Raven persuades a mad scientist to abandon time and leads him on an adventure through the cosmos, toward self-discovery.
Writer: Charles “Saali” Keelan
Director: Michelle Latimer
Producer: Laura Milliken
Michelle Latimer says:
“When I first listened to Charles’ song, I was struck by the lyrics. I was interested in the idea of time, both as a single moment and as a force that cannot be halted. I like the concept that all humanity is beholden to time yet we all possess the free will to choose how we spend the time we have in our lives.
By embracing our inner child, we become more present and mindful within a moment. When we are present, there is only that single instant of awareness, a place where time ceases to exist, where we are asked to acknowledge our relationship to the larger universe.
Charles’ song seems to suggest that this state of being is something to be cherished and celebrated, and I wanted to explore cinematically what that would look like by creating a fantasy world to illustrate these ideas.”
About Michelle Latimer
Michelle is a filmmaker, actor and festival programmer. Most recently she directed and produced the short animated film Choke which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and received the Sundance Special Jury Honorable Mention for Best International Short Film. Choke was also awarded a Pixie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation.
Michelle produced the documentary Jackpot (2011 Gemini Nomination Best Social Doc, 2009 International Hot Docs Festival, Golden Sheaf Award: Best POV Doc) and is co-directing and producing the feature documentary Alias, developing a dramatic series she co-created for HBO Canada, producing and directing a series adapted from John Ralston Saul’s bestselling book A Fair Country, as well as developing her first feature film in collaboration with acclaimed filmmaker, Peter Mettler.
In 2009/10 she participated in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Talent Lab where she mentored under filmmakers Danny Boyle and Miranda July.
Michelle is the recipient of a Yorkton Festival Golden Sheaf Award for Outstanding Emerging Filmmaker and also programs for both the Hot Docs and ImagineNATIVE film festivals.
As an actor, Michelle has starred on the cable television series Paradise Falls and Moose TV and is currently playing a recurring lead role on Season 2 of APTN’s award-winning drama Blackstone.