The show must go on for a Kamloops film studio intent on exploring drug use issues in Canada.
The proposed documentary Dead to Rights didn’t receive enough votes to receive a Telus Storyhive filmmaking grant, but that isn’t stopping Mastermind Studios from exploring other funding options.
“That’s what we’re now focusing on for that particular documentary,” said Mastermind owner Peter Cameron-Inglis.
Dead to Rights is a documentary intent on examining the issue of whether people should be forced to enter treatment because their addictions are interfering with civil society or whether they have the right to continue to use while the public is witness to the impacts of addictions.
The film studio has identified a number of organizations to pursue financial support from and now it’s just a matter of submitting proposals, Cameron-Inglis told KTW.
He said a number of provincial ministries and the Stollery Charitable Foundation are among the groups Mastermind is asking to support the project.
The Storyhive grant totalled $50,000 to produce a 20-minute film, but Cameron-Inglis said Mastermind is looking to raise $90,000 in order to “do a really good job.”
He said if they have to produce the film for less money they will.
“Dead to Rights is a story that needs to be told, that everybody wants to be told,” Cameron-Inglis said.
The documentary will involve ASK Wellness staff, a pair of judges, a doctor, former corrections officer, Mayor Ken Christian and Coun. Dale Bass.
Expenses for the film will include research materials, travel, film crew, renting gear and post production and distribution costs.
“There’s a lot to it,” he said.
If the film is made, Mastermind has the flexibility of approaching any number of networks and the film could still wind up on Telus as part of Storyhive’s community access division.
“By not having Telus as a funder we potentially have a much larger audience to draw from,” he said.
Cameron-Inglis said he thinks there will be a lot of interest in the film because it deals with an issue that impacts every community.
“We want to explore what does it take for us to fix this,” he told KTW, arguing what has been done to this point hasn’t worked.
“The problem with mandated treatment, however, is it infringes on a person’s rights,” Cameron-Inglis said.
Telus Storyhive is a public access competition from Telus that offers production grants and distribution opportunities to filmmakers in B.C. and Alberta.
Thirty projects are selected from a field of hundreds of entries — 15 via public voting and 15 by a panel of judges.
Though disappointed Dead to Rights wasn’t selected, Cameron-Inglis said he was excited to hear there were nearly 20 submissions to the program from the Kamloops region.
“It points to the fact our industry is growing in this region and that’s a good thing,” Cameron-Inglis said.
Two productions from Kamloops were among the films to receive the funding, which Cameron-Inglis said he was overjoyed to hear.
“There’s been years past where none were picked from this area,” he said.