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ACTRA Maritimes Announces Nominees


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Date: October 2, 2013

ACTRA Maritimes announces the nominees for ACTRA Awards – Hardware handed out at gala reception on Saturday

Halifax: It has been a terrific year for film and television in Nova Scotia and to reflect the opportunities local film and TV actors have been given, ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists) have expanded their annual ACTRA Awards to include a new category: Outstanding Performance in a Short Film.

“With so many great performances on view at events like the Atlantic Film Festival in their Short Film programs,” explains Maritimes Branch President Jamie Bradley “it seemed the right time to add a new award to reflect the outstanding work our members are doing in this genre.”

The new award will be given for male and female performances.  The other category comprises outstanding performances, both male and female, in feature film, television, or web series.

The nominees are…

For Outstanding Male Performance in a short film:

Daniel Lillford in Two Penny Road Kill;

Christopher Shore in The Long and Short of Barry Small ;

and Wayne Burns in Bone Deep.

For Outstanding Female Performance in a Short Film:

Joanne Miller in The Long and Short of Barry Small;

Geneviève Steele in Bone Deep;

and Shelley Thompson in Two Penny Road Kill.

For Outstanding Female Performance in Feature Film, Movie of the Week, Television, or web-series:

Alexis Milligan in Seed, Episode 1.3;

Jane Alexander in Forgive Me, Season 1 Pilot;

Francine Deschepper in Seed Episode 1.9

and Lauren Liem in Forgive Me, Episode 1.2.

For Outstanding Male Performance Feature Film, Movie of the Week, Television, or web-series:

Josh Cruddas in Copperhead ;

Denis Theriault in All The Wrong Reasons,

John Dunsworth in Forgive Me, Episode 1.2,

and Kevin Kincaid in Everyone’s Famous, Episode 1.2.

The hardware will be handed out at ACTRA’s annual party and awards ceremony this Saturday night at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

“This year we have a big party planned to celebrate our own,” continues Bradley. “We have decided to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the making of the first ever Canadian feature film, Evangeline ,which was shot in the Maritimes, with a great night at the Maritime Museum of The Atlantic. So, this year we recognize not only our current crop of outstanding performances but also the history of our local film industry.”

Members of the press are welcome to attend the Awards celebration on Saturday evening, from 8pm, at The Maritime Museum of The Atlantic. The awards are being handed out by National ACTRA President, Ferne Downey, at 9pm.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the union of more than 22,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada including TV, film, radio and digital media.


Year: 1913
Language: Silent with English intertitles
Format: 35mm Black & White
Runtime: 75 min
Director: E Sullivan, William Cavanaugh
Writer: Marguerite Marquis
Cinematographer: H Oliver, William Thompson
Cast: William Cavanaugh, Marguerite Marquis, Laura Lyman, John Carleton, Arthur Morrison, E Sullivan, William Johnson
Production Company: Canadian Bioscope Company

The first feature-length dramatic film made in Canada, Evangeline is based on Longfellow’s famous poem describing the expulsion of the Acadians to Louisiana and the undying love of Evangeline and Gabriel. A long film for 1913, at five reels (1,500 meters) it ran about 75 minutes. Evangeline enjoyed considerable commercial and critical success in both Canada and the United States.

It was the first of several films made between 1913 and 1914 by the Canadian Bioscope Company of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was directed by American stage and film actors William H. Cavanaugh and Edward P. Sullivan.

Two other American actors, Laura Lyman and John F. Carleton, were brought in to play the leads, with local actors used in supporting roles.

The film’s titles were all quotations from the poem and the images were given a colour effect through tinting and toning.

Production spanned the summer of 1913 and cost $30,000 – a large budget for the time. Though Canadian Bioscope had studios in Halifax, the film was shot almost entirely in the locations described by Longfellow: Grand Pré, the Annapolis Valley, Cow Bay and Easter Passage.

The considerable use of location shooting, uncommon at the time, was to develop into a characteristic of Canadian production.

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