Mike Rinaldi & Andrew McNee
Ben Robinson & Claire Desmarais
ADAPTED FROM THE PLAY “CAPSULE” BY
Mike Rinaldi & Andrew McNee
Meet The Filmmakers
”In some of my darkest moments, I have burst out laughing at the cosmic joke of life. That’s why the tragi-comedy balance in this story is so beautiful. Dark themes bubble beneath the playful innocence of the characters and the setting with a deadpan-pathos that bring to mind Wes Anderson, Michel Gondry, SpikeJonze, Jaques Tati, Roy Andersson, Noah Baumbach, Buster Keaton, and Charlie Chaplin. In the end, I believe that filmmaking is simply about making people feel less alone in the dark - and I hope that is what this film does.DirectorDani Kind
Dani Kind is an award-winning actress and producer recognized for her roles on two-time Emmy nominated Netflix hit Workin’ Moms (CBC/Netflix) and people’s choice award winning Wynonna Earp (Syfy/CTV Sci-Fi). This past year was her second time being nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for best lead actress in a comedy alongside Catherine O’Hara. CAPSULE marks her directorial debut. As a career storyteller with a gift for finding light in the dark and exploring the full spectrum of the human experience, Kind is poised to lead the creative vision for this hilarious and heartbreaking story.
Mike Rinaldi is an award-winning actor, writer, and sound designer. His play Toothpaste and Cigars (co-written with TJ Dawe) was adapted to the feature film The F Word starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, and Adam Driver. He stars in and wrote the screenplay for CAPSULE, which is adapted from the highly acclaimed play he co-wrote with Andrew McNee. In this short film, Rinaldi takes audiences deeper inside the confines of the capsule and the heart of the astronaut trapped inside.
Ben Robinson is a seasoned producer and Head of Production at The Deli, a leading content production house for advertisers, agencies and brands. He has produced over 10 short films which have been seen by film festival audiences around the world, and hundreds of commercials for some of the most recognizable brands.
Writer and Producer Claire Desmarais is a 2022 resident of the prestigious Canadian Film Centre Norman Jewison Film Program. She spent a decade producing live entertainment before pivoting her career to the screen. Since then, she has developed her professional and creative network by immersing herself in Toronto’s film and television industry, especially where comedy and queer content intersect. She has trained in comedy writing with The Second City, as an Assistant Director with the Director’s Guild of Canada, and learned best practices on the set of multiple Emmy-nominated productions such as Workin’ Moms (CBC/Netflix), What We Do in the Shadows (FX), and The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu). As a storyteller, Claire is driven to entertain audiences with content that challenges stereotypes and reflects the lived experiences of communities traditionally underrepresented in dominant media.
Director of Photography
Nina Djacic’s work includes feature films, commercials and music videos. She recently lensed two features back to back. Her first feature “Let’s Get Merried” was produced by Eva Longoria / MTV Studios. Nina met Dani Kind while shooting Ally Pankiw’s upcoming feature film titled Brooke and Sam. Nina has shot commercials for clients such as Cadillac, L’oreal, Ikea, Coca Cola, Starbucks, Fujifilm, and Pinterest to name a few. She is an associate member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers and represented by SESLER.
“Dani Kind has soared into directing with her short film CAPSULE, a perfect pandemic-era parable”
– Chris Knight, Chief Film Critic, National Post
“… an accomplished, ambitious debut…one of the year’s must-see shorts.”
– Rachel West, That Shelf
Link to full review