Thursday 9:20 - 10:45pm in Auditorium 6
Saturday 12:15 - 1:35am in Auditorium 6
The oft-used term “dramedy” would suggest a tightrope act for the director of such a film, a difficult task to get right. But in skilled hands, the subgenre can wring emotions from all sorts of places and bring new depths to a film’s characters.
So it is with What Children Do, which takes us inside the complicated relationship of two estranged sisters forced back together by their grandmother’s failing health.
Director Dean Peterson had always wanted to explore the dynamics of sisters, and to do that, he gave his principal characters, Amy (Nicole Rodenburg) and Shannon (Grace Rex), pieces of his own personality and life experiences.
“The two main characters provided me with the perfect avenue to explore different sides of my personality as well as the chance to infuse their narratives with a lot of my own personal insecurities and fears,” Peterson says. “All of the different journeys that Amy and Shannon go through are ones that I feel like I'm constantly midstream with myself.”
The result is a film that won us over at first viewing.