SOUNDS OF FREEDOM is an emotional film about two people, touched by war and violence, who both suffer from PTSD from their experiences. This USA web series is a strong reminder of the human cost of war- beyond the statistics of death and the tragedy of loss of life- SOUNDS OF FREEDOM will remind you that many battle scars cannot be seen. Director Holly Chadwick does an excellent job of utilizing both sound and silence as characters that act upon our heroes- bringing them right back to the horror they’ve experienced.


In only five minutes, we are taken on the painful roller coaster of what it means to be psychologically scarred by violence. The medium of film has been effectively used to create the sense of static panic and helplessness felt by sufferers of PTSD. Dramatic, thought-provoking and powerful, SOUNDS OF FREEDOM will rock you.  

Review by Kierston Drier

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Directed by Holly ChadwickSounds of Freedom is a web series about Julia, a service woman who returns from the Iraq war, and Vietnam Veteran Charlie. Both suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. From their jobs at the local newspaper, and through a series of flashbacks and sessions with a common therapist, these two veterans are challenged to the max when a serial killer strikes at home.

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Interview with Actor Miranda Millar

Interview by Kierston Drier:

KD: Tell me a little about yourself? What inspired you to pursue a career in acting and performance?

MM: I don’t remember first time I was on stage because I was three years old! At four I started dance. You may have guessed, my parents are actor/writer/directors. They never pushed me, but gave me the opportunity to try it out to see if I enjoyed it. I obviously did.

KD: To date, what has been the defining role of your career. Why?

MM: This is a tough one.. I would have to go with my film Perfect for a few reasons; In this film, I play twins. It’s a unique challenge, playing two different people opposite each other. It’s a silent film, which means everything has to be communicated in the eyes, facial expressions, and body language. Also, the twins are violinists. I’ve played violin since I was a little kid, so being able to marry two of my passions in one project was especially gratifying!

KD: What are some of the most exciting projects you are working on right now?

MM: I have a couple projects in the works- one that films in Italy, and another in the states, and hopefully I can share more on those soon! I recently wrapped the first season of Six City. At the moment, I’m filming the horror series Raveage. Imagine Mr. Robot went on a Purge- lots of scary stuff ahead!

KD: Tell me more about Six city- what’s the most engaging thing about it?

MM: I’ve always really liked six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon type of films. I love seeing the small and not-so-small ways lives are intertwined and affect each other. Six City is exactly that, using the backdrop of Toronto to explore the intersecting nightlife, crime, and police force. My character Serena is a bisexual club go-er who may seem all fun and parties on the outside, but has a whole separate private life that her friends don’t know about yet…

KD: What are you most looking forward to with these new projects? What excites you most about Six City? About Raveage?

MM: I’m excited to delve deeper into Serena’s story, and for the audience to get to see just how far her story expands. Much like Six City, the world Courtney and Jennifer James have created is also connected to Raveage. Raveage is cool because it expands on the set up of Six City- it takes place in the same world. Serena is an even bigger lead in this next chapter, following her steep emotional journey and her ties to the worlds of politics, crime, and of course, love.

KD: Where can we find these new projects?

MM: Six City will be permiere in November on Facebook, and other media platforms after that. You can follow along for Six City here: and here:

Raveage is currently in production, but to stay up to date you can follow on Facebook here: and here:

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Six City stills of Serena- Admit One Productions

KD: Describe your process. How do you get into the headspace of a really difficult character?

MM: It begins with text analysis. Getting everything I can from the pages provided to me. If the character has a specific job, or past, it helps to research if I’m unfamiliar with being, say, a surgeon. What are the hours like? What are the success rates of the types of surgery I do? How does that affect me, my mental state, my relationships? Even if my character is never at work on screen, the job will affect my home life. Knowing everything I can about my character makes it easier to be them in a believable way.

KD: What has been your most challenging role?

MM: My role on the hit Canadian show Murdoch Mysteries was challenging in a number of ways. It was exhausting because Amy MacFarlane (my character) experiences a lot of panic- and panic is draining on the performer. At one point in the season 7 premiere, I had my arms tied behind my back, I was gagged, and wearing a woolen dress – all under rushing water. It’s a lot going on.

KD: What has been the hardest part of being a professional actress? What is the most rewarding?

MM: The hardest part is the sometimes uncontrollable schedule. Over the span of two weeks, I was working on a movie full-time at night, and filming IRL: The Series during the day. On the weekends, I had scheduled a few other shoots. None of it could be moved. One ‘day,’ I was up for 40 hours working on three different projects. Sometimes it would be nice to be able to space things out, and give every project the time it deserves. But, you just have to plow ahead and do your best. When it rains, it pours. There are so many rewarding aspects. Like, finishing the two weeks mentioned above. And watching your finished product come to life, with everyone else’s work coming together. It’s a very bonding experience.

KD: Apart from performance, what else are you passionate about?

MM: I have a very deep love for fantasy novels. There’s nothing better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a really great novel. It’s one of my favourite forms of escapism. I love being able to bring a world in my bag, and jump into it whenever I can. I’m passionate about the environment- finding ways to keep and reuse materials I have, upcycling and recycling. I can’t wait until plastic is a thing of the past.

KD: What is next on the books for you, Miranda?

MM: After I finish filming Raveage, I’ll be heading down to LA next year for pilot season. I’m so excited for this next adventure!

KD: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in this industry, looking to be a professional performer as well?

MM: If you want to work on set, become a PA or work as an extra. It’s not just about the performance aspect, you need to know if you actually enjoy the environment you’ll be spending 12-17 hours a day in. Learn by helping. If you want to make your own projects, make connections by helping other filmmakers first. You can’t call in a favor you haven’t earned. Take classes, and don’t be afraid to suck. You will probably suck. But knowing what not to do is just as important as learning what you can be doing. And if you want it badly enough, you will find a way to make it happen.

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headshot credit- Denise Grant Photography


 Bright and filled to bursting with childlike wonder, PRIEST TO PRIEST embodies the simplicity of religion when viewed through innocent eyes. Recently made a man of the cloth, a nine-year-old priest offers his advice in confession to a veteran priest having a crisis.

What our older priest’s crisis? He can’t quite find the christian charity of spirit necessary to deal with a bigoted, narrow-minded member of his congregation. Turns out, both priests have something in common- all the saintliness in the world can’t stop human beings from wanting to rid the world from evil- even if the methods are less than holy.

PRIEST TO PRIEST is a delightfully enjoyable film, comically bright, light and fun while still hitting the poignant heartfelt moments out of the water, this is a wonderful family film that all will love. Well done, to director Diana Losen- very well done.

Review by Kierston Drier

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PRIEST TO PRIEST, 9min., USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Diana Losen

A nine-year-old priest seeks a mentor to help him defeat the antichrist, a devious middle-school bully.

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Film Review: SWEETER

A thirteen minute American film coming from director Emily Eaglin, SWEETER follows a precacious six year old as she follows her mother- questioning her about the ways of the world, and ultimately offering to switch places with her for a day.

Sweeter is a brighter, lighter take on some much heavier hitting societal issues: issues like race, income inequality and the disproportionate division of labour between the genders in a household. Not all these issues are on the surface- some are layered down underneath the warmth and joy of a loving parent child relationship and the innocent joys of childhood.

SWEETER is a cinematic romp through the eyes of a child just beginning to understand the realities of the world around them- not yet having to face them head on- but learning that they exist. In this way, SWEETER is a unique and brilliant film.

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SWEETER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Emily Eaglin

A precocious six-year-old switches places with her young mother for a day to discover the true meaning of working twice as hard for half as much.

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HIGH CALORIE, directed by Mehmet Tigli, is an offbeat comedy about loving oneself. When an overweight man decides to lose weight to seduce (and finally see!) the woman he has fallen for on the internet, he is hurt and baffled when the woman ends up being his own grandmother.

Was her caused understandably motivated? It’s debatable. But what is not under question is the joy of this film. Our hero, slightly reclusive, slightly ashamed, must make a journey within himself to find where happiness truly lives- not on a plate or on a screen, but within oneself.

An excellent performance from our hero and supporting cast, this seventeen minute Turkish film is a joy to watch. A film about acceptance and self-love, HIGH CALORIE is worth every minute.

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HIGH CALORIE, 17min., Turkey, Family/Drama 
Directed by Mehmet Tigli

High Calorie is a tale about a very fat boy ‘Meftun’ who lives with his grandmom in Istanbul. Due to his obesity, some people have prejudices towards him. However, he is happy and at peace with himself.

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Film Review: JOYA MIA

A bright an innocent look at the heartbreaking illness of Alzheimer’s, through the eyes of a granddaughter. JOYA MIA is, astonishingly, written and directed by the young filmmaker Ella Warner.

It recounts a close-to-the-heart tale of young Julia, who witnesses the decline of her grandfather’s faculties as she grows into adulthood.

JOYA MIA is packed full of heart and emotion, and a special nod much be given to the directorial chops of this young filmmaker. The emotion of the familial relationships in the work is clear and easily accessible any audience. The truth and tragedy are easy to feel and the performances convey authenticity and honesty.

Ella Warner is a name we should watch, the dedication is takes to make a film is nothing to be overlooked. A talent on the rise.


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JOYA MIA, 5min., USA, Family/Drama
Directed by Ella Warner

The prompt for this film was “ever since that day, things will never be the same”. The story of a girl, Julia, and her grandfather. Julia grows up with a fierce bond with her grandfather, and as she gets older, so does he – and his memory is disappearing. One day he sees Julia as a complete stranger, and that devastates her, and must learn how to cope the best way she can.

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A 13 minute animated joy-ride, THE LEGEND OF RASPUTIN is full to bursting with cinematic delight. Following the historical (yet often apocryphal) account of the life of Raspuntin, mystic, healer and prophet to the Russian Elite during the final days of reigning Tzar, this is a film that is boasts exceptional quality.

The story of Rasputin larger than life on it’s own- but director Jamie Shannon puts a highly colorful spin on the already roller-coaster tale. There is bright, raucous humor weaved into the story that is satisfying to all ages- side-long jokes (both verbal and visual) will have the older viewers chuckling, while the modernized tone and other-wordly style of production design will delight younger audience members.

The writing is wickedly sharp, and the action tight, but a special note must be given to the design. THE LEGEND OF RASPUTIN is done with puppetry- a style rarely seen in the age of animated CGI. The effect of puppetry in this show gives the work a look and feel rather like the youth-aimed films Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach) or Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Corpse Bride).

What is perhaps most compelling about this short, is how clear the director’s vision is- every detail is carefully crafted and the result is a lovingly enjoyable, historical (yet satirical) look at a fascinating life. A film worthy of attention!

Review by Kierston Drier

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THE LEGEND OF RASPUTIN, 13min., Canada, Family/Animation
Directed by Jamie Shannon

Mystic, prophet, healer, love-god – Grigori Rasputin’s unique talents bring him to St. Petersburg’s luxurious Winter Palace to heal the dying Prince Alexei, heir to the throne, in the waning days of Tsarist rule. When Rasputin succeeds, he becomes spiritual aid to the royal family, and infamous national celebrity to a public that is becoming increasingly critical of its rulers.

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Film Review: YOU’RE DEAD WRONG, (Canada, Music Video)

A thriller music video with a classic twist,YOU’RE DEAD WRONG is a wonderful Canadian film that will have you on the edge of your seat right until the final frame. Carefully cushioned between a our vocalist from Stellar,  a story unravels of a woman taking violent action against partner- who clearly deserves it. But what looks like long-time coming revenge turns out to be a well orchestrated lover’s game.

Beautifully shot, well composed and packing a tight story into six minutes, YOU’RE DEAD WRONG is a strong and vibrant music video, with great talent behind it!

Review by Kierston Drier

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YOU’RE DEAD WRONG, 6min., Canada, Music Video 
Directed by Craig LoboThe debut single from the band “Stellar”.

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Film Review: ALL FALLS DOWN, (USA, Experimental/Documentary)

Heavily experimental and presented stream-of-consciousness style, ALL FALLS DOWN recounts the thoughts that flood one person’s mind while they engage within themselves and the world around them. Our narrator, who speaks through a computerized modulated voice, recounts their strong emotions for houses, their sense of home, their feelings of being trapped, their issues with gender, body image, fear, isolation, loneliness. Strong, highly interpretive and encapsulating what it truly means to be an “experimental art film” ALL FALLS DOWN is cinematic bravery. The narrator taps into the deepest and darkest thoughts that resonate throughout the human consciousness and lays them fully onto the screen. In watching ALL FALLS DOWN, the viewer must share in the sense of profound discomfort that the narrator appears to convey. A true artistic film, with real artistry behind it, ALL FALLS DOWN is a strong, engaging and emotive cinematic experience.

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ALL FALLS DOWN, 6min., USA, Experimental/Documentary
Directed by Oberon StrongALL FALLS DOWN presents a digital hell-loop centering around the idea of the transgender antagonist coming to terms with the ideas of home, anxiety, intimacy, our inevitable death, longing, and the conversation between obsolete and current technologies.

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Film Review: BLACK BIRD, (USA, Experimental/Fantasy)

BLACK BIRD, an American four minute mixed media , this is a film that begs you to interpret it. Several animated blackbirds fly through a live action urban setting, with the outside world curiously shown upside down.  Symbolic and metaphoric, this piece may be one person’s journey through an urban metropolis on their way to freedom- or it could be a comment on the lost connection between nature and civilization. Yet still- it may be one person’s metaphorical journey through life and into death. BLACK BIRD won’t tell you- it will ask you to guess. One thing is for certain, between the engaging audio, the stunning visuals and the entrancing concept BLACK BIRD is a piece not just to watch, but to experience.

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BLACK BIRD, 4min., USA, Experimental/Fantasy 
Directed by Haonan WangThe journey of a man escaping the concrete jungle of the modern city with help from spiritual black birds.

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