A Film by/Un film de Gail Maurice
Rosie is a story about a little Indigenous girl who is forced to go live with her reluctant dildo-selling auntie, Fred. Her two best friends are drag queens, the film is set in Montreal, in the 80's and is in both English and French. It’s about the fringe-dwellers of society, the misfits... It’s about family (a weird little family), survival, belonging and love.
When Rosie's Mom dies she needs somewhere to live. The only relative to be found is Fred (Frédérique) - tough, street-smart, and currently working in a sex shop, though not for long. Her two best friends - who refuse to be restricted by gender - are Flo and Mo; they are loyal to the core and Fred's own chosen family. When the adult store goes up in flames the colourful foursome must do what they have to to survive. A quirky family of fringe dwellers is born!
The tone is evocative of the beloved film Little Miss Sunshine and TV's Shameless, with a little Québécois slang thrown in for good measure. This short, bilingual film is both funny and poignant. At its core, ROSIE is a tale of identity, family, love and misfits.
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS
Gail Maurice & Mélanie bray
Assini Productions was founded by award-winning, Indigenous filmmaker Gail Maurice. After several years working independently, Mélanie Bray first partnered with Gail on her last short film ASSINI. Both are passionate about telling Indigenous stories and narratives with strong, female subjects or characters. Almost every character in ROSIE is female, and the crew that worked on the film was over 75% female.
Their last film ASSINI screened at festivals around the world, as well as on Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment system. ASSINI was nominated for 4 Golden Sheafs at the Yorkton Film Festival: Best Short Drama, Best Aboriginal Film, Best Director, and the Ruth Shaw Award. It won the audience award at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival. Gail and Mélanie are currently hard at work on the feature film version of ROSIE (Assini Productions and Night Market/Jamie Manning).