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Once Upon a Pandemic
short film
Written & Directed by Ryan Northcott

Director

Ryan Northcott

Director of Photography

Ryan Northcott

Editor

Ryan Northcott

Cast

Year

2020

Producer

Ryan Northcott

Writer

Ryan Northcott

Festivals

OFFA // EIFF

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.

2020 OFFICIAL SELECTION
Oakville Film Festival

2020 OFFICIAL SELECTION
Edmonton International Film Festival

01.

Concept

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?

02.

Cast Bios

The film stars new comer Maddie Murphy-Northcott, Gemini Award Winning actor Kristin Booth (“The Kennedys After Camelot”, “Young People F**king”, “Foolproof”) and Ryan Northcott (“Mystery, Alaska”, “Tribal”, “The Beach Boys: An American Family”). This is the second short-film by writer, director, producer, and editor Ryan Northcott.

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Once Upon a Pandemic
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