Spotlight on Shorts Challenge Contender: Lindsay Corriveau
By Leslie Dolsak
Six Finalists will duke it out in front of a live panel of industry judges and a voting audience at the Annapolis Film Festival’s First Shorts Challenge: Pitch Contest. The winner receives a $30,000 in-kind production package to produce their short film which will premiere at the 2019 Annapolis Film Festival.
Watch the Shorts Challenge Live, Saturday, March 24 at Maryland Hall Theater. Get your tickets and vote for who you think should be the winner! http://bit.ly/2G3X02K.
Here’s an interview with Shorts Finalist Lindsay Corriveau, Severna Park, MD with “What Happened to Lilly”
Annapolis Film Festival (AFF): Are you a new filmmaker or evolving?
Lindsay Corriveau: “I am a bit of both; I graduated from college only two years ago but have written/directed four short films thus far and partaken in a multitude of cinematic projects. With every set I’m on, I hope to evolve and grow as an artist and storyteller.”
AFF: What is your background in film?
Corriveau: “I graduated in 2016 with duo degrees in film and graphic design. Before that, my experience was mostly limited to a lifetime of theater and film works done through the college. I’ve since gotten to travel the world and USA making and/or representing films.
AFF: How did you hear about this Shorts Challenge?
Corriveau: “I actually have a film entitled ‘Oak Bones’ playing in the 10 a.m. Local Shorts slot on Sunday [March 25 at Annapolis Elementary School]. I went to the Poster Reveal Party to meet people from the festival, where I was introduced to the shorts program after mentioning my film “Like Rain” – a short addressing domestic sexual assault whose extra proceeds are feared to be donated to a women’s shelter in PA.”
AFF: How did you come up with your idea?
Corriveau: “Sex trafficking and violence in the USA have been on my heart a long time, but I’ve always been frustrated with the outreach of films that address these issues. I had to think of a way to impact the narcissists, the Johns, and the willfully ignorant people that may be in the audience, which led me to the idea of shooting in first person. The story of Lilly herself is a collage of real stores from women in or formerly involved in prostitution.”
AFF: How are you preparing to WIN this?
Corriveau: “I’ve made sure to start planting seeds amongst my preferred team members and looking into the type of schedule and budget we would need to get this film done. I’m trying to keep calm and take everything in stride as I’m sure there’s lots of talent opposing me.”
AFF: How will winning this change your life?
Corriveau: “Winning would give me the chance to make something truly good and impactful to share with people. I’m not sure what all it could do – but if the awarded production package allows me and my team to change someone else’s life for the better with our art, then that’s all I need.”