A satirical made-in-Red Deer film that pokes fun at those threatened by people with disabilities has been submitted to the 2021 Easterseals Film Challenge.
Legend of the Sandwich Master is a six-minute short described as being about a “sandwich making pirate who’s terrified to watch a new sandwich making prodigy in action.”
What makes this prodigy so worrisome is he has a disability. The film takes a satirical view of what some people without disabilities may think when they see someone with a disability “undertaking the simplest of tasks.”
The multi-talented Niek Theelan is the film’s writer, producer, director, actor and editor. He is a local stand-up comedian, who has been involved with the Central Alberta Film Festival and is also behind the Inspiring Brains Podcast. (His website is niekscomedy.com)
Legend was also made with the talents of J.R. Bjornson and Jason Steele, both actors and camera operators, and assistant Jessica Campbell.
The cast and crew appreciated being part of this year’s Easter Seals Film Challenge because “it encourages working with, and hi-lighting, people with disabilities.”
The Easter Seals awareness campaign runs until April 5. The film can be viewed on the website: disabilityfilmchallenge.com.