Waste It

Karen attempts to grapple with the fleeting nature of romance through filmmaking, only to run into conflict with her surrounding cast and crew.

You can try to make art imitate life, but it doesn’t necessarily make life any easier.

Creative team

Writer/director: Emily Bridger
Producer: Kerry Gamberg

Filmmaker’s statement

Making this film was a particularly important learning experience for me (every film is, but this one especially).

I was able to make Waste It thanks to the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, which is presented annually by the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. This award provided the means to make the film, but also came along with a mentor – filmmaker Lindsay Mackay [an alumni of NSI Diverse TV Director] – whose guidance and support allowed me to take chances while directing that I would’ve likely otherwise felt too nervous to take.

I really learned a lot making this film. And while my particular struggle as a filmmaker has never been working with actors (as is the protagonist’s in this film), I was able to explore the very real feelings of dissatisfaction one can encounter when trying to work through personal feelings while making a movie.

About Emily Bridger

Emily Bridger

Emily Bridger is a writer, filmmaker and actor from St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Her first film, Epilogue, which she wrote and directed, screened at various festivals across Canada.

Her second short film, Brad, premiered at LA Shorts Fest 2010. Her next short film, Kathy (produced by Shannon Hawes, directed by Mark O’Brien) premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival 2011 in Halifax. It screened at festivals across Canada, and also won best comedy at Lakeshorts Film Festival 2012.

In 2013, Emily wrote the film Sadie (produced by Deanne Foley, directed by Latonia Hartery), which screened at several festivals internationally, receiving two best short film awards in the process. Sadie was also broadcast on CBC and was available to watch on Air Canada flights as part of the enRoute Film Festival.

In So Many Words, a short film which Emily wrote and directed, premiered at Atlantic Film Festival 2016.

Emily is the recipient of the 2016 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award. Through that award, Emily wrote and directed the short film, Waste It, which premiered at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival 2017.

Recently, Emily teamed up with director Latonia Hartery once again to write a vignette for the six-part romantic comedy feature, Hopeless ‘Romantic.’

Emily’s first full feature film script, Little Orphans, was selected for the Whistler Film Festival Praxis Screenwriters Lab 2017 and for Telefilm’s Talent to Watch Program 2018.

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