Jennifer Mulligan

Screenwriter -- Director

death isn’t the same anymore — now online!

One of the haunting images from the film. This bed came from my dad’s childhood farmhouse, and was put together with wooden nails. Must be at least 100 years old.

It has been two long years since I put together this short film — my first artist funded endeavour. It was a fun project made possible with many creative inputs (they’re listed at the end). death isn’t the same anymore was also accepted into several festivals, for which I am forever grateful to the programming teams. What a treat!

Now that the festival run is over, I decided to put in online for everyone to see! Check for it. It’s listed first under Projects. Enjoy!

2018 SLIFF Online

Stoked to announce that “death isn’t the same anymore” is an official selection for SLIFF Online June!

2018 SAW Resolution Screening

I spent last night hanging out with some fine Ottawa artists for the 2018 instalment of Resolution, a showcase of work by SAW Members from the previous year. It was a great mix of experimental, music videos, docs, and non-traditional narrative.

Happy to see death isn’t the same anymore screen again in Ottawa to a new crowd. I also received some positive feedback on the short. Seeing the work definitely inspired me to want to do more this year. Now I just have to find some time. Oh, time!

 

 

Fall 2017 Festival Updates!

My film was selected for the Mirror Mountain Film Festival, in their Local Heros category, and my short has been nominated for Best Ottawa Short!

Check out the trailer!

2017 festival trailer from Mirror Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Lots has gone on this Fall. I went to the Lady Filmmakers Festival  for the World Premiere of death isn’t the same anymore. Then it was home to catch my breath and get the films ready for the Vixens event. Then it was off to the Austin Film Festival. Then it was home and back to work for my full-time job and Digi60.

This year has been trying on a whole number of levels, but I’m still here, and still writing.

Keep writing! It’s the only way good things happen.

Deep Valley, short sci-fi, in the anthology Constellations!

My first short sci-fi fiction, Deep Valley, set in Ottawa, is part of the anthology Constellations.

This book is the result of writing workshops over the summer, led by David Hamilton. The writing is a lot different than screenwriting, and it’s good to shake things up.

Should you feel so inclined… Click here to purchase your very own copy.

 

2017 Lady Filmmakers Festival Trailer is launched!

Check out the trailer for this weekend’s Lady Filmmakers Festival in Beverly Hills. If you’re around and looking for something to do, consider buying a pass or a ticket! My film screens in the Saturday 4:15 block.

First stop. . . Beverly Hills!

I’m really excited to have my first short film premiere at the Lady Filmmakers Festival in Beverly Hills at the end of September. It’s been an interesting road to get here, somewhere I had no idea I would be five years ago when I left my full-time job in pursuit of a creative life. Can’t wait to see where this film will go!

For those folks in Ottawa who missed the JumpStart screening, it will be playing at the Vixens Victorious event on October 19th at Centrepointe Studio Theatre. I would love for you to see it! Tickets are $35 + ticketing fees for a lineup of all Ottawa based media, video and film artists, with all proceeds go to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Check out www.vixensvictorious.ca for more information and to get your tickets!

The life of a vehicle driver….

I remember owning and driving a car. There’s freedom in being able to pickup and go when and where you want without having to wait for a schedule.

I had an accident in 2015 with my SUV and gave up wheels of my own since it was getting expensive to maintain….  The life of a minimalist, self-imposed, more or less. Taking the bus is fine, but with the bus strike happening right now in Gatineau, it’s a tad unreliable, especially when you really need to get around town…

It took a while to adjust, and then I got back into the groove of a bus take. But, I was driving a 2017 JEEP Compass High Altitude this past weekend that reminded me how much I miss having a reliable car to zip around in. It was a dream to drive.

I’m putting out to the universe that if JEEP wants me to be a spokesperson, I’d gladly drive around a Compass for them. I’ll even pay for the gas.

First images from “death isn’t the same anymore”.

Mysterious, right?

I’ve been working on my short film these past few weeks. It’s now in post-production with the screening date coming up fast — May 11th at Arts Court. Thanks to SAW Video, and their staff, for helping me bring this all together.

Here’s a few more shots to intrigue you.

Cinematography by Caelan Benn.

On screen presence is Victoria Luloff.

On set continuity by Emily Ramsay.

Location provided by Valerie Mulligan. Beds provided by me, and Jennifer Sicard.

Additional help along the way by Nate Estabrooks, and Amanda Earl.

Mentorship assistance by Laura Taler.

Equipment, training and guidance by SAW Video staff.

2017…. is around the corner….

I set out a few goals on a Facebook screenwriting group I’m a part of…  This is a partial list of things to accomplish this year:

1. JumpStart video prep-shoot-post-screening. (in progress — had a chat with the actress for it tonight, she’s stoked, and may even have a location I can scoop!)

2. Two scripts in competition (Nicholl and Austin at least; 2nd Round in Austin — already got my pass for 2017!) and a few more pitches and projects in the mix. (in progress — I’ve got at least one killer idea for a brutally funny script that’s been boring a hole through my desk, as well as a high concept horror, and a high concept sci-fi feature (maybe limited TV series!) brewing.)

3. Two screenwriting workshops — one through SAW, one at Heritage College in ContEd.

4. Pitching and representation. (Writing pitch type docs is fun, and I want to work on getting down to LA again.)

5. Screenwriting work. (I’ve been lucky to work with some fine folks in town, writing their projects and polishing them along the way).

6. There’s also a house move on the near-far horizon. That means big changes living wise. More time outdoors, is the hopes. Less time slaving on a computer. More life. Less work.

7. The house move will also allow me to move forward on my web series…  it’s been a long road, but in order to do things the way I want, I need to pay people. Hard to do that with no money. Hoping that changes so I can at least start that process this year.

LOTS of things to do, including working full-time and trying to have a life. Still not sure how it will all get done.

2017 is going to be a wild ride.

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