CHRISTINE MCLEAN, FREDERICTON
Last September 60 camera crews were sent out across the country to film over a two-day period for the new CBC mini-docuseries Keeping Canada Safe. I was excited to direct one of the crews on the east coast.
If you saw the first episode, you'll know we spent the day with an exceptional police officer, Chief Lewie Sutherland, the police chief in the small community of Kensington, PEI. On the island, everyone knows that you don't speed through Kensington. We found out why.
The following day we met with the families of autistic children on PEI who are taking part in a program that uses tracking bracelets to help Search and Rescue teams locate these children quickly if they wander away.
As a director it was very heartening to capture stories about everyday Canadians who are working hard to protect other people. However, I have to tell you, that spending a day in the back of a police cruiser was extremely uncomfortable - there's not a lot of space back there and the only way you can get out is if someone opens the door from the outside, which my crew often forgot to do. Seeing me locked in was apparently quite amusing.
Keeping Canada Safe is on Thursday nights at 9 pm. The editing alone makes it worth checking out. You can view the eight episodes online here. http://www.cbc.ca/keepingcanadasafe/episodes You'll notice Episode 6 is about lifeguards at Lawrencetown Beach in Nova Scotia. That's the beach where I swam as a girl. It has a frightening undertow.
NB Film Co-op/WIFT-AT member Christine McLean
STEPHEN MCKINNON, RIVERVIEW
Riverview, Moncton based NB Film Co-op member Stephen McKinnon (Canada (East) Films Inc) is re-opening it’s office at 108 High Street. The office will be situated on the main floor below Nova Media Productions and 333 Customs. Nova Media Productions is the NB Film Co-op Workshop Venue Sponsor annually.
Stephen will be available to assist filmmakers in New Brunswick in a limited capacity, so be sure to call him to see if he can help. He will also be doing video auditions at his office for anyone in the area who requires this service. Call us anytime between 9:00 and 4:00 Monday to Friday at (506) 851-9386 for info on any services you may require.
SCOTT BROWNLEE, SAINT JOHN
PEI SCREENWRITER'S BOOTCAMP! APPLY BEFORE APRIL 3RD!
Film and Television Industry Workshops
Five days of training is on offer for emerging screenwriters and producers interested in a career in screen-based entertainment from June 3 to 7 in Charlottetown, PEI.
The Island Media Arts Coop (IMAC) will be hosting the eleventh PEI Screenwriters' Bootcamp, a professional development workshop series for emerging screenwriters and producers and is only open to residents of Atlantic Canada. During these five days, anyone interested in exploring a career in screenwriting or producing can gain knowledge and skills and an opportunity to network with broadcasters and established producers.
According to Louise Lalonde, Project Coordinator: “Our success rate is undeniable as many past participants have gone on to work as writers for television and the web, had their work produced and received funding to move their projects forward. This is a competitive process and writers are invited to participate based on the feasibility of their ideas and writing abilities. Emerging producers are selected based on their pre-existing skills and career goals. For anyone interested in a career in screenbased entertainment, this is the place to start.”
A very important component of this event is learning the art of pitching, and Jan Miller, pitching expert, will work with the participants, giving feedback and advice on individual projects in preparation for the final day where the writers and producers take part in pitch meetings with broadcasters and regional producers. Donna Davies of Ruby Tree Films and Gretha Rose of Cellar Door Producitons will be on hand to assist in the production of pitch packages that each participant will require for the next phase of their projects.
The mentors for this year's event are Tom Shoebridge from the Summer Institute of Film and Television; Sharon Buckingham, screenwriter and story editor for TSB Productions; Hannah Cheesman, actor/writer/director for Aberrant Pictures; and Deb Patz, author of Production Management 101.
There will be a long list of broadcasters and producers available for pitch meetings with participants as well as Carly McGowan from the Independent Production Fund, Stephanie Azam, Head of English Feature Productions for Telefilm, Alan Bacchus from the Harold Greenberg Fund, and Linda Saint, the Saint Talent Agency.
There are no application or submission fees for these workshops and this is only possible because of the very generous support of Telefilm Canada, Innovation PEI, the Independent Production Fund, the Harold Greenberg Fund, and the City of Charlottetown.
The event takes place from june 3 to 7, 2017 at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown, PEI. This is a competitive process and there are a limited number of seats. The deadline to submit is April 3, 2017.
Details are outlined in the guidelines available on our web site: www.peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net or you can contact Louise Lalonde at 902 213-7684.
We're in this to help make your dreams of success come true!
ANNUAL MEDIA ARTS AND CULTURES YEAR-END SHOWCASE!
"The Media Arts and Cultures Society will be having our annual Media Arts and Cultures Year-End Showcase, on Thurday, April 6th at 7PM in the Marshall D'Avray Auditorium, UNB Campus. The Showcase will consist of a screening of video projects created by MAAC students both in and outside of the classroom. We will then move upstairs to room 237 and the IMIL lab where there will be various student works such as projects, papers, designs, digital games, and much more. There will be food, photos, and a special presentation by this year's Media Artist in Resident, Chad Comeau. The event is Free Admission"
link to MAACS fb event https://www.facebook.com/events/179765659198095/
CINEMA POLITICA PRESENTS:
Mar. 31st: Cinema Politica Fredericton present "Lowdown Tracks"
"Lowdown Tracks" (Shelley Saywell/Canada/2015/86 ') screens on Friday, Mar. 31 at 7:00pm at Conserver House, 180 Saint John St., Fredericton.
A celebration of street music and survival with those who chose to live on the outside. Inspired by depression-era folk songs, filmmaker Shelley Saywell and singer and activist Lorraine Segato set out to document the music and stories of those who live on the margins of society and bare their souls through their songs on the streets of Toronto.
There will be an optional discussion after the film with members of co-hosting group, Fredericton's Community Action Group on Homelessness. Films are open to everyone. Screenings are free but donations welcome. Conserver House is wheelchair accessible but the washrooms are up the stairs.
Trailer/for more information: https://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/fredericton/lowdown-tracks
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1663432307291453/
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