A couple years ago my mom, aka YPB (Young Pat Bryden), told me there was a new bakery in town. A place with peasant-perfection bread, the kind with a just-so crust and a centre so chewy it’d make R2D2 wish for a mouth.
Since then, I always make a point of getting to Sidewalk Citizen for a veggie sandwich – roasted eggplant, crisp spinach, red peppers under the sloppy kiss of a perfectly poached egg – but this trip I learned something else; one of the proprietors, Michal, is also a filmmaker. And before that, she was a geologist in the oil and gas industry. Ah… what…?
So, we hired her on the spot to make sandwiched for the reshoot. And by hire I mean she volunteered to feed cast and crew for two days, donating sandwiches and sweet scones. There’s something that felt just right for me personally about eating this artisanal scones at the foot of a grinding oil rig, about not spilling crumbs on the snow and semi-truck tracks.
She also connected me with Ian Lister, the DP who killed our monster day of the reshoot (no small feat when you’re shooting hand-held, in the cold, for a 16+ hour day); and she was generally a delight to shoot the sh*t with about Israli short story writers, writing Alice Munro, and the process of sharing your work as you’re making it. Largely self-taught, the idea of going through the workshop system to create’s refreshingly suspect to Michal, and I get the feeling her films might be all the better for it. She’s shooting a Zombie-Erotica short this summer, so be on the look out.