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Justin Simms
2016 | 13 min 19 s

Prizes and awards

  • Official SelectionAtlantic Film Festival 2016

  • Official SelectionTIFF 2016

  • Official SelectionPlanet in Focus 2016

  • Official SelectionSt. John's International Women's Film Festival

  • Official SelectionDevour Film Festival

  • Documentary Shorts CompetitionSanta Barbara International Film Festival 2017

  • Special Presentation – Culinary CinemaBerlinale - Berlin International Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionAmerican Film Institute – Docs 2017

  • Official SelectionSydney Film Festival 2017

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Justin Simms

Justin Simms

One of the most prolific and acclaimed filmmakers in Eastern Canada, Justin Simms is especially focused on sharing the Newfoundland experience with a wide range of audiences. In 2009, Simms wrote and directed his debut feature film, Down to the Dirt, starring Joel Thomas Hynes, Robert Joy, and Hugh Dillon (distributed by Mongrel Media). In 2013, he directed his second feature, Hold Fast, starring Molly Parker (distributed by eOne Entertainment). For the National Film Board of Canada, Simms has directed the award-winning docudrama Hard Light, based on the stories of bestselling author Michael Crummey, and Danny, a feature doc about Newfoundland’s irascible former premier, Danny Williams. The film was nominated for the Donald Brittain award at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards. 2016 will see the premiere of his third feature film, Away from Everywhere, starring Shawn Doyle and Jason Priestley (and recently selected for Telefilm’s Perspective Canada series at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival), as well as his sprawling six-episode anthology series, Sex in Cars.

Annette Clarke
Executive Producer
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Annette Clarke

As executive producer of the English Quebec and Atlantic Studio, Annette Clarke leads a team committed to an ambitious story slate. Recent credits include How to Be at Home, a pandemic-themed animated shortFar Away From Far Awaylong-form interactive story for mobile devices; and Assholes: A Theory, a topical treatise on bad behaviourCurrent projects include the feature doc Seguridada look at patriarchy inside post-revolutionary Cuba, and Dear Audrey, a beautiful and unusual love story.  


Centuries of fishing for Northern Cod off Fogo Island ended when industrial practices swiftly depleted the stocks

Now fishers on Fogo Island are returning to the old ways by building their future on a technique rooted deeply in the past

This is the beginning…

A National Film Board of Canada production

Dominic Penton
Aidan Penton

Anthony (Tony) Cobb
Fogo Island Fish

Austin Reid

Toronto, Ontario

Chef Lora Kirk
Ruby Watch Co.

Dedicated to the Memory of
Colin Low

A very special thank you to

Aidan Penton
Anthony Cobb
Austin Reid
Boyce Reid
Dominic Penton
Janice Thomson
Lora Kirk

Written & Directed by
Justin Simms

Director of Photography
Andrew MacCormack

Edited by
Justin Simms & Andrew MacCormack

Produced by
Annette Clarke

Original Music by
Ian Foster


Sound Design by
Catherine Van Der Donckt

Cinematographer – Toronto shoot
A.A. Scott McClellan

Additional Camera
Nigel Markham
Justin Simms

Drone Operator
Michael Frere

Foley Artist
Lise Wedlock

Aaron Collis

Thank you

Fogo Island Co-op
Fogo Island Fish

Additional thanks
Frank Barnes
Cecil Hancock
Phil Barnes
Jon Montes
Stu Barnes
Wanda Nolan
Tom Barnes
John Osmond
Paddy Barry
Aubrey Payne
Betty Brett
Lewis Payne
Ken Budden
Marie Payne
Steven Cannizzaro
Bern Penton
Zita Cobb
Marcel Penton
Derrick Coffin
Stella Penton
Paul Coffin
Walter Penton
Kirk Decker
André Picard
Fogo Island Arts
Edward Riche
Fogo Island Inn
Phyllis Tobin
John Griffin
Laura Wayne
Michelle van Beusekom

Online Facility

Facility Technician
Bern Hammond

Online Editor and Colourist
Steve Cook

Production Assistant
Penny Cofield

Assistant Editor
Chris MacIntosh

Technical Coordinator
Jean-François Laprise

Post-Production Assistant
Mylène Augustin

Willow Kean

Serge Boivin

Marketing Manager
Melissa Wheeler

Senior Production Coordinator
Kelly Davis

Legal Counsel
Dominique Aubry

Studio Administrator
Leslie Poyntz

Executive Producer
Annette Clarke



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