B707 Productions

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Hollie's Dress

World Premiere

Hot Docs Documentary Festival 2020


Hollie's Dress

Watch on CBC Gem and CBC Short Docs

CBC Short Docs

CBC Gem


Filmmakers Essay

My first film about a girl making her first dress


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Hollie's Dress

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Story


Words and Photography by Annie Sakkab

As 14-year-old Hollie sews her first dress with her mother, she faces the decision all Mennonite girls must make when they reach adulthood. Will she put on the dress and become a full member of the Mennonite church and assume her role as a mother, or will she leave the church behind to join the wider world?

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SCREENING

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TEAM

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PRESS

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CONTACT

At the market, as Hollie sorts through the fabrics to look for colours and patterns that appeal to her sensibilities, her voiceover reveals - with a certain trepidation - the life that she envisions for herself. 

At home, Hollie spreads out the fabric and pattern with her mother, to prepare for cutting of the shapes and panels that will form her first dress. Her mother Deborah recounts how she felt when grandma helped her cut and sew her first dress, and how she felt when she helped Hollie’s eldest sister cut and sew the sister’s first dress just a couple years ago - and now sister is already married.  Through the stories of three generations of women making their first dresses, mother passes to daughter the family values and community traditions that shape Hollie’s anticipation of her future roles as wife and mother.

TRAILER

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1. SCREENING

World Premiere

Hot Docs Documentary Festival 2020


Hollie's Dress


Watch on CBC Gem and CBC Short Docs


CBC Short Docs

CBC Gem


Filmmakers Essay

My first film about a girl making her first dress


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2. TEAM

Annie Sakkab

Director/Writer/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor/Stills Photographer

Born and raised in Jordan, Annie Sakkab is a Palestinian-Canadian photojournalist and filmmaker based in Canada and the Middle East. Annie seeks to explore long-form visual storytelling with a focus on women's issues and social justice. In 2015, she won two awards for her video stories' Hearts of Feather' and 'To Be a Boy' from the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC). She also has the experience of working as video producer and filmmaker, since 2016, with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), developing short stories of Syrian refugees in both Jordan and Canada, giving her the ability to shoot, edit and cut to the heart of the story quickly. She is fluent in both English and Arabic. 

Paul Lee

Producer

Paul Lee specializes in producing first shorts and first feature films for new and emergent filmmakers, as well as human rights/social justice films, environmental films, women's films, gender issues films, LGBTQ films and Asian films ( https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0497997/ ). In addition to producing films, Paul also curates museum exhibitions and prepares programming for film festivals around the world. Paul also makes his own films: Berlin-premiered THICK LIPS THIN LIPS (1994, 200+ festivals, 9 awards), Sydney-premiered THESE SHOES WEREN'T MADE FOR WALKING (1995, 150 festivals, 6 awards), Berlin-premiered THE OFFERING (1999, 500+ festivals, 72 awards). Paul was educated at the University of Toronto (Hon.B.Sc., M.A., PhD) and York University (M.B.A., M.F.A.), and divides his time working in Hong Kong, San Francisco and Toronto. 

Amanda Ann-Min Wong

Sound Recordist

Amanda Ann-Min Wong is a sound artist, filmmaker, and musician. A graduate of Ryerson University's film program, her film "Swim Low" (2016) garnered a nomination for a Best Canadian Short at VAFF. She has recorded sound for over 17 short films, as well as other corporate, music, and fashion videos. She is also a sound designer and composer. In her spare time, Amanda loves rocking out with her queer East Asian band, cutsleeve, which debuted at 2018's Pride Toronto. Born in Singapore, she now lives in Toronto.

Vanessa Tignanelli

Additional Cinematography

Vanessa Tignanelli is a documentary photographer and videographer currently based in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. Her expertise lies in capturing the essence of a person, a place, a story. Combining her training in conceptual art, journalism and filmmaking gives her work a unique lens, and goes beyond the typical headshot to the more significant environmental portrait. She brings this to everything she documents, whether it be a personal family photoshoot or journalistic assignment. Vanessa's work has been recognized by the Royal Family, NPAC National Photographs of the Year Awards, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and InFocus Photo Exhibit and Award. She is a graduate of the studio art program at University of Guelph and the photojournalism program at Loyalist College. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Bloomberg, VICE, Photographers Without Borders, PhotoEd Magazine, Play Magazine, and The Waterloo Region Record.

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3. PRESS

For sales enquiry please contact 

B707 Productions Inc.

Annie Sakkab

+1416 315 1760

annie [@] anniesakkab.com

Press links

CBC Watch exclusive first-run feature docs from the 2020 Hot Docs Festival at home on CBC

Yorkton Film Festival Hollie's Dress is nomitated for an award in the Children/Youth Production category

playbackonline.ca Hot Docs aims to honour filmmakers with 2020 selections


4. CONTACT

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