City portrait taken in 'Six Days in December'

A documentary portraiture of the city is set to make its premiere at the Kamloops Film Festival on Friday.

Rather than voiceover, interviews and reportage, Six Days in December draws upon the Kamloops cityscape to tell the story.

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The film is the work of Demian Leclair, who has lived in Kamloops for the past three years, but who also spent three years in the city as a teenager and says it felt like he grew up here.

The documentary features sequences divided by day, with scenes from about two neighbourhoods each day, including Sahali, the North Shore, Valleyview and others.

“You know when you’re sitting on the bus or something and you hear two people talking and it’s super interesting? Like you’re just eavesdropping? It’s like that,” he said.

“You’re seeing the mundane, but perceiving it differently through a lens.”

Leclair, 47, told KTW he recently adopted a new mantra he’s applying to his filmmaking career: just get it done quickly.

“I used to have all kinds of projects and they’d drag on for months and never get done. So with Six Days in December, I just wanted to shoot something that is feature length,” he said.

The non-narrative documentary, similar to films like 1992’s Baraka, was not originally intended to be completely without words.

“I was interviewing people I’d just met on the street. I wanted to get a pure portrait of the city and when I asked questions… I don’t know. I think I got a more accurate portrait without the words,” he said.

Leclair said while editing the interviews, they didn’t quite ring true, and so he dropped them and decided to embrace a voiceless version of his film.

The 55-minute film won’t be Leclair’s only showing at the Kamloops Film Festival. He’s also submitting Nevermore, a short film based Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven, to the Kamloops Independent Short Short film festival.

Six Days in December will screen at the Kamloops Film Festival at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 6. It’s part of a double feature alongside documentary Call Me Crazy: The Legend of Mike Wiegele, which will screen first at 6 p.m.

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