1 in 6
Runtime: 3 mins 56 sec
Director: Kayla Flinn
1 in 6 is a short film that asks its audience to think about how abuse in relationships is normalized in film by undisputedly romanticizing a violent altercation between two people in love.
Through various visual and audible techniques, the style and tone of the film contrasts drastically with the horrific scene that unfolds.
The film toys with the comfort level of the audience by presenting the woman’s body in a traumatic state rather than the generic intention of male gaze.
DIRECTOR – Kayla Flinn
Kayla Flinn is a queer Halifax local renaissance woman who is often involved in a variety of projects as an artist, filmmaker, or wildlife researcher.
She has an undergraduate arts degree from St Mary’s university, an Environmental Studies Master’s degree from York University and an additional graduate diploma in sustainable/environmental education. Her master’s thesis was on human/animal/nature relations and how to educate through various forms of art.
Kayla’s introduction to the film industry was unique and unplanned when she started rescuing wildlife for the TV series Hope For Wildlife, a reserve where she completed an internship for her masters program. Since then she has worked both behind and in front of the camera wearing a variety of hats such as TV host/personality, stuntwoman, assistant director and director.
When Kayla is not working in the film industry, she is putting on solo exhibitions of her artwork. Once a year Kayla also visits the Dutch Antilles where she directs/hosts promotional content for scuba diving companies and works for a wildlife organization as a researcher for Bonaire’s wild donkey population.
In January of 2019 Kayla started a production company in order to eventually have more control over the content she creates as a director. After getting her feet wet on various TV series that she wasn’t emotionally invested in, she decided to try and only take on projects that move the dial or challenge a narrative of some kind.
Since then Kayla has written and directed projects close to her heart that are currently at various points of production. She is in post on her first short film that addresses film production for the male gaze, she is in mid production on a documentary about a special effects artist suffering from PTSD and is in development on a project she won the opportunity to pitch at WIFT that exposes stereotypes surrounding women and age.
Kayla does not suffer fools lightly and above all hopes that her work will inspire the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves to the ordinary.