Comedic web se­ries shoot­ing in val­ley this spring

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

Come June an­other pro­duc­tion com­pany will be in the­val­ley shoot­ing a web-based se­ries.

Three emerg­ing Al­ber­tan film­mak­ers; Grif­fin Cork, Mor­gan Ermter, and Josef Wright are hit­ting the road this spring to shoot Abra­ca­dav­ers, a comedic road trip­ping se­ries. The team be­gins pro­duc­tion on May 7, and will be shoot­ing through­out the prov­ince and some lo­ca­tions in British Columbia.

The team has shot a pi­lot for the show and they took it to the Banff World Me­dia Fes­ti­val. They were able to drum up lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est. They have also re­ceived sup­port for the project from the TELUS STORYHIVE Pro­gram, which has al­lowed them to go into pro­duc­tion.

“We, as a team, are big fans of what STORYHIVE is do­ing,” Cork says. “Es­pe­cially as emerg­ing film­mak­ers, it’s nice to have some­body like TELUS or STORYHIVE give credit to young bucks like us and see that there is merit in the work we cre­ate. We have a pas­sion to cre­ate orig­i­nal Cana­dian con­tent, and it’s amaz­ing to have that op­por­tu­nity.”

The se­ries is based around a young man named Chris, whose mom died in a freak hair sa­lon chair ac­ci­dent. Ever since then, he has been at­tached to the chair re­spon­si­ble for her death. Gabriel, his clos­est friend, be­lieves this is more than an ob­ses­sion and along with their group of friends kid­naps him on a trip. On the road-trip, every­one dis­cov­ers, as Chris had pre­vi­ously be­gun to ex­pect, the sa­lon chair gives those close to it su­per­pow­ers.

Chris, on the other hand, comes to un­der­stand he is, in fact, strug­gling with ob­ses­sive-com­pul­sive dis­or­der (OCD) and learns, along with his friends, that deal­ing with su­per-hu­man abil­i­ties is some­times eas­ier to grap­ple with than what’s go­ing on in your mind. The group trips, stum­bles, but ul­ti­mately works and grows to­gether to un­der­stand their new-found abil­i­ties and more im­por­tantly, them­selves. Cork says the pro­duc­tion will be in Drumheller from June 4-6, shoot­ing through­out the val­ley as well as on John Barry Gra­ham’s land near East Coulee.

The episodes will be avail­able on TELUS Op­tik TV On De­mand and on­line to­wards the end of the same sum­mer for more in­for­ma­tion go to www.abra­ca­dav­ers.tv or check out the Abra­ca­dav­ers Face­book page.

Film­mak­ers will be in the val­ley in June work­ing on a com­edy se­ries called Abra­ca­dav­ers.

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