Frigid

One woman’s foray into motherhood and her harrowing experience with postpartum depression.

Creative team

Writer: Heli Kennedy
Director: Joe Kicak
Producer: Cat McCormick

Filmmaker’s statement

During high school, I opened up to a teacher about my mother’s lifelong battle with bipolar disorder. She then shared her struggle with postpartum psychosis, which the film is based on.

Coming from an immigrant family that didn’t believe in (let alone speak about) mental illness, I find sharing stories of people’s struggles important. That way we can get through the isolated horror, and begin the hard discussions to heal together.

About Joe Kicak

Joe is a Toronto-born director and writer currently in post-production on the first CBC Gem original digital series, Detention Adventure (CBC).

His most recent film, the award-winning dark comedy short Must Kill Karl, financed by bravoFACT!, has screened at over 15 festivals and won awards including best comedy at HollyShorts, Golden Sheaf for best comedy, best international short, best director. The project was also selected by the National Screen Institute’s Features First program to be developed as a feature film.

Shaftesbury Films recently optioned Joe’s family TV adventure series, Magical Geographic. His previous credits include the award-winning short film Frigid, created with the generous participation of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council, and the award-winning short film Distilled Love, which was developed through the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize program.

His feature film Two Days Till Tomorrow screened at festivals across North America and won a limited Canadian theatrical release with AMC Theatres.

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