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N.L. director Martine Blue picks up film fest award for ‘Hunting Pignut’

Martine Blue's "Hunting Pignut" has won Best First Feature at the Arizona International Film Festival.
Martine Blue's "Hunting Pignut" has won Best First Feature at the Arizona International Film Festival.

Martine Blue’s “Hunting Pignut” has won an award at a film festival south of the border.

The flick has been selected Best First Feature at the Arizona International Film Festival.

Blue wrote, directed and edited “Hunting Pignut,’ which was shot in St. John’s in late 2015.

It stars Kelowna, B.C.-raised Taylor Hickson as a misfit teenager from rural Newfoundland who runs away to St. John’s in search of her father’s ashes. Amelia Manuel and Sydney Wells, both of Clarenville, also have roles in the film.

Blue, who was born in Toronto and has lived in Newfoundland since 2007, drew on her own past experiences living the ‘gutter punk’ lifestyle for the film.

Hickson, meanwhile, has just been nominated for a 2017 Leo Award for best performance by a female in a motion picture.

Blue and her husband made the nearly 7000-kilometre trek from their home in Epworth on the Burin Peninsula to Arizona by car to attend the film festival. 

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