IN THE JAM JAR

A FILM BY COLIN NIXON

Short Film – Canada – 2021 –  13 min
Color | English with French subtitles | 1.85:1 | 5.1

SYNOPSIS
In the Jam Jar is an invitation to the intimacy of 81-year-old Joan’s final days, whose musings silently echo with Dan’s, her 50-year-old son. This fiction short-movie is a dive into death and grief, a tribute to maternal love comprised of nail clippings, aquarelle, strawberry jam and a ghost radar.
Cast

France Castel, Alain Goulem, Martin Stone

Crew

DIRECTOR : Colin Nixon
WRITER : Colin Nixon
PRODUCER : Étienne Hansez (Bravo Charlie)
CINEMATOGRAPHY : Natan B. Foisy
ART DIRECTION : Catherine K. Pelletier
SOUND DESIGN : Patrice Leblanc
SOUND MIXING : Bernard Gariépy-Strobl
EDITING : Philippe Lefebvre
MUSIC : Anaïs Larocque

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

NOT SHORT ON TALENT — CANNES

Short Film Corner

Images en Vues, 2021

Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC), 2021

 *GRAND PRIX * PUBLIC AWARD

Director's notes

In the Jam Jar is born from a discussion about death I had with my grandfather a few weeks before he passed from cancer. Soothing for him and enlightening to me, it softened my fear of his passing.

Then I came to think about times when that difficult conversation can’t occur, when it’s too late to express our feelings to a loved one. That became the heart of the project; things that go unsaid. Things we regret not sharing, love that feels trapped.

While I was searching for visual inspiration I gravitated towards pictures of round objects, from which the story’s structure and esthetic naturally emerged. Through circularity it was possible to create a secret space where a dying mother and her grieving son’s thoughts would echo each other.

Colin Nixon - Director - Réalisateur - In The Jam Jar - Photo par Naomie Doirilus
DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY

Passionnate about his work in different nonprofits, Colin loves sharing stories about the people that surround him. This small-town mama’s boy has been interested by both documentary and fiction since he graduated for the UQÀM in 2015.

FILMOGRAPHY

IN THE JAM JAR | 2021, Short Film

-21 | 2018, Short Film

CHEZ MOI HOCHELAGA | 2017, Short Film

THE MARMOT’S CALL | 2016, Short Film

JEEZ | 2015, Short Film

CALICO | 2014, Short Film

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