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Roll-Her Dervish~A new film by the incredible @BethofBamNorth

Filmmaker Beth Mairs of BAM North Productions is a dear friend, and I’m thrilled to be involved with her newest project, a film called Roll-Her Dervish. She has an IndieGoGo campaign for it now after following around the subjects of the film for over a year.

A trailer and all the details can be found on the site. As part of International Woman’s Day, Indiegogo is generously contributing an extra dollar for every $25 raised by this campaign, so please give what you can. It’s a great opportunity to see your money work even harder for you.

Find out more about Roll-Her Dervish on the Indiegogo page.

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WIN 2 tickets for Toronto screening of AWAITING ATWOOD by @BethofBamNorth

UPDATE Nov 18th 12:45 PMThe winner is Betsy Purvis! Thanks again to everyone for commenting. Tickets are still available for sale from 5PM today.

UPDATE Nov 18th 12:16 PM: The winner’s name has been drawn using random.org, and I will apprise shortly once the prize has been accepted.


Per a previous post, Awaiting Atwood, a film I had the pleasure to be involved with is screening in Toronto, Monday, November 18, 7 PM at the Carlton.

Filmmaker Beth Mairs of BAM North Productions is generously offering TWO FREE TICKETS to readers of my blog! (Tickets are available for sale at the theatre 2 hours before the screening).

To win, answer this question in the comments. Make sure you include a valid email address.

Which one of Margaret Atwood’s books was published in 1969, coinciding with the rise of the women’s movement in North America?

a) The Edible Woman

b) The Handmaid’s Tale

c) The Year of the Flood

~ I will draw for the winner by Nov. 18th, NOON and advise on how to pick up the tickets. ~

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Check out the trailer. I have a tiny part in this film playing the Junior Cop.

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Attend the Premiere Screenings of AWAITING ATWOOD ~ a film by @BethofBamNorth

Awaiting Atwood, a film I had the pleasure to be involved with is screening this month! Wheee!

The movie is directed by Beth Mairs of BAM North Productions, who stars in it with her wife, Betty Ann McPherson. I was honoured to donate my books as a perk for the successful Indiegogo campaign.


Two washed-up, middle-aged adventuresses are under the delusion literary icon Margaret Atwood has invited them to stay with her in downtown Toronto. Having nothing better to do for the summer, they turn this into a full-on adventure traveling by bike and canoe from Sudbury to land on Ms. Atwood’s front lawn. En route, they experience a series of misadventures, encountering themes and images from several of Atwood’s best-loved novels.

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Check out the film trailer. I have a tiny part in this film. Can you spot me? 😉

Three Screenings in November!

WORLD PREMIERE in SUDBURY! ~ Thursday, Nov. 14th at 8pm at Vale Cavern, Science North. Margaret Atwood will be present! ~ Facebook event page

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SUDBURY ~ Friday, Nov. 22nd at 7:30pm at (old) Rainbow Cinemas. Female Eye Film Festival in Sudbury Opening Night –  Tickets are $25 . ~ Facebook event page

TORONTO ~ Monday, Nov. 18th at 7pm Carlton Cinema. (on Margaret Atwood’s actual birthday!) Tickets are $10 with an after-party next door. ~ Facebook event page. I hope to see you there!

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Awaiting Atwood

This post is part of the Fellow Writers Blog Hop, which takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  This month’s prompt is “Inspiration.”

Enjoy, and stay sexy,


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At the end of November, 2010, I wrote a post called  Succulent Wild Woman: Beth Mairs. That was not long after I started my blog, and I showcased Beth as a woman who inspired me. (That’s her on the left with her partner, Betty Ann. Don’t they look like they’re having fun?)!  At the time, Beth had just sold the outdoor adventure company she founded some twenty years earlier and was re-inventing herself as a filmmaker under her new company – BAM North Productions. It’s barely been six months since then, and Beth is already thick in the promotion and shooting of her second film, Awaiting Atwood.

What inspires me most about Beth is her fearless sense of vision.  Awaiting Atwood is being marketed as a feminist adventure film parody, and it’s been blessed by Ms. Margaret Atwood herself, award-winning author of numerous books, including: Edible Woman; Alias Grace; and Lady Oracle.

The film is about two middle-aged women who mistake an obvious prank for the truth. They set off for a summer of adventure believing their literary and feminist icon, writer Margaret Atwood, has invited them to stay with her in downtown Toronto. Themes from Ms. Atwood’s best-loved novels are peppered throughout the film.

With a little less than two months to go, the film is hoping to raise a total of $8000 to help cover production costs. I’m donating my book, Fall into Winter, as part of the incentive prize for anyone who pledges $100 toward the film’s campaign. There are also options to make donations for less with excellent perks.

Independent films start with big ideas, a burning desire to tell a story, and little budget. What Beth and her team have done in a short time is incredible and inspiring. Visit Awaiting Atwood on the Indie GoGo page  and watch the hysterical trailer.  If you think this is a worthy project, please help by making a donation or spreading the word via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mails. No gesture is too small, and every little bit helps.

You can also connect to BAM North Productions on Facebook , and follow them on Twitter.  You’ll no doubt be inspired by their sense of fun and adventure!

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Succulent Wild Woman: Beth Mairs

I went to a fabulous bash at the Gladstone Hotel on the weekend. It was to celebrate the twentieth year of Wild Women Expeditions—a company that organizes outdoor adventure trips exclusively for women. The evening accomplished many things. Among them were:

– Approximately two hundred Wild Women who had not seen each other in years were able to reconnect.
– Founder, Beth Mairs, had passed the torch over to new owner, Jennifer Brammer, and many got a chance to meet Jennifer for the first time.
– Proceeds for the event were used to help fund Beth’s documentary film called Does This Canoe Make Me Look Fat?, which is being produced under her new company, BAM North Productions.

Now, isn’t that a fantastic name for a film? I loved it the first time I heard it, and the powers that be must have loved it too. It’s been confirmed at the National Film Board for a screening with a top producer this December!

I am not one of the Wild Women; I’ve never taken a trip. My association with Beth has been through my husband who has worked on WWE print media for the past fifteen years. I have only met Beth a handful of times, had her over for dinner, and all I can say is—what a firecracker! She has one of those indomitable spirits that is difficult to forget long after she has left the room. With an exuberant laugh and energy to burn, it’s no wonder she’s successfully helmed WWE for as long as she has.

Beth has forged something unique for women in a male-dominated industry, and she has thrived! That unfailing determination is without a doubt, what will make her successful in the film business. It’s obvious from the turnout at Saturday’s event that she has built some strong bonds over the years, and those relationships will continue to move her forward.

Beth Mairs—fun-loving visionary who loves eating my home-baked cookies—I salute you.

Stay sexy,


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