In partnership with the City of London, Justine Turner and Mark Drewe are currently shooting…. Black History in the Forest City, a documentary.
LONDON, ON. February 9, 2015. This film is based on the lives and major landmarks of the city of London. It will be concentrating on the rich history of this city’s African Canadians and how they created a safe haven in the forest city.
The film will encompass many faces who made up the strong community known today. “London is a hidden treasure chest of black history that even story books do not talk about,” said Justine Turner, activist, historian and now documentary filmmaker. “The faces on the film vary in age while the seniors are the ones who have the story book in their heads. We need to capture their spirit and passion of yesterday.”
The documentary aims to put London on the map as a beacon of strength, hope, perseverance and love – focusing on the courage of the past and how it shaped London into the city it is today.
In recognition of the documentary, a contest is being held for the naming of the documentary. The contest is open to the public, for more information, please visit www.londonsblackhistoryfilm.com. The winner will be announced March 9, 2015. To support the filming process and for more information, please visit the documentary’s Indiegogo campaign at igg.me/at/londonsblackhistory. The documentary’s Facebook page can also be found under “Black History in the Forest City.”
LONDON, ON. January 15, 2015. What better way to kick the winter blues than to watch a collection of short films from some of London’s filmmakers? On Friday February 6th from 9pm – 11:30pm Londoners are invited to attend the showcasing of London’s best short films that were submitted to the exhibition.
“It’s been a while since we last had an event that celebrated the short films made in London by Londoners,” said Mark Drewe, local filmmaker, entrepreneur and event organizer. “The public may not know how many quality films and filmmakers are producing work in this city.” Of the five films that are being shown, three have been entered into festivals and two have won awards*.
Admission to A Short Escape is by donation with proceeds going toward future productions of local filmmakers featured in the exhibition. For more information, please visit A Short Escape at www.mosaicmindpictures.com.
*The Golden Hour won Grand Jury’s Best Short at the Toronto Independent Film Festival; The Rose Is White won People’s Choice at the London Short Film Showcase
LONDON, ON. November 5, 2013. There’s a history in London that many may not know about. Well, that’s about to change with the documentary, The Light at the End of the Tunnel, being filmed by local filmmakers Steve Charles and Mark Drewe. Focusing on local residents of the 1800s, the documentary will unearth how London came to be the multicultural and vibrant city it is today.
On Friday November 15th at 7pm a fundraiser called Corks & Kegs will be taking place to not only inform guests of the project, but to also raise funds for both the documentary as well as the African Methodist Episcopal Church which is needing to relocate its premises. “The film is a deep, personal journey into the stories of some of the first minority settlers to the area and impact they had on the ideals of Canadian multiculturalism,” commented Charles and Drewe, the film’s co-directors and co-producers.
The beer and wine tasting event will be held at the Downtown Yoga Studio located at 236 Dundas Street featuring two floors of delicious food prepared by Organics on the Move, specially selected beer and wine supplied by Railway City Brewing Co and Quai du Vin Estate Winery, respectively, as well as plenty of displays for guests to interact with. “Corks and Kegs [the event] is a kick-off party so the party can learn about the film’s message while having fun and supporting the community,” says Drewe. Special guests will be on hand to speak at the event.
Tickets for the November 15th Corks & Kegs event are available now for $45 through the documentary website or at one of the participating sites. For more information about the documentary, the event and tickets please visit www.thelightdoc.ca.
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