• Director

    Mark Datuin

  • Country, Year, Length

    Canada, 2021, 19:38

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format

    4k Digital

  • Festival Year



Felipe is on his way to living a normal life but not before he lets his big imagination consume him.


Mark Datuin – Director
Mark Datuin – Writer
Mark Datuin – Producer
Nicolas Sampedro-Sillmann – “Felipe”
Raechel Fisher – “Jessica”
Cheryl De Luca – “Catarina”
David Provost – “Jonah”
Iain Gardner – Composer
Voitek Pendrak – Cinematographer
Kristen MacCulloch – Assistant Director
Angelica Alejandro – Production Manager
Mark Datuin – Editor
Vlad Litvak – Colorist
Kathleen Pollard – Sound Recordist
Peter Mazzucco – Sound Recordist

Director Statement

The film was inspired and written during a strict lockdown in Toronto and filmed in the very small window of time when the city opened up again for indie productions safely. (We are back in a lockdown at the time of this writing). As independent filmmakers, this was a challenge, adapting to the new rules while worrying about our loved ones from afar. But we persevered and maintained a lot of hope. The film touches upon mental health but focuses more on the adverse effects of internalization without seeking help. While we don’t see the long-term outcome of the lead character, we are left with a sense of hope.

Director Biography

Mark is an award-winning writer/director/producer. He is also the founder of MAD Resilience Films, where he has written, directed, and produced 30 short films and theatre productions. In 2014, his film Basted won Best International Film at the Milledgeville Film Festival. That was the first of a slew of accolades he collected for his subsequent films White Lock, Still Closed, and Mismatch and Lighter. He has received over 150 official selections on the festival circuit in France, Germany, Canada, India, the US, and the UK. He has also been a featured panelist in Atlanta and Toronto, where he discussed the art of Writing a Short Film and Diversity in the Film Industry.

Mark made his French-language directorial debut with the dysfunctional family drama “Pardonnez-moi Mon Père” (Forgive Me Father). His latest productions include “Limited,” an examination of a tormented mother’s attempt to reconcile her differences with her abusive son, and “Simple Sense,” an introspective love note to those who are struggling in solitude during the pandemic.

Mark is currently writing his first feature-length script, entitled “Valency.”