Private Project

Silent No More - Louise Pentz: A Voice for Social Change

No longer willing to remain silent about the injustice she sees, Nova Scotia ceramist Louise Pentz uses her art as a force for social change. Her sculptures give voice to women around the world who are silenced by social, political, religious or family circumstances.

DIRECTED & PRODUCED by Andrea Vandenboer and Grace Butland

  • Andrea Vandenboer
  • Grace Butland
  • Grace Butland
  • Andrea Vandenboer
  • Grace Butland
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Women, Social Issue, Social Justice
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 6, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
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    Digital HD
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  • Artsplace (ARCAC) 2016
    Annapolis Royal
    March 15, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • Canada International Film Festival 2016
    April 8, 2016
  • 14th Female Eye Film Festival 2016
    June 19, 2016
  • Eureka Springs Human Rights Film Fest 2016
    Eureka Springs
    United States
    August 6, 2016
    USA Premiere
  • Shelburne Film Expo 2016
    September 9, 2016
  • 36th Atlantic Film Festival 2016
    September 22, 2016
  • 2016 Local Prosperity Conference - New Economics for Rural Canada
    November 5, 2016
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival 2016
    December 25, 2016
    International Premiere
  • Shorts on Tap 2017 REALITY CHECK
    United Kingdom
    June 21, 2017
  • Equinox Women's Film Festival 2017
    United States
    March 11, 2017
  • Ocean City Film Festival 2017
    Ocean City, Maryland
    United States
    June 10, 2017
  • Milwaukee Women's Film Festival 2017
    United States
    September 10, 2017
  • Charlottetown Film Festival 2017
    September 30, 2017
  • Auroville Film Festival 2017
    December 22, 2017
  • Global Impact Film Festival 2018
    Washington, DC
    United States
    August 26, 2018
  • Parrsboro Film Festival 2018
    Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
    October 27, 2018
  • Silver Wave Film Festival 2018
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
    November 11, 2018
  • Women Deliver 2019 Conference Film Festival
    June 6, 2019
Distribution Information
  • Moving Images Distribution
    Country: Canada
    Rights: Video / Disc
  • The Visual Blueprint Productions
    Country: Canada
    Rights: Ship, Video / Disc
Director Biography - Andrea Vandenboer, Grace Butland

Andrea has produced, directed, edited, coordinated and filmed for documentaries, live events, experimental and animation films, promotional videos, fiction, and a variety of research projects. Originally from England Andrea has created a life rich with experiences in numerous locations working within several artistic mediums, in the theatre, music, fashion, and digital art industries and her travels have taken her throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, Central America, the USA, and finally to settle in Atlantic Canada. Andrea also has a history of creating memorable conferences, events, and festivals, and coordinated focus group planning, workshops and education programs. She formed her production company The Visual Blueprint Productions in 2005, now based in Nova Scotia and formerly co-partnered Theme Room Films in British Columbia. Andrea’s independent films often result in screenings at local and global venues with official selections for International Film Festivals and featured at educational institutions, conferences and events.

Her documentary film Climate Change and the Human Prospect earned Andrea a Women in Film and Television Atlantic Best Director nomination at the 2019 Screen Nova Scotia Awards and audiences are finding the film to be inspirational in addressing climate change issues. Climate Change and the Human Prospect was officially released on August 24, 2018.

The documentary Silent No More - Louise Pentz: A Voice for Social Change ( co-produced and directed with Grace Butland has shown in educational institutions, a conference, received awards (Audience Choice, Gold Winner, Jury Award Best Short) and continues to screen across North America and on the international film circuit from India to the UK. Official selections at Film Festivals include the 2016 Canadian International Film Festival, Vancouver BC; 2016 Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto ON; 2016 36th Atlantic Film Festival (FIN), Halifax NS; 2017 Shorts On Tap, London, UK; 2018 Global Impact Film Festival, Washington DC, USA and 2019 Women Deliver Film Festival, Vancouver BC.

As Picture Editor for the award-winning documentary Lets Find A Way, Andrea received the Award for Best Editor at the 2009 Toronto ReelHeart International Film Festival, ON. It won the Best Short Documentary at the 2009 Washougal International Film Festival and Best Music Video Award 2009 On Location Memphis International Film Festival and 2009 Mexico International Film Festival.

Her feature documentary Greening the Cube - 100 Mile Housing ( co-produced and directed with Tyler A. Bradley has been featured at numerous collegiate and post-secondary institutions as an addendum to courses taught in Integrated Environmental Technologies and Green Building and attracted the interest of industry professionals, including the United States Green Building Council and screened internationally. Official selections include the Rossland Mountain Film Festival, BC, Globians Documentary Film Festival, Berlin Germany, and the Greenbuild International Film Festival, Chicago USA.

Andrea is a proud member of Screen Nova Scotia, Canadian Cinema Editors (CCE), Women in Film and Television Atlantic (WIFT-AT), Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative (AFCOOP) and the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC). She continues to cultivate collaborative endeavours and is excited to invite more her way!

Grace Butland
Co-producer, co-director and scriptwriter Grace Butland is a native of Alabama with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Clothing and Textiles from Auburn University. Following a brief corporate career in marketing and human resources, she owned and managed a contemporary crafts gallery in Connecticut for 10 years. As a freelance writer, she has more than 150 published articles to her credit. She wrote regularly for The Crafts Report, the business magazine of the American crafts industry, from 1996 through 2005 and has also written for Canadian publications including Saltscapes, Coastal Life, and Harrowsmith. She immigrated to Canada in 1998, where she turned her energies to her first love of fibre art. She has been an active volunteer with many arts organizations and has served on the Board of Directors of both the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council and the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council. She is a founding member of both the Society of the Company of Angels Dance Projects and the Society of Fibre Artists of the Annapolis River. Her fibre work has been included in juried exhibitions of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council and the Atlantic Canada chapter of the Studio Art Quilters Association, as well as group exhibitions of the Artists’ Way Collective and the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council. Her short plays have been produced as part of the King’s Shorts Festival of 10-Minute Plays. This is her first film.

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Director Statement

Louise Pentz’s female sculptures have a visceral impact. The women they represent have suffered in many ways but they are not victims. They are strong; they will endure. The fragility of the clay and use of smoke firing give an impression of age-old artifacts – speaking eloquently of the fact that women have been subject to social, political, and religious injustices for millennia. When we first encountered Louise’s exhibition entitled Restrained at the Mary Black Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, we knew that we wanted to share this incredible work with a larger audience. The result is this film.

It is our hope that Silent No More will not only raise awareness of the injustices against women worldwide, but also encourage viewers to find their own voice – whether it be through writing a letter, organizing a meeting, joining a group, etc. – to foster social change. Whether your “cause” is injustice against women, environmental policies, food security, economic disparity, or any of a myriad of other social injustices, you have the ability to make a difference. As Louise so eloquently says, “Silence is not neutral. Silence gives consent.”

Andrea Vandenboer & Grace Butland