Band of Brothers: Vancouver Event with Stephen Mansfield

Are you interested in learning more about how men bond and why it is important? Do you have sons and want to learn more about how we can support boys and young men in building strong, positive and long-lasting friendships?

Well-known American author and speaker Stephen Mansfield is coming to Vancouver to share an exclusive and intimate talk about men, how they bond and come together and why it is important they do.

Connor Beaton will moderate the evening.

As part of a new documentary we are working on about men, we are co-hosting this event with Mantalks in Vancouver on May 20th, 2017 at Soundhouse Studios.

Doors at 7pm. Event starts at 7:30pm.

Seating will be limited to 75 people.

Stephen will present for the first part of the evening and the floor will be opened up for questions and conversation.

This event is open to men and women.

This event will be filmed.

If you have any questions please contact


Emergency Room Life and Death at VGH

Last year I had the privilege of directing the second season of the popular documentary series Emergency Room Life and Death at VGH for Knowledge Network and Lark Productions. The first episode of the series will air on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at 9pm PT and there are 49 short stories already available to watch on-line that provide a flavor of what’s to come.

It was an honour to have a front row seat to the goings on in one of the busiest emergency rooms in the province. I had a tremendous team of talented people with me in the emergency room to help capture and share the stories of what happens behind the scenes. There were more talented people hard at work shaping and editing the material we captured. Most of all, those in front of the camera, those willing to share their work and their stories are the ones I’m in awe of. For their trust and connection I will be forever grateful.

This is a documentary series, it is not for the faint of heart, there is blood, there is death, there are broken bones and broken hearts. But there are also important issues raised that are worth further consideration and hopefully we’ve presented the material in a way that will provide pause for thought around end of life issues, the elderly, mental health and nurses (to name a few).

There’s lots of buzz about the series. Dr. Chad Kim Sing, Penny Acton and I spoke about the series with Don Shafer on Roundhouse Radio’s show Impact. Pamela Fayerman published an article in the Vancouver Sun recently. I was quoted in a Reel West article.

Watch on television or watch online, but tune in if you can


Looking for men…

Yes, it’s true.

I’m looking for men.

I’m just starting development on a new feature length documentary film about – men. Men and their changing role, over the last several decades, in the home, the work place, society, the world.

I’m interested in exploring masculinity – what is it? has it changed?

I’m interested in looking at heroes and role models.

I’m interested in exploring father son relationships and things passed down from one generation to the next.

I’m interested in trying to understand the emotional complexities of men today – what are you faced with and challenged by?

I’m not looking for a particular man of a particular age…in fact the opposite. Stay at home dad, breadwinner, just graduated, retired, parent, childless, career-focused, family-focused, wanderer, employed or unemployed…it’s not about where you are or what work you do, it’s about understanding who you are and where you are coming from.

If you are interested in the subject and have something to say, I’m interested in hearing from you.

No obligation to participate if you get in touch, just a conversation.

Contact me at



RIP Candida Royalle – I will miss you

I am rarely at a loss for words, but at this moment I struggle to find the best way to express my sadness.

Candice, Candida Royalle, passed away early this morning. She was only 64. I met Candice several years ago when I asked to interview her for the film Inside Her Sex: documentary film – she was gracious and giving and funny and energetic. I approached her again, hoping to capture more of her stories, of her spirit.

In February 2014, we spoke and she asked if I would help her tell her story….we started, together to work on While You Were Gone: The Untold Story of Candida Royalle…and in a very short space of time we covered a lot of ground. I had the privilege of going to St. Louis with her to meet the brother she hadn’t seen for 62 years…to be witness to that meeting. We visited the grave of her birth mother…we explored old neighborhoods she lived in. I spent time in her home, and we talked and talked.

Candice was tenacious, energetic, charming, engaging, passionate, driven, opinionated (and I mean that as a positive) – she had an unparalleled drive. Although we clashed because we share some of the same attributes, I deeply respected her and admired her for so many reasons. She was fierce and brave, very brave.

I know she was scared of passing away and I hope, deeply and sincerely, that she has been held in that journey by those who went before her.

Rest in peace dear Candice. I hold you in the highest esteem and I will miss you.
With much love. Sheona xCandice NYC April 2015


Dimestore’s new documentary, INSIDE HER SEX, about female sexuality and shame will broadcast in Canada on the documentary Channel on December 14, 2014.

There are a few clips from the film available to view here and the trailer will be finished this week!

Also, the project WHILE YOU WERE GONE: The Untold Story of Candida Royalle is underway. The project started as a result of INSIDE HER SEX, but explores Candida’s search for the mother who left her six decades ago.

We anticipate finishing WHILE YOU WERE GONE in 2015!