a Short Film by Ryan Northcott
Once Upon a Pandemic
Once Upon a Pandemic
A heartwarming and heartbreaking film from Writer/Director Ryan Northcott and MEDIAPOP Films. An Official Selection of the 2020 Edmonton International Film Festival, Oakville Film Festival, Canada Shorts Film Festival Award of Excellence, Winnipeg Real to Reel Festival, and Front Range International Film Festival.
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About the Film
“Once Upon a Pandemic” is the heartwarming and heartbreaking story of a young girl Maddie, self-isolated in her home during a global pandemic while her Mom is in strict quarantine away from the family. Maddie leans on her Dad for guidance, but finds that he can’t always be there for her, so she learns to cope with a heartbreaking twist with the resiliency only a child has.
Ryan wrote the screenplay one morning while in self-isolation, touching on the new reality that parents are navigating – teacher, entertainer, psychologist – all while trying to maintain a level of strength in a world turned upside down. What struck him was the strength and resilience that our children have exhibited, more specifically how well his daughter Maddie has handled such change.
Left to their own devices, what would a child do in a situation like the one faced during a global pandemic?
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FILM TRIVIA & TIDBITS (SPOILERS)
Kristin Booth and Ryan Northcott worked together on the film “Marlene” about Marlene Truscott’s fight to exonerate her husband Steven Truscott from a crime he didn’t commit.
Madeleine is the daughter of Ryan Northcott.
The Book Maddie is reading in the film is “The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, in one of the early shots of the film the back of the book cover reads: “Only after she escaped from fear did she really find her strength.”
Siri doesn’t respond to the Dad because she can’t hear him, he’s passed on.
The video Maddie watches of her Mom in quarantine on the iPad is the last video message her Mom sent before she passed on. Kristin Booth filmed this herself from Toronto.
When Maddie asks her Dad “do you think she’ll come back too” the word “too” is important as it alludes to the fact that her Mom has also passed away – her Dad is a vision manifested from her mind and she hopes her Mom will manifest herself too.