The short film Tuned In has won a Merit Award from the Canadian Shorts Film Festival in the short film Category. Tuned In now has 39 Awards, 22 Official Selections, 4 Official Nominations, 2 Official Finalist Awards and 2 Official Semi Finalist Awards at Festivals around the world.
The film is now one award win away from breaking the 40 awards mark. An accomplishment that the films director Matthew Marshall never thought would happen. But now the film is one win away. “it’s hard to believe that we are this close. I believe we will make it. It’s hard to think we won’t with the festivals we have left. I am just unsure where the wall will be for the film past 40.” Says Marshall who is not only the director of the film but also the film’s writer.
Tuned In was produced by Marshall’s company m & s Marshall Productions, deals with family, relationships cell phones and communication. “Finding the right frequency on a radio is crucial to hearing the program that is on the air. The same is true for relationships”, says Marshall. The film is a story about Emma (Marley Cabral), a teenager who disobeys dinner table rules of her parents and gets grounded until she learns to get priorities straight and learns the value of relationships. “A major part of the story deals with the frustration of Emma’s parents and friend Stacey, none of whom can seem to get ‘tuned in’ to Emma’s frequency and break her connection with her cell phone”, adds Marshall. It’s a film that ask the question Are You Listening?
The cast of the film is Marley Cabral as the lead Emma, Corina Leatherdale as mom, Jamie Rainbird as the father, Talitha Wood as Emma’s best Friend Stacey and Brittany Sterling as Emma’s sibling. Other cast included: Helena Rose, Julia Brown, Tyrel Hindley, Katie Ostojic, Morgan Flanagan, Riley Krebs, Katelynn Carrothers, Amber Hinderer, Shannon Siertsema and Terry Pridham Marshall feels this film is a great discussion starter if you want to bring the device dependency issue to the table and, the moral of the story is just breathtaking.
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