Mother Earth

Louise Pentz was a production potter, making a successful living on her handmade brand of tableware. After 30 years, the passion for the work left her. Rather than live with the apathy, Pentz began to explore the limitless possibilities of the only medium she knows: clay.

Inspired by the female form, Pentz embarks on her next endeavor as an artist and activist, raising awareness about violence against women through her evocative, humanist sculptures.

Creative team

Director/producer: Ben Proudfoot
Producer: Gary Swim

Filmmaker’s statement

Each of these six little films was made with attention and love by our amazing team, from every seasonal shoot in Nova Scotia throughout 2014 to the last tweak in final mix.

We are proud of these films, and I am personally proud of what they collectively assert: that there is no replacement to a life of your own making. Enjoy.

[Editor’s note: Mother Earth is part of a series of short docs from the same filmmakers, and the sixth and final one that we’ve programmed in the NSI Online Short Film Festival.]

About Ben Proudfoot

Ben Proudfoot

Director and producer Ben Proudfoot was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His father is a trial lawyer and his mother is a sociology professor.

At the age of 15, Ben began studying sleight-of-hand magic and, over the next three years, won both the Canadian and international championships for legerdemain. At 16, he joined the Magic Castle Junior Program in Los Angeles.

Ben’s passion shifted to filmmaking and he was subsequently accepted to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.

In 2011, he wrote and directed the short film Dinner with Fred which garnered dozens of festival awards worldwide and won him two best director awards and a qualification for the 2012 Academy Awards© for best live action short film.

In May 2012, he directed a short documentary entitled ink&paper that found an international audience of over one million people on Vimeo, triggering Sony Pictures Television to option the property.

In 2012, Ben founded Breakwater Studios Ltd. and established a production office in Los Angeles in the building where Walt Disney first started his company in 1923.

In 2013, he released another short doc about craftspeople called The Ox which garnered even more views than ink&paper did.

Ben is in post-production on his first feature film, a documentary about a Shakespeare scholar mounting Romeo & Juliet in Rwanda with local high school kids 20 years after the genocide.

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