Penny is a filmmaker drawn to wounded characters who need to find their voice, infusing socially relevant stories with a comedic edge. Being raised in a fundamentalist Christian household, as well as my former career as a registered nurse and pharmaceutical representative, fostered the development of my sometimes twisted sense of humour.
Penny recently directed a short film written by Gordon Pinsent, called NIGHT SHOOT, starring Sheila McCarthy and Gordon Pinsent, now in the film festival circuit. Penny also directed the short film, Martin’s Hagge, written by Gordon Pinsent and starring Sheila McCarthy, screening at the Canadian Film Fest, Atlantic Film Festival, St. John's Women's International Film Festival and winning Best Short Film at the Forest City Film Festival
The Run, her first foray into directing, won an Award of Merit in the Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla, CA. The film also screened at the Blue Stocking Film Series in Portland, Maine, Raindance Canada’s Indie Fest, Long Beach Indie International Film Festival, the LA Femme Film Festival and Houston Worldfest.
She co-produced the feature film, Go Fish, directed by Brett Heard, winning the Audience Award at the Muskoka Film Festival and produced over 20 concept television pilots and short films in collaboration with The Incubator Studio.
Penny wrote, produced and starred in 2 award-winning shorts: the comedy, Margaret Finds Her Mojo, and drama, Wilderness, directed by Canadian Film Centre grad, Dawn Wilkinson.
She has also produced several videos and short film trailers. Most recently, a TV series teaser trailer written by Gordon Pinsent, entitled Crime On His Hands.
Her web-based experience includes writing and directing the pilot Grateful Tails, as well as producing a 21-episode series called The Giant Comes Out, which screened at the LA Comedy Fest.
Penny has written three dramatic feature film scripts, Put Your Lips On, Pretend to Sleep and most recently, A Far Cry, co-written with Gordon Pinsent which was accepted into the 2018 Women in the Director’s Chair Story & Leadership Program.
Penny entered the filmmaking world later in life, however her experience in parenthood, nursing and business continue to inform her story telling in weird and wonderful ways.