video by Logan Vanghel, music credit Orion Williams
Tapping of wheat soup! By Wheat soup directors Gerald Saul and Brian Stockton! Thank you to everyone who came out to our 40th Celebration on saturday! Thank you to our event sponsors Java Post Production, B.E.ZEE Productions, SMPIA and Yorkton Film Festival for their generous support. Three of the Filmpool’s founding members Donald List, Brock Stevens and Ian Preston were in attendance. Thank you to Brett Carson Bell for hosting the festivities! A big thank you to Bushwakker Brewing Company for creating such a delicious beer!
The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is extremely proud in celebrating 40 years of supporting independent filmmaking in Saskatchewan! Please join staff and board, Filmpool members past and present, and invited guests to help mark this special occasion. The event will honor 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, culminating with the tapping of the commemorative Filmpool beer Wheat Soup, named after the Filmpool’s and Saskatchewan’s first independently produced feature film in 1987.
40th Anniversary Celebration Tapping of Wheat Soup Beer
Location: Bushwakker Brewpub 2206 Dewdney Ave, Regina, SK
Time: 2:30pm Free Admission
Door Prizes, Reminiscing, Fun and Socializing!
The limited edition commemorative beer that will be prepared by The Bushwakker Brewpub for the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative’s 40th Anniversary is inspired by the iconic, Saskatchewan film, Wheat Soup.
Label design by Gavin de Lint
This is a one-time, limited edition commemorative release. 400-23oz bottles available, while supplies last.
History of the Filmpool
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. Since those early days, the Filmpool has received much needed operational support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Sask Culture and Sask Lotteries.
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.