Red Deer filmmaker is keeping it local

Red Deer-based filmmaker Rueben Tschetter is telling some uniquely Central Albertan stories with the help of a grant from Telus Optik.

Red Deer-based filmmaker Rueben Tschetter is telling some uniquely Central Albertan stories with the help of a grant from Telus Optik.

Tschetter has been working since last fall to make 15 short films about interesting people and projects in the area. He financed the six-to 20- minute long documentaries with more than $20,000 he received for The Cache Project from Telus Optik.

His films touch on a wide array of local subjects — from former Red Deer mayor Morris Flewwelling’s new life in the saddle, to backyard farming and ecological efforts, to the largest fire-suppression firm in Western Canada in Penhold.

Tschetter, whose docs can be seen on Telus Optik TV or on YouTube, said he wanted to spotlight some of the rural communities and people that make this region a fascinating place to live.

“The answer to the question ‘What is the Western Canadian identity?’ lies in the stories we tell,” he added.

His latest short films are:

• To Canada With Love — Red Deer photographer Tim Van Horn travels the country to capture “the light within” for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

• Keeping Up With ALUS — Alternative Land Use Services Canada is changing how farmers view wetlands.

• Rogue Art & Design — Trent Leach creates art from metal and glass in Central Alberta.

• Taimi Soil Projects — Rancho Relaxo owners Jeff and Juli Gillies show how to sustain your family from your own backyard.

• The Flags Of Remembrance — Allan Cameron’s project to display exceptional patriotism in Central Alberta.

• The Gopher Hole Museum — Torrington’s rather bizarre-take-on-life museum.

• The Great Rejuvenation of Downtown Red Deer — Traces the rebirth of downtown Red Deer.

• The Philosophical Cowboy: Alberta Perspectives From The Saddle — Morris Flewwelling, past mayor of Red Deer and current rancher, gives his perspective of Central Alberta.

• Asooahum Crossing — A classic case of NIMBY as Clearview Ridge residents oppose an aboriginal culture centre and affordable housing project in their neighbourhood.

• Mind Bending Canadian Badlands — Drumheller’s Canadian Badlands Passion Play and Royal Tyrrell Museum are explored.

• The Special Areas — How Alberta’s Special Areas Act can be used to respond to the challenges of climate change.

• Air Attack — A look at Air Spray Aviation, the largest fire suppression company in Western Canada.

• Farmer John — Between hailstorms, weeds and a small market, John Mills keeps an organic vegetable farm going in Central Alberta.

• Will To Live — Markus Sommer lives the life, plays the music, feels the experience, believes in the renaissance of the cowboy.

• Making Sense Of Scents — Stan Forsyth talks about making smells that can lure animals out of the forest.

Tschetter hopes viewers will learn something new about this region and gain some insight about what makes us uniquely Central Albertan.

He sought out stories that “encapsulate the innovation, diligence, energy and emotion within a strong Albertan identity.”

The filmmaker is applying for financing to continue with The Cache Project. He plans to make fewer documentaries in future that will explore subject matter at greater depth.

To view his past films please visit www.thecacheproject.ca.

Telus Optik Local supports original storytelling in British Columbia and Alberta by providing funding to filmmakers to produce content, as well as to maximize their potential and exposure to new audiences. Content is distributed for free on Telus Optik TV, as well as online.

lmichelin@reddeeeradvocate.com

Just Posted

Sunny weather improves farmers’ prospects

A harvester kicking up dust. It’s a picture that will bring a… Continue reading

Rural transit pilot project being considered

Penhold, Innisfail and Red Deer County councils to decide whether to go ahead with project

Red Deer fire station up for sale

Home sweet home at Fire Station 4

Most surveyed Innisfail residents give urban chickens the thumbs up

Town of Innisfail will discuss whether to allow backyard chickens on Monday

‘Mom I’m in trouble:’ Canadian, Brit face 10 years in jail for alleged graffiti

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — The mother of a Canadian who was arrested… Continue reading

Coyote on the prowl near Penhold

This coyote was out on the prowl in a field just west… Continue reading

Sky’s the limit as Calgary opens testing area for drones and new technologies

CALGARY — The sky’s the limit as the city of Calgary opens… Continue reading

Hi Mickey, ‘Bye Mickey: 6 Disney parks on 2 coasts in 1 day

ORLANDO, Fla. — Heather and Clark Ensminger breathed sighs of relief when… Continue reading

Court weighs ‘Apprentice’ hopeful’s suit versus Trump

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s lawyers hope to persuade an appeals… Continue reading

StarKist admits fixing tuna prices, faces $100 million fine

SAN FRANCISCO — StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony… Continue reading

Annual pace of inflation slows to 2.2 per cent in September: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA — The annual pace of inflation slowed more than expected in… Continue reading

Jury finds Calgary couple guilty in 2013 death of toddler son

CALGARY — A jury has convicted a Calgary couple in the death… Continue reading

Most Read