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Vancouver International Film Festival

Montreal World Film Festival

Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival

Calgary International Film Festival

33rd Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland, Oregon, USA


Moving Pictures 2007: Canadian Films On Tour

Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival

International Festival of Short Films on Culture, Jaipur, India

Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, California, USA

Florida Film Festival, Florida, USA

Festival de cin des 3 Amques, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Philadelphia film Festival, Pennsylvania, USA

Media Nets Edges Film Festival, Victoria, B.C., Canada

GenArt Film Festival, New York City, New York, USA

San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, San Francisco, USA

WorldFest Independent Film Festival, Houston, Texas, USA

Celluloid Social Club, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Jackson Film Festival, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Leo Awards Film Festival, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Nantucket Film Festival, Nantucket, MA, USA

Michigan Womyn’s Music and Film Festival, Ohio, USA

Gimli Film Festival, Gimli, Manitoba, Canada

International Bunker Film Festival, Ventimiglia, Italy

Big Sur Int’l Short Film Screening Series, Big Sur, CA, USA

Vladivostok Int’l Film Festival Pacific Meridian, Vladivostok, Russia

Heart of Gold International Film Festival, Queensland, Australia

Warsaw International Film Festival, Oakland, California, USA

Big House Film Festival, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Asiana International Short Film Festival, Seoul, Korea

Tehran International Short Film Festival, Tehran, Iran

Exground FilmFest, Wiesbaden, Germany

Festival Tous Courts, Aix-en-Provence, France

Moving Pictures 2007: Canadian Films on Tour

Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival


The Int’l Feast of Cinema and Technology 2008, USA

Female Eye Film Festival, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland, Ohio, USA



CBC’s Canadian Reflections

press kit

press kit


Sarah is losing her memory. In a last desperate

attempt to maintain control of her life, she begins

to videotape everything: from momentous events

to the tiniest details of daily living. Crooked

lawyers and friends over for tea are all captured

on her little digital cameras. Rapidly, this

accumulation of footage becomes too much for

her to handle. She becomes obsessed with

watching herself. Finally, Sarah must confront the

question of whether her life still has meaning if

she can’t remember it.


  • director & writer
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  • cinematographer
  • production designer
  • editor
  • sound designer
  • costume designer
  • make-up artist
director & writer


Michelle Porter

director & writer

Michelle is an accomplished theatre and film director. Her award-winning shorts, Insight and Big Shoes to Fill, have played at numerous festivals including the Vancouver International Film Festival where she was the recipient of the Telefilm Canada Award for Best Western Emerging Director for a Short or Mid-length film. Big Shoes to Fill also received the Best Short Film Award at the Moving Pictures Festival: Canadian Films on Tour and two Leo Awards. Michelle is a graduate of both the theatre and the film program at the University of British Columbia. She has worked for many years in theatre before making the transition into film. Michelle is presently working on a feature length script, as well as a documentary.






Amy Belling


Amy graduated from UBC in 2003 with a double major in Film Production and Theatre, and has since attended the Berlinale Talent Campus and TIFF Talent Lab. With director Jamie Travis, she produced and shot the critically acclaimed short films Why the Anderson Children Didn’t Come to Dinner (2003) and The Saddest Boy in the World (2006), which screened at TIFF, Rotterdam and Karlovy Varynd for which Amy received Leo nominations for her cinematography and producing. Amy produced the award-winning shorts Once a Fish (2005) and Regarding Sarah (2006, Best Short at the 2007 Leo Awards and nominated for Best Live Action Short at the 2008 Genie Awards); associate produced the theatrical feature Mount Pleasant (2006); and production managed and shot Bravo’s documentary series On Screen!. She has worked as a documentary cinematographer on location in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Haiti. Her Talent Lab self-portrait was selected to screen as a Motorola trailer at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Also premiering at TIFF wa Hirsute, the latest short film Amy produced and shot. Amy recently received the Kodak Image Award at the 2007 Spotlight Gala Awards. Her work has been broadcast on CBC, PBS, Citytv, the Comedy Network and in Japan, Spain and France.

lead actor

agent: Tyman Stewart


Gina Stockdale

Lead Actor

Born in Cambridge, England, Gina moved to Canada in 1967 and settled in the Vancouver area in 1970. She took a BA at Simon Fraser University, majoring in Fine and Performing Arts and English. Favourite stage credits include the role of Mother Courage in Courage in the Park for Ruby Slippers/Public Dreams, Doris in Unity 1918 for Touchstone Theatre, Prospero in The Tempest for SFU, Irene in Alan Bennett’s A Lady of Letters for These Four Walls. Gina has been working in TV and film for the past nine years. Highlights include a series regular on Hope Island and the role of Mrs. Scott in a mini series re-make of Little House on the Prairie, which aired on ABC and CBC. Gina writes, performs and has her own company: These Four Walls Theatre.


Shannon Kohli

Director of Photography

Shannon grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada to study at the University of British Columbia where she graduated with a BA in Film. While at UBC she won Best Cinematography for The Night Visitor and Big Shoes to Fill. Since completing her degree, Shannon has shot numerous short films including BlindSpot, 30 min or Free and Captured. Most recently she has directed photography on the short films Inconvenience, Jilted, Break a Leg Rosie and Gravity Boy, as well as on the three feature films Ragnarok, 22 Hands and Of Golf and God. Shannon was the 2005 recipient of the WIFVV Kodak Excellence Award and is a cinematography member of the International Guild of Photographers, IATSE 669.

production designer

Peter Ochotta

Production Designer

Peter Ochotta’s work includes architecture, graphic design, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He holds degrees in Fine Arts and in Architecture, and is a former professor of Computer Aided-Design at the University of Waterloo. Since moving to Vancouver in 1999, he has been Art Director on independent features and Production Designer of several shorts, including The Night Visitor and Big Shoes to Fill. Peter was in the Art Department of the films Scooby Doo 2, Catwoman, Fantastic Four and the TV series Killer Instinct. He is currently working as a Set Designer on productions in Vancouver.



Lauren Mainland


Lauren Mainland is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s film production program. As a writer, director, editor and producer, Lauren’s award-winning shorts have screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival and the DOXA Documentary Film Festival. Her short film Rigor Mortis (2001) aired on CBC. Lauren is pursuing editing while continuing to write and direct her own scripts.

sound designer



Miguel Nunes

Sound Designer/Mixer

Miguel Nunes works in Vancouver as a sound designer, supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer. The winner of a 2003 Gemini Award, for the CBC series Da Vinci’s Inquest, Nunes has built a sturdy reputation of excellence in Canada’s post-production sound scene. Genie Award-nominated for his work on the feature films Emile and Last 
Night —by Carl Bessai and Don McKellar, respectively— Nunes has also been nominated for a total of eleven Leo Awards in sound editing and overall sound; and he has won three. Other recent credits include the Air Bud franchise for Keystone/Miramax and the upcoming feature An American Haunting, starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. Nunes also recently ventured back to his roots, composing music and sound designing an Air Jordan commercial for Nike.

costume designer



Heather Osborne

Costume Designer

Heather Osborne grew up in Toronto and moved to Halifax in 1998 where she earned a BFA in textiles at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.  Moving across Canada to Vancouver, she obtained a certificate in Costuming for Theatre and Film from Capilano College. Heather has worked on several short films including Fallen by director Allison Beda. Regarding Sarah is her first credit as Costume Designer.  Since then, Heather acted as costume designer on the theatrical feature film Mount Pleasant. Heather is currently pursuing a career in costumes as a dyer/ager and a textile artist.

make-up artist


Andrea Manchur

Make-Up Artist

A professional make-up artist for eleven years, Andrea Manchur is a graduate of the highly acclaimed Blanche Macdonald Institute. Andrea’s expertise is widespread: film and TV, special effects, fashion runway, commercial print and bridal. Andrea began with a coveted position at CBC where she headed make-up for the shows CBC Sportsline, Hockey Night in Canada and Broadcast 1. From there she ventured into the world of film. A member of IATSE 891, Andrea has worked on numerous feature films, MOW’s and popular TV series’: X-Men 3, The Santa Clause 2, Scary Movie 3, DaVinci’s Inquest, Andromeda, Battlestar Galactica, The L-Word, Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight. While Andrea’s primary focus is film and TV, she does freelance work for music videos, commercial print and her private celebrity clientele.

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Gina Stockdale | Photograph by Satu Bell


Gina Stockdale & Joy Coghill | Photograph by Satu Bell


Gina Stockdale & Stephen E. Miller | Photograph by Satu Bell


Gina Stockdale | Photograph by Satu Bell


Joy Coghill | Photograph by Satu Bell


Tom McBeath | photograph by Ed Araquel


Gina Stockdale | Photograph by Ed Araquel


Gina Stockdale & Nicole Porter | Photograph by Ed Araquel


Gina Stockdale & Tom McBeath | Photograph by Ed Araquel


Gina Stockdale | Photograph by Ed Araquel


Gina Stockdale | Photograph by Ed Araquel


Gina Stockdale | Photograph by Ed Araquel


Gina Stockdale | Photograph by Ed Araquel


Gina Stockdale | Photograph by Ed Araquel

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Stephen E. Miller | photograph by Satu Bell


Joy Coghill | Photograph by Satu Bell


Crew | photograph by Ed Araquel


Michelle Porter & Gina Stockdale | photograph by Ed Araquel


Michelle Porter | photograph by Ed Araquel


Gina Stockdale | photograph by Ed Araquel


Shannon Kohli & Michelle Porter | photgraph by Ed Araquel

press & awards
  • press
  • awards

Korea, November 2007

Asia International Short Film Festival

Seoul, Korea


Jury members comprised of international filmmakers Changdong Lee, Jon Bloom, Keiko Takahashi, Anders Thomas Jensen and Hyungkoo Kim awarded Porter with the following statement of congratulations:

“In the category of Special Jury Award, we recognize Regarding Sarah as a film of both fresh perspective and meaningful message. Its humour and import are both of exceptional note. With a deft stroke and assured sense of timing, director Michelle Porter has created a film which embodies the very best of that which a short film can hope to achieve, and done so with laudable skill. For this, we praise her vision and finesse.”

Canada, December 2007

Glen Schaefer of the Province calls the film a “powerful, touching, short drama.”

USA, November 2006

33rd Northwest Film and Video Festival

Portland, Oregon, USA


REGARDING SARAH, Michelle Porter’s unforgettable fictive short, is about a technological salve for time. As her memory recedes, the eponymous Sarah surrounds herself with countless camcorders, recording her every waking moment. Porter’s great revelation is that the real pleasure is to be found in the lived moments, not in the retrieval of zeroes and ones, even if living doesn’t last.

– Steve Seid, Video Curator at the Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley

Canada, October 2006

“Michelle Porter, whose previous shorts include INSIGHT and BIG SHOES TO FILL has directed a thought-provoking piece of work that is highlighted by its strong performance by lead actress Gina Stockdale, whose work here is subdued with a certain elegance. But yet, it is still very real and has a down-to-earth quality that will remind each potential viewer of their own grandparents. Thematically strong, well acted, and well written, REGARDING SARAH is a strong example of why a strong idea need not only be told in a feature length film but can also be told in a short as well.”

Mark McLeod, MovieContests.com reviewer


Best Live Action Short

Genie Nomination, Canada

Special Jury Award

at Asia International Film Festival, Seoul, Korea

Short Film Award

at Festival Tous Courts, Aix-en-Provence, France

Best Short Narrative

at the Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Most Memorable Film

at the 33rd Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland, Oregon, USA

Best Film

at the Women in Film Festival B.C., Vancouver, Canada

People’s Choice Award

at the Women in Film Festival B.C., Vancouver, Canada

Best Editing

at the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, San Francisco, CA., USA

Best Cinematography

at the WorldFest Independent Film Festival, Houston, Texas, USA

Winner of six Leo Awards, B.C.’s film and television awards, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Best Short, Directing, Writing, Production Design, Editing & Lead Female Performer

Nominated for eight Leo Awards, B.C.’s film and television awards, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Best Short, Directing, Writing, Cinematography, Production Design, Make-up, Editing & Lead Female Performer

Audience Award for Best Short

at the Jacksonville Film Festival, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Best Overall Short Film

at the Big House Film Festival, Calgary, AB., Canada

Jury Award

at the Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada



Amy Belling