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My Marie

My Marie
"My Marie," is a timeless story of love, betrayal, and revenge. It is a Western short film that takes place in a small town in New Mexico in the late 19th century. The story starts one night when Buck, Cash and Lee all are in a saloon, seeing each other for the first time in a decade since the very suspicious death of their sweet Marie. That night, the real truth about their Marie is revealed.
Director Biography - Jenna Kate Sinatra Spink
Jenna Spink is a 20 year old student, and a recent graduate from the Indigenous Digital Filmmaking program at Capilano University. She entered the program right after graduating high school in 2021. She is continuing her studies in the Motion Picture Arts Bachelors degree program this fall. Jenna Spink was born in North Vancouver, BC, Canada and comes from a Métis, Russian-Tatar family. Since completing her diploma in the Indigenous Digital Filmmaking program and learning all aspects of filmmaking, Jenna is working on completing her degree with a focus on producing, writing, directing and cinematography. Director Statement In this short film I wanted to talk about ageless values like love and friendship. Early in their lives, the main characters of the film went through a horrible tragedy: the love of their lives was murdered under mysterious circumstances. Time didn’t make things better; It didn’t ease their pain. Many years of dealing with their loss and dreaming about revenge impacted the characters dramatically. They went through an enormous transformation: from being young, happy, and care-free to hurt, angry, and bitter. They both know that only serving the justice to the killer is going to put the closure to the tragedy. My goal is to show strong feelings and emotions of the characters and at the same time, show that finding closure to a tragedy is the only way a person can move on with their life. I think that setting my film during the times of the Wild West is a perfect fit for what I want to say. During that time, men didn’t talk much, but behind their rugged masculinity there were many intense feelings, emotions, and desires. And that’s what I wanted to show. The film is set in a saloon where three friends meet each other for the first time in many years. It takes place in the evening, so the colours will be dark but, at the same time, warm: brown, dark beige, deep yellow, grey, and black. Visually, this film will look like “spaghetti westerns” of the 1960s. The inside of the saloon, including furniture and props, will look old and rundown, not very well kept at all. That will show that the heart of the saloon’s owner, Lee, is not into his business. The clothes of all three characters look old and shabby. That would emphasize that neither of the characters can move on after the tragedy; that’s why facing their past and each other is the only hope they have to move forward. For the overall atmospheric music and sound design in this film. I am thinking of having some nature sounds, such as crickets as gentle background noise to show it is night time. I see this film having slow western style music but getting tense and have the pace pick up as the characters get more unsettled. Ratings