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August 17, 2018

Kari Townsend, communications professor in the School of Language and Liberal Studies, has won two prestigious Awards of Recognition from the IndieFEST Film Awards.

The awards, given in the categories of Documentary Short and Women Filmmakers, recognize exceptional storytelling and original music in Kari's narrative short documentary, Girl of My Dreams, which explores the challenges – and rewards – of infertility. In addition to writing, directing, producing and narrating Girl of My Dreams, Kari also wrote and performed the film's soundtrack between 1996 and 1998 together with local musician Corey Thompson and Juno Award-winning Fanshawe professor Dan Brodbeck.

"I am so honoured and humbled to receive these awards," says Kari. "Most importantly, I hope the documentary offers hope and reassurance to those facing fertility challenges."

In winning an IndieFEST award, Kari joins the ranks of Liam Neeson (narrator, Love Thy Nature), George Clooney and Blake Lively (documentary, A Path Appears), Susan Sarandon (executive producer, Radical Grace) and Katie Holmes (actor, Touched with Fire).

"I'm not a filmmaker, and to have my storytelling skills recognized in such a prestigious competition is beyond what I could have imagined for this project," Kari says.

"The IndieFEST is not an easy award to win," explains Rick Prickett, chair of the IndiFEST Film Awards. "Entries are received from around the world from both powerhouse industry veterans as well as remarkable new filmmaking talent. The IndieFEST helps set the standard for craft and creativity. This year's judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries."

Girl of My Dreams is available for sharing or download through Vimeo at

Established in 2008, The IndieFEST Film Awards is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure and credibility they deserve. According to the IndieFEST website, the awards "promote independent filmmakers of cinematic gems and unique voices to a worldwide audience," recognizing film, television, videography and news media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce fresh, standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly-qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the IndieFEST and a list of recent winners can be found at

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