Last summer I wrote a feature-length screenplay for The Crescent, an existential horror story conceived by my partner Seth Smith. A few weeks after I finished the script, Smith and producer Nancy Urich shot the movie, using their two-year-old son as the lead. Our film premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival and the next week screened at FIN in Halifax, where we won three awards–Best Atlantic Original Score or Song (Seth Smith), The Joan Orenstein Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Danika Vandersteen), and The Michael Weir Award for Best Atlantic Screenwriting (Darcy Spidle).
The Crescent has recently earned praise from The Globe and Mail, The Film Stage, Screen Anarchy, Cinema Axis, among many other international outlets. It screens this month at VIFF (CA) and Sitges (ES).