A mermaid washes up on a rural New Zealand
shoreline. Willow is taken in by isolated Griffin and Avery, his
Deaf younger brother. As Willow becomes entangled in the siblings'
lives and their grief, she learns what she will choose to fight
FOAM is about connection, and how it is possible for
strangers and lost souls to connect with one another and heal what
has been broken. A film of distance and quiet, stillness and
intimacy, broken only by the waves of the rugged sea.
We want to explore different methods of communication and the
ways in which we connect with one another. Including a non-verbal
and a Deaf character in FOAM is a big aspect of this, as we will
explore the varied ways all our characters communicate with one
another - without speech being the first resort. We will be
incorporating verbal and NZSL dialogue throughout the film. As
filmmakers, Samantha and Grace are passionate about inclusivity and
diversity, and will be casting a Deaf actor in the role of Avery in
order to tell this story in the right way.
FOAM is a mythic tale imagined in a modern, domestic setting. As
a writer and filmmaker, Grace is fascinated by the mysterious, the
curious, the magical - and the humanity we find within such tales.
The isolation of our characters is reflected by their surroundings,
and we intend to create this quiet and contained moment of magic
amidst the rugged New Zealand landscape.
Grace Hood-Edwards (Writer, Director, Editor)
Grace Hood-Edwards is a writer, director, actor, and
editor with a BA (Hons) in Screen Production and English from the
University of Auckland. She has produced a select number of short
films and theatrical productions. She works as a freelance writer
and has previous experience as an intern for Show Me Shorts and as
a sub-editor for two literary magazines.
Grace is passionate about bringing fantastical stories to life
through film and theatre, and is invested in diversity and minority
perspectives. She is currently completing a Masters in Directing
Drama and working at a media production company.
Samantha Dutton (Producer)
Samantha Dutton is a freelance producer based in
Auckland. She was born in South Africa and moved to New Zealand
with her family as a teenager. Her work is informed by female
perspectives and human stories. She is also a member of Women in
Film and Television New Zealand.
Completing her Bachelor of Arts and Honours at the University of
Auckland in Screenwriting and Directing Drama, she has turned her
hand to producing short films and music videos.
Nina Wells (Director of Photography)
Nina has been pursuing her career into film for over ten years
now. Recently she was elected to become the Vice President of The
New Zealand Cinematographer Society. She was also the recipient of
the NZCS: Al Guilford Emerging Cinematographer 2019 and a Bronze
Teleseries Award for Auckward Love season two. In prior years she
was shortlisted for the Jane Champion Female Cinematographer
Scholarship, winner of a Zonta award, and a Best Design award (for
2018 brought opportunities to attend an Advanced Lighting Course
in Australia and the renowned American Society of Cinematographers
Masters Course in Hollywood, Los Angeles. 2019 has started as a
cinematographer for an NZFC funded short film.
Nina is an established, growing professional in the New Zealand
film industry with a hunger to embrace, connect and collaborate in
creating authentic unique New Zealand films with the best of her
ability and creative energy.
Your contribution, whatever the amount, will go a long way to
supporting the production of this film. Currently independently
self-funded, we need additional funds to meet our projected budget
and achieve our vision for FOAM.
This Boosted funding is all-or-nothing. All donors will receive
a credit in the film. Donations also qualify for a 33% tax rebate
for New Zealand donors.
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