“The Underground” to Premiere at Toronto Intl Film Festival

A young Iranian man struggles to fit into a new culture, his poverty and isolation leading him to imagine himself as an insect, absorbing the world through its senses. Inspired by Rawi Hage’s bestselling novel Cockroach, this visceral tale of alienation and delirium creates a magical-realist aesthetic that is both gritty and poetic.

Directed & Written by: Michelle Latimer
Produced by: Tara Woodbury & Kerry Swanson

For more info visit:
Toronto Film Festival’s website

To purchase tickets:
Short Cuts Canada Programme 6

To view tralier:
The Underground Trailer

Oscar Winner Melissa Leo Funds Femmes Lab

Because Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo put her money where her mouth is, she’s getting first crack at screenplays to be written by six female Canadian filmmakers in exchange for funding the project spearheaded by Toronto filmmaker Ingrid Veninger.

The six women chosen for the Femmes Lab were announced Wednesday. They include Veninger, Michelle Latimer, Danishka Esterhazy, Sophie Deraspe, Mars Horodyski and Anais Granofsky.

Forgotten chosen for ImagineNATIVE Script Lab

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is thrilled to announce the selected projects and writers for its first ever imagineNATIVE Script Development Lab, a writer-driven program that focuses on the initial stages of narrative feature script development within an Indigenous context.

Four Indigenous screenwriters were selected from 37 outstanding project submissions from across Canada. The selected projects and writer recipients include:

Michelle Latimer (Métis), “FORGOTTEN” (Drama): Canada’s only female Dangerous Offender fights to reconcile the loss of her daughter while struggling to retain her humanity within the solitary confinement of prison. Based on entirely true events, the filmmaker has been given unprecedented access into the life of one of Canada’s most notorious inmates.

Michelle Latimer named among Playback’s “Ten To Watch”

Michelle Latimer was featured this week in Playback’s 2013 Ten to Watch list, a compilation of 10 up-and-coming talents in the Canadian entertainment industry.

Michelle received her award during the Toronto Film Festival at the Canadian Hall of Fame Awards.

Among various projects she has on the go, Michelle will go to camera with her NSI Drama Prize short film The Underground later this year.