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Interview – Kelly Fyffe-Marshall – “Haven” – A Short Film


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Interview – Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

Director and writer Kelly Fyffe-Marshall’s powerful short drama, “Haven”, will receive its North American premiere on March 10th at SXSW Film Festival, and stars Tika Simone and talented young actress, D’evina Chatrie.

When a little girl finds solace in between her mother’s legs, biggest fears become reality.

Passionate about writing impactful stories, Kelly Fyffe-Marshall began her career in theatre before turning her hand to directing. Her expansive work covers music videos, web series, short films, feature films and television series. Her credits include four music videos for Our Lady Peace, the series Virgins! and web series Friends with Benefits. Her experience has seen her invited onto the jury for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and in the role of jury head for North America’s longest running film festival, the Yorkton Film Festival.  Kelly currently has three short films in development – He’s One of Us, Marathon, and A Jamaican Good Bye, and is in pre-production for her upcoming web series, Parea.

Continuing the all female line up is Producer, Tamar Bird, an award winning Canadian filmmaker. After starting her career as an actor, she eventually moved into writing, directing and production and found great success with her 2014 short film, The Night Session. Her collaboration on Haven further ignited her passion to produce more stories about women of color.

Interview - Kelly Fyffe-Marshall


To begin with, tell us about your latest film “Haven”…

Haven is a 3-minute short film about the relationship between a mother and daughter. In the comfort of their home, on a Sunday afternoon, what transpires? Haven brings the audience on an emotional rollercoaster, you fall in love with the dynamics of Janice and Jada, and slip into their Sunday routine and then just like that 2.5 minutes in Jada breaks your heart.

How did you get involved with the film?

Haven is a short film born out of an inspirational conversation with my DOP Jordan Oram. It is about a relationship between a Black mother and her daughter. When you feel like you are in the safe haven, what deep dark secret would you confess? I got home that night and wrote this film at 4 in the morning. 

What are your influences as a filmmaker?

I like films that display human stories, films that let us see the moments in between. What happens after the big moment? How do we prepare for what happens next? As a black female filmmaker, I look to those who have ventured down this road before me. The risk-takers and the trailblazers, like Oprah, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae and Debbie Allen.

What advice would you have for anyone trying to crack the industry?

Just go for it! I made Haven with zero dollars. If you have amazing ideas, build the community and work towards a common goal. Don’t let anything hold you back.

When and where can we expect to see “Haven”?

We’ve applied to a lot of film festivals. For now, we just wait. 

What is the next step for you? Do you have any other films or projects in production?

I am in pre-production for 2 short films Marathon and He’s One Of Us, as well as in development on my feature film project.


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