Local painter Weiming Zhao is seen in a video still from one of the vignettes featured in the Brandon Industry Group’s “Patchworks” series, which premieres on MTS TV on Sept. 29.
A local media group is about to premiere a dozen vignettes about interesting Westman residents which will be featured on MTS TV later this year.
Improvisational pianist Edna Knock, 85, is one of the 12 people profiled in the Brandon Industry Group’s “Patchworks” series, premiering Sept. 29. (SUBMITTED)
"Patchworks," a series of seven-minute films produced by the Brandon Industry Group will be premiering at the Evans Theatre on Sept. 29 during Brandon’s Culture Days.
Graham Street, the series’ executive producer, said the project gave free reign to the filmmakers to find unassuming personalities in the area with compelling stories to tell.
"That’s the beauty of it. It was really left up to the filmmakers to find their own stories, their own people to profile, and the nice thing about that is that each filmmaker is then able to look for something that interested them and tell the story they wanted to," he said.
Street’s short "Patchworks" film, for example, tells the story of a historical reenactor who is part of the Redcoats of the Northwest.
Right after the launch, the films will be featured on MTS’ "Stories from Home" series on demand, joining other dozens of locally produced films already showing.
"Since (MTS) came into Brandon, they’ve really got the industry moving forward with people working on all these different projects, all these documentaries happening, there’s all these stories being told about this community," Street said.
Local producers contributing to "Patchworks" include Street, Greg Sherris, Craig Cesmystruk, Chris Beyette, Brooke Clayton, Danielle Adriaansen, Allison Collins, Nate Bower, regular Brandon Sun contributors Diane Nelson and Shaun Cameron, and Sun staffers Colin Corneau and Grant Hamilton.
MTS providing funds for independent films is a "catalyst" to foster a growing film industry in the area.
"Who know where it’ll go," Street said.
Other local films are also in the works for the "Stories from Home" series, including a documentary film on the Souris flood of 2011 produced by former CBC journalist and Westman native Glen Kirby.
"We will tell the story of the worst flood on record but, even more, the coming together of a community," Kirby said. "You will meet ordinary people pushed into extraordinary circumstances, folks who refused to quit because their neighbours needed help."
The premiere of "Patchworks" at the Evans Theatre will be free, however, it’s encouraged to donate to the Save Our Screens campaign, which is raising funds for the theatre’s digital conversion from its soon-to-be obsolete projector — a necessary and costly upgrade because soon all films will be delivered on a digital format.
"We are very pleased to host the Brandon Industry Group’s ‘Patchworks’ community premiere," said Brandon Film Festival president Ron McPhail. "We strive to showcase Canadian films and filmmakers. We are proud to be a venue where the public can see the really good work that emerging filmmakers right here in Brandon are doing."
The "Stories from Home" series is available to MTS Ultimate TV subscribers.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 16, 2013