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KNUCKLEBALL Chosen for Fantasia Buyers Market

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775 Media Corp is proud to announce its’ feature film KNUCKLEBALL is 1 of 5 international projects selected to participate in Frontières@Fantasia 2017: Buyers Showcase. This is the 9th edition of the genre focused market at Fantasia.

KNUCKLEBALL is a dark thriller and stars Michael Ironside, Munro Chambers and Luca Villascis. The logline for the film is: Alone and targeted on an isolated farm, 12 year old Henry finds himself at the center of a maelstrom of terror, and a dark family legacy, when his secretive grandfather dies suddenly in the night. The film was primarily shot around the Fort Saskatchewan area in January and February of 2017.

Knuckleball is produced by Laurie Venning, Julian Black Antelope, and Michael Peterson (775 Media Corp) and along with Bob Portal and James Norrie of international sales company Alliance Media Corp (AMP). The film is directed and co-written by Michael Peterson (Lloyd The Conqueror, Tiny Plastic Men) and is currently in post-production.

Here is a link to press release from Frontières:
https://www.frontieresmarket.com/en/nouvelles/frontieresatfantasia-2017-buyers-showcase/

IMDB link to KNUCKLEBALL:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6284256/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1

Alberta Trailblazer: Colin Low (1923 – 2016)

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Cowboy, artist, storyteller and pioneering Canadian filmmaker; director, animator, producer, mentor and collaborator at the National Film Board of Canada, Colin Low was born in Cardston, AB on the borders on the Kainai Nation Indian Reservation, which became a subject of two of his later films. Low attended the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Calgary Institute of Technology, now known as SAIT. His career at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal spanned over six decades, on more than 200 productions, most often as director, producer or executive producer. IMAX 3D exists as a format largely due to the initiatives of Colin Low, who headed the National Film Board’s push to continue its experimentation in 3D during the 1970s and 80s.  Mr. Low earned two Oscar nominations as a producer, and worked on another six Oscar-nominated films.

Colin’s personal theories and opinions on the value of an extra large screen and the logical compatibility of IMAX and 3D were presented to the Society of Motion Picture and Television engineers. Colin’s sustained energy in promoting and testing his theories over the course of more than a decade led directly to the creation of the first IMAX 3D film for Expo 86. Low received his second Palme d’Or for best short film at the Cannes Film Festival, along with another BAFTA award and Oscar nomination for his 1957 documentary, City of Gold, on the Klondike Gold Rush, co-directed with Wolf Koenig. City of Gold made use of slow pans and zooms across archival photos and has been cited by Ken Burns as a key inspiration for the so-called ‘Ken Burns’ effect.

In 1960, Low and Roman Kroitor co-directed Universe, capturing the attention of Stanley Kubrick, who was preparing to make 2001: A Space Odyssey. Low was invited to work on 2001: A Space Odyssey but had to decline due to his work on “In the Labyrinth”, an experimental multi-screen production for Expo 67 though some of Low’s ideas were incorporated into Kubrick’s film. Collective brainstorming in the aftermath of “In the Labyrinth” gave rise to the inspiration that created the IMAX format, which overcame the technical challenges of multi-screen projection by combining them of a single large negative. Low was involved in a series of firsts in the wide-screen genre. He co-directed the first IMAX 3D production Transitions for Expo 86 in Vancouver, as well as co-directing Momentum, the first film shot and projected in 48 frames per second IMAX HD for Expo 92 in Seville, Spain – anticipating HFR cinema by more than two decades. 

Colin Low excelled at the kind of informative, intimate documentaries of ordinary people’s lives for which the National Film Board became world famous. He will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously during the Rosies Gala and 43rd Alberta Film and Television Awards. 


Albertan Filmmaking Pioneer: A Colin Low Tribute

Sunday, April 30 at 1:00pm
8712 109 St, Edmonton, Alberta
Free Admission

Event Info – Metro Cinema

The National Film Board (NFB), Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) and the Metro Cinema present a retrospective of some of Colin Low’s most famous short films.

Canadian Premiere: Chasing Evel

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Chasing Evel: The Robbie Knievel Story
Friday, May 12 at 7pm 
Metro Cinema at Garneau Theatre
8712 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB
Purchase Tickets Here

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Producer Adam Scorgie and Director Jesse James Miller will be in attendance at the Canadian premiere of Chasing Evel: The Robbie Knievel Story, as part of NorthwestFest in Edmonton.

The feature documentary film explores Robbie Knievel’s life through his personal pursuit of sobriety and the need of continuing his father’s legacy by jumping once again. Chasing Evel intercuts between a contemporary storyline and historic past, following Robbie’s need to prove he’s still “the best show on two wheels” combined with never seen before archive footage and photographs of his family’s past, creating a story that explains how one of American’s iconic families fell so far from grace, but the forgotten son relentlessly continues his quest to keep the name alive.

NorthwestFest is Edmonton’s Non-Fiction Film, Music and Art Festival that runs from May 5-14, 2017.

Remembering Helene White

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AMPIA is saddened to mark the passing of our long-time member, Helene White. 

Helene was a true pioneer within Alberta’s screen industry. She launched Alberta’s first syndicated series Connecting, a talk show for teenagersand produced the popular teen series Caitlin’s Way that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon. Helene served on the AMPIA board as Vice President-South from 1986-1997 and mentored emerging producers throughout her career. 

“Helene was an inspiration for us all,” says Bill Evans, Executive Director of AMPIA. “She touched the lives of many people in our industry.”

Just last year, the Calgary Herald profiled Helene White on the changing landscape of her career and her passion for continuous learning and personal evolution.  Watch the video here

More on Helene White

Interview with Fil Fraser (2011) at the Banff World Media Festival 

Obituary | Calgary Herald

*photo supplied by Postmedia, credit: Leah Hennel

Fabian Wagner Wins ASC Award for Game of Thrones

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Cinematographer Fabian Wagner, BSC, won his first American Society of Cinematographers award this February for the Game of Thrones episode, “Battle of the Bastards.” 

Fabian will be joining Camera Operator Sean Savage for an in-depth discussion of filming this epic HBO series! 

Special day rates are offered to IATSE members. Please contact the AMPIA office to register. 780-944-0707

 


Story Summit 2017
February 23 – 25, Banff, AB
Presented by AMPIA and The Banff Centre
www.storysummit.ca

Registration discounts are available for members of AMPIA, IATSE, CSIF, FAVA, DOC, and ACIA.
Call the AMPIA office for more info: 780-944-0707.

Story Summit 2017 is a must attend event designed for content creators, filmmakers, content owners, producers, directors, writers, gamers, visual effects artists, distributors, educators and students.  This gathering will encompass keynote speakers, panels, case studies, interactive workshops along with ample time to network and meet current and future colleagues and partners.

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