Bent

Having grown up in a religious cult Jackie and Amelia, now in their late thirties, meet up once a year at Amelia’s mother’s grave to reconnect and talk about life.

‘Are we broken?’ they ask themselves, only to decide after a topless escapade through their old sect that they are only bent.

Bent is a short film about those life long friendships that thankfully keep us feeling normal.

Creative team

Writer/director: Amy Jo Johnson Producer: Holly O’Brien

Filmmaker’s statement

Bent is not only my debut short film but also the prelude to my first feature script The Space Between.

The two main characters are loosely based on the relationship I have with my childhood best friend. The backdrop in which I created these two characters has changed within both stories but their soul and bond is the same.

As I journey through my forties it’s this friendship that continually reminds me of who I am.

My main goal with this short was to portray women and friendship in an honest, loving and raw light.”

About Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo Johnson is an actress, writer, director and musician with over 20 years experience.

She has worked successfully as an actress in the film and television industry for 20 years with roles such as Julie Emrick on the critically-acclaimed series Felicity, and Jules Callaghan on the award-winning Canadian series Flashpoint.

These experiences have given her the confidence to venture beyond acting and into the world of writing and directing. Amy Jo has written three projects to date with many more to come.

Her first screenplay, Crazier Than You, won the 2012 Blacktie Screenplay Competition at the Long Island Film Festival and placed third in the 2013 Write Brothers Screenplay Competition at the Canada International Film Festival.

Her directorial debut, the short film Bent, was the winner of audience choice award at the 2013 Women in Film and Television Toronto (WIFT-T) Short Film Showcase; jury award at the 2013 Toronto Independent Film Festival; and among official selections at other film festivals across the US.

Amy Jo has personally received the Shelly Award for women filmmakers at the 2013 Long Island Film Festival.

Lines, her second short film, is in post-production and will be hitting the festival circuit later this year. Amy Jo is also a musician with three albums under her belt. Her latest project, Never Broken, is a compilation of original tunes about the struggles we face in life and what it takes to persevere through them.

Never Broken, as well as Amy Jo’s other albums, The Trans-American Treatment and Imperfect, are available on CD Baby and iTunes. They can also be heard on streaming radio stations such as Pandora and Spotify.

Amy Jo was born and raised in the US, but after 15 years in Los Angeles she craved a new adventure and in 2005 moved her life to Canada where she fell in love, had a baby and landed the award-winning Canadian series Flashpoint.

The love she has for her new home has inspired her to become a permanent resident and she is now seeking citizenship.

Amy Jo creates from the heart and is driven to hopefully inspire and help influence people in a positive way. This, to her, is what art and life are all about.

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