TO KEEP THE LIGHT

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writer/director - erica fae

director of photography - wes cardino

editor - sabine hoffman

composer - caroline shaw

sound design - ryan billia rumble audio

production designer - oliver shuster

costume designer - alixandra gage englund

producers - jane applegate, erica fae

associate producers - rainer judd, cary stuart, jordan fletcher

casting director - judy henderson

cast - antti reini, david patrick kelly, wass stevens, meagen fay, jarlath conroy, gabe fazio, and erica fae

The setting, captured with arrestingly atmospheric cinematography, is an isolated island along the windswept coast of Maine. There, salt-of-the-earth homesteader Abbie is left to her own devices while caring for her bedridden husband, the lighthouse keeper. When a seafaring European washes ashore, Abbie fears she may have caused his ship to crash. Now also nursing this foreigner, Abbie is tasked with keeping the household afloat and working the evening shifts at the lighthouse—a post forbidden to women at the time. She finds purpose in this new role, but secrets once submerged in the Atlantic waters threaten to resurface, putting her opportunity for independence in jeopardy.

Set in 1867, and amalgamated from the true stories of female lighthouse keepers, To Keep the Light is an empowering assertion of womanhood. It illustrates the complexity of loss and offers an untold (her)story of women’s liberation in an era when they were meant to be seen and not heard. As writer, director and lead actress, Erica Fae is like a shimmering light through the fog. She delivers a layered and restrained performance, deconstructing the inner workings of a strong, sensual and stoic woman bumping up against the glass ceiling of her time. (VIFF)

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