“FSM” will be shown at the 14th annual Female Eye Film Festival June 16, 2016 7:30pm-9:30pm at The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The filmmaker will be on hand for Q & A.
Director: Melanie Jones
Cast: Vanessa Crouch, Sean Aiken, Georgie Daburas, Jessica Heafey
FSM is a dramedy about the realities of dating life. Lead character Samantha (Vanessa Crouch) is part time DJ, part time teacher, part time hook up, and full time Female Seeking Male. The film follows her attempts to find love, particularly with her long time crush Liam (Georgie Daburas), and her place amongst traditional and modern societal roles. She continuously receives both unsolicited and solicited counsel from her conservative sister Allison (Jessica Heafey), who wants her to commit to a 9 to 5, and her Yodabestie (Sean Aiken), who smokes pot with her and gets arrested drawing graffiti. Samantha has her moments of strength, weakness, success, and failures, and, as a result, succeeds in being relatable.
With FSM, director Melanie brings some originality to a common theme. Samantha could be labeled a never bloomer, in her thirties, not married with children, and still pursuing a career with no perceived stability. Amongst her peers, the millennials, however, she is not much of an original; as many generations have done before, millennials are challenging the status quo as they try to find their way. It’s always refreshing to watch a movie where the lead character doesn’t have all the answers and the director doesn’t try to provide a solution or simple resolution. The director does a good job of creating pretty complex characters and interesting storyline.
Melanie Jones is a Vancouver native and renaissance woman. In addition to directing her first feature, FSM, which she produced after winning the BC Indiecan 10K Challenge, and 13 short films, she is also a painter and sculpture, and teaches Sculpture & Extended Media at the University of the Fraser Valley. She has earned a BFA from Emily Carr University and an MFA from the University of Windsor. Her films have been screened and received numerous awards and nominations worldwide.