SHORT FILM: ‘Rosie’ by Nicole Hayward

Nicole Hayward

A young waitress has to decide between staying in her hometown or going after her dream of becoming a writer.

Director’s Statement: I made Rosie in 2019 as a project for film school. I acted as director, writer, producer, cinematographer and editor. My sibling Sydney also helped me out with those aspects of the film. I was lucky enough to work with actress Julia Kirikorian who portrayed Rosie and Sydney in the role of Emery. I was inspired by French New Wave films as well as Frances Ha and La La Land for the look of the film but also for the storylines about being a creator and trying to chase your dreams as well as build relationships with people you care about. I was so proud of the outcome and how everything came together. There was a snowstorm on the first day of shooting which is why we had to have a two day shoot instead of the originally planned one day but everything worked out for the better.

So much has happened for me since making Rosie. I produced a short documentary Deeper than Blue which has been an official selection at 11 Film Festivals such as Toronto Youth Shorts and Reel Recovery Film Festival. And produced and wrote short drama After the Glitter Fades and a PSA about a womxn skateboarding company called Babes Brigade. My most recent work is on short drama We Need to Talk as director and I hope to be working on my passion project Heliophilia in the next year.

I participated as a director in Toronto Queer Film Festival’s COVID 19 DIY Lab and is a programming assistant at the Inside Out Film Festival. I always look forward to collaborating with like-minded individuals and hope to continue to tell stories about interesting subject matter regarding the queer community. You can check out my work at heyyy_its_syd on instagram and my website

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