Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Alberta Filmmaker Wins Audience Choice Award at Culver City Film Festival in Los Angeles

Get-Naked-FilmAlberta filmmaker, Aaron James Sorensen’s new film, Get Naked! won the Audience Choice Award this week at the Culver City Film Festival in Los Angeles. The feature was shot in Calgary and Bakersfield, California, and features Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, Inherent Vice) as well as the acting debut of country music superstar Corb Lund. Sorensen’s debut film, Hank Williams First Nation, opened at the American Film Institute’s AFI fest in 2005 and went on to win multiple awards and become one of the top Canadian box office films of that year.  Get Naked! is Sorensen’s fourth feature.

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Fil Fraser, Canada’s First Black Broadcaster and Alberta’s Beloved Arts Booster Dead at 85

Fil-FraserLegendary broadcaster, author and radio personality Fil Fraser died of heart failure in Edmonton on Sunday, December 3 at the age of 85. For five decades, Fraser played an important role in the development of Alberta’s arts and heritage community by supporting local artists, penning works that celebrated multiculturalism and being a strong advocate for social justice. Fraser was born in Montreal to Caribbean parents in 1932. As he was growing up, he had a keen interest in broadcast journalism and worked at his high school radio station to prove that he could make it in the industry.

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The 2017-2018 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour Arrives in Alberta This December

Banff-FestivalThe 2017-2018 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is now on the road, visiting over 550 locations in over 40 countries and bringing some of the favourite films from the Festival to a location near you, including stops throughout Alberta from December to January, 2018. The tour features favourite films from the 2017 Festival, including The Last Honey Hunter, Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic, The Frozen Road, Ascend, Mammoth, and so much more!

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YW Calgary Launches “She Who Dares” Canada 150 Project Website On October 26

She-Who-DaresThe “She Who Dares” website is a creative, engaging and interactive installation highlighting the stories of 150 women, known and lost to history who have impacted Calgary during the last 150+ years. This one-of-a-kind interactive and creative installation encourages the audience to discover the impacts made by women in the Calgary community.

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Alberta Book – On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood by Richard Harrison

On_Not_Losing_My_Fathers_Ashes_in_the_FloodRichard Harrison is a member of the Faculty of English at Mount Royal University in Calgary, and is a multiple-award-winning poet, essayist, and editor. His most recent book, On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood, has been awarded the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. The book was shortlisted for the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize and won the Stephan G. Stephansson Alberta Poetry Prize.

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Celebrate Media Literacy Week “Inclusion in a Connected World” – November 6 – 10, 2017

Media-LiteracyMediaSmarts, Canada’s leading centre for digital and media literacy and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) along with the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) announced this year’s Media Literacy Week, to be held November 6 to 10, will focus on diversity and inclusion online for children and teens.

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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)