Local Heroes Fest Kicks Off This Weekend
by Mark Rabinowitz
Edmonton, Alberta turns into "Indiefilm City" as the Local Heroes
International Screen Festival kicks off this Sunday with a program of
international features, Canadian shorts, seminars and student works.
The Global Heroes international film portion of the festival kicks off
on the evening of March 10th with a screening of Czech filmmaker Juraj
Jakubisko's "An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World," while the
Declaration of Independents section of Canada's short films begins on
Wednesday, March 11 with a screening of four Canadian-produced short
films. Other international films screening at this year's event include:
Canadian filmmaker Gary Burns' 1998 Slamdance Film Festival opening
night film, "Kitchen Party" and Norwegian filmmaker Pal Sletaune's "Junk
Mail" ("Budbringeren"), an upcoming US release by Lions Gate Films.
The non-screening portion of the fest launches on March 11th with
"Conversation with...Bruce McDonald" a chat moderated by Canadian
journalist Geoff Pevere. McDonald is a Canadian filmmaker responsible
for such films as "Highway 61" and "Hard Core Logo," while another
seminar, "Champagne dreams -- beer budget" focuses on locating the
funding for a low-budget feature film. The panelists will be producer
Gill Holland ("Hurricane") and Morrie Washawski, author of "Shaking the
Money Tree: How to Get Grants and Donations for Film & Video."
Sunday afternoon showcases the premiere of Local Exposure!, a series of
5 minute video shorts made from the ground up by amateur filmmakers. The
top ten submitted videos screen on Sunday, with the audience choosing
the People's Choice winner. Monday's program is dedicated to student
filmmakers in the New Heroes Teen Video program. NHTV showcases the work
of six teams of teenagers who produced short video works during both a
part-time screenwriting course in the spring and a two week intensive
summer camp where the teams produce their five-minute video short.
The week also includes the screenings of the short films produced by the
six winners of last year's Drama Prizes. In March of 1997, six
filmmaking teams were chosen to receive the National Screen Institute's
Drama Prize, and were given a mandate to deliver a short film in a year,
with the films to screen at this year's fest.
[For more information about the Local Heroes International Screen
Festival or the NSI Drama Prize, visit their web site at:
www.nsi-canada.ca or call them at: 403/421-4084. The next
deadline for the Drama Prize is November 20, 1998.]