La Cartographe

nathan douglas

2018 Canada FICTION 34 '

Emma (16) and Liam (20), anxious and left alone by their parents embarking on a tension-laden second honeymoon, spend a cool summer week in their own worlds. Liam retreats into his video games and ignores his university coursework. Conversely, Emma looks outward to the world around them. She observes the goings on of their next-door neighbours, Jerome and Charlotte - particularly Jerome’s running route, which is visible from the family’s balcony. When Jerome tragically seems to go missing, Emma’s curiosity gets the better of her. She searches for his GPS data on a popular running website, finds his route, and sets out to map it for herself, in person. What she discovers along the roads, train tracks, paths, marshes and sidewalks of her mundane and boring city transforms her cartography from an act of curiosity into an act of love… and into a gift.

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Nathan Douglas is a Vancouver-based writer and director. Originally from Ontario, Nathan currently makes his home on the West Coast amongst a vibrant community of young filmmakers. He holds a B.F.A. in Film from Simon Fraser University. His debut short Son In The Barbershop, (2015) screened at twenty international film festivals, including in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the Kiev International Short Film Festival, and the Busan Short Film Festival. His second short Cave of Sighs (2016) premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and went on to screen at Festival du Nouveau Cinema, the Telefilm Not Short on Talent market program at Berlinale 2017, and International Festival Signes de Nuit Paris. His third short film, La Cartographe, will hit the festival circuit in 2018. He also moonlights as a producer, most recently on the short films It's Him (2017) and That's Money In My Pocket (2018). Nathan works full-time as a cinematographer and editor with The Centre For Online and Distance Education at Simon Fraser University.