Dean Ko­hut’s new movie wins Al­berta Film and Tele­vi­sion Award

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Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer Dean Ko­hut’s film ‘She Has a Name’ won the Al­berta Film & Tele­vi­sion Award for Best Pro­duc­tion De­sign on the week­end.

Red Deer-based Pro­duc­tion De­signer for the film, Shari Aspinall, was on hand to ac­cept the award in Ed­mon­ton.

“The ac­knowl­edg­ment of an es­tab­lished com­mu­nity of cre­atives such as Al­berta Film & Tele­vi­sion is not only sat­is­fy­ing but af­firm­ing of the heart and hours in­vested into in­de­pen­dent films like She Has A Name,” notes Aspinall who shares a pro­duc­tion de­sign credit on the film with UKbased Donna Abra­ham.

The film was pro­duced in Red Deer, Al­berta, filmed in Thai­land, and fea­tures an in­ter­na­tional cast and crew. Key cre­ative team and many crew mem­bers orig­i­nally hail from Cen­tral Al­berta or were pro­fes­sion­ally trained in the prov­ince. Aspinall, also one of the film’s pro­duc­ers, hails from Red Deer. She Has A Name ex­poses the $150 bil­lion global hu­man traf­fick­ing in­dus­try that sells chil­dren, women and men as com­modi­ties. The film’s vis­ually rich style, vi­brant colours and gritty cin­e­matic look has been re­ceiv­ing ac­claim around the world, in­clud­ing four other nomina­tions at the week­end’s award cer­e­monies, in­clud­ing Best Dra­matic Fea­ture.

“My hope as both pro­ducer and de­signer is that the vis­ual grit and beauty al­lows our au­di­ence to emo­tion­ally en­counter the hu­man­ity of the char­ac­ters and to at­tribute value that shifts par­a­digms cur­rently fa­cil­i­tat­ing child slav­ery,” says Aspinall.

For any craftsper­son to be el­i­gi­ble for the awards, he or she must have been a res­i­dent of Al­berta for the 2016 calendar year. Af­fec­tion­ately known as the Rosies, the award cer­e­mony took place at a gala event on Satur­day, April 29 at the SHAW Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Ed­mon­ton.

She Has A Name was re­leased in De­cem­ber 2016 in se­lect the­atres glob­ally and is cur­rently ex­pand­ing to ex­clu­sive screen­ing en­gage­ments across North Amer­ica. In May 2017, the film has se­lect en­gage­ments at the­atres in Saska­toon, Saskatchewan, Black­falds, Al­berta, Fol­som Cal­i­for­nia and Ot­tawa, On­tario.

The new fea­ture film by Un­veil Stu­dios was di­rected by Matthew and Daniel Kooman from the screen­play by An­drew Kooman. The Kooman broth­ers, along with Donna Abra­ham and Shari Aspinall are pro­duc­ers. Lance Ka­datz and Dean Ko­hut are Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­duc­ers.

Un­veil Stu­dios pro­duces orig­i­nal sto­ries that im­pact au­di­ences. It is owned and op­erat- ed by Kooman broth­ers Matthew, An­drew, and Daniel. Un­veil Stu­dios’ films in­clude She Has A Name; E for Ev­ery­one: The Mouse and the Ele­phant; The Lad­der of My Life; The Story; and A Film­maker’s Search for Re­vival.

Un­veil pro­duces a wide range of me­dia across plat­forms in­clud­ing the web, film, TV, video, books, print me­dia, and the the­atri­cal stage.

To learn more about She Has A Name, visit the links here: Trailer: PcBBHGTKkdQ Web­site: http://www. she­hasaname­ Face­book: https://www. f ace­book . com/ She­HasAName­Film/

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