Safe Distance is a half-hour 16mm drama about suicidal urban isolation I made back at the turn of the millennium. (Hence the fin-de-sicele mood.) Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the National Film Board, it won an Honourable Mention at the 2001 Brandon Film Festival.
Liv (Stefanie Lenk) is a disillusioned young artist working as a checkout cashier, taken hostage by a homeless man (John Glossop) about to jump off a city viaduct. When interviewed by an intern reporter with a personal stake in the story (Sasha Pishalski), the truth about the night’s events comes out.
Title sequence and first few scenes.
This clip reveals what really brought these characters together.