Hyphen Trailer – Gabriela’s Story

We’re getting down to the wire and I’m feeling all the feels. This project has been really intense and intimate, and for the first time yesterday, I shared a piece of it with the world. The feedback I got, just in that one day, has given me the motivation I need for this last push. Here is the trailer for the fundraiser screening, happening May 30th at the Arts Court Theatre.

This trailer gives you an idea of what I’ll be showing during the screening. What else can you expect? You’ll also be hearing from my mom and my dad, and there will be a lot more sweet images from my childhood.

I’m working on some other exciting elements for the evening, and I can’t wait to see you all there!

For more information about the screening and to RSVP for the event, visit hyphen-fundraiser.eventbrite.ca

Join the Fundraiser Screening for Hyphen!


I was sitting with a friend a few weeks ago, reminiscing about some great moments from the past few months, and it occurred to me that I’ve been working on Hyphen for almost a year now! I feel terribly lucky to be where I am; always happy to wake up and get to work. Even if I am constantly challenged by this project, I’m learning to embrace the vulnerable place it has put me in. And this past week has been one to remember.

I am beyond thankful to have such amazing support from this community. Despite the difficulties I’ve faced trying to find funding for Hyphen, the discussions I’ve had with so many of you have proved to me that this film needs to be made, and I need to continue forward.

My vision for Hyphen is to create a portrait of the Canadian hyphenated identity, told through a series of stories. I would like to travel the country to interview multiple families and get a sense of the multiracial experience in Canada. My personal connection to this subject has definitely been the driving force of this project. As a starting point, I wanted to look at my own experience and analyze my family’s story. With the support of my parents, a patient mentor and the help from my wonderfully talented (and award-winning) friend Travis Boisvenue, I have managed to produce the first story for the film: my own.

I am still in the process of editing this part, and it has been challenging to remove myself from the process (spending the day listening to my voice isn’t something I would categorize as enjoyable). But it has really helped to hone in my process for this documentary. My goal to produce this part separately is to build a base for the project, get feedback from my peers, to get some visibility and to start funding the bigger project.

This is where I talk to you about the screening. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Nina from the Ottawa International Film Festival to make this screening happen. I am so excited to see my little idea become a reality in front of my peers, family and friends. The event will take place on May 30th at the Arts Court Library from 7pm to 11pm. The doors will open at 7pm, and guests will have a chance to get acquainted, have some drinks and snacks and participate in a few interactive activities (don’t worry, I won’t ask anyone to sing). The screening will start at 8pm, when guests will view, for the first time, the story of my family. After the screening, a special guest will facilitate a Q&A and discussion with me about the film.

The entry for this screening is by donation, so you can pay what you can. However, if you donate $20 or more, you will receive a drink voucher for the evening. You can get more information and RSVP here. If you are unable to make the screening, please feel free to share the event and invite anyone who would be interested in joining! You can also share the Facebook event.

I can’t thank you enough for your support, and I look forward to seeing you all at the screening!


Hyphen in Montreal (and England)


Another step forward: I just completed a second full day of shooting for Hyphen. Once again accompanied by Travis Boisvenue, I drove to Montreal over the weekend to visit my dad and my old university stomping grounds.


We spent some time at my father’s condo, making lunch and enjoying a hot cup of coffee before venturing out in the cold. We took a (short) walk along the water where my dad lives.


We then drove to the Loyola Campus of Concordia University, where I completed my BA in Communication Studies and lived on campus during my first year of studies.


As a little bonus, I flew to England a few weeks ago and brought my camera along. Sadly, my grandmother passed away in December, so my mother and I joined our little family in Hayling Island for a beautiful ceremony. We listened to some of my grandmother’s favourite songs, including “Smile” sung by Nat King Cole and said our goodbyes. It was a wonderful short visit where I got to spend time with my family, something I rarely get to do. I mostly shot footage around my aunt’s cottage near Penzance in Cornwall and managed to get some clear footage of London during takeoff.


I have a few more things to gather, but I’ll be ready to start editing my portion of Hyphen soon! I’ll have a chance to get comfortable with the look and feel of the film before approaching potential interviewees. How exciting!