A wonderfully subtle debut short, written and directed by Vancouver-based filmmaker Michael Milardo. Fittingly shot in the notoriously rainy city Milardo was born and raised, “Roam” offers something of a throwback to 90s youth culture and coming-of-age in a pre-internet world. Milardo himself describes the story as about more than just a group of friends or “that moment you realize your friends might not actually be the people you thought they were.” As he shared with us:

“For me, it’s also a story about growing up before the internet became our everything. A time when parents didn’t helicopter, when kids played outside after hours, hoping for parties, hunting for payphones and sometimes, if things went bad, running for their lives. It was also a time when a simple piece of technology could fill us with hope and optimism for the future – though looking at where we are now, I can’t say for sure that promise was fulfilled.”

Check out “Roam” above and see full credit below!


Starring: William Dickinson, Jared Ager-Foster,
John C. MacDonald, Alisha Newton, Jessica Mcleod, Julien Naud

Written and Directed by Michael Milardo
Produced by Jesse Savath
Cinematography: Bobby Shore
Editor: Graham Fortin
Casting: Kris Woz, C.S.A and Kara Eide C.S.A
Production Designer: Caitlin Byrnes
Music + sound design: Armen Bazarian
Wardrobe: Mia Fiddis
1st AD: Blair Dykes
2nd AD: Roxy Rejfek
Stunt Coordinator: Cameron Hilts
Set Decorator: Dani Bayliss
1st AC: Laurent Danis
2nd AC: Jerry Wang
Colourist: Drake Conrad
Sound: Rodolfo Piedras
Boom Op: Siddharth Sadashiv
Key Grip: Jordan Findlay
Gaffer: Leo Harim
Swing: Mario Jurado
Art Director: Justin Ludwig
Hair + Makeup: Teia Dumaresq
Stills: Katrin Braga
Sound mix: Apollo Studios
Catering: Pazzo Chow
DIT: Brennan Lloyd
Title Design: Andrew Passas

Special Thanks:
Emily Milardo
Ronan Milardo
Jeff Flowers
PS Production Services
Matrix Production Services
Wendy Moss
Jeff Ramsay
Zach Steele
Angela Beaulieu
City Of Vancouver
UBC Endowment Lands
Practical Lighting
Discount Car Rentals
Devin Kerringten
Benedicte Leclere



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