Grace Glowicki Gets Personal in the Short Film 'Her Friend Adam'
By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● January 19, 2016 16:00
Congratulations to Grace, who won the Short Film Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance at Sundance for her performance in Her Friend Adam. CLICK HERE for more information.
Grace Glowicki in 'Her Friend Adam'.
Grace Glowicki is no stranger to short films. She has written and directed numerous skits, short films, and starred in several more. Currently, the CFC Actors Conservatory resident is starring in a short film called Her Friend Adam, opposite Ben Petrie, who is also the film’s writer/director.
It’s a story about a boyfriend's jealous impulse that spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom. Her Friend Adam will make its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off this Thursday, January 21 in Park City, Utah. We recently caught up with Grace in Toronto to talk about Her Friend Adam, her residency at the CFC, and her future projects.
How did you get involved in Her Friend Adam?
I met Ben Petrie [the film’s director] two winters ago on an independent film set in Haliburton [Ontario]. We were a bunch of young filmmakers having way too much fun at a snowy cabin while shooting a flick and getting to know each other. The most special part of that experience was observing Petrie for the first time. I was magnetically attracted to his brain and even before watching his films I knew I had to work with him. Funnily enough, one night he suggested we develop something together. We met up back in Toronto and started throwing ideas around – primarily trying to develop a character that struggles with her gender in some way. We had countless chats but we hit a wall trying to co-write. Time passed and I became secretly disappointed that our collaboration seemed to be dissolving, especially since the more I got to know him, the stronger my desire was to work with him. Then, out of the blue, he emailed me a script!
How would you describe your character in Her Friend Adam?
Liv is definitely a version of myself. Petrie helped me understand who she is by working with me to uncover the differences between her sensibility and my own. Often funny and specific distinctions like, “Grace avoids conflict, Liv does not.” I found this process to be a very personal way of developing the character. It ever felt like I had to become someone, rather I had to take away certain aspects of 'Grace' in order for 'Liv' to emerge. I would describe Liv as someone who is reactive.
Grace Glowicki in 'Her Friend Adam'.
What lessons have you learned from your time at the CFC that you can apply to working on future short films?
I've learned countless lessons during my experience at the CFC, but the most valuable are the ones that have taught me about how I do my best work. I've learned that I give my best performances when I feel safe, when I have an ongoing and intensely honest dialogue with my director, and when my performance goal is to listen and respond truthfully to my scene partner.
Why did you want to participate in the Actors Conservatory at the CFC?
My good friend and collaborator Erin Carter was a resident in the Actors Conservatory last year. Through her, I got to hear all about the program and thought it sounded like an incredible opportunity to take some time off and recalibrate as a performer.
You have a degree in film studies; do you ever feel a desire to explore working on other side of the camera?
All the time! I recently wrote, directed, and acted in Queef, a short film about a couple's post-coital morning in bed. As well as Tito, a short I co-directed and acted in about an accidental acid trip in which I play a squirmy male acid dealer.
What’s next for you?
Next up is Suck It Up, a feature film that Erin Carter and I co-created and will co-star in this spring, shooting in the BC Rockies. It's written by the incredibly talented up-and-comer Julia Hoff and will be directed by the amazing Jordan Canning (TIFF and CFC alumna). It recently won the prestigious $120,000 Women's in the Director's Chair grant.