Catch a great flick with old friends and new neighbours at Downtown Docs at the DECL Community Space and All Saints Lutheran Church. The free monthly film series starts Sept. 28 and the league will take care of snacks and a cash bar. Just show up and get to know the community better through three movies by local filmmakers, like Rosvita Dransfeld. Director of Broke, the Gemini-nominated documentary about an inner-city pawnshop, Dransfeld will be in attendance to screen her 2014 lm Anti-Social Limited. We caught up with her to find how downtown influences her movies.
What is it about this city that keeps you making films here?
It’s really a world-class place. I think Edmontonians need to be prouder of everything they’ve accomplished. Some of the programs invented here [like Project KARE, or the Edmonton Food Bank] have been adopted internationally.
How has Edmonton’s inner-city inspired some of your films?
When I’m making films, I like to get very close to people with my camera. Because Edmonton has less of a ‘city’ feel, it’s easier to meet people from all walks of life and get to know them personally. There aren’t as many ‘uppities’ as you might find in other cities.
What is some advice you might give burgeoning Edmonton filmmakers?
It’s important to really find the story before you start filming. I tackle big subjects with my films, but if you find the right characters, or story, that will make a project successful.