TIFF’s Fipresci prize winner MURMUR heads to Slamdance.

A singular view on loneliness and animal adoption

by rising female director Heather Young.


(Park City, UT) – January 9th, 2020 - Canadian, award-winning director Heather Young’s debut feature film, Murmur tells the quiet, contemplative story of Donna (Shan MacDonald) who, grappling with alcohol dependence and loneliness, turns to a growing number of pets to ease her pain. Supported by Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program and starring a cast of non-professional actors, many of whom are playing themselves in the film, Murmur explores the enduring themes of aging and the human/animal connection. Murmur will screen in competition at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival after its US Premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.




“It is important to me to tell the stories of older women and allow them to be complex, flawed and fully realized characters, the likes of which are rarely depicted in cinema,” says writer-director Heather Young. “Donna’s loneliness and addictive nature cause her to act in ways that are at times counterintuitive and destructive but ultimately she is looking for company — and that is something that we can all relate to,” she adds.


“We are honored to be invited to screen Murmur at Slamdance,” says producer Martha Cooley. “It’s a festival that prides itself on independence and scrappiness and Murmur is in many ways a very raw film. We’re excited to see how the Slamdance audience responds to it,”  she concludes.


Screenings of Murmur at the Slamdance Film Festival:


Screening I:   Fri, Jan 24  •  11:00am  •  Gallery, Treasure Mountain Inn

Screening II:  Mon, Jan 27  •  3:15pm  •  Ballroom, Treasure Mountain Inn


Called “A quietly shattering first feature” by NOW Magazine, and one of the Top 6 films at TIFF 2019 by McLean’s Magazine, Murmur was funded with the support of Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund and Arts Nova Scotia.


To know more about Murmur, please visit the following links:

Official Website:

Director’s Facebook:

Film’s Facebook:

Director’s Twitter: @HousePlantFilms

Film’s Instagram: @MurmurTheFilm

Hashtags: #MurmurTheFilm #Slamdance2020


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