Shelagh Carter is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio as an Actress and Director, a Professor of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors Lab in Toronto. As a director, Shelagh has created work for ten years. Night Travellers, her third short film, was a National Screen Institute Drama Prize winner in 2007. Her award winning 35 mm short, One Night, filmed as part of the Canadian Film Centre’s Short Dramatic Film 2009 series continues to be invited to international film festivals. She has also won world festival recognition with her experimental narrative short films Canoe and Rifting/Blue.  Shelagh’s first feature film called Passionflower, the story of Sarah, an 11-­year-­ old girl, forcing her family to come to terms with her mother’s increasing mental instability, is presently winning film festival attention and honors. Her recent experimental short, Spellbinding a 3D black and white dance film, is beginning its festival run in Los Angeles. Shelagh’s next feature projects, a prairie film noir called The Shooting Party and a revisionist Chekhovian drama called Into Invisible Light, are in development. She is a recent recipient of the award, Women In the Director’s Chair Career Advancement Module 2010, in collaboration with Women in Film Festival Vancouver.

Polly Washburn is a producer and writer. She was production manager for Guy Maddin’s feature Keyhole, which premiered in September, 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival. She has also served as line producer on the Canadian period feature Black Field by director Danishka Esterhazy; associate producer of Bump! travel show; producer of several short films; and writer/director of her own short films. She coordinated the first International 48 Hour Film Project in Toronto. She received training at Oberlin College, the Canadian Film Centre, the National Screen Institute’s Features First development program, and the Deluxe Producer Intern program.

Cinematographer: Andrew Forbes is based out of Winnipeg. He has been Director of Photography on a variety of projects, including documentaries that have travelled across continents, fifteen episodes of Wapos Bay, a stop-motion animation series, and dozens of short films. Passionflower is his first dramatic feature.

Production Designer: Richardo Alms is an award winning Canadian Production Designer based in Winnipeg. Previosly participating at VIFF 2009 with Danishka Esterhazy’s gothic western Black Field. He has spent 20 years in the film industry, working with Winnipeg director Guy Maddin on Keyhole, Night Mayor, and The Saddest Music in the World. A few of his numerous credits include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Haunting in Connecticut, The Big White, Seven Times Lucky, The Lookout, Make It Happen, and Love at First Kill.

Costume Designer: Lauren D. Martin is a Winnipeg Costume Designer who has been working in the Canadian Film Industry since 2003.  Passionflower was her first feature film as key, with a history of short films and assisting on features and television under her belt, including Truce, The Innate, Teeth, and The Lost Dreams of Narcissus and Echo.  Lauren started teaching the Costuming Lab at the University of Winnipeg in the winter of 2011, and has been involved in a local Historical Costume group (MLHS) since 1995.


Kristen Harris as Beatrice: At the age of 17, Kristen studied at the Groundlings Theatre Improv School in Los Angeles. She studied voice performance at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music to study voice performance. Her first professional role was playing Mary-Louise Parker’s sister in the CBS drama, Vinegar Hill. Various roles have followed in Canadian as well as American productions, The year 2011 finds Kristen with two films at the Cannes Film Festival (The Lost Dreams Of Narcissus and Echo, The Forest Path) as well as roles on Flashpoint, Don Cherry, We Were Children, Wrong Turn 4, and the Universal Pictures comedy, Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure.

Darcy Fehr as David: Best known for his role as Guy Maddin in My Winnipeg, Darcy  has acted in over 50 productions in film, television and theatre. Fehr’s portrayal of the father, David in Passionflower is some of his strongest acting work to date. Other film appearances include the upcoming feature films, Guy Maddin’s Keyhole with Jason Patric and Isabella Rosselini, and Faces in the Crowd with Milla Jovovich, as well as television appearances in HBO’s Less Than Kind and CBC’s biopic Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story.

Kassidy Love Brown as Sarah: This is 12 year old Kassidy Brown first feature film. She has acted in school plays and participated in Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s acting classes. She, like her character Sarah in Passionflower, is an artist. She also enjoys making webkinz videos, boxing, horseback riding, and cooking.

Susan Kelso as Constance: Susan started her acting career at the age of six on a church stage.  And loved it.  She started her training at the School for Performing Arts and went on to study film acting techniques with local trainers and coaches as well as master classes with professionals from New York, Vancouver and Toronto.   She has performed on stage in both musicals and dramas.  Her screen work includes feature films for theatre release, festivals and television, as well as commercials.  And the love has never diminished!


Sarah: Kassidy Brown
Beatrice: Kristen Harris
David: Darcy Fehr
Charlie: Mitchell Kummen
Tommy: Ethan Harapiak
Constance: Susan Kelso
Myra: Cindy Marie Small
Bill: Lyle Bernard Morris
Bud: Jeff Skinner
Robert: John Bluethner
Honey: Jacqueline Guertin
Dr. Holtzman: Blake Taylor
Anna: Dana Horrox
Miss Smith: Rebecca Gibson
Vivian: Pat Hunter
Girl: Keziah Brothers
Soda Clerk: Kevin Gabel
Vice Principal: Lois Brothers
Principal: James Janssens
Man In Hat: Brad Loewen
Nurse #1: Dolares Seller
Nurse #2: Nicole Hargrove
Man At Counter: William Zuk
Orderly: Richard Carter
Patient: Dennis Carter
Rosie: Ralph

School Kids:
Abbey Thickson, Kassandra Classen
Anika Lowenthal, Kelsey Chmelnytzki
Caetlyn Fehr, Kennedy Riehl
Camil Huberdeau, Desirae Brown,
Isabella Mak, Nazriy Demkowicz
Carlyn Allary, Michael Wood,
Rylan Mayberry, Sadie Lowenthal,
Zoe Mills

Diner Customers:
Kent Brown, Candace Brown,
Bob Kinley, Brett Kinley,
Cindy Wood, Chris Zuk,
Dianne Zuk



Producer: Polly Washburn

Director/ Writer: Shelagh Carter

Associate Producer: Hersh Seth
Associate Producer, Marketing/ Distribution: Joy Loewen

Casting Director: Lori Stefaniuk
Extras Casting Director: Patricia Kress

Producer Intern: Pina Robinson
Production Coordinator: Matthew Etches
Production Coordinator: Kathryn Kinley

Location Manager: Jeff Skinner

1st Assistant Director: Daniel Lavoie
2nd Assistant Director: Kari Peters

Production Designer: Richardo Alms
Graphic Artist: Nicholas Burns
Graphic Artist: Elyssa Stelman
Art Department Assistant: Rhayne Vermette
Art Department Assistant: Diana Justl

Set Decorator: Bill Macinnis
Property Master: Jeffrey Bruyere
Assistant Property Master: Kristen Longtin

Costume Designer: Lauren D. Martin
Tailor: Jean Marc Lafond
Seamstress: Angela Wells

Key Hair: Roberta Gale
Key Makeup: Brie Tait

Cinematographer: Andrew Forbes
Camera Assistant: Bryan Verot
Camera Assistant: Brad Crawford
Lead Data Management Technician: Aaron Zeghers
Data Management Technician: Ryan Simmons

Gaffer: John Clarke
Best Boy – Electric: Nicolas Phillips
Best Boy – Electric: Reed Makayev
Lamp Operator: Thayer Macinnis
Generator Operator: Mark Motoch
Electric: Robert Rowan

Key Grip: Riel Munro
Best Boy – Grip: Jonathan Kennedy
Grip: Cory Anderson
Grip: Russel Cook

Sound Recordist/Mixer: Stan Mak
Sound Assistant: Ainsley Friesen

Dialogue-Continuity Script: Shira Newman
Anna Fjarosz

Poem “Passion Lifted Her” By: Deborah Schnitzer
Family Home Paintings By: Manly Geller

Classic Cars Provided By
Alfred Howse, Glenn Bosko
Bill Rigby, Jason Shore
Carl Holly, Richard Sorensen
Ernie Howse, Ted Delorme

Editor: Michael Reisacher

Sound Edit Facility: La Hacienda Creative
Mid Canada Production Services Inc.
Creative Director: Brian D’oliveira
Dialogue Edit / Re-Recording Mix: Jeremy Reid
Sound Design: Florence Masson
Foley Artist: Stefan Kozminchuk
Project Coordinator: Erik Virtanen
Additional Re-Recording: Howard Rissin

Adr Recorded At: Channels

Colour Timer: Ryan Mcgregor

Opening Titles And Visual Effects: Mike Reisacher

Post Production Services Provided By: Mid Canada Production Services Inc.
Director Of Operations: Chris Mcivor
Production Coordinator: Stephan Recksiedler
Director Of Post Services: Tony Wytinck
Duplication Supervisor: Gord Higham
Online Editor: Andrew Shire

Original Score By: Shawn Pierce

Piano: Henry Hey
Bass: Timothy Lefebvre
Drums: Jochen Rueckert
Tenor: Seamus Blake
Trumpet: Shane Endsley
Guitar: Peter Mccann

Score Recorded At: Systems Two, Brooklyn, New York
Recording Engineer: Mike Marciano
Recording Assistant: Joe Marciano
Additional Arranging By: Henry Hey

Score Produced And Mixed By: Shawn Pierce

EPK: Heidi Phillips
Stills: William Zuk

Legal Counsel: Pitblado LLP

Production Accountant: Kathryn Martin

Financial Review: Kevin Stewart, SCA

See more cast and crew info at our IMDB page.



As promised in our IndieGoGo campaign, a big thank you to our supporters, who had faith that we could make this happen before we even turned on the cameras! Your support has meant so much to us!
Bev Doern
Billi Knight
Brandon Laraby
Candace Brown
Cecilia Araneda
Danishka Esterhazy
Darcy Fehr
David Wahl
Deborah Schnitzer
Evelyn Walz
Gemma Manangan
Grant Loewen
Gregory King
Ian Yorski
Jennifer Liao
John Paizs
Joy Loewen
Judith Kerry Young
Julie Cutlip
Karen Walton
Katherine Fletcher
Kimberley Coghill
Laura Goldman
Lesly Andrews
Liz Janzen
Nathan Estabrooks
Per Brask
R. H. Carter
Sally & Dave Gibson
Sue Chappel
Tara MacDonald
Tara Walker
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