Dawn Wilkinson’s Devotion at CaribbeanTales 2010

Alice Jasmine walks home from school (scene from Devotion screening at CaribbeanTales 2010)BRIDGETOWN – SWEET DEVOTION: During her final year of a BA in Women’s Studies and African Studies at U of T in 1996, Dawn Wilkinson took a one-week filmmaking workshop in Mount Forest, Ontario, that persuaded her to pursue a life behind the camera. The young writer had been crafting plenty of fiction and literary criticism in her classes, but, at the screening of her five-minute film, she was floored by the “immediacy” of the response. “Seeing people connect to my story was something I’d never fully experienced with my writing.”

In 1999, Wilkinson studied at the Canadian Film Centre Directors’ Lab in Toronto. She also served as a director observer (in which a young filmmaker-hopeful watches an established pro at work) during the shooting of the movie Hurricane, with director Norman Jewison (BA 1949 VIC). Wilkinson had established the production company, Afterlife, in 1998, and has since made four short films, as well as several documentaries.

Producer Bobie Taffe and her team produced this video profile of filmmaker Dawn Wilkinson whose feature film Devotion is being screened at the CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival.

View “Dawn Wilkinson – Devotion” from Frances-Anne Solomon on Vimeo.

Her first feature, Devotion, recently won the Audience Award at the 2005 Reel World Film Festival in Toronto. The movie explores the concerns of belonging and alienation facing an 11-year-old biracial girl. Alice, the main character, also struggles with her mother’s death, caused by her father’s drunk driving. “The plot is not about being biracial; it’s about her not fitting in at school, about not getting along with her dad. Being biracial is the lens she’s looking through,” says Wilkinson. “I wanted to show that complexity: how she saw herself wasn’t how she was seen by others.”Reprinted from the University of Toronto Magazine.


More Clips from Devotion:

Dawn Wilkinson’s “Devotion” Trailer

Dawn Wilkinson Interview for“Devotion”

Fight Scene from Dawn Wilkinson’s “Devotion

Alice and Grant from Dawn Wilkinson’s “Devotion”

The Sally scene from Dawn Wilkinson’s “Devotion”

Ja Ganesha from Dawn Wilkinson’s “Devotion”

Halloween Scene from Dawn Wilkinson’s “Devotion”

More about Dawn Wilkinson

More about Devotion

AfterLife Films Youtube Channel including interviews with Dawn and clips from “Devotion”

Devotion Offical Website

Dawn Wilkinson’s website

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