers that her husband has a mistress. When she also learns that the woman is a client in her office and in the country illegally, she takes over her file and stalks her obsessively. Her ultimate discovery about the accident shatters her carefully constructed life and forces her to face the terrifying truth about her marriage.

Garfield Lindsay MillerRaised in North Vancouver and a graduate of Wesleayn University, Garfield Lindsay Miller is an award winning writer, director, and producer of fiction and non-fiction film and television. In 2005, Garfield co-wrote and produced the documentary, The Fires That Burn which received a Gemini nomination and was awarded the prestigious Silver Chris and Wilber Awards. The following year, Garfield co-wrote the dramatic feature A STONE'S THROW with Camelia Frieberg, which premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, received the award for Best Atlantic Feature at the Atlantic International Film Festival, and was released theatrically by Mongrel Media. In 2009, Garfield's feature film directorial debut, THE LAST NEW YEAR, was selected as the Canadian Gala film for the Victoria Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on Super Channel. Recently, Garfield was selected as one of the top ten up-and-coming filmmakers in Canada by the Victoria Film Festival's Springboard Initiative.

BITTER PILLS | SYNOPSISWhen small town GP, Morris Miller, is faced with his most obnoxious patient the day after his beloved wife's funeral, the disillusioned doctor snaps, and, out of spite, convinces the patient she only has a month to live. When the terminal prognosis inspires his patient to turn over a new leaf, Morris realizes he's discovered a magic treatment for happiness and begins diagnosing more unhappy patients as terminally ill. Soon, the once comatose community begins to come alive, however, when his psychiatrist daughter, uncovers his experiment, she threatens to expose him unless he stops immediately. Forging ahead, everything begins crumbling around Morris when his patients start to exhibit extreme ‘carpe diem' behavior and rumors of a deadly, town-wide epidemic turn the town upside down. Realizing there's more to helping people than merely prescribing solutions, Morris pulls the plug on his schemes just in time to stave off disaster, reconcile with his daughter, and regain the respect of his community.