The Filmpool is celebrating its birthday in style this year, with a 16mm screening of Wheat Soup, Regina’s first locally produced dramatic feature film, which was produced with financial, technical, and moral support of the Filmpool, premiered on November 14, 1987, 25 years ago.
Back in its day, Wheat Soup screened at the Vancouver Film Fest and on Superchannel, and had a great review written about it in Cinema Canada. The National Archives of Canada also requested the negatives for their collection. Below are a few articles written about Wheat Soup in the Leader Post and The Carillon from its premiere days.
The Filmpool itself has created a rich history over the past 35 years. From starting out being, “Like somebody’s basement with a bunch of film gear”(Ron Jacobs), to evolving into an essential resource for independent filmmaking in Saskatchewan. The Filmpool has grown with the times to now include Outreach programming such as Our Home Regina, Exhibitions such as Premiere Screening, Workshops such as New Media Suite workshop, and a newly renovated website featuring a successful blog format. Not to mention the huge success of Splice Magazine, which reflects the critical and artistic views of the Saskatchewan arts community. Below are some clippings from Splice Magazines throughout the years (click to enlarge).