Antigonish singer-songwriter Molly Thomason is spreading her artistic wings.
The 19-year-old, who won the Canadian Folk Music Award for young performer of the year in 2011, is now filming Owl River Runners in Hampton, N.B.
“The film is part of the inaugural 10K Canadian Film Challenge presented by Avi Federgreen and Indiecan Entertainment,” a news release says. “The project aims to help first-time feature filmmakers create a film with a $10,000 budget. Emerging filmmakers will be mentored by local producers, as well as Federgreen himself. One of six films being created across the country, Owl River Runners is written by Chris Fulton.”
Thomason, who released her third album Columbus Field in February, opened for the Collective Soul 20th anniversary tour in April, performed at NXNE, Luminato Festival and World Pride in Toronto, and opened for the Trews and Kim Mitchell. She performed at Rise Again — The Show Must Go On in support of Stanfest on Wednesday at the Halifax Metro Centre and on Saturday performs at an outdoor concert at the Tatamagouche Centre.
This is Thomason’s first acting role, but her mother, Shelley Thompson, is a busy actress who played Barbara Lahey on the Trailer Park Boys, and her dad, Ed Thomason, is the artistic director of Theatre Antigonish.
When Thomason wraps the film, she’ll head to the United States for residencies at the North Star Bar in Philadelphia, and Rockwood Music Hall and the legendary Manhattan bar Piano’s, both in New York City.
Hope your summers are rocking hard so far. I’m really excited to announce the “One for the Books” Summer Story contest. I want to hear all about what you’ve been up to! I want to hear about the nights you can’t remember, the ones you hope no one else remembers, and the memories you’ll never forget from the summertime.
Write in or send a video with your “One for the Books” summer story to help pay for your books this fall. The best story wins a cash prize to be put towards any educational expedition you might be heading on to. Check out some of my friends’ summer stories to get the idea at mollythomason.com/stories.
P.S. If you do not want your story or video posted on the contest page, please note that in your email.