Kathleen Jayme’s Paradise Island hits the festival circuit.
After being accepted into the short corner of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Paradise Island, UBC Film Production alumna and the H. Norman Lidster Prize Scholarship recipient honoring an outstanding documentary student, Kathleen Jayme’s short documentary, plays at Vancity Theatre on March 17 at 6:30 pm. Paradise Island is about a group of children who make sandcastles for money, revealing the harsh realities of living on one of the most popular beach destinations in the world.
Partnering with Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization that Kathleen also volunteers for,100% of the night’s proceeds will go towards this year’s upcoming research and beach cleanups in Vancouver. Paradise Island as well as Sonic Sea, a feature film about noise pollution in the ocean that is killing marine life, will be shown.
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Synopsis: Every year, one million tourists arrive in Boracay to get away from reality… but what is the reality for those who live there and cannot escape it? Documentary filmmaker Kat Jayme travels to Boracay, the crown jewel of the Philippines and her family’s favourite vacation spot — but this time she is not on holiday. With the help of the local children of the island, who make sandcastles for money, she discovers what life is really like on Paradise Island.
Kathleen Jayme Bio:
Kathleen Jayme is a Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. In 2011 she graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Film Production Program and was awarded the H. Norman Lidster Prize Scholarship, honoring an outstanding documentary student. At UBC, she wrote and directed two award winning short fiction films: “Little Big Kid,” which won a Leo for Best Student Production in British Columbia and “Liz,” which was among twenty films selected to play on Air Canada flights.
After graduating from UBC, Kathleen received an internship at the National Film Board of Canada, and was later offered a full time job. She currently works at the NFB as a Production Coordinator where she brings what she learns from experienced directors and producers to her own films. Kathleen just completed her latest film, “Paradise Island,” which was featured at this year’s 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner. She is now promoting “Paradise Island” while laying the plans for her next projects.
Kathleen is on the Executive team of Surfrider, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting our oceans and beaches. She is also a motivational speaker and a high school basketball coach.