Fog

In a desperate attempt to connect with her ghostly schizophrenic father, a young woman tampers with his medication.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Jacinthe Dessureault

Filmmaker’s statement

Fog (Brumes) was shot on a microbudget over two weekends with a barebones (and very generous) cast and crew.

The film illustrates the cruel catch-22 that schizophrenia can be for some people.

On the one hand, taking medication can dull the senses and imprison the sufferer inside a debilitating mental fog. On the other hand, not taking medication is an even worse option, as the person is still unable to function and can also become a danger to himself/herself and to others.

In other words, for some sufferers, there is no right solution. Only bad options. I find this heartbreaking.

With Fog, I wanted to walk a mile in the shoes of such a sufferer, as well as in the shoes of a close family member, a caregiver, on whom the illness also has an impact. Two people living together, but in parallel, separated by an invisible wall.

Fog first started as a feature screenplay (now titled Twilight State). Initially, the short film was meant to be a proof of concept to introduce Twilight State and two of its main characters. However, I didn’t want the short to simply be an extract from the feature version. I wanted it to be autonomous, with its own storyline. Which is what it became.

Now that I have made Fog and seen the characters come to life thanks to its wonderful actors, I look at the feature screenplay in a different light. The short film is influencing the rewrite. An interesting twist!

About Jacinthe Dessureault

Jacinthe Dessureault

Jacinthe Dessureault holds an MA in French (creative writing) from McGill University.

Her screenplays have placed in top US screenwriting competitions including the AMPAS-sponsored Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition (screenplay: Beyond, 2004 semifinalist).

Her short film screenplay Borrowed Life won the CBC/Writers Guild of Canada prize for best English language screenplay at the 2008 Court écrire ton cours workshop. Two of her feature film projects (Dark Antoine and Jusqu’à ce que la chance nous sépare) were awarded a development grant from SODEC and a comedic horror screenplay she co-wrote with Craig A. Schwartz (Friendly) received great reactions and has been through countless false starts (may the next one be the right one!).

Jacinthe has directed short films, TV commercials and videos for the web. She looks forward to tackling her first low-budget feature, and her first novel – a young adult comedy titled Igloo High – is released in fall 2018.

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