HIGHTAIL, 13min., Canada, Drama
Directed by Jenny Lee Gilmore
After a drunken dispute with her boyfriend, Josie barges into her neighbours apartment. Amidst a time of isolation and fear, Mike learns of the severity of Josie’s situation after sharing an evening of connection.
Director Biography - Jenny Lee-Gilmore
Jenny Lee-Gilmore is a filmmaker and actor based in Vancouver, BC. Born in England, Jenny moved to Vancouver at age 13. She completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production at the University of British Columbia in 2019m taking additional classes in Asian Canadian studies and gender studies. She wrote and directed “Breakaway” during her final year at UBC. Her debut short film has since played in numerous festivals across North America and selected as one of the Top 9 films for the “CBC Short Film Face Off.” Currently developing her first series and feature film, Jenny hopes to continue telling compelling stories through film focusing on female driven narratives and working both in front of and behind the camera.
Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak there has been a rise in domestic violence and violence against women globally. I was drawn to the script and saw it as an opportunity to shed light on this shadow pandemic happening behind closed doors. The film tackles themes of loneliness, connection and safety at home during the pandemic. During the lockdowns we have experienced, home is meant to be our safe place. It's where we are meant to shelter and be protected from the outside world but what if our homes are not safe? In the film we explore protagonist Josie's difficult situation and how spending one evening with a kind stranger helps her gather the courage to face her troubled home life.
France Maurice - writer
France Maurice - Josie
Jonathan Shaboo - Mike