Saskatchewan filmmakers have an opportunity to feel like Hollywood shot-callers on Jan. 21.
Echolands Creative Group is presenting three short films by filmmakers within the province at the Mae Wilson Theatre. The screening is called Echolands Does Moose Jaw II: Three Deadly Short Films by Saskatchewan Filmmakers.
As the title suggests, this is a sequel.
“We did one last year called Juice Pigs,” said Hugh Patterson, vice-president of Echolands. “It went great. We had about 200 people there and had a big after-party. It was a good old-fashioned Moose Jaw gong show.”
Patterson has even higher expectations for the Jan. 21st event,
“I’m expecting even more people,” he said. “I’m hoping to fill that place.”
Echolands Creative Group is an independent film collaborative that’s based in Regina.
The group produced all three films. The shorts vary from 15 – 20 minutes. The films vary in subject matter too.
Hunting Ground, directed by Todd McCauley, is a vampire thriller. Betty Boom has animation in it and is about a pop-star terrorist. Chelsea is about a jaded wife who’s been cheated on.
Patterson said there is a need in Saskatchewan to showcase the work of local filmmakers.
“It’s important so people can come out and see the cool things that are being made here and it’s important to come out and support that,” Patterson said, “but I think people who haven’t (attended previous screenings) will be pleasantly surprised at the production value.”
The screening will start at 8:30 p.m. in the Mae Wilson Theatre at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre on Jan. 21. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Cultural Centre box office and Bloodline Tattoo Company.