Carlee Ryski (photo submitted)

Two Central Albertans win Rosies for outstanding film work

Unveil Studios movie and RDC film grad are honoured

Red Deer was well represented among the winners at the Alberta Film and Television Awards on Saturday.

Not only did the gritty local film She Has a Name rack up an award for best production design, but Red Deer College graduate Carlee Ryski had her own Oscar-worthy moment winning best performance by an actress in the feature indie film On the Rocks.

Ryski, who had been nominated in two acting categories (including best actress in a short film for Canary), earned the so-called Rosie award for portraying a lead in a coming-of-age movie about love-struck runaways, shot in the Alberta badlands by Edmonton’s Guerrilla Motion Pictures.

The 2014 graduate of RDC’s Motion Picture Arts program recalled it was a “very, very surreal” experience, getting called to the podium Saturday at the Edmonton ceremony. “It was pretty crazy. It was like everything went in slow motion… I was just so honoured and humbled to even be in the same room with some of Alberta’s best filmmakers,” added Ryski.

The St. Albert native, now based in Vancouver, credits her former RDC instructors Larry Reese, Don Armstrong and James Wilson, for “teaching us to push ourselves as artists… RDC was such a great experience for me, I hold it close to my heart.”

Red Deer resident Shari Aspinall earned a Rosie from the Alberta Media Production Industries Association for best production design for the film She Has A Name. The feature about sex trafficking, shot by Red Deer’s Unveil Studios in Central Alberta and Thailand, received five nominations, but won for its atmospheric sets and locations.

Aspinall, who worked with U.K. resident Donna Abraham (who wasn’t eligible for a Rosie nomination since she lives out of province) said it was a great surprise to win for her first movie.

“As a newbie, I was honoured to be acknowledged,” said the designer who has, up to now, primarily decorated homes and businesses. She and Abraham helped select locations for She Has a Name, working to achieve the directors’ and cinematographer’s vision.

Daniel Kooman, one of the film’s co-directors, said he’s “very excited” about Aspinall’s win, which he feels is a reflection of the collaborative, team effort on the project.

She Has a Name is available for private screening (for more information, please visit shehasanamefilm.com.)

On the Rocks (cinematographer Sam Reid is another RDC grad who was nominated for a Rosie, but did not win) is still doing the festival circuit. For screening information, stay tuned to www.guerrillamotionpictures.com.

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

 

Shari Aspinall, co-production designer for She Has a Name (photo submitted)

Just Posted

Central Albertans recall Hawaii’s false missile alert

Former Red Deer councillor Paul Harris was hanging out at the Ka’anapali… Continue reading

Human waste ‘backlog’ from Red Deer to be spread on farmers’ fields this spring

Council approved $1 million to compensate for loss of crops

Red Deer city council tries to find more cost-savings

Many spending proposals are queried, discussed

Advocate poll takers oppose plastic bag ban

Red Deer Advocate readers like their plastic bags. In an Advocate poll,… Continue reading

Red Deer man sentenced for child porn

Man sentenced to one year in prison after being arrested in major anti-child pornography operation

Replay Red Deer Jan. 14: Watch news highlights in pictures

Stories mentioned: Red Deer RCMP seize large quantity of cocaine: Read more… Continue reading

Advocate poll takers oppose plastic bag ban

Red Deer Advocate readers like their plastic bags. In an Advocate poll,… Continue reading

Photo: Chilly work in Veterans’ Park

What a chilly job but somebody has to do it.… Continue reading

Boy, 15, one of three hit in Vancouver shooting

Police believe a man in his 20s was the target of the shooting

UBCO psychology professor placed under supervision with focus on “boundary issues”

Dr. Stephen Porter has stepped aside from his teaching duties

Alberta elementary school teacher arrested on child porn charges

Investigators charged a 44-year-old Pincher Creek man with possessing, accessing, and distributing child pornography

Report: Health problems could arise as Alaska warms

Climate change in Alaska has the potential to create serious physical and… Continue reading

U.S. cold snap was a freak of nature, quick analysis finds

Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold… Continue reading

Canadian Kennel Club seeking to add 12 more dogs to its pack

2018’s incoming class could include the Portuguese sheepdog, Tibetan mastiff, rat terrier and Spanish water dog

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month