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Podcasters doing their part to promote Alberta film industry

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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.”

Connect here to the Alberta Podcast Network for more excellent podcasts.

 

 

 

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.

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Winners announced for Red Deer Hospital Lottery

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The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation has announced the winners of the 2024 Red Deer Hospital Lottery Dream Home and Tiny Home prize packages, as well as the Mega Bucks 50.

The Mega Bucks 50 jackpot reached $607,200.00, which makes Carolyn Pelerine of Cochrane, Alberta the winner of $303,600.00.

In addition, the luxurious Tree Hugger Tiny Home Prize Package, complete with accessories by Urban Barn and valued at $163,798.00, is now owned by Mary Vincent of Red Deer.

The coveted Sorento Dream Home Prize Package, which includes furnishings and accessories by Urban Barn and boasts a total value of $1,072,624.00, has been awarded to Maxine Rumohr of Sylvan Lake.

The highly anticipated draw took place at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation office, located within the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, with an announcement following live on Facebook, allowing participants and supporters to join in the excitement virtually.

“We are delighted to congratulate the winners of this year’s Red Deer Hospital Lottery,” said Manon Therriault, Chief Executive Officer of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. “The funds raised from this lottery will significantly contribute to enhancing patient care and services at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated and supported this important cause.”

Proceeds from the Red Deer Hospital Lottery and Mega Bucks 50 will contribute to acquiring critically needed, state-of-the-art equipment for several units at the Red Deer Hospital.

This year’s lottery will fund equipment such as a phototherapy system, which allows parents to hold and soothe their infant while undergoing phototherapy, a cardiology case cart to monitor cardiac rhythms during stress testing, and other equipment to help provide excellent care for patients in the emergency and operating rooms at the Red Deer Hospital.

The winners of a variety of electronics were also drawn today. A full list of winners will be available in the coming days on the official lottery website at reddeerhospitallottery.ca. Prize winners who have not already been notified will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to claim their prizes.

The keys to the Sorento Dream Home and the Tree Hugger Tiny Home will be presented to the winners at a special ceremony this summer.

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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