AMPIA member Hans Olson is an award-winning filmmaker originally from Armena, Alberta. This week, Hans will be premièring his first dramatic feature FIGURINE at the Edmonton International Film Festival! We asked him a few questions about his latest project…How does it feel to have your featured accepted into the Edmonton International Film Festival?
I’m extremely appreciative of our acceptance into EIFF. Figurine is very much an Edmonton film and I’m excited that we’ll have the chance to share it with a local audience. From my first short in 2006 to my first feature in 2015, EIFF has been a very supportive home for my films. It’s an honour to screen at the festival and it’ll be fun to have a lot of the cast and crew in attendance on October 6.
Tell us about “Figurine” – where did the idea come from and what was the process of making it?
Oddly enough, the idea for the film took shape at an Oilers game. I was struck by the image of a solitary usher, passed by and ignored by the crowd. The script slowly grew out of this character of “Karin”. I was very interested to make a quiet drama with a documentary approach to production. We filmed in locations around the city with a small team, natural light and a cast of first-time actors. I met the lead actor, Kelly Goetz, while she was selling her paintings at the Whyte Avenue Art Walk. I’m really grateful that she agreed to take the leap.
What has this project taught you and what’s next?
It’s hard to sum up the range of things that this experience has taught me, from the technical to the intangible – from lessons in data management to lessons in patience. I’m so thankful for the positive collaborations at the heart of the project. The whole thing has taught me to be bolder in my ideas of what’s possible. I’m excited to begin writing another feature script and I hope that I can always keep one foot in the documentary world.About FIGURINE
Karin leads a quiet life working at a truck wash and ushering part-time at the hockey arena. Her solitary routine is broken when she meets James, a truck driver seeking work in the city. As autumn approaches winter, Karin opens herself to the possibility of romance. (www.figurine.ca
) The film premières at the Edmonton International Film Festival on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30pm. Hans Olson will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.