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Redefining the traditional scope of documentary film in an electronic age, 65_RedRoses leaves viewers with a new appreciation of life and the digital world. This personal and touching journey takes an unflinching look into the lives of Eva Markvoort and her two online friends who are all battling cystic fibrosis (CF) - a fatal genetic disease affecting the lungs and digestive system.
Unable to meet in person because of the spread of infections and super bugs, the girls have become each other's lifelines through the Internet, providing unconditional love, support and understanding long after visiting hours are over. Now at a critical turning point in their lives, the film travels the distance the friends cannot go themselves, capturing the compelling and often heartbreaking realities they face, just trying to take each breath.
About the Director
Philip Lyall is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia's Film Production Program where he was mentored by Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker John Zaritsky. He is an award winning director and cinematographer whose short films have screened in numerous international festivals. Tiny Dancer (writer/director) was one of twelve films selected across Canada to screen at the Toronto Student Show Case. The following year his graduating film Scattering Eden (cinematographer) won best cinematography at the Toronto Student Showcase and the 2007 Leo Award for best Student Production.
Philip co-founded Dualogue Productions Inc. 65_RedRoses is Philip's first documentary film, which he co-directed, produced and edited.
Nimisha Mukerji is an award-winning producer/director from Vancouver, British Columbia whose passion is documentary film. While completing her Undergraduate Degree in Film Production Program at UBC she wrote and directed the short black comedy Scattering Eden, which was selected for the Toronto Film Festival's Student Showcase and went on to win the 2007 Leo Award for Best Student Production. Immediately after graduation the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television selected Nimisha for their National Apprenticeship Training Program.
Nimisha was the co-director, producer and editor on 65_RedRoses, which is her first feature length documentary film. For her work she received a Gemini Nomination for Directing, and was awarded the Artistic Merit Award from Women in Film Vancouver as well as the Don Haig Award for Emerging Filmmakers. Currently Nimisha is in production on two new documentaries - The Coconuts (winner of the 2010 Super Channel Feature Documentary Award) and Blood Relative, which is being shot in Mumbai for the Knowledge Network.
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