Red Deer documentary filmmaker Rueben Tschetter. (Contributed photo).

Short documentary about Red Deer swimmer creates splash at film festival

‘Power on Water’ by local filmmaker Rueben Tschetter wins two awards

A film about a Red Deer swimmer earned two awards at the Central Alberta Film Festival.

The event wrapped up Saturday night with an awards ceremony that celebrated six winning films.

The awards for audience choice and best short documentary went to Red Deer filmmaker Rueben Tschetter for his film Power on Water.

The short documentary “was singled out by both the judges and the audience as a superior film,” said festival president Ranjit Mullakady.

“We couldn’t be happier that a local film gets to be celebrated this way right here in Red Deer.”

Power on Water was commissioned by the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery to profile Red Deer’s Tammy Cunnington, a world class Paralympic swimmer.

Cunnington was struck by an airplane at a Ponoka air show at age six in 1982, leaving her a paraplegic. Power on Water tells the story of her passion and focus in preparation for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Other films recognized at the festival were Prairie Dog for best feature narrative, RISE: The Story of Augustines for best feature documentary, and The Wall for best short narrative.

Audience choice awards for the festival’s smartphone and 48-hour film challenges were given to Marionette Man and Suzie.

The Central Alberta Film Festival is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to educate, support and promote cinematography and filmmaking in Alberta and Canada.

The third annual festival took place at Carnival Cinemas from Feb. 20 to 23.

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