Local talent bids for spotlight in the international film-making industry

The sleepy Sunday morning quiet of our village was interrupted this past weekend as a film crew was noticed setting up for a shoot.

Filmmaker at his hometown – Thomas Bertin (second from left) of Big Valley and his crew review final details before going on shooting a scene for a short film on the profile of a young artist. The film is to be shown at a festival in the US.

Filmmaker at his hometown – Thomas Bertin (second from left) of Big Valley and his crew review final details before going on shooting a scene for a short film on the profile of a young artist. The film is to be shown at a festival in the US.

The sleepy Sunday morning quiet of our village was interrupted this past weekend as a film crew was noticed setting up for a shoot. Big Valley local, Thomas Bertin, has been filming in the area and chose our roundhouse as the backdrop for part of his latest endeavor.

His short film, loosely described as the story of a young artist who loses her inspiration but somehow finds it again, is destined for competition in a US festival. The 23-year-old filmmaker/illustrator has been making movies for about five years and has had success in the US film scene with music videos and short films. “I definitely see myself in the film industry at some point as a director and/or cinematographer,” Bertin explained. The burgeoning filmmaker also has aspirations to help promote the arts in Alberta.

The Big Valley Children’s Christmas Party committee would like to sincerely thank all the sponsors and supporters for making the 2009 Christmas party a huge success, of course with special thanks going to Santa for stopping by and to our elves. We couldn’t have done it without you.

There were 16 people, including two new players, out for crib this past Sunday at the Big Valley Inn. At table one, 1st was Joanne Murphy, 2nd Dianne Pirie, 3rd Lillian Kirtley with the booby going to Roy Kennedy.

At table two, 1st was Dorothy Annable, 2nd Gladys Groat, 3rd Jack Groat and the booby went to Ella Hockley. Thanks to all the players who continue to come out and make our weekly crib event a great success.