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The Shop Around the Corner



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The short film "The Shop Around the Corner" (2019)
The quirky owner of a small flower shop fantasizes about a more adventurous life. Unknowingly, her shop is a paranormal portal linking spirits of past patrons to present day.

A half-hour long, romantic fantasy TV series set in present day, anchored around a small, historic flower shop. Sophie, the quirky and inquisitive 30-something owner, is longing for family and the writing career she abandoned when she inherited the shop from her late grandmother – her only living relative. She also dreams of a more stimulating life, despite hiding amidst the day-to-day demands of her business. Her brash and cheeky best friend, Hannah, is a little older, therefore protective of Sophie. The shop has a few regulars; Alex, a dashing 40-something sophisticate whom Sophie takes a shining to, and Frances, a 6-year-old firecracker who comes in for filler flowers.

The shop itself seems quaint and low-key, hidden away on a quiet side street amidst old growth trees and heritage homes. Yet, it’s 19th century façade has absorbed decades of history, bearing witness to love and loss, family and infidelity, scandal and even murder. This rich history has created a paranormal portal, inviting patrons of the past to communicate with the living, but only its current tenant has the power to communicate with these spirits and this capability only exists within the confines of the shop.

While patrons step inside to pick up a fresh bouquet of blooms, spirits who frequented the shop in years past (which had many incarnations, e.g. a grocery store known to bootleg during prohibition) are unearthed from the ether to relay a message, make amends or relive a moment in time. This mystical link to the past assembles into a series of storylines that transport us back through the ages to some of the most storied moments in history.

Exploring themes of longing and regret, forgiveness and hope, season one culminates in Sophie’s realization of the power her shop bestows. Subsequent seasons examine how this realization weaves into Sophie’s own story and how visibility into other people’s heart ache and missed opportunities influence the way she chooses to live her own life.

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Submitted: January 16, 2020
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The Writer: Heather Magee

Heather Magee is a Canadian independent filmmaker originally from Vancouver, British Columbia and now based in Venice, California. She is a writer, producer and director known for The Shop Around the Corner (2019), a film born from her award-winning script. Heather's greatest creative influences are the romantic comedies and dramedies penned by Richard Curtis, Nancy Meyers, Cameron Crowe and Diablo Cody. // Background // This all happened quite accidentally. By day, I’ve spent years behind a desk working in corporate PR and marketing gigs. Always having the urge to write and in need of an outlet, I – like many others in the early 2000s – started blogging, which forayed into freelance... Go to bio

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