By Jacquelyn MILLS


Documentary - Completed 2017

Woman in the Waves is an expressive feature-length documentary exploring the life of my grandmother, Joan Alma Mills, who shares her personal struggles and intimate experiences with aging.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 60 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jacquelyn MILLS
    • Writer(s)
    • Jacquelyn MILLS
    • Producer(s)
    • Andreas MENDRITZKI (GreenGround Productions), Nguyen-Anh NGUYEN (GreenGround Productions), Aonan YANG (GreenGround Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • At 75 years old, Joan lives in the city with her husband, Billy, 78. The two endure a strained living situation as the winter months confine them to their house. They separate for a time in summer, when Joan escapes to the coast and the seaside cabin she maintains there, with no running water or heating. It’s a demanding lifestyle but a simple one where Joan finds a temporary sense of peace and solitude.
      This year, Joan’s journey from city to sea is marked by the death of her younger sister. As she tries to accept the sudden loss of her loved one, she is stirred by deeper questions concerning her own life and mortality. Longing for a more lasting sense of spiritual peace, Joan begins to reflect upon her past regrets and present struggles. Weaving lyrical imagery and intimate conversations, Woman in the Waves follows this woman on her long-awaited search for acceptance and healing.
    • Partners & financing
    • GreenGround Productions (CAN), Canada Arts Council (CAN), CALQ (CAN)
    • Production schedule
    • Delivery: February 2015
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2012