Did you know that the film industry in our province generates north of 0 million each year? Many wouldn’t know because it’s a quiet industry. It doesn’t pollute, and it generates a significant ROI when productions shot here are shown in other parts of the world. The industry is a key strategic contributor to our economy and our image.
This podcast is a great example of industry pros working tirelessly to promote their industry. At Todayville we are big believers in the opportunity strong cultural industries in our province can bring and certainly applaud their efforts. The Alberta Filmmakers podcast has three main goals; the exploration of the Alberta film community and the people within it, promoting the content that is created by that community, and archiving the stories and knowledge of the older generation in hopes of saving some of their wisdom and distributing it to the next generation.
“The latest episode is called The Feature Film Files where we have a long discussion all about the making of an Alberta film.” said Matt Watterworth, one of the creators. “In this case, it’s “To The Mountain”, a very tiny budget film that is getting distribution which is amazing for a $10,000 budget.”
This episode’s guest is Producer of “To The Mountain”, Paige K. Boudreau. It’s hosted by Matt Watterworth and Scott Westby, produced by Calgary’s Full Swing Productions, and now in its second season.
L-R Guest Paige K Boudreau, Matt Waterworth, Scott Westby
Here’s what Matt Watterworth says about the Filmakers Podast:
“The podcast came about because Scott (Westby) and I are very much about legacy. We’re still relatively new or young in our careers, but we recognized that there are a few problems in our industry that the podcast can help combat. The first is that filmmakers in Alberta aren’t very good at promoting or celebrating themselves. Another is that the industry and community is very silo-ed, there’s not enough communication happening between each clique, section of the industry, community group, government body, or collective.”
“Another challenge our community faces is internal competition. Many in our community are protective and competitive when it comes to their accomplishments, and there’s nothing wrong with that if that’s their decision. But Scott and I have decided that it’s more effective for us to share the knowledge, tips, tricks and the really hard data like grant applications, production budgets and financing structures.”
The team believes these are the kind of things that can really make a difference for a new filmmaker. Sharing ideas that can help unlock money or introduce them to a film festival is very important.
“One example is a group of great filmmakers who heard about a 48 Hour Film Competition put on by The Calgary Underground Film Festival and The Calgary Expo on our podcast, said Watterworth. “So they submitted, created a film and won first place. They said they wouldn’t have even known about the event if it wasn’t for our show so that’s a big deal for us and is hopefully demonstrative of a larger impact we’re having.”
President Todayville Inc., Honorary Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Director Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Alberta) musician, photographer, former VP/GM CTV Edmonton.
A survivor of sexual abuse as a teenager, Séan has spent the last ten years touring North America as a musical keynote speaker, singing and sharing his story with theatre audiences, front line workers, teachers, students, patients, inmates, veterans, and anyone who has struggled with their mental health. Séan believes that music is medicine and a song is never more powerful than when it is sung with a friend.
These artworks were created and curated by Kathryn Fellowsand donated to this auction in her memory by her daughter Sharon Moffat.
Watch on social media for a link to this auction, which opens on February 4th.
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Michelle lost a kidney to cancer 20 years ago. Her blood pressure has been challenging to keep in a healthy range since. A busy life with little focus on healthy got her in trouble. In late December 2020, she ended up in emergency with extremely high blood pressure in the 200/150 range and a blood sugar of 25. She was very sick. She had a second similar episode in January. At that time, she was let go from her job. This turned out to be the best thing that happened as she now had time to focus on her health.
The RDPCN family nurse recommended she attend Diabetes the Basics as well as providing her with ongoing one-to-one support for several months. She also got connected to a weight management program, supervised exercise and Heartwise.
Fast forward to 18 months, she has decreased her clothing size from 20 to 14. Her blood sugar is now 7 and her blood pressure is in the range of 138/95. Great improvements!
She is back to work. She walks about an hour per day and she feels amazing! She has used the portion control plate to help improve her eating habits. She is eating way better and enjoying it. One thing she could not give up was Pepsi. She used to have at least 3 cans per day. Now she uses Diet Pepsi in much smaller volumes, but she cannot get by without some Pepsi. Long-lasting insulin and using the Libre sensor have been great tools to help her live healthily. She feels very empowered, happy and healthy!!
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Red Deer coalition helps children and youth develop qualities to thrive
We are excited to announce our Simple Connections Stronger Families event February 9th 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm. at the
Red Deer coalition helps children and youth develop qualities to thrive
We are excited to announce our Simple Connections Stronger Families event February 9th 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm. at the YMCA.
When we practice gratitude, engage as a family, eat meals together, and grow together, we help our children to grow up caring, responsible and healthy. This is the key focus of Strengthening Positive Assets & Resiliency in Communities (SPARC) coalition.
There are 40 developmental assets that SPARC wants to educate the community about. Research shows the higher number of assets a young person has, the more likely they are to succeed in school, make better decisions, have better coping skills and have better overall health.
Developmental assets can be both external and internal, and range from family support, a caring neighbourhood, service to others, safety, creative activities, school engagement, integrity, honesty, interpersonal competence and self-esteem.
There are many ways for families to promote asset-building at home, but many may be unsure of exactly what development assets are, or how to support their children in building them.
To support families, SPARC is hosting our Simple Connections Stronger Families event. Open to all families who want to build resilience and connect. Thanks to the YMCA for hosting this event. Come out and experience a variety of asset-building activities together.
The event is entirely free. To register, go to www.sparcreddeer.ca and click on the Events Tab.