The Common Thread


Official Selection at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Nickel Independent Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival and the San Diego International Film Festival.

“The Common Thread” is a short documentary about an artist’s pursuit to find purpose in what she creates, and her struggle to understand why much of Western society ignores the violence in other parts of the world. By all accounts, Heather Haynes was a successful artist with an agent and was continually selling commissions. Feeling like her work was being commoditized, she longed for inspiration. A quest, inspired by Lisa Shannon’s book “A Thousand Sisters”, led Heather to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after which her work abruptly took on new meaning, altering the trajectory of her life forever. In the midst of violence, war, and unspeakable cruelty, she found a community of strong women, children and families fighting for peace. This film shares Heather’s connection to The Democratic Republic of Congo through the creation of her latest work – a 15-foot canvas entitled, The Common Thread.


The Common Thread Special Event
1000 Islands Playhouse, Gananoque ON
December 4, 2022
3pm & 7pm screenings


This film is available for private, corporate and group showings. To book your viewing email us


Kingston Canadian Film Festival
Nickel Independent Film Festival
Edmonton International Film Festival
San Diego International Film Festival



Runtime: 20:30
Director: Braden Dragomir (Untold/Kingston, ON)
Assistant Director: Mickayla Pyke (Mickayla Pyke Media/Wolfe Island, ON)
Cinematography: Brody McMaster & Braden Dragomir (Untold/Kingston)
Editor: Taylor Leeder (Untold/Kingston)
Music Supervision: Marmoset (Portland Oregon - All music is licensed from the only B Corp Music Licensing Platform)
Location Audio, Post Production Mix and Master: Jonas Bonetta (Mountain Grove, ON)
Colour: theVanity (Toronto)
Colourist: Brock Cruess
Featuring: Heather Haynes (Kingston/Gananoque)