Early last year, my friend Shawn reached out to ask if he could use some of Dear Love’s songs as potential background music in a feature film he was editing. Of course, I agreed because a) it sounded cool and b) we still owe him deeply for making our Don’t Miss The Brakes video.
It’s now 2020, and the film, Bone Cage, is finished and making its debut at a couple of film festivals this September. I’ve had a sneak peek and it’s a beautiful, moving piece of work. Watch the trailer now:
FILM SYNOPSIS: Jamie (Taylor Olson) works a wood processor, clear-cutting for pulp in small-town Nova Scotia. At the end of each shift, he walks through the destruction he has created looking for injured animals and rescues those he can. Adapted from a play by Nova Scotian author Catherine Banks, Bone Cage is an impressive first feature from Halifax actor/filmmaker Taylor Olson that sensitively excavates the tragedy of how young people in rural communities, employed in the destruction of their environment, treat the people they love at the end of their shift.
Recently, director and lead actor Taylor Olson kindly reached out to give thanks for the use of some of our songs. While watching, I admittedly smiled when I detected a Dear Love tune or two faintly on the car radio as characters acted out scenes. In his email, he shared a comment that really touched me:
I would listen to The Only One* every day on the way to set during shooting this film, and I got Ursula (acted opposite Olson) to too. It was the heartbeat of how [characters] Jamie and Krista love each other to me.*Listen to The Only One on YouTube.
Bone Cage will make its first showings next month at the FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival (Sep. 17-24) and Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival (Sep. 19-27). Both events are taking place virtually this year and will be streamed to ticket-holders, so make sure you get yours today.
Some ticket prizes are up for grabs as well. If you like the Bone Cage Facebook or Twitter accounts and share/retweet the film trailer, you will be entered into a draw in which two people will win one ticket each to view the film at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival. (Once tickets go live for Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival a similar contest will be announced as well).
I’m sure you’ll enjoy the film as much as I did. Lastly, and again, my gratitude to Shawn and Taylor for having Dear Love play even the smallest part in a wonderful piece of art.