Wool

After moving into his parents’ home following an unsuccessful stint in the city, Alexander gets hit with a migraine while making breakfast, leaving him to confront things that haunt his everyday existence between reality and the migraine dream.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Cody Bown

Filmmaker’s statement

I suffer from migraines. Like, really suffer.

A few years ago, I was in the house we filmed at (which belongs to my aunt and uncle in Abbotsford, BC) for Thanksgiving and, one morning, out of nowhere I could feel a migraine coming on.

Throughout the morning it got worse and worse and I had to retire to rest it off. When I awoke, I had zero recollection of my morning – which never happens.

I looked at my phone and I made so many outgoing calls, sent a lot of texts and messages of incoherent gibberish and had no memory of it whatsoever. It felt unsettling to not be in control and feel trapped in a sort of way.

When I was in high school, and way before I even knew I wanted to pursue film, I was a fan of this band called Theresa’s Sound-World. Dov Tiefenbach was in that band. I reached out on their message board asking if I could sell some of their CDs around Alberta. Long story short, in no time at all I received a package filled with copies of their album.

I sold them all through Alberta, some parts of the US and as far as Germany and Australia. Then I sent Dov a package back with the money I had collected.

Fast forward 13 years, and I wrote him a letter recanting our previous history, adding in that I’d love for him to be in my film. He remembered and agreed instantly. I couldn’t be more grateful to have worked with him as well as Justin Rain, William Belleau and Clint Andrew who also starred in the film.

This is the first film that I have written, directed and produced entirely. I got to work with my talented pals: cinematographer Jan Klompje and editor Leigh O’Neill. The film was cast by Kris Woznesensky and Kara Eide, and I got introduced to a very talented production designer by the name of Robin Tilby.

Each member of my crew brought something to this film and helped bring life to this personal experience of mine.

Wool has gone on to screen at several festivals including Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent program at Cannes in 2015, as well as the Air Canada En Route Film Festival – in addition to my hometown film festival: the Fort McMurray International Film Festival.

About Cody Bown

Cody Bown

In summer 2015, Cody and a small crew of four travelled to his hometown of Fort McMurray, Alberta to make his first feature film Gregoire depicting life in the region for four young adults who are at a crossroads. The film is loosely based on his experiences growing up in Northern Alberta.

Recent work includes producing a short film with collaborator and friend Adrian St. Louis titled Lower Plenty Garden Views which will be the first short film under Cody’s creative outlet OAKS.

Wool marks the third film to be part of the NSI Online Film Festival (see Flash and Homesick).

Cody’s work has also screened as part of Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent program three years in a row.

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