Director Biography – Elizabeth Lewis (COVID BACH)

Born and raised in Montreal,she later moved to Toronto. Her training is in fine arts painting and drawing. Attending schools in Montreal, Paris France, Banff Alberta.Elizabeth got her start as an animator at the National Film Board of Canada where she animated and designed the poetry film based on A Kite is a Victim by Leonard Cohen. After moving to Toronto she animated other poems by Earl Birney, William Carlos Williams. Professionally she was on the animation teams at Nelvana and other studios including Walt Disney Animation Canada. Elizabeth was an animator on award winning films for Street Kids International produced by the National Film Board of Canada. She was awarded for her poetry films by the Poetry Film Festival in San Francisco and the Chicago Educational Film Festival.Waters of March was premiered in North America at the Flickers International Film Festival, Rhode Island 2019 and in France at the Cannes Short Film Festival September 2019 and has been accepted into multilple other festivals. Waters of March won Special Jury Award for Music Video at the Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019 and was a finalist at the ARPA Festival in LA.

Director Statement

Covid Bach, as the title indicates, was done during this isolation time in the Covid 19 pandemic.The film was done without access to outside resources and was shot on a webcam.Normally, I have it shot on professional equipment and work with a cameraperson and editor. This is not possible to do as it would mean contact with someone outside my bubble and travel to Toronto from my home in cottage country Ontario. This rather less polished result has become part of the reality. The Well Tempered Clavier by Bach was the inspiration particularly as it is interpreted by Andras Schiff.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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