afternoon shorts

Life's Short. Wear the Sparkly Earrings.

Life's Short. Wear the Sparkly Earrings.

Director: Heidi Coombs-Thorne
Writer: Monica Walsh
Canada (Newfoundland & Labrador)
8 minutes 4 seconds

Janet Edmonds was an actor, writer, and artist from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She continued working, creating, and expressing herself until the very end of her battle with cancer. Janet exuded love and life constantly; many were comforted by her humour, her openness, and her honest expression of what she was going through. This is a short film about Janet and her remarkable spirit.

Avon Ladies Rural Style

Avon Ladies Rural Style

Director/Writer: Rhonda Buckley
Canada (Newfoundland & Labrador)
19 minutes

Avon Ladies... Rural Style is a film showing the irony of a makeup company that became a top seller in Newfoundland in the 60’s. Rural Newfoundland women have been thought of as hearty and in most cases they don’t even wear make up. In the 60’s, women throughout Newfoundland became top sales agents for the country. By comparison, in urban centers Avon ladies walked up a walkway and rang a doorbell to say “Avon calling”. Still, in rural Newfoundland women go door- to door by ATV, hike over cliff sides and around woodpiles in order to sell make up in the community. Avon Ladies uses Super 8 footage, Avon archival TV and print ads and animation to create an innovative commentary that ultimately, a women’s look is her own.