video courtesy of Kyath Battie and Ella Mikkola
The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is proud to announce a celebration of 40 years of independent filmmaking!
In the fall of 1976, six Saskatchewan filmmakers worked as part of the crew on Who Has Seen the Wind, a feature film shot in Arcola, Saskatchewan. Enthusiastic about their experience, they banded together to form a homegrown filmmaking collective. And on March 16, 1977, the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative was incorporated, thanks in part to support from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Although filmmaking technology has changed dramatically over the past 40 years, the mandate of the Filmpool is the same today as it was then: to support, encourage and assist independent filmmaking in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Filmpool’s 40th Anniversary is celebrated in partnership with Bushwakker Brewpub, and sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries.
The Filmpool will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary all year long, with a kick-off party at the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative’s offices at
#301-1822 Scarth Street, on Thursday March 16th from 4 to 9 p.m.
Join the Filmpool on it’s birthday for an open house event which will unveil the celebratory events that will take place throughout the year. Join us for some refreshments, cake, memories and excitement for what our future holds! The event will include a silent auction. Everyone welcome.
Cake cutting and toasts at 5:30pm.
The Filmpool is also pleased to announce that Regina’s Bushwakker Brewpub will prepare a limited edition commemorative beer for the Filmpool’s 40th. Join us on September 9th at Bushwakker Brewpub to celebrate this special occasion. This event will honour the Filmpool’s valuable contribution to Saskatchewan’s cultural landscape, and the thousands of films and filmmakers the organization has supported over its rich 40-year history. This will be highlighted with the tapping of the commemorative Filmpool beer Wheat Soup, named after Filmpool’s and Saskatchewan’s first independently-produced feature film!
This is a community celebration of independent film in Saskatchewan, and a chance for past and current members, as well as the public, to look ahead to the future.
For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Thank you to everyone who came out for our birthday celebration! The Filmpool was packed with friends, new and previous members! Thank you to our two founding members – Don List and Brock Stevens for being in attendance! And a special thank you to Bushwakkers Brewpub for their generous sponsorship of the event.