DOCUMENTARY I CANADA 2015 I 10 MINS. I ENGLISH
SLEEPING WITH FAMILY
A shared bed with Mom and Dad; a couch in the living room. Forced into close quarters by economic necessity, fifteen teenagers open up about their experiences with shared sleeping arrangements in Toronto’s Parkdale community. Through giggles and tough pauses, these teens explore their struggle for privacy and yearning for space while revealing the many ways in which Toronto’s kids grow up behind doors.
Nicole Bazuin is an artist and film director based in Toronto, Ontario. Her work involves a strong focus on social change, feminism, and the empowerment of children and youth. Her films have been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario and broadcast by CBC and Air Canada enRoute. Her short Sleeping with Family will premiere at Hot Docs 2016, and explores the shared sleeping arrangements of teens in a low-income Toronto neighbourhood. Nicole is driven to create innovative projects that push boundaries and promote discussion, as seen with her interactive film installation Honey, I’m Home!, (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche) a comedic ’90s-style sitcom that challenges the representation of gender roles and diversity in popular entertainment. Nicole is co-founder of Madeleine Co., an all-female art collective creating socially innovative multimedia artworks. She is a recipient of the Universal Studios Scholarship, the HSBC Filmmaker’s Award, and the Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship
Darren O’Donnell is an urban cultural planner, novelist, essayist, playwright, director, designer and performer. He’s got a BFA in theatre, a M.Sc. in urban planning and studied traditional Chinese and western medicine at the Shiatsu School of Canada. His books include: Social Acupuncture (2006), which argues for aesthetics of civic engagement and Your Secrets Sleep with Me (2004), a novel about difference, love and the miraculous. His stage-based works include White Mice (1998), [boxhead] (2000), A Suicide-Site Guide to the City (2004), Diplomatic Immunities (2007), All the Sex I’ve Ever Had (2012) and Promises to a Divided City (2014). His performance works include Nightwalks with Teenagers, Haircuts by Children, Eat the Street and The Children’s Choice Awards. His urban cultural planning clients include The London International Festival of Theatre, The Metropolitan Region of Rhine-Neckar, Germany; and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art.
Producers: Kathleen Smith, Eva Verity
Editor: Nicole Bazuin
Writer: Darren O'Donnell
Cinematographer: Nicole Bazuin
Principle Cast: Isabel Ahat, Dana Liu, Kayla Mendoza, Jennifer Nguyen, Jenny Luu, Desiree Pulmones, Neruda Somasale Asingua, Mohit Rai, Sanjay Ratnan, Daniel Rodriguez, Zoomi Tenzin, Yeshi Tenzin, Wendell Williams, Kathy Vuu, Tseyang Zoome
Production Company: Mammalian Diving Reflex