Private Project


Dignity delves into the intersection of death, grief, guilt, and self-determination, presenting a mother and daughter abruptly forced across the precipice of loss, who confront their most difficult emotions—and each other—as they attempt to find a way forward after the passing of a loved one.

Illuminating the complex topic of medically assisted suicide within an isolated bubble in time, Dignity places the audience as a voyeur to intensely raw conversations. Where the presence of loss is felt like a ghost in the room, the film insists on bringing the viewer closer until they too must reconcile the conflicting perspectives within themselves, even ones they would rather not face.

  • Michael Morrill
  • Annika Tse
  • Gray Ingram
  • Katia Plotnikoff
    Key Cast
  • Tara Burnett
    Key Cast
  • Ethan Reynolds
    Director of Photography
  • Shaelyn Lorensen
  • Danielle Swanson
    Production Designer
  • Erica Ansari
    Costume Designer / Set Decorator
  • Karilee Hagerman
    Hair & Makeup
  • Dylan Smith
    Music Composer
  • Micah Estlin
    1st AD
  • Sophie Serendip
    Casting Director / 2nd AD
  • Simon Zeyl
    Location Manager
  • Alex Tabet
    Camera Operator
  • Dylan Smith
    1st AC
  • Devon Anderson
    2nd AC / DIT
  • Shaelyn Lorensen
    Set Dresser / Art Department Graphics
  • Dylan Mannle
    Props Master
  • Tyra Martin
    Sound Mixer
  • Gabriel Guimaraes
    Boom Operator
  • Evan Saumier
    Script Supervisor
  • Diego Solon
    Key Grip
  • Sam Scheewe
    Dolly Grip / Driver
  • Kseniya Kandikova
  • Justin Cahyadi
  • Sebastian Wilkinson
  • Eli Laba
    Best Boy / Swamper
  • Benny Condy
    Lamp Operator
  • Inna Chen
    Production Assistant
  • Gray Ingram
    Post-Production Supervisor
  • Simon Zeyl
    Assistant Editor
  • Alex Tabet
  • Kseniya Kandikova
    Online Editor / Titles & Graphics
  • Justin Cahyadi
    Supervising Sound Editor / SFX Editor
  • Danielle Swanson
    Dialogue Editor
  • Sebastian Wilkinson
    ADR Recordist & Editor
  • Micah Estilin
    Foley Engineer & Editor
  • Benny Condy
    Foley Assistant
  • Dylan Mannle
    Foley Assistant
  • Sam Scheewe
    Ambience Editor
  • Eli Laba
    Music Editor / SFX Assistant
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    7 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Capilano University
Director Biography - Michael Morrill

Michael (Mick) Morrill is an emerging filmmaker based in Vancouver, Canada. His true passion is for storytelling, as he has loved to create original characters and envision dynamic scenes from an early age.

Mick has experience in a wide range of roles due to his work on both personal/academic and professional projects. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts degree at Capilano University.

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Director Statement

I set out to make Dignity to show that the journey through grief is not a one way road.

Although not all of us have experienced the same level of bereavement, I truly believe that we each have the capacity for empathy to appreciate this story, as it is the real shared story of countless people all over the world. The end of life process can be messy, and the weight of its ripple effects equally so; nevertheless, the right to autonomy cannot be overlooked at any stage of life, whether it be in the dying or the mourning.

I am incredibly proud of the team for taking on such an ambitious project and committing to delivering the amount of tact and care that it deserves.