Talia has produced/written/directed 9 dramatic shorts (and Aerial Artistry, an aerial dance video commission). They have played at various film festivals and some have held licensing agreements with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC TV).
The Dancer is the story of an elderly woman who puts on her jewelry. Each treasured piece brings a reminder of the life she once had, filled with ballet, love, freedom and joy. Her current reality fades and she is renewed in the world of her past.
Violets Are Blue
Lonely after his wife's death, Dan moves into a seniors' assisted living residence, where he meets Violet. Vivacious and full of life, Dan can't help but fall in love with her. This is something that Violet's family is not prepared to accept, however, and they do everything they can to keep them apart.
Tanya is a high school drama teacher, who loves her job, but hates her principal. He makes life miserable for her, finding fault with everything she does. While it is true that she has some difficulty with punctuality, she does so much for her students and the school that should make up for that one small flaw. However, for Mr. Baines, nothing else seems to matter. He haunts her every moment while she is at school, and even enters her dreams. Finally, Tanya and her fellow teachers, who have also suffered at his hands, come up with a plan to stop him. Unfortunately, nature intervenes and they don't have the satisfaction of having him face their accusations. It also doesn't stop him from haunting her from beyond the grave.
Cast: Tanya - Talia Pura, Mr. Baines - Mike O'Brien, Jessica Burleson - Mandy, Nazariy Demkowicz - Jason, Jacqueline Guertin - Cindy, Kimberly Rampersad - Marilyn, Toni Reimer - Sue, Glen Thompson - Brad, Tyhr Tubiack - Greg, Krysia Andrzeiczak - Jill, Kevin Newman - teacher
Cinematographer / Editor – Alf Kollinger. Lighting - Dave Brown, Make-up - Doug Morrow, Hair - Pina Robinson, Reed Makayev - 1st. assistant director, Connie Washsmann - Script supervisor, Joanne Rodriguez - Craft services, Bryan Burns, Puneet Chawla, Crystal Staryk - crew.
Intel is the story of a young woman who joined the army and became a dental hygienist. She decides that she is sick and tired of her job and would like to switch to the more exciting trade of intelligence officer. However, her family is not as supportive as she had hoped they would be, and Intel may not be what she expected it to be.
Cast: Ali Tataryn - Allison, Jeff Scott Wahl - Ryan, Alf Kollinger - Dr. Harrington, Aaron Hughes - Capt. Blake, Tyhr Trubiak - Patient, Suzanna Portnoy - Mary Beth, John Bluethner - Patrick, Talia Pura - clerk
Cinematographer- Jason Heke, Lighting - Rob Rowan, Sound - Edgar
The Strawberry Confession
Arlene is back in the confessional booth for her daily ritual of unburdening herself on the one person who has to listen to her yawn-inducing trivialities. However, today’s confession goes in a completely unexpected direction, jolting the priest awake in spite of himself. Her surprise ending makes him contemplate a most interesting spiritual dilemma.
Cast: Talia Pura - Arlene, Wayne Nicklas - priest, boyfriend - Darcy Fehr, mother - Susanna Portnoy, clerk - Judy Cook
Cinematographer – Jason Heke. Sound – Brock Capel. Editor – Craig Guiboch. Acting Coach – Nancy Drake
I Dream of You
Nothing is what it seems. A woman's life flashes before her eyes in the last moments before her death.
Cast: Talia Pura - woman, Johnathan Barrett - husband
Cinematographer – Jason Heke. Editor – Craig Guiboch
Sophie comes home to see her father once more, but dad seems to have more time on this earth than anyone expected. Sophie's sister is feeling the burden of his care.
Cast: Harry Nelken - dad, Talia Pura - Sophie, Ti Hallas - Maggie
Cinematographer / Editor - Alf Kollinger
Paul and Ruth are in crises (at least she's in crises), because he won’t stop adding to his collections of all things antique. How much longer can she play second fiddle to a hoard of porcelain dolls, 1950’s era appliances and depression glassware?
Cast: Talia Pura - Ruth, Claude Dorge - Paul, Marriage Councillor - Darcy Fehr, Shop owner - Susanna Portnoy, Waiter - Karl Thordarson.
Cinematographer – Jason Heke. Sound – Brock Capel. Editor – Craig Guiboch
Collections premiered at the Inaugural ACTRA Manitoba Film Festival, In January, 2008.
Can I Buy You a Drink?
A casual bar pick-up is not what it seems.
Cast: Daina Leitold - Brianne, Karl Thordarson - Don, Daryl Dorge - bartender
Cinematographer - Talai Pura
2 minute - one shot