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Synopsis: Confronted by odd directives from her late husband’s estate, Helena Grayson is inspired to reawaken a long-buried desire to write. When she’s unexpectedly drawn into an encounter with a past lover she is further challenged to explore her creative voice. Conceived under the sway of both love and art ‘Into Invisible Light’ is a story of forgiveness, second chances and the revitalizing power of art.

Language

English

Run Time

100 minutes

Starring

Jennifer Dale (Helena Grayson)
Peter Keleghan (Michael)
Kari Matchett (Lydia)

Directed by

Shelagh Carter

Produced by

Jeff Peeler
Pete Soltesz

Production Designer

Taavo Soodor

Director's Statement

“What kind of courage does this process of actualization and artistic expression involve?” And further, in response, “When does that courage, appealing as it may appear, camouflage deeper and darker secrets even the best-intentioned fail to reckon?” Character driven, a strong premise, it resonates deeply for me and I feel universally for an audience, because what mature person has not been confronted by a difficult choice and lacked the courage to address it?
I also believe in the sense of reckoning that is integral to the creative act—the impulse to make sense of one’s life through the making of art—is foundational in this film. The accompanying movement “into invisible light” underlying that reckoning embodies the paradoxical and enigmatic nature of the metamorphosis art attempts—its desire to transform and inform from lived experience; to create intervals whose duration outwits those moments of enlightenment that satisfy even as they cannot be held.

Director's Bio

Shelagh Carter is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio as an Actress and Director, and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors Lab in Toronto. As a director, Shelagh has created work for over twenty years. “Night Travellers”, her third short film, was a National Screen Institute Drama Prize winner in 2007. Her award winning 35 mm short, “One Night”, filmed as part of the Canadian Film Centre’s Short Dramatic Film 2009 series, screened at several international film festivals. She has also won world festival recognition with her experimental narrative short films “Canoe”, “Rifting/Blue”, and” Is It My Turn”. Shelagh’s first feature film called “Passionflower”, the story of Sarah, an 11-year-old girl, forcing her family to come to terms with her mother’s increasing mental instability, has earned film festival attention and honors. Her indie feature, “Before Anything You Say”, an innovative drama based on a true story, has won international nominations and awards, most recently Best Manitoba Director 2018 by the DGC. Her third feature film,” Into Invisible Light”, has been honoured with several awards and nominations, including most recently winning the Directors’ Choice Independent Spirit Award at the Sedona International Film Festival 2020.
Shelagh’s next feature, a New York City romantic comedy titled “Love, Repeat”, was completed in the fall of 2019.” The Woman Who Swallowed West Hawk Lake”, a psychological thriller, and Canadian author, David Bergen’s “The Time in Between”, a moving mediation on love and loss, a drama, are currently in development.

Production Year

2018

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