Writer / Director 2011
Passionflower Films
Feature Film / Drama / Colour / Red Camera

On the brink of puberty in 1962 suburban Winnipeg, Sarah Matthews is increasingly challenged and confused by her mother’s instability and sexual power. While her father refuses to acknowledge that the family is fracturing under the stress of his wife’s mental illness, Sarah uses her creativity, inner strength, and a new friend to discover her own identity. With courage, Sarah bears witness and demands truth from the adults around her, demonstrating love’s capacity to endure.

Screening in Competition:

  • Official Selection Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, October 2011
  • Official Selection 45th Worldfest – Houston International Film Festival, Houston, Texas, April 2012
  • Official Selection Prescott Film Festival, Prescott, Arizona, August 2012

Official Selection:

  • Newport Beach Film Festival, Newport Beach, California, May 2012
  • Gimli Film Festival, Gimli, Manitoba, July 2012
  • Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, November 2012
  • Anchorage International Film Festival, Anchorage, Alaska, December 2012
  • Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona, Arizona, February-March 2013
  • Jerome Indie and Music Festival, Jerome, Arizona, May 2013
  • White Sands International Film Festival, Las Cruces, New Mexico, September 2013


  • Prescott Film Festival, Prescott, Arizona, August, 2012 – Jury Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Director
  • 45th Worldfest – Houston International Film Festival, Houston, Texas, April 2012 – Awarded Platinum Remi for Theatrical Feature Film Dramatic Original; Awarded Remi Award for Best Editing of a Feature Film
  • Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), Vancouver, Canada, October 2011 – Recognition of an Outstanding Performance in a Drama, Kristen Harris, Passionflower
  • Kristen Harris wins Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Feature Film for Passionflower, Manitoba ACTRA Awards
  • Anchorage International Film Festival , Anchorage, Alaska, December 2012 – Passionflower wins Best Audience Choice Award for Feature Films


  • Air Canada acquired PASSIONFLOWER to screen on flights March 1st – June 30th 2013
  • Super Channel  acquired PASSIONFLOWER to broadcast  March 20th – April 25th 2014
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists UK features PASSIONFLOWER on its Minds on Film Blog, September, 2014
  • Bell Media acquired PASSIONFLOWER to broadcast October 1st, 2015-March 31st, 2017
  • Hollywood Suite acquired PASSIONFLOWER to broadcast September 1st, 2015-February 28th, 2018
  • CanadaScreens acquired PASSIONFLOWER for their streaming service and has included it in their Women in the Director’s Chair promotion 2016.

Produced with the Participation of
Telefilm Canada

Produced with Financial Investment from
Manitoba Film & Music

Kassidy Brown

Kristen Harris

Darcy Fehr

Mitchell Kummen

Ethan Harapiak

Susan Kelso

Cindy Marie Small

Lyle Bernard Morris

Jeff Skinner

John Bluethner

Jacqueline Guertin

Dr. Holtzman
Blake Taylor

Dana Horrox

Miss Smith
Rebecca Gibson

Pat Hunter

Keziah Brothers

Soda Clerk
Kevin Gabel

Vice Principal
Lois Brothers

James Janssens

Man in Hat
Brad Loewen

Nurse #1
Dolares Seller

Nurse #2
Nicole Hargrove

Man at Counter
William Zuk

Richard Carter

Dennis Carter


School Kids
Abbey Thickson
Kassandra Classen
Anika Lowenthal
Kelsey Chmelnytzki
Caetlyn Fehr
Kennedy Riehl
Camil Huberdeau
Nazriy Demkowicz
Carlyn Allary
Rylan Mayberry
Cindy Wood
Sadie Lowenthal
Desirae Brown
Zoe Mills
Isabella Mak

Diner Customers
Bob Kinley
Dianne Zuk
Brett Kinley
Kent Brown
Candace Brown
Mike Wood
Chris Zuk

Polly Washburn

Director / Writer
Shelagh Carter

Associate Producer
Hersh Seth

Associate Producer, Marketing / Distribution
Joy Loewen

Casting Director
Lori Stefaniuk

Extras Casting Director
Patricia Kress

Producer Intern
Pina Robinson

Production Coordinator
Matthew Etches

Production Coordinator
Kathryn Kinley

Location Manager
Jeff Skinner

1st Assistant Director
Daniel Lavoie

2nd Assistant Director
Kari Peters

Production Designer
Richardo Alms

Graphic Artist
Nicholas Burns

Graphic Artist
Elyssa Stelman

Art Department Assistant
Rhayne Vermette

Art Department Assistant
Diana Justl

Set Decorator
Bill MacInnis

Property Master
Jeffrey Bruyere

Assistant Property Master
Kristen Longtin

Costume Designer
Lauren D. Martin

Jean Marc Lafond

Angela Wells

Key Hair
Roberta Gale

Key Makeup
Brie Tait

Andrew Forbes

Camera Assistant
Bryan Verot

Camera Assistant
Brad Crawford

Lead Data Management Technician
Aaron Zeghers

Data Management Technician
Ryan Simmons

John Clarke

Best Boy - Electric
Nicolas Phillips

Best Boy - Electric
Reed Makayev

Lamp Operator
Thayer MacInnis

Generator Operator
Mark Motoch

Robert Rowan

Key Grip
Riel Munro

Best Boy - Grip
Jonathan Kennedy

Cory Anderson

Russel Cook

Sound Recordist/Mixer
Stan Mak

Sound Assistant
Ainsley Friesen

Dialogue-Continuity Script
Shira Newman
Anna Fjarosz

Poem "Passion Lifted Her" by
Deborah Schnitzer

Family home paintings by
Manly Geller

Classic Cars Provided by
Alfred Howse
Glenn Bosko
Bill Rigby
Jason Shore
Carl Holly
Richard Sorensen
Ernie Howse
Ted Delorme

Michael Reisacher

Sound Edit Facility
La Hacienda Creative
Mid Canada Production Services Inc.

Creative Director
Brian D'Oliveira

Dialogue Edit / Re-Recording Mix
Jeremy Reid

Sound Design
Florence Masson

Foley Artist
Stefan Kozminchuk

Project Coordinator
Erik Virtanen

Additional Re-Recording
Howard Rissin

ADR Recorded at

Colour Timer
Ryan McGregor

Opening Titles and Visual Effects
Michael Reisacher

Post Production Services Provided by
Mid Canada Production Services Inc.

Director of Operations
Chris McIvor

Production Coordinator
Stephan Recksiedler

Director of Post Services
Tony Wytinck

Duplication Supervisor
Gord Higham

Online Editor
Andrew Shire

Original Score by
Shawn Pierce

Score Recorded at
Systems Two, Brooklyn, New York

Recording Engineer
Mike Marciano

Recording Assistant
Joe Marciano

Additional Arranging by
Henry Hey

Score Produced and Mixed by
Shawn Pierce

Heidi Phillips

William Zuk

Legal Counsel
Pitblado LLP

Bank of Nova Scotia

Production Accountant
Kathryn Martin

Financial Review
Kevin Stewart, SCA

Insurance Brokers
Multimedia Insurance Brokers

Title Clearance
Thomson Compumark

Filmed on location in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

© 2011
Passionflower Films Inc.
All Rights Reserved

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