Stone

In an industry dominated by men, Heather Lawson defied expectations and stereotypes to become the first, and last, woman trained to be a production stone mason in Canada.

Creative team

Director/producer: Ben Proudfoot
Producer: Gary Swim

Filmmaker’s statement

Each of these six little films was made with attention and love by our amazing team, from every seasonal shoot in Nova Scotia throughout 2014 to the last tweak in final mix.

We are proud of these films, and I am personally proud of what they collectively assert: that there is no replacement to a life of your own making. Enjoy.

[Editor’s note: Stone is part of a series of short docs from the same filmmakers, and the first that we’ve programmed in the NSI Online Short Film Festival. The remaining five films will roll out over February and March 2016.]

About Ben Proudfoot

Director and producer Ben Proudfoot was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His father is a trial lawyer and his mother is a sociology professor.

At the age of 15, Ben began studying sleight-of-hand magic and, over the next three years, won both the Canadian and international championships for legerdemain. At 16, he joined the Magic Castle Junior Program in Los Angeles.

Ben’s passion shifted to filmmaking and he was subsequently accepted to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. In 2011, he wrote and directed the short film Dinner with Fred which garnered dozens of festival awards worldwide and won him two best director awards and a qualification for the 2012 Academy Awards© for best live action short film.

In May 2012, he directed a short documentary entitled ink&paper that found an international audience of over one million people on Vimeo, triggering Sony Pictures Television to option the property.

In 2012, Ben founded Breakwater Studios Ltd. and established a production office in Los Angeles in the building where Walt Disney first started his company in 1923.

In 2013, he released another short doc about craftspeople called The Ox which garnered even more views than ink&paper did.

Ben is in post-production on his first feature film, a documentary about a Shakespeare scholar mounting Romeo & Juliet in Rwanda with local high school kids 20 years after the genocide.

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