The Inherent Traits of Connor James

The Inherent Traits of Connor James

Written & Directed by Ally Pankiw
Through Funds Generously Provided by BravoFACT, The Harold Greenberg Fund, and Inside Out
Cinematography by Cabot McNenly
Produced by Nicole Segal
Edited by Laura Bower

Starring Aimee Bessada, Kathleen Munroe, Elise Bauman Alex Tindal, Chris Robinson, Sandra Battaligni, Todd Graham, and Alexander Floros

Synopsis

The Inherent Traits of Connor James is a dark dramedy that follows Lea and Court Matheson, a happily-married lesbian couple, and their three-year-old son as they return to Lea’s hometown to attend the funeral of her best friend from high school. The deceased, Connor James, also happens to be Lea’s sperm donor and when his family discovers that the Matheson's little boy is biologically related to them, they decide they’ll go to any lengths to keep him in their lives. Themes of love, loss and family are explored in this short film version of a feature by the same name. 

Stake

Stake

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Official Selection - Whistler Film Festival 2015, Inside Out 2016, LA Comedy Fest 2016, Asterico 2016, Funny Women Fest LA

Written & Directed by Ally Pankiw
Cinematography by Kelly Jeffrey
Produced by Jason Aita
Edited by Mark Cira
Music by Aimee Bessada

Starring Aimee Bessada, Alex Tindal, Kathleen Munroe, Gwynne Phillips, Quincy Jackett & Migual Rivas

Synopsis

Stake follows the reunion of Trevor and Vanessa, best friends from high school, ten years after Vanessa ran away to the big city and left Trevor in their small home town. 

Now, Vanessa's boring job as a CSIS Surveillant gives her an excuse to drop back into Trevor's life and shake it up, in the hopes that she can make up for what she did to him in high school, but Trevor has other id
eas for what their reunion means and instead, makes Vanessa take a look at how her own life has turned out. 

Flashbacks of their younger, more carefree days with Alex's girlfriend, Sarah, pepper their encounter and we see that friendship is more complicated than anything else life throws at us. 

 

Her With Me

Her With Me

Official Selection - Outfest 2013, Inside Out TO 2013, Melbourne LGBT Film Festival & Frameline 2014

Written & Directed by Ally Pankiw
Cinematography by Andrew Lanca
Produced by Kyle Bodanis
Edited by Mark Cira
Music by Carmen Elle

Starring Aimee Bessada & Amy Groening

Synopsis

Is love written in the stars? Or for them? 
Her With Me is a short film about finding the courage to love freely when the whole world is watching and expecting something else.

For teen idol, Rachel Chambers, being under a microscope is just a part of her daily life. Until a girl named Sidney offers her an escape for one night and the opportunity to be herself away from prying eyes. Her With Me explores our fascination with celebrity demigod status and the politics of coming out over the course of a single night in the city of Toronto. 

Him

Him

2015 Official Winner of the Jason Reitman/Diablo Cody-Judged TIFF Emerging Directors Showcase
Written by Ally Pankiw
Directed by The Young Astronauts
Cinematography by Mark Cira
Edited by Nicolas Houghton


Starring Aimee Bessada & Allison Hogg