St. John’s filmmaker Jackie Hynes has been named the winner of this year’s RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award.
Hynes, 30, has worked on dozens of films as a writer, actor and producer, and has written and directed two of her own: “One of Us Cannot be Right” and “Cardboard Junction,” the latter earning her the Nickel International Film Festival’s Emerging Filmmaker Award in 2011.
Hynes’ winning script this time around is a comedic thriller called “Two Passengers,” about a young girl who runs away to the big city and, helped by a creepy old woman and young girl, finds her way home again.
The RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, administered by the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, celebrates the life of local filmmaker Michelle Jackson who passed away suddenly in 2008. The award will give Hynes’ approximately $40,000 in cash and services to make “Two Passengers,” which will premiere at the women’s film festival in October 2013.