A Little Elbow Room

Patrick Savoie and Bryan Searle own The Elbow Room Café, a small breakfast joint in Vancouver where the rule of the coffee pot is “get your ass up.” Part small business owner, part insult-comic, Patrick is known for slinging barbs as much as for slinging pancakes.

But it’s not all caustic insults and rampant abuse – the diner has raised over $67,000 for an AIDS charity.

This delightful short will tickle you, move you, enlighten you, and most certainly make you want to visit The Elbow Room for some eggs with a side of snark.

Creative team

Writer/director/co-producer: Mavreen David
Co-producer: Annat Kennet

Director’s statement

Mavreen David says:

“I am a Vancouver-based novice filmmaker who just recently found my passion for documentary. My intention is to use this medium to tell impactful stories for the purpose of positive change.

I made A Little Elbow Room as part of an assignment while studying digital film production at Langara College this year and felt that this story was so universal and entertaining that the world should see it.

In a community where life-long love stories are rarely told, I found the characters in my film to be totally inspiring, not to mention hysterically funny. My hope is that the film will move audiences and leave them with a smile.”

About Mavreen David


Mavreen David has studied photography for over a decade and recently added digital video directing and producing to her creative toolbox.

She spent the better part of her career working in commercial photography and music management representing artists from around the world.

With one documentary under her belt, the seed has been planted and inspired her mission to use this medium as a means for positive change.

Mavreen currently lives in Vancouver, Canada.


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  3. Derek Harder

    Fantastic! Indeed you’ve captured Patrick and Bryon’s character so brilliantly! Well done Mavreen! I too have visited their establishment and I love it there, both because the wonderful staff, and the wonderful food. So nice to have it captured on film. Thank you :),

  4. I’ve been going to the elbow room since 2006 and I love it so much. The short film is so Great!!! I love how you’ve captured Patrick’s essence.

  5. Jackson Wheeler

    What a lovely snapshot of people making a difference in the world. If you have enough people creating a momentary stay against ignorance then there is indeed hope.

    • Mavreen David

      Thanks Jackson! They do make a difference indeed…

  6. jojo

    I really enjoyed this! Great work!

    • Mavreen David

      Thanks so much! Glad you liked it 🙂

  7. Tom & Charlie (Betty)

    You have captured the essence of Bryan & Patrick (Patrice)….we have known them your a number of years. The film was very well done…wishing Mavreen much success in the future.

    • Mavreen David

      This means the world! Thank you for the encouragement 🙂
      It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know both Patrick and Bryan. They are absolute gems that should be treasured!

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