In­dige­nous film a ghost story set in 1812

Screen­ing June 25 at Ridge Film House

The Welland Tribune - - Arts & Life - ALISON LAN­G­LEY

A buddy’s brief ill­ness evolved in to a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for a Fort Erie man.

Ni­a­gara Falls res­i­dent Ti­mothy Mo­ran was on his honey­moon in spring 2017 when he be­came ill and passed the time brows­ing the in­ter­net.

By chance, he came across in­for­ma­tion on a pro­gram that gives In­dige­nous peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to learn about the film, tele­vi­sion and dig­i­tal me­dia in­dus­try. He knew his high school friend An­drew Lown would be a per­fect can­di­date.

“Ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son,” said Mo­ran, 37. “It was one of those things where I was meant to find it and I was meant to pass it along to Andy.”

Mo­ran and Lown have known each other since they were teenagers. They were class­mates, and fel­low film geeks, at Fort Erie Sec­ondary School.

At his friend’s in­sis­tence,

Lown ap­plied and was one of nine peo­ple from across the coun­try — and the only res­i­dent from On­tario — se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the CBC New In­dige­nous Voices pro­gram at the Na­tional Screen In­sti­tute in Win­nipeg.

“I didn’t think I had a chance,” Lown re­called.

“But, Tim said I ab­so­lutely had to ap­ply and I’m glad I did. It was one of the best ex­pe­ri­ences of my life, bar none.”

At the in­sti­tute, Lown trained with in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als to de­velop his skills and then un­der­take an in­tern­ship to put those skills into prac­tice.

He learned the ins and outs of screen­writ­ing, di­rect­ing, pro­duc­ing, how to work with ac­tors and set eti­quette.

Lown and sev­eral class­mates co-pro­duced a short film, “For­got­ten,” as part of the course.

He was so im­pressed with the fin­ished prod­uct that he be­gan to en­ter the film in to fes­ti­vals.

The film was an official se­lec­tion at the LA Skins Fest, a Na­tive Amer­i­can film fes­ti­val held each year in Los An­ge­les.

When he re­turned home to

Fort Erie, Lown put his new­found skills to good use and pro­duced a short film, “Presage,” which was writ­ten and di­rected by Mo­ran.

“Presage,” a ghost story set dur­ing the War of 1812 and filmed in Fort Erie and Port Col­borne, will be screened June 25 at the Ridge Film House in Ridge­way.

Funds raised from the screen­ing will sup­port an up­com­ing film project by the two in­de­pen­dent filmmakers.

SPE­CIAL TO THE NI­A­GARA FALLS RE­VIEW

An­drew Lown

SPE­CIAL TO THE NI­A­GARA FALLS RE­VIEW

Presage, a ghost story set dur­ing the War of 1812 and filmed in Fort Erie and Port Col­borne, will be screened June 25 at the Ridge Film House in Ridge­way.

SPE­CIAL TO THE NI­A­GARA FALLS RE­VIEW

Ti­mothy Mo­ran

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