Short Film: ONE DAY / DAY ONE, 18min,. Canada, Family Thriller

Directed by Meagan McAteer
OneDay/DayOne, tells the story of a teen with disability and their mom in the midst of escaping a catastrophic event. The young teen must reconcile the loss of the world as they know it and find the strength to move on, into an uncertain future, alone. It is a story of family, independence and survival.

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Director Biography – Meagan McAteer

Meagan McAteer is a storyteller with over 15 yrs of experience directing and producing documentary, lifestyle and factual television in Canada and the US. She is now taking her years of experience and embarking on the next chapter of her journey in pursuit her first love… film, with this calling card project, One Day/Day One. Her passion for compelling characters, and deeply connective human stories combined with her collaborative style will bring this heartfelt project to life.

Director Statement

The short film OneDay/DayOne, a companion piece to my academic research paper that argues for accurate disability representation in media, titled “Accessibility and the Apocalypse”. The film tells the story of a teen and their mom in the midst of escaping a catastrophic event and asks the audience to reexamine the “survival of the fittest” trope of apocalyptic narratives. My goal was to produce this short film as a model of inclusive best practices in production featuring a youth performer with disability in the lead role.

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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