• Pop

    By Caden Douglas

  • In this off-beat comedy, Carol has to face the one thing she fears the most. It lies in wait behind a mysterious door at the end of the hall. Can she face her fear, go through the door, and burst through her crippling phobia?

Director Statement

A few years ago my Mom & Dad planned a trip to an all-inclusive resort in Cuba (a favorite holiday destination of Canadians) Before they left, my Mom called me and said she’d made peace with the fact she might die on the trip and therefore she was able to get on the plane and go.

I said to her, ‘Mom! You’re going to an all-inclusive not a war zone!’

Fear almost kept her from going on an adventure.

The moral of this story is that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree. Despite my best efforts, on more than one occasion, fear has gotten the better of me. At least, thanks to my Mom, I can say I come by it honestly.

Fear has a crafty way of keeping us static. Fear is devilishly good at shielding us from the un-known. Fear, would rather us stay unhappy, than let us take the risk to see what happiness might feel like.

Pop is an allegory about facing your fear. It’s a rallying cry for anyone who has ever let fear stand in their way. This is a movie for anyone who’s let fear keep them from asking for a raise, from being the first to say, ‘I love you,’ from coming out of the closet, from getting up and singing at karaoke – whether it’s something big or small it doesn’t matter, this movie is for you.

This movie is also for my Mom.

Because you know what? She got on that plane and went to Cuba. Which, in actual fact, is a genuinely brave thing to do. She faced her fear and got to reap her reward. On her next trip, despite the fact she’s terrified of the water, she went snorkeling! The trip after that – we got her on a roller coaster. And when she got a brain tumor, she was the bravest out of all of us, and faced her fear dead on.

Just think if she had let fear get the better of her.

Fear. Put a pin in it.

“Terrific! A smart and stylish film that is also very funny.” ~Lars Johnson (judge)