​Award Winner-American Filmatic Awards

Best Film, Documentary Short Film Festival, 2017

​Award of Merit-Best Shorts Competition

Gold Award Winner-Spotlight Film Festival

Award of Distinction-Canadian International Film Festival

Humanitarian Award-Best Shorts Competition

Best Documentary Short-New Haven International Film Festival

Best Documentary Short-Alliance for Women in Media

​Award Winner-Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival


My Name is Joan" tells the story of Susan Drew, a woman who was born Joan Fagan to an unwed mother in the St. Patrick Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, Ireland in 1949.  While the documentary chronicles Susan's journey to find her true identity, it also highlights the illegal exporting of children by the Catholic Church to families in other countries for profit while the Irish Government looked the other way.  The Irish Government still denies adopted children access to their information even though forced adoption affects at least a quarter of the Irish population.  In 2015, an inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes was launched and the results are due out in 2018.  Many believe the inquiry will not shed light on what really happened to mothers and their children in these homes, and the Government is dragging their feet and hoping the issue will die as the people who were directly affected or engineered the illegal adoptions die.

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-​​​​​​​​​​​​Best Shorts Competition Award of Merit for a Woman Filmmaker


​Gold Winner Spotlight Film Festival


Canadian International Short Film Festival Award of Distinction Winner 2016.


-Best Shorts Competition Humanitarian Award Winner​​

-Women's Only Entertainment Award Winner

-Alliance for Women in Media Best Doc Short


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Film submitted for consideration to:


Canadian International Short Film-WINNER

New Haven Int. Film Festival-BEST SHORT 

Ridgefield Film Festival-ACCEPTED

​Spotlight Doc Film Awards-WINNER

Move Me Productions Belgium-ACCEPTED

Albany Film Festival-ACCEPTED-2nd place

Pittsburgh International​-ACCEPTED

Woman's Only Entertainment FF-WINNER

Documentary Short Film Festival-BEST FILM

Greenwich International Festival-ACCEPTED

Alliance for Women in Media-BEST DOC SHORT​​

Best Shorts Competition-WINNER

Best Shorts-HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNER

Female Filmmakers Film Festival-ACCEPTED

Miami Independent Film Festival-ACCEPTED

New Haven Docs-ACCEPTED

DMOFF-ACCEPTED

Social Justice Film Festival-ACCEPTED

Best Short Doc Festival Ontario-SEMI FINALIST

American Filmatic Arts Awards-WINNER












​Christmas, 1951