Local filmmakers look back on successful 2012

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With another year coming to an end, two of the top amateur filmmakers in the province are ready to showcase the film work they have completed in 2012. Zoe Slusar and Bailey Kerluke, founders of Untitled Productions, will be holding their seventh annual screening to highlight all the work from this past year.

“We went with short films again,” Slusar said. “It is a bit more serious this year than last year. There is some comedy but we have a bit more serious aspects to it. There is more a dramatic feel.”

So far, 2012 has proven to be a very busy year for the filmmaking duo.

“It has been a busy year. We have been doing a lot of workshops with kids and adults,” Kerluke said. “It has been a busy but fun year.”

Kicking off with a special feature on themselves in Routes Magazine, Slusar and Kerluke followed that up with a screening of their work at the Wales Theatre in March, followed by their Prairie Tales Workshops.

“We have toured from St. Albert to Milk River,” Slusar said.

Going into 2013, Slusar and Kerluke have a few new projects on the go, along with a feature length film.

“It will be like the last feature length we did,” Kerluke said. “That will be fun. We will be able to do a long movie and play a bunch of different characters.”

“Our short attention spans have been running wild with short films lately,” Slusar added.

Like in 2012, the next year will kick off with two short films, followed by the big feature-length project.

“Since all of our stuff is self-funded, it will take most of the year to do the feature,” Slusar said.

As for the screening at the end of December, it will feature about a dozen short films.

“We have a lot more music and soundtrack stuff. We have one about fireworks, one about a bubble’s journey and a bunch that are music-oriented,” Kerluke said. “We are also going to screen one that we did with a Calgary rapper.”

“It is the highlight of everything we have been working on. We do the screenings as a way of saying thank you to communities in the Foothills,” Slusar said. “It is kind of a way for everyone to come together and support independence film. We can show people what we have been filming.”

The first show will be held on Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. at the Plaza in Kensington, in Calgary. The second show will be at the Sheep River Library in Turner Valley on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m., followed by a show on Dec. 29 at the Stop Coffee House at 7 p.m. in Black Diamond.

All the screenings are held completely free of charge.

“It is a nice way for everyone to come together. We do say that we self-produce DVDs and we print off and cut all the covers, as well as design them. We sell those and all the profits are put back in so we have a budget to kick off the next year,” Slusar said. “Normally we sell them for $10 but at screenings we sell them for three for $25.”




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