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The Film – One Night in Seattle

Have you ever wished for one chance to change the direction of your life? Have you taken a road-trip that changed your life forever? 

One Night in Seattle, is a road-trip film about a screenwriter with one last shot at chasing her dream and falling in love. She risks taking that turn in life to find that one reason to keep going against all odds and to ultimately find her road back home. The Unofficial Teaser.

A First Feature Film

This is the very first feature film for Producer/Director/Writer, Shawna Cox, the films Lead Actress, Amelia Trinidad Oakley, and Supporting Leads, Mark Ghanime and Jamie Switch. One Night in Seattle, is a 90 minute, independent HD Drama, written and developed in Calgary, Canada. Shot on locations in Vancouver, Canada and Seattle, USA. Your link to your VIP Event PASSES & FILM SWAG is here : on KICKSTARTER

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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in FilmLOG, WOOT


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DakarREEL – CFG LIVE in Morocco | Map Film-bites

Shawna Cox | CFG is…  on Facebook.  “Be my friend – and HANG ON!” for photos of Baja 500, 1000, The Dakar Rally and every ADVENTURE inbetween and behind the scenes… 

Indie and Adventure Filming and Event info?  Join the Canadian Film Girl | CFG Facebook Fan Page

2008 Dakar Rally Race Route, Morocco, October 2008: Making of “Chasing the Desert”…  

Escaping Flash floods, desert nights, Canadian Girls racing hidden trails, deep inside the ‘Medina’ of Marrakech, hot diggity scarabs and a wee-bit-of night dune driving (and running the battery down…)??

–>>  “Where’s Shawna on the map?”

–>>  Shawna’s Video Diary:


Canadian Film Girl | CFG, Shawna Cox

Canadian Film Girl | CFG, Shawna Cox


Who knew I would ever sit in the middle of the desert at night and be filming, editing and uploading daily film-bites.  1 HDV camera, 2 VIO-POV 1 car cams, 1 Mac laptop, 1 Iritrack GPS tracker, 1 crazy group of Canadians, 1 4×4, and 1 satellite way up in the sky (@ 7 euros a megabite, I might add = $200 + per 2 minute video)

where in the world is CFG....

where in the world is CFG....

I am on my last two days on the trail after a whirlwind 2 days in Cannes, France for the MIPCOM film market, then a midnight flight to Marrakech, Morocco.  I am currently on day 6???  …I think, and will be touching ground in Madrid, London, Toronto and finally home to Vancouver by next monday.  
I have been racing around Morocco, chasing Mark Miller’s Dakar Rally past  (Mark ends up in Morocco basically just as I leave…  timing) for the background for the 2009 Dakar Rally Documentary – the old Dakar Rally trail.  
I currently have a live map following our journey (the same iritrack as used on Dakar for the racers) as well as daily 2 minute film bites.  IRC stepped up to the plate to embed media into their live race maps – this is the first test.  
The tracker didn’t get started until 2 days into the trip, but the videos have been going well – uploading via satilite from the middle of the desert…  who knew.  (Rob!  what happened to video # 002 ??? 😉  

Thanks for keeping up with me, hot on the trail of Mark Miller (Team Volkswagen) and the 2009 Dakar Rally…

Good night from afar.


Posted by on October 21, 2008 in DakarLOG, EventLOG, FilmLOG, TravelLOG


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Morocco Transmission #4 – Full Moon

Oct 14, 2008 – Day 4 chasing the desert.

A full moon in Morocco tonight. There’s more to tell. More to this story. There’s more to tell. More to this story. That is in my blackbook. I will publish that when I am home. Funny thing how I set out to capture one story. Not so funny thing how it all unfolds into a story that I am wish I could escape from. Chasing the Dakar Rally seems like a walk in the park over navigating this trip I’m on. I wish I could wake up from this.

10 day trip to Morocco to trace the steps of past Dakar Rally legends – Daily Satellite uploads and Live GPS tracking.

Day 4: Night Desert driving and sleeping on a dune.

sample opening footage for the Dakar Rally Documentary Project

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Posted by on October 14, 2008 in BlackBOOKS, DakarLOG, FilmLOG, TravelLOG


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DakarREEL – Really want to know about Dakar 2009? | Magic 8 Ball

Filming Dakar 2009 in January?? Magic 8 Ball says: ‘reply hazy, try again’

You REALLY want to know what’s going on for Dakar 2009 right now? One film girl from Vancouver / Calgary and her one last shot… at The Dakar Rally. South America. January 2009.

Here you go – an email to a long time supporter (since this whole Dakar Documentary started way back in the summer of 2007). Geesh – I just wanted to finish my feature dramatic script on the thing – never dreamed I would be in the middle of it, about to jump off a cliff – again!
This is what’s on my mind, in my sights…

Start email here:

I really have no money to spare – I haven’t even looked at if I have enough for a place to stay! ha!

Give me some numbers, I am looking into everything this weekend. I need help for sure – if you know people I can stay with or travel with.
I am in Marrakesh and then hope to travel to a few points that Mark Miller mentioned and where Mitsubishi maybe training.

Most is the 2008 dakar route up till the Mauritanian border. Where we were supposed to go.

I would like to camp in the desert if it is safe. I was thinking of a camel trek? No idea prices. 4×4 would be super cool. I can’t guarantee anything will make broadcast. I have ideas, but without financial support or funding / financing – it’s over my head.

I am currently in negotiations with the ex-field producer for Versus from 2006, 2007 for a potential co-production.

There is a company here in Vancouver as well that I am meeting with next week.

MIPCOM is not far away and $$ need to be in. People (competitors and assistance) are dropping like flies. It’s not a good scene for all from last year’s project.

Morocco could be the end. I will get as far as I can, both with the film and Dakar, but we are all on our last legs.

Thanks for offering help.

Morocco from October 14th (late flight into marrakech) then latest to October 22nd – 23rd.

The rights fees for the show are high – just got them today – must negotiate with ASO or find sponsors or both. $60,000 Euro – ridiculous and higher than last year. What are they thinking? I might try Daniel Ferguson on that one.

End email there…

there you all have it. Right in the middle of it all and no more money to spare. I guess THIS is where it gets REALLY interesting… We are looking into sponsorship and funding and selling my Dakar undies to Japan to fund it. Seriously. Would be sad to stop now and I am not that attached to my cool Canadian Flag Briefs. Seriously – make me an offer… 😉

Ha! I should be careful – I might get a bid. 😉 

I will keep you posted over the next few weeks with the co-production offers and what teams are still in. I have some catching up to do with you all, but I was waiting till I had a different story to tell than… “soon!” Well, ‘soon’ enough, the project fate will be decided. I have no way of getting to Dakar 2009 on my own funds this year, so it is definately a different story at this point.

We are now writing the end of a long journey and time will tell where the grand finale will play out. 

Thanks to everyone for your lasting support. I wouldn’t be this far without it.

…not giving up.
– Shawna

Posted by on September 25, 2008 in DakarLOG, FilmLOG, WOOT


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FilmREEL – Rockin’ the Vancouver Scene | Behind the Scenes


This is My Lead Girl for my first Feature Dramatic (Producer, Writer, Direct) we are currently shooting…
Ok – NOT EDITED, this is Amelia’s one take, she rocked the whole scene and was only supposed to do the first 5 lines.  A director’s gotta do, what a director’s gotta do.  Pre-widescreen bars and all…
Apologies on the sound, but this hasn’t been touched yet, wanted to share a tiny bit of our work to date.  Just back from Ottawa last weekend with our new editor, Dave Shea, first day working some rough sequences…   Very cool work – will post some tid-bits once I get my move out of the way – my new home?  Gastown, Vancouver – temporary home that is, but will love every minute here.  🙂
Awesome work everyone.  Day by day – we will get this shot and wrapped for the big screen.  Thanks to the cast and crew for all the work and dedication to the project to date – 1/3rd of the way through and the best is yet to come.
Thanks for sticking in there.
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Posted by on July 29, 2008 in FilmLOG


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FilmREEL – in the bedroom with… | 3-Way Cafe

On a bit of a hiatus from filming 3 Way Cafe, but not at all a break from the film career.

Check out my interview from the Banff World Television Festival a few weeks back – not Kim Catrell, but damn I look comfy in that armchair!

youtube link :

It’s been nuts and all over the board, but this weekend, we are kicking the Feature back into full gear and it started off with My Home Reno skills coming to play – building an elevated dolly track…  😉   The youtube vid will follow shortly.  😉

We are set to roll early tomorrow morning and wrap the location for the film and my life – it’s was my apartment here in Vancouver – now I have the whole world to choose from.  NOT TO SHABBY!

Sussing out the scene...

Have a FAB long weekend for all you fellow Canucks out there – BBQ, Camping, Renos – what ever it is!  Trev, my Director of Photography and I are busy sussing out the next scene…

I think that qualifies for a ‘woo’.  🙂

Ciao 4 now,




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Posted by on June 28, 2008 in FilmLOG


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Dakar LOG – “Kiss ‘n MakeUp” | Dakar 2009

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”

– Louis L’Amour

Dakar 2008 photos, Jan 4th –>> CLICK HERE and HERE

Below: Team Wide Open Dakar, packing up to head home to North America, January 4th, 2008.

Dakar 2008 packing up


In full ASO fashion and just over one month from the cancellation of the 2008 Dakar Rallywhich truly felt like a lifetime – the sporting organization officially released what had been strong rumors of not just a MakeUp Rally but of a new Dakar Rally Series to be introduced into the offroad motorsport world.


Sure, fun and all, but WHO is going to be there?



I had a film and it’s not like I could just recast! Damn Documentaries, this is going to be the death of me for sure. …And that was what made endurance and patience the BIGGEST lesson of the last month.

Email and text message tag with US Volkswagen driver Mark Miller… Charlie Rauseo and his Team Rally PanAmerica Enduro-riders bouncing between the Tunisia Rally and the ASO’s Dakar Series Premier event in Budapest… Then distracted by who was going to sue who in the world of offroad?


I didn’t care, I just wanted to know WHO was up for a real challenge… Who was going to survive the cancellation and get to the 2009 Dakar, where ever in the world it was going to be.

2008 dakar cancelled


The cancellation, I felt spun everyone that participates (racers, media, sponsors, teams, the organization and viewers) directly into what the true nature of the Dakar is… at least to me.


That day, standing outside the auditorium when Eteinne Lavigne, the Director of the Dakar Rally announced the Rally’s cancellation to hundreds of competitors just a hands stretch from where only hours earlier, bikes were being parked, vehicles being inspected.

2008 dakar cars

Just a hand stretch away, the Iconic starting podium was to wait patiently for the next 12 hours to pass, it’s sole purpose, to be in the limelight sending off the Pro right down to the Amateur racer onto one of the greatest adventures of their lives…

2008 dakar start


Only it wasn’t the start of the 2008 Rally that waved everyone off… it was the cancellation – the biggest test that the rally could have ever handed down to everyone since it inception 30 years earlier. The ultimate test of endurance and navigation wasn’t just going to be 15 days in the winter months of January.


With the clear and precise words from Etiennne on January 5th, 2008 at 12:00 noon, The Ultimate Dakar swiftly turned into the ENTIRE year of 2008… 365 days of obstacles, no GPS and NO destination (at that time…).


One statement laid down bankruptcy in front of privateers and team managers, all spinning with their now vacant promises to sponsors.

At this moment, the Dakar was not only a rally, it became life… and the question became quite clear to me..


“who was going to make it to the 2009 Rally?”


money, bankruptcy, sponsors, mortgages, marriages – all either succumbed to the 2008 cancellation and have stolen away these life-long dreams?



“what is one willing to sacrifice in the coming year of 2008, for one more chance at racing this elusive Dakar Rally?”


It became haunting to think about who wouldn’t be there…

…and then to think about what would people be willing to do, to give up to get there… 

(click to find out who’s who…) 

Mark Miller?   (Team Volkswagen Motorsport) (Arciero- Miller Racing)

Charlie Rauseo?  (Team Rally Pan America)

Darren Skilton?   (Team Wide Open Dakar) (North American Dakar Correspondent)

Mike Petersen?   (Petersen Motorsports)

Robby Gordon?   (Team Dakar USA)

…the rest of the North American Racers that make up 5% of the total Dakar Rally competitors?  


…myself ?


I am about to find out…


Me? I wouldn’t miss this 2009 Dakar Rally for the world and I might just be signing over everything for this one last shot.


It’s going to be a year of both endurance and navigational tests and these won’t be the ones in the dunes. These tests will be the ones that make a person fall in love with life all over againthis is what the Dakar is known for…

“It changes people”.


It has already changed me, and like the others before me, I’ve been bitten but I have also become intoxicated with it’s mystery. Damn it – here we go again!


What do you say we buckle up… and pull out that map and get MOVING!


Ok, one more time for old time’s sake just ’cause I CAN!


You all have balls for sticking with me!!  (thanks Mr. MCarter for the moxy, chutzpah (sp))

THANKS to everyone for the overwhelming support. It’s amazing to know that you all were there for the 2008 start with me. Now lets see what that 2009 thing is all about, ok? 😉

See you in Budapest and before you know it, Buenos-Aries, baby, YEAH! 😉

Shawna Cox



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Posted by on February 18, 2008 in DakarLOG, EventLOG, FilmLOG, WOOT


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DakarLOG – 2008 Dakar Rally | Pre-Rally VLOG

Just wanted to check in with everyone. I am on a layover at the Frankfurt Airport after leaving Vancouver on Saturday afternoon. It’s strange to think that I am just hours away from Lisbon and just days away from the start of the Dakar Rally… All of the sudden, I feel myself venturing into the ‘other side’ of the TV screen – the 2007 rally seems only just months earlier and I had no idea then, that I would be IN the rally one year later… Nuts.

I have started a ‘pre-VLOG’, watch my first entry here on YouTube:

Chasing the Desert – “The Edge”, Dec 2007 from CFilmGirl on Vimeo.

The Official Dakar VLOG can be followed daily during the rally on the Australian Broadcast company SBS, on their online coverage. You can follow me at this link, the VLOG is on the lower left of the page.
Thanks everyone who got me on the plane and to the start. Yup, I am nervous but it’s gonna be an incredible journey – actually, it already has been.
Happy holidays and enjoy the New Year!

Posted by on December 30, 2007 in DakarLOG, EventLOG, FilmLOG, TravelLOG


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FilmREEL – “3Way Cafe” Film, New York | behind the scene

Cast and Crew – here’s a little ditty of the official 1st day of shooting the feature film “3-Way Cafe”. Thanks again to Justin Cote for lending us his great space in the heart of Vancouver’s Gastown… Awesome work everyone.

I will be playing the full rez version at the 2008 Dakar Rally send-off parties in both Calgary and Vancouver along with other selected edits from this years real life “Chasing the Desert” – hope to see you all out.

for now, here’s the behind the scenes video as seen on YouTube:

and here’s a link to the rough cut for the flick:

Check it out by clicking HERE —>>>>

FilmREEL – Sneakpeek at the NY scene from ‘3-Way Cafe’

Thanks for dropping in!


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Posted by on December 9, 2007 in FilmLOG


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DakarREEL – Arciero-Miller Racing Roll | YouTube 3

Alright – pretty tired… A ten hour day in the cubicle, so lovingly called ‘The Cube’ – then straight home for 6+ hours of start to finish rough cut of an intro roll from footage that I shoot while chasing Dakar Rally and Desert Racer, Mark Miller and his team mate, Ryan Arciero… In case the below YouTube link doesn’t work ,

Check it out by clicking here —>>> ARCIERO-MILLER RACING ROLL


Mark I chased to the 2007 Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb back in July and found him with Team Volkswagen :img_3518.jpg Check out the Pic’s —>>>

EventREEL – Pike’s Peak Hill Climb | Race DayEventREEL –

Pike’s Peak IHC | Shawna’s Pre-race AscentLocation Log –

Pike’s Peak IHC | Shawna’s Day in Heaven

and Ryan, I found him at 2007 PRIMM 300 Desert Race:img_5447.JPGCheck out the Pic’s —–>>>

EventREEL – Primm 300 | Ryan Arciero Meeting

Fun to finally get into the video footage – I hope you had some fun watching it!Till test video #4…-s


Posted by on December 5, 2007 in DakarLOG, EventLOG, FilmLOG


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