Sarah Ann Chisholm
Originally from Broadway, NS, Sarah Ann’s work spans singing, theatre, film, social services and academia.
After being awarded the Canadian Scholarship (full tuition) and completing a BSc. 1st-class Hons. Bio from STFXU, Sarah Ann eventually returned to her life-long music/theatre roots and attended CCPA.
In the meantime, she began working as a shelter support worker with homeless clients, facilitating theatre of the oppressed, and crossed over into recording music and playing on both sides of the camera in film.
Having won numerous awards including a Lieutenant Governor’s Medal and an NSERC USRA, her research involving electron microscopy with co-authors Dr. J. Buckland-Nicks and Dr. G. Gibson was published in the Can. J. Zool in March 2013.
Whether it’s been stepping on stage to play a variety of leading ladies such as Dorothy Brock in “42nd Street” or Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof”, singing in the backup choir for a Josh Groban and David Foster performance, working on industrials for Labatt’s A. Keith’s NS Brew. Tour or Island Farms Inc., hosting East Coast/Irish festivities as her character “Maritime Margaret”, or directing/producing promotional films with a number of clean energy organizations such as The BC BioEnergy Network, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, etc, Sarah Ann has been gaining momentum as a multi-faceted adaptable artist that’s not afraid of a challenge.
One of her favourite projects to date is “Shhh”, a short film that she line-produced alongside directors/producers/ vfx artists Shervin Shoghian (Tron, District 9, The Chronicles of Narnia, etc) and Freddy Chavez Olmos (Elysium, Tron, District 9, Twilight, etc) in association with Heinrich Beisheim (Head of Production at Means of Production Inc.- one of Canada’s top production service companies).
After viewing the film, Director Guillermo del Toro described “Shhh” as having “strong visuals and solid atmosphere.” ”
Shhh” was screened globally in over 30 international film festivals, spanning across 6 countries, including France, United States, Japan, Mexico, Spain and Canada.
The team was honored to win Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Short at the oscar-qualifying 2012 Rhode Island International Film Festival in the U.S, Best Short Film at the 2012 Festival Internacional de Cine Puebla in Mexico, to be screened at the short film corner at Cannes International Film Festival, and to receive 5 nominations-winning Best Short Film and Best Production Design at the 2013 Leo Awards in Canada.
“Shhh” is paving the way for Canadian filmakers by being the first theatrical short released in Canada through Indiecan Entertainment, opening for “Grave Encounters 2”.
The team released the short online on vimeo in October 2013 and it was selected for vimeo staff picks on Halloween 2013.
The team is currently leveraging their experience and exposure for a feature project. Sarah Ann is also currently in studio working on a Celtic EP with singer/songwriter/producer Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo/Templar) and recently teamed up with Scoil Ghaeilge Vancouver to work on the song “Oh A Ghrá Mhín ” which will be included in the short film Madness.
Madness received a $10 000 STORYHIVE grant from Telus and will be distributed on Optik Local (Telus Community Programming) via Optik TV on Demand in the fall of 2014.
The track will be available at (details to follow)
Sarah Ann is currently based in Vancouver BC.
Sarah Ann at her home Province Capital City port of Halifax Nova Scotia and in front of HCMS Ship Sackville, which her Grand Uncle Michael captained.