My career as a documentary storyteller began over 15 years ago with my 35mm camera and a desire to ‘freeze frame’ my memories of the people in my life.  This desire grew a few years after a close friend suddenly died and I was left, regrettably, with only one photograph to keep my fading memory alive.  This practice expanded into the realm of photographic essays with my series STRIPPED (2005) that documented Montreal area sex workers.  That’s when I met Lara Roxx, a young Montreal woman who had just contracted HIV on a porn set in Los Angeles, who explained to me how the mainstream media’s portrayal of her felt “more exploitative then the porn industry.”  That statement deeply resonated with me and inspired me to want to make a documentary film to provide a counter-narrative.  The result was my first feature documentary INSIDE LARA ROXX (2011).  My second feature documentary, DEPROGRAMMED (2015,) was inspired by my stepbrother’s coercive deprogramming from an alleged Satanic cult in 1994 by a man named Ted ‘Black Lightning’ Patrick.  As a companion piece to my second film I collaborated with Dpt. to make my first VR experience called DEPROGRAMMED VR that was awarded the prestigious IDFA Doclab Award for Digital Storytelling in 2016.  My films have been presented worldwide at film festivals, on TV broadcasts, theatrically and on digital platforms like Netflix.  I am currently in post-production on my third documentary feature called LINCOLN DETOX (post-2019, EyeSteelFilm) in Montreal.

Contact:  mia@eyesteelfilm.com

 
 Photo: Anne-Renne Hotte

Photo: Anne-Renne Hotte