Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Alberta Film > “One Problem” by Calgary Filmmaker Documents Underwear Delivery to Homeless Shelters Across Canada

Nur Films CalgaryIn the summer of 2009, Calgary film-maker Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi, 32, and medical engineer Brent King, 42, loaded an RV full of men’s underwear to be delivered to homeless shelters across Canada. Eleven days and 10 cities later, they had delivered more than 25,000 pairs of tighty-whities to shelters across Canada and they documented the trip in the short film “One Problem.” “One Problem” is a survey of the Canadian homeless community through the lens of an eleven day cross Canada underwear drive. Yazdi and King had three simple goals in mind; to deliver a small luxury to as many people as possible, create some media excitement to bring attention to the issue, and learn as much as possible about homelessness in Canada, Brent acts as a guide through a sensitive and touching journey into the issues of some of Canada’s forgotten citizens.

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Alberta Media Production Industries Association Announces Finalists for the 2012 Rosie Awards

Alberta Media Production Industries AssociationThe Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) announced the finalists for the 38th Annual Alberta Film & Television Awards on April 11, 2012. The awards celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement in Alberta film, television and new media. This year there were 256 class entries and 382 craft entries, an increase in entries of more than 15% from last year.  Alberta productions, from commercials, new media, and both long and short form fiction and non-fiction are again vying for 22 Class awards. In addition, Alberta’s talented screenwriters, costume and production designers, cinematographers, editors, directors, make-up artists, special effects artists, sound technicians and composers are competing in 29 Craft categories. Each winner receives the prestigious Rosie Award.  The Rosie Awards will be presented at a gala dinner and awards evening on Saturday, May 12th 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Calgary.

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Calgary’s Corkscrew Media Premiere’s “In This Life: Chantal Kreviazuk” on HBO on April 4, 2012

Chantal KreviazukCorkscrew Media will  premier of its latest musical television project, In This Life: Chantal Kreviazuk on Wednesday, April 4th at 7:45 ET/MT. In This Life: Chantal Kreviazuk is a feature-length documentary that combines music and story, taking audiences on a musical journey with Juno Award winner, Chantal Kreviazuk. Commissioned by Astral’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central, In This Life: Chantal Kreviazuk in Concert is a special television event that weaves music and story for an intimate glimpse into the celebrated Canadian singer-songwriter’s life and career.

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CBC Seeks Films From Across Canada for “Short Films Faceoff”

CBC Short FilmsCBC’s Short Film Faceoff is Canada’s only television magazine program which features short films from across the country. The critically acclaimed show has already enjoyed four successful seasons and has brought a new mainstream audience for short films and increased profile for filmmakers. The CBC is looking for the best short films from every region to take part in this program. In Short Film Face Off films are screened and a panel of industry professionals will provide commentary as well as discuss the creative and technical aspects of the films with the filmmakers.  

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“The Hill: A Documentary of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival” On Sale Soon

Edmonton Folk Festival FilmThe Hill: A Documentary of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is about to be released in DVD.  Folk Films, a co-operative of Edmonton film makers, has spent a number of years capturing the essence of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival (EFMF) from main stage performances, workshops to backstage interviews with musicians and volunteers.  They have documented the intimate nature of the festival that overtakes the city hillside for four days every summer where tens of thousands flock to hear the music and thousands more volunteer their time to be part of the magic. Principal photography is complete.  The target date for premiere is late 2012. The finished production will be a high quality DVD with several special features.  Blue Rodeo, Solomon Burke and Bill Bourne are just some of the over 30 artists to be highlighted.

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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)