NOVEL MOVIE: Passing Loop, by Chynna Laird

Voice Over: Val Cole

Visual Design and Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Synopsis – Book Blurb

Seventeen-year-old Chrissella Cantenelli thought she had it made in the big city. She was in her last year of high school, she had a job in the barista shop down the street from her apartment building and her art. Who could want more? Then a phone call from her grandmother’s doctor changed her entire world.

Lily Gran was no shrinking violet. She was a tough, stubborn, independent Scottish woman who always took care of everything until she’d broken her hip. Enya, Chrissella’s mother, decided they would move to the small town of Melville, Saskatchewan to help Lily Gran with chores until she was back on her feet. Needless to say, Chrissella was less than impressed and wasn’t going to make it easy on anyone. Then tragedy hit.

Not even a month into their move, Enya fell ill. Chrissella and the grandmother she’d never known, had to pull forces together for Enya’s sake. If moving to a small town wasn’t overwhelming enough, Chrissella was slowly learning about the past her mother left behind, including the father who’d abandoned them both…or so she was told.

Can three generations of women so different, yet so much alike learn to get along in the new life they have together? Or will the pain of the past keep them from moving forward?

Novel Transcript: JUST SHUT UP AND DRIVE, by Chynna Laird

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

My novel is about a teen going on a road trip with his grandfather who, the teen doesn’t realize is going to pass away. So he wants his grandson to come to terms with a few things before he goes. (SPOILER lol)

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

This book is suited to all genres because I write ‘clean’. Which means I don’t have any swears, no sex, no violence…I write what everyone can read and enjoy. To categorize, it would be young adult or older teen readers. But all will enjoy, I hope.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Life Learning

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Sound of Music.

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)

Blackbird by the Beatles.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

This is a hard question because I have so many books I love (you should see my book shelves). I’d have to say that the book that most touched me was Maya Angelou’s book, Letter to My Daughter. But I’m always up for a Stephen King novel.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I always write stories that include family lessons, grandparents, a special need of some kind and focused on a teen dealing with it. I just find it so important to have a young person teaching from their perspective to help other young people. I wish I had that.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would
that be?

Wow. Well, I was, and am, a huge John Lennon fan. That would be interesting. I also adore Betty White.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My four Children.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I believe that the message that is given in this story is one that everyone can take home with them. It’s all about life lessons, learning, love and figuring out your place in this world. I hope all can take that with them.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Never give up. If your dream is to be a writer, follow it. If I’d listened to people many years ago, I wouldn’t be here today.

Watch. Record mentally. Internalize to your understanding, then write.


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox