The Queen of DIY in film, Ingrid Veninger, has made another wonderfully touching film, WISH. The film is an intimate portrait of a mother, daughter and father during the first lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WISH is a short film that captures a young family in the midst of the pandemic. Mom and daughter have to isolate while dad, a healthcare worker, must be present at work all the time.
Veninger’s own daughter and granddaughter star in the film. There is much to appreciate in WISH. The story will ‘hit home’ to many, I think. It is about family, motherhood, relationships, and the resilience people find during the most testing and difficult circumstances.
Veninger said, “I made WISH in isolation with my daughter (Hallie Switzer) and her baby girl (Laska Switzer Sauder). It has been over 10 years since I have made a short film and it feels good to be back.”
I am always appreciative of Veninger’s camera work and sensitivity around the characters in all her films. It is no different here. Every moment is precious in the film. WISH is a timely film, and it is also a hopeful film. It is definitely great to see Veninger’s work on screen again.
WISH will premiere at the Canadian Film Festival on Super Channel FUSE, as part of the Homegrown Shorts Program #3.