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The Best in Documentary Film and Media Arts is in Edmonton at Northwestfest 2017 May 5 to 14

NorthwestFestNorthwestFest  announces the line-up for the 2017 festival, featuring the best in new documentary features, short films, media arts, and more. Running May 5-14, 2017 in various locations, this year’s program has something for everyone. Whether you’re curious about the worlds of America’s best session musicians, daredevils, spelling bees, scientology, or the obituary section of the New York Times, NorthwestFest has got you covered.

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Alberta Film – “She Has a Name” A Film in Support of The Movement To End Human Sex Trafficking

She-Has-Name FilmShe Has A Name is a sex trafficking story, based on a real event in 2008, when a locked, abandoned storage container was found in Thailand, containing 121 workers from Burma, 54 of whom were dead. The global sex trade industry makes $40 billion a year selling women, children, and men as much as 15 times a day for their bodies. Of the two million people the UN reports are exploited in the commercial sex trade every year, less than 1% are rescued. 

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NFB Presents “Memento Mori”, an Evocative Cinematic Journey Alongside the Living and the Dying

memento-moriMemento mori is an evocative cinematic journey alongside the living and the dying, bringing to the screen a human drama never-before captured on film. With remarkable access to Canada’s busiest organ-transplant hospital, we witness one of the most profound experiences in any human life: the loss of a child, and the agonizing decision this tragedy demands. The documentary was created by two acclaimed Edmonton-based documentarians, director Niobe Thompson and producer Rosvita Dransfeld, 

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Red Deer’s Melissa Kreil Gets $10,000 to Make Short Film About a Women’s Stuggle

melissa-kreilRed Deer’s Melissa Kreil will receive $10,000 from Telus Optik to create a short film about a woman’s mental struggle “between darkness and light.” The short experimental film, Henna, is being produced by Kreil, a recent graduate of the NAIT film program in Edmonton. It’s being written and directed by her former NAIT classmate, Sami Kaur, who was born and raised in India, and supports the global empowerment of women, said Kreil.

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Alberta Film: Violent, Shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards

violentViolent, the audacious, award-winning Norwegian-language Canadian film created by Vancouver-based production company Amazing Factory, produced in conjunction with Calgary’s own boutique film company Media Darling, was screened in Calgary on October 13 as part of the Calgary Cinematheque’s tenth anniversary season. The debut feature from director Andrew Huculiak, drummer for innovative Vancouver indie group We Are The City, Violent was shortlisted for competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)

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