THURSDAY OCT 11 I 7:30PM I FAMOUS PLAYERS CANADA SQUARE CINEMA
CANADA 2018 I 81 MINS I ENGLISH I WARAY I TORONTO PREMIERE
WHEN THE STORM FADES
Haiyan was sheer destruction. In 2013, Mother Nature unleashed the most powerful typhoon in history on the Philippines. Surviving relatives try to put their lives back together. The filmmaker’s treatment of grief is poetic, but the real skill lies in its biting docu-dramedy style, by casting two foreign aid workers who fumble hysterically as white saviours.
A genre defying docu-dramedy starring a real Filipino family re-enacting their daily struggle to recover from the strongest storm in recorded history - 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan. Their journey intertwines with a pair of inept white saviours played by Canadian Comedy Award Winners Kayla Lorette and Aaron Read.
The third feature film from Filipino-Canadian writer/director/comedian Sean Devlin is a prefigurative production that has improved the economic quality of life for the storm survivors that star in the film. This film was produced through crowdfunding combined with generous support from The Canada Council for the Arts and Telefilm Canada.
Principle casts: Kayla Lorette, Aaron Read, Nilda Pablo, Lovely Pablo, Arnel Pablo
Sean Devlin 叶 世民 is a Filipino-Canadian filmmaker and comedian. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, CTV as well as online platforms like Buzzfeed and Upworthy. His first feature film Zach and Avery (2003) was a selection of the Paris/Berlin Rencontres Internationales for New Cinema and Contemporary Art and won “Best Comedy/Drama” at Illinois’ Black Earth Film Festival. In 2016 Devlin was commissioned by Cabaret Voltaire to participate in their celebrations of the 100 year anniversary of DaDa. That same year he wrote and directed a short film with Edward Snowden which was commissioned by Roskilde Festival, Northern Europe’s Largest Music Festival and exhibited at Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg. As a standup comedian he has opened for Zach Galifianakis, Tig Notaro, Reggie Watts, Hari Kondabolu and musical acts like MGMT and Of Montreal. Comedy festival appearances include Just For Laughs NW, Bumbershoot & Portland’s Bridgetown Festival
Producers: Chris Ferguson, Shane Ingles, Marlaina Mah
Editor: Marianna Khoury