Isolated and facing her own mortality, a woman finds solace in the natural world around her.
Filmed in lockdown in Western Australia during the Covid pandemic, SOLACE is a meditation on loneliness, and a reminder that connection is never lost.
Post-production was completed on July 30, 2023 in Los Angeles, where the director now resides.
Run time: 10″ / Ratio 1.77:1 (16:9) / Sound mix: Dolby 5.1 SR
Available as a DCP or digital file for screening.
SOLACE FESTIVAL SCREENER (private)
ABOUT WRITER, DIRECTOR, PHOTOGRAPHER & EDITOR, AMINAH HUGHES
Hailed by Musical Notes Global (New York) as “a true Renaissance woman” Aminah Hughes has won local and international awards as a musician, music producer, screenwriter, director and photographer.
She grew up in Western Australia and lived in Sydney, Switzerland and Ireland before immigrating to the US in 2021. In her youth, she lived an eclectic life as a classical flautist, poet, DJ, theatre actor and film reviewer before becoming a roots musician, photographer and filmmaker. To support herself in the arts, she spent two decades employed in legal fields, including at the library of the Supreme Court, as a research assistant at the Department of Justice and as a writer of witness statements, working alongside state and federal police.
After training in directing, Aminah spent several years working on a range of US and Australian film and TV projects as a 1st & 2nd AD. In 2019, Aminah took the reins as director and producer, establishing Sky Woman Productions, with her debut project winning Best Video at Revelation: Perth International Film Festival, her second earning her a Director of Short Form Music Video award at the Independent Music Awards in New York. In 2020, she was accepted as a member of the Australian Directors Guild and in 2021, she immigrated to Los Angeles, where she has worked on features for Paramount, Universal, Disney, MGM, Warner Bros, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures and Netflix, as a Scripting Editor in dubbing.
Her LA directorial debut, a collaboration with American actor and musician, Dylan Kussman, premiered in September, 2022. A powerful piece written from the perspective of parents who have lost a child to gun violence, What Are We Fighting For (If Ain’t Love)? draws attention to the CDC’s recent determination that “firearms are now the number one cause of death for children in the United States” and acts as an offering to the families who are suffering, to give voice to those who need to be heard now more than ever. She is currently in pre-production with Kussman on their co-write WE CAN NEVER GO BACK, starring Kussman and Allelon Ruggiero, for which she is slated to direct.
Aminah appears on fourteen albums in Europe, Australia and America as a songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist and producer, and has recorded vocals on various productions, including Who Do You Think You Are?, and highly anticipated game, Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock, based on the popular NBCUniversal Television Series.
View Aminah’s full biography HERE.
Solace welcomes HALO Films as a distribution partner.
Solace has received Official Selection at:
Valkyrie International Film Festival in Buffalo, New York, 2024
WA Made Film Festival in Perth, Western Australia, 2024
It was a nominee for Best Short Film at the Montreal Women Film Festival, 2023
Sky Woman Productions is registered in Los Angeles and Western Australia.
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