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Tickets Sold Out for David Billington Award

Tickets are now officially ‘Sold Out’ for the 25th Annual Billington Award Luncheon honouring Murray Ord on November 2, 2013 at the Delta Bow Valley in Calgary. Also, Ron Nichols has been added as a speaker to complete the line-up! The full list of speakers is below:

MASTER OF CEREMONIES:

FRED KEATING

Fred played the easily excitable barber Repeat Golightly in Jake and the Kid and, for six seasons, nasty City Councillor Jack Pierce on CBC’s DaVinci’s Inquest and DaVinci’s City Hall.  His high-end video production company, Lindisfarne Productions, is celebrating 30 years serving the media needs of corporate, government and non-profit clients.  Fred received the David Billington Award in 2003 and Alberta’s Centennial Medal (2005) for his work in television and film.

GUEST SPEAKERS: 

RANDY BRADSHAW

With work spanning over 25 years, and as of the co-founders of Alberta Filmworks Inc., Randy has directed and produced over 90 hours of network television drama including Lonesome Dove, North of 60, Ray Bradbury Theatre, Traders, 21 Jump Street, The Song Spinner, A George Fox Christmas, Bad Faith, Burn: the Robert Wraight Story, Agent of Influence, Everest ‘82 and the TV Movie Crazy Canucks. Randy has won a Gemini Award for Directing and has been nominated numerous times for Geminis and has also been nominated for an Emmy Award.

JOHN SCOTT

Capitalizing on the diversity of the landscape of Alberta has led John Scott through a lifetime journey of adventure in the movie industry.  Scott’s first experience wrangling began in 1970 with Little Big Man, starring Dustin Hoffman, after which Scott went to Hollywood and worked with the wranglers and stuntmen there, getting onto sets and gaining invaluable experience when it came time for producers to come to Alberta. Scott has since worked on some of the biggest films to come to our Province, including UnforgivenLegends of the FallHeaven & Earth and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. John’s credits also include all three Lord of the Rings films.

TOM COX

Tom Cox is a key figure in the Canadian film and television industry. His work as a producer spans almost thirty years and includes feature films, dramatic series, television movies and documentaries. Projects Tom has worked on have garnered dozens of Canadian and international awards, including Wild Roses, Burn Up, North of 60, Tom Stone and Heartland. His US co-producing credits include the feature films The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Brokeback Mountain and Resurrecting the Champ. Tom is a member and former Chair of the CMPA and AMPIA Boards of Directors. He also sits on the Alberta Film Advisory Council and Premier’s Council on Culture.

RON NICHOLS

A born and bred Calgarian, married 34 years to Deb, an almost born and bred Calgarian. Ron was employed as an operations manager with Volkswagen Canada working with them for 35 years before retiring in July 2012. Ron has an ongoing passion for all things mechanical and a powerful affection for his home town.

PLUS OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS TBA!

AMPIA 40th Anniversary Screening ‘Road to Saddle River’ a Success!

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AMPIA’s 40th Anniversary Screening of Francis Damberger’s ‘Road to Saddle River’ was a resounding success! More than 250 people packed Metro Cinema on September 29 to see the Cult Classic Cowboy Comedy on the big screen in glorious 35mm Cinemascope. Director Francis Damberger was joined on stage afterwards by Actors Paul Jarrett, Sam Bob and Michael Hogan for a spirited Q & A with the audience. Many of the crew were also on hand, including Cinematograher Peter Wunstorf, CSC, and Sound Recordist Garrell Clark, who traded war stories afterwards at the High Level Diner with Producers Dale Phillips and Graydon McCrae.

Thanks to the Edmonton Film Road to Saddle River 004Festival, Metro Cinema and the Edmonton Film Commission for their support of the screening, which was presented as part of the EIFF and Alberta Culture Days. Thanks also to Alberta Beef for the 500 packages of beef jerky, all of which were consumed by the audience! Here’s to the next 40 Years of AMPIA!

For anyone who missed the screening, Francis is selling DVD’s. Please contact him at: dfcc.fran@gmail.com

(From left: Sam Bob, Paul Jarrett, Francis Damberger, Michael Hogan and AMPIA Executive Director  Bill Evans)

CIFF ‘Expanding Canadian Audiences’ Panel Postponed

AMPIA regrets that due to a scheduling conflict with the Memorial for former Premier Peter Lougheed on Friday September 21, the panel “Expanding Canadian Audiences”, which was to be part of the CIFF Industry sessions, has been postponed until a later date.  AMPIA expresses its sincere apologies for the inconvenience.  More information will be shared when it becomes available.