GHOST BFF is a comedy web series (and a serious discussion of the stigma surrounding mental illness) created by Vanessa Matsui. It centers on Amy, an artist who no longer paints. Amy’s life is disrupted by a visit from the ghost of her best friend Tara, who committed suicide three years earlier. All 19 episodes of GHOST BFF can be streamed on KindaTV.
Kaniehtiio Horn (Tara’s ghost) is the blunt and sometimes judgemental artist Tess in ALICE, DARLING, a thriller written by Alanna Francis (who also wrote the screenplay for Aisling Chin-Yee’s film THE REST OF US). Alice (Anna Kendrick) and her two best friends, Tess and Sophie (Wummi Mosaku), decide to spend a week together at a lakeside cabin, but Sophie and Tess have become concerned about Alice’s secretiveness regarding her boyfriend Simon (Charlie Carrick), and the trip is really a cleverly disguised intervention. Then a local girl goes missing, and Simon unexpectedly joins them. Director Mary Nighy told Annie Coalo of Women in Hollywood that the film “…felt like an important story to tell right now, about the degree to which women can lose themselves in murky sexual relationships, without even realizing how far they’ve lost their sense of self or their bearings. And I thought it could be a powerful paean to the value and redemptive qualities of friendship between women, in all their messy, sometimes rivalrous, sometimes sisterly, glory.” ALICE, DARLING had its world premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.
UPDATE: 19 February 2023 – ALICE, DARLING was released in the US on 20 January 2023.
Vanessa Matsui (Amy – the only one who can see Tara’s ghost) will direct MIDNIGHT AT THE PARADISE, a drama starring Liane Balaban and Alan Hawko as former teenage lovers Iris and Alex who first fell in love at a screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave drama BREATHLESS. The two meet again years later when they both turn up at another screening of the same film at Toronto’s Paradise Theatre, and spend a night figuring out how this chance meeting might affect their future. The late Kenneth Walsh (best known as Windom Earle in TWIN PEAKS) makes his final film appearance as an aging critic named Max. No general release date has yet been announced. Continue reading →