Currency

With 50,000 online followers and $10 to her name, Robyn must choose between the instant gratification of social status and the reality of the world around her.

Creative team

Writers: Emma Higgins, Martin MacPhail
Director: Emma Higgins
Producer: Jeff Pangman

Filmmaker’s statement

Robyn’s story is one that appeals to me because it explores themes close to my life as a woman in my 20s. My generation is one of the first to grow up with the internet and social media, the effects of which are fascinating to me.

With Currency, I hope to explore a small part of these effects as they relate to one young woman.

About Emma Higgins

Emma Higgins

Born and raised in Vancouver, Emma began developing her craft from a young age while working in different positions throughout the film industry. This background gave her the opportunity to learn filmmaking from the inside out and hone a unique set of skills that would eventually lead her to directing.

Accomplished now in her own right, she is one of Canada’s brightest young talents with a unique visual style and distinct creative voice. Her visionary approach to music videos has made her one the most sought after directors in her field, directing videos for some of Canada’s top artists and gaining millions of views on her videos.

Her passion for storytelling is obvious in all of her work and she has received significant critical praise including: official selections at the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Shärt International Comedy Film Festival, Sacramento Horror Festival, Birmingham Shout Festival, Palm Beach Women’s Film Fest and Austin Gay and Lesbian Short Film Festival. Her work won best music video at the LA Reel Film Festival and best short film at the Oregon Short Film Festival.

She has received nominations for best director and best music video at both the British Columbia Country Music Association awards and the Country Music Association of Ontario awards, and her 2016 video for Dan Talevski’s song Knock Me Off My Feet earned him a nomination for best new artist at the 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards.

Her work has been featured on international broadcast television including features on Entertainment Tonight, Billboard Music Awards, CTV, MuchMusic, CMT, MTV and many more.

In 2015 Emma was awarded a BravoFACT grant for her original short film Currency (2016) and selected for the Bell Media Sound and Vision film challenge with her short film God Hates a Coward (2016).

In 2018 she was nominated for a Juno award for video of the year for her video The Drugs by Mother Mother.

With several feature length scripts currently in development, Emma has set her sights on directing her highly anticipated debut feature.

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