A local film company is hoping to receive plenty of votes as it aims to grab a $50,000 grant from Telus’ Storyhive program to make a documentary film exploring addiction in Kamloops.
There is a four-day window open for Mastermind Studios to obtain the grant.
Mastermind owner Peter Cameron-Inglis said he is so passionate about the project that he stepped down as chair of the board of directors for the ASK Wellness Society, the social-services agency that helps those in need.
“To do this in a director’s capacity would have been a conflict of interest, so I have stepped down from the board,” Cameron-Inglis said.
Dead to Rights is a documentary that will examine 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 people continue to witness the impacts of addictions.
Cameron-Inglis told KTW there’s a prolific, albeit small, population in Kamloops that refuses to seek treatment for drug addiction.
“Us as a community, we — for lack of a better word — whitewash the entire homeless and addicted population with the stigma from a couple of dozen people,” Cameron-Inglis said, noting the film will explore mandated treatment as a possible solution.
Cameron-Inglis said people who are chronically ill often don’t have the mental ability to seek treatment.
“We want to explore what does it take for us to fix this,” he said, 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.
The documentary will involve ASK Wellness staff, a pair of judges, a doctor, former corrections officer, Mayor Ken Christian and Coun. Dale Bass.
Voting opened on Tuesday for a four-day period, after which 15 projects will be selected. Another 15 applicants will be selected by a jury.
Cameron-Inglis said 400 submissions are being voted on in B.C. and Alberta.
“The beautiful thing about that is the fact that eight of those submissions is from our region,” he said.
Voting for Storyhive projects can be done online at https://www.storyhive.com.
Storyhive is a public access competition from Telus that offers production grants and distribution opportunities to filmmakers in B.C. and Alberta. Grant recipients will be awarded in July and winning documentaries will be available on Telus Optik TV.