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Into Light

Sheona McDonald
2021 | 19 min

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada (2021)

  • Official SelectionDOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2021)

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Excerpt: Grief


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Sheona McDonald
Photo : Nikki Baxendale

Sheona McDonald

Sheona McDonald has worked in the film and television industry for two decades, producing, directing and writing documentary features, limited series and narrative shorts. Her most recent projects include the feature-length documentary Dead Man’s Switch: A Crypto Mystery, about the death of Gerald Cotten, founder of the QuadrigaCX Cryptocurrency exchange, as well as A Short Essay on Men, Candice, Inside Her Sex, When Dreams Take Flight, Capturing a Short Life and the second season of the Knowledge Network’s popular series Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH. In 2020, Sheona co-wrote and directed the short documentary Into Light for the National Film Board of Canada. She lives in West Vancouver with her husband and three children.

Teri Snelgrove
Producer (NFB)
Photo : Emily Cooper

Teri Snelgrove

Teri Snelgrove is a Producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio.  Prior to stepping into the producer position in August 2019, she worked as an Associate Producer at the studio for 7 years, working on a range of documentary and animation projects, including the short docs, Highway to Heaven,  Now Is The Time and The Way of the Hunter, the musical documentary The Road Forward and the feature doc, Because We Are Girls; and the animated shorts, The ZooShop Class and The Mountain of SGaana. Teri is a Newfoundlander and a graduate of the film/video program at Emily Carr University.

Shirley Vercruysse
Executive Producer (NFB)
Photo : Emily Cooper

Shirley Vercruysse

Shirley Vercruysse is the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio, where she leads the team producing documentary and animation projects. The studio’s new releases include the feature-length documentaries The Magnitude of All Things and Sovereign Soil, along with recent releases The Whale and the Raven, Because We Are Girls and the musical documentary The Road Forward. Short works include the documentaries Now Is the Time and Highway to Heaven, the animated films Old Dog and The Zoo, as well as the Webby Award-winning docu-series True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball.


Directed by
Sheona McDonald

Written by
JC & Sheona McDonald

Teri Snelgrove

Director of Photography
Simon Schneider

Jocelyne Chaput

Sound Designer
Eva Madden

Sound Recordist
Justan Ross

Assistant Camera
Allister McCreadie

Re-recording Mixer
May Guimarães

David Tomiak

Titles Graphics VFX
Brendan Cave

Location Scout
Jennifer Walden

Production Assistant
Jiah Dzentu

“Into Light”, “Pleased”, “Sine Waves”,
“Silt”, “a gradual coalescence ii”,
“In Mourning”, “on a wire”
by William Fritch

Thank You
Samantha Allen
Leo Argue
Sarah Argue
Jackie Brock
Jay Bulckaert & Pablo Saravanja—aRTLeSS Collective
Laura Busch—Snowkings Winter Festival Snow Castle
Emily Cooper
Candace Decoste
Raegan Delisle
Jack Fox
Greta Kohle
Lachlan Kohle 
Mike Kohle
Lorne Lapham Sales & Rentals
Arnott McGinnis
Isadore McGinnis
Brian Nicol
Franco Pante
Tisha Deb Pillai
Michelle Renee
James Robinson—Aurora Village
Marlene Rodgers
Hayden Roth
Amos Scott—Northwest Film Commission
Kunal Sen
Jeroen Slagter
Nina Slagter
Rudi Slagter
Amanda St. Denis
Shannon Ward
Dempsey Walker
Henley Walker
Jonathan Walker
Keaton Walker
Terry Woolf—Western Arctic Moving Pictures

Special Thanks for
“Introducing Teddy”
Bloomsbury Publishing Pic
By Jessica Walton

Marketing Manager
Kay Rondonneau

Katja De Bock

Technical Coordinator
Wes Machnikowski

Production Coordinators
Nicolas Ayerbe Barona
Nathan Conchie

Line Producer
Jennifer Roworth

Studio Administrator
Carla Jones

Executive Producer
Shirley Vercruysse


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