Doc­u­men­tary de­buts at Min­ers’ Me­mo­rial

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While Drumheller con­tin­ues to be pop­u­lar for the film in­dus­try, one re­cent pro­ject set to de­but in the val­ley could not have been shot in any other place.

For three years, Den­nis En­vold­sen has been work­ing on a doc­u­men­tary on the Drumheller val­ley and the stories of those who built the min­ing in­dus­try. He is fi­nally ready to de­but his film, and he has se­lected the an­nual Miner Me- mo­rial this April 30.

“I guess it comes to a point you have to let it go, and this has be­come the first it­er­a­tion of a larger body of work,” said En­vold­sen, “this is kind of the first of­fer­ing.”

He ex­plains that work­ing on the film he col­lected a vast amount of ma­te­rial.

“When I sat down to piece to­gether ev­ery­thing, the stories were so con­nected, there is such a uni­ver­sal­ity to it, but they are all very in­di­vid­ual stories, I felt like try­ing to put them all to­gether di­luted it,” he said. “So this film has a sort of a tone to it and try­ing to get a whole pic­ture of Drumheller off the top and then move onto the more spe­cific stories.”

En­vold­sen has roots in the min­ing his­tory of Drumheller, so the pro­ject was close to his heart. It was also a great learn­ing process of how to make a film, the doc­u­men­tary process, and all of it on a shoe­string bud­get. It was a soli­tary process for En­vold­sen.

“I was just re­ally ex­plor­ing how to tell this story be­cause Drumheller is a spe­cial place. I grew up in Drumheller and my fam­ily lives there. I wanted to ex­plore style and per­sonal sto­ry­telling,” he said.

He is look­ing for­ward to the screen­ing. “I want to share it with the com­mu­nity and a lot of peo­ple who were in­volved in the process of mak­ing the film …this is kind of full cir­cle for them,” he said. He hopes to get in front of a larger au­di­ence. “Be­yond this screen­ing, I would like to get to some fes­ti­vals to see if they would be in­ter­ested in play­ing it or look­ing at other ways of dis­tribut­ing the film. This is the first step in a process, this is the first it­er­a­tion in a larger body of work.”

Within the last year, Drumheller has been the site of a num­ber of film de­buts with lo­cal roots in­clud­ing She Has a Name and the North­lander.

In My Bones will be de­but­ing at the Napier Theatre on April 30 at 2 p.m.

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