A Night of Poetry & Film 9 (2014)


A Night of Poetry and Film 9

Thursday April 10th, 2014.
Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm.
At The Filmpool (301-1822 Scarth st)
Admission is Free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

Poets: Katherine Lawrence, Bridget Keating.
Filmmakers:  Dawn Bird, Berny Hi.

Join the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative for A Night of Poetry & Film 9, which includes a special screening of Regina-made Bread Thieves, winner of Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival this year.

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There will be a short video game experimental film by Berny Hi: Bella and Elliot build a Welcoming Pagoda.

Berny Hi is endlessly fascinated by nature, from macro- to the microcosmic levels, and aspects of the human experience: beauty, sensation, and our unique perception of time and space. Berny celebrates glitches and flaws born during a manual, hands-on process. In service to these creative inspirations, he is often found working with analogue technologies, such as celluloid, while crafting as a stonecutter, carefully removing all that does not fit, through new media.

Bread Thieves  (Dawn Bird)
After being released from prison for a drug sentence that should have belonged to his father, Simon (Jerran Fraser) returns home to confront his meth addict dad. The altercation thrusts Simon’s life into chaos as he’s forced into robbing a local drug dealer to save his friends Wade (Jordan Lee), Roach (Gregory King), and his younger brother Jason (Derick Mason). Unbeknownst to the four of them, the money belongs to the most dangerous criminal in the city – who’s intent on getting it back.

Things disintegrate when the boys meet Michelle (Cassandra Dielschneider), a beautiful young hitch-hiker whose fate becomes entangled with the boys’. Both Simon’s loyalty and morality are tested when he tries to evade a drug dealer, gangsters and even his own father – all of whom want him dead.
(Runtime 78 minutes)

Award winning writer Rick Anthony burst onto the scene with his first novel, ‘Red Smoke Rising’ in 2011. The novel went on to win the Readers Favorite award for best adventure novel that year and received critical acclaim from readers, bloggers and reviewers alike.  Since then, Rick has turned his focus to screenwriting, creating and optioning two scripts prior to writing Bread Thieves. Rick’s scripts received honorable mention at the Colorado Film fest, as well as placing in the Creative Worlds awards and Story Pros awards. Bread Thieves is Rick’s directorial debut.

Accomplished stage actor and director Bryce Schlamp has been a player on the Regina theatre scene since 2006, appearing  in a number of award winning one act and full-length plays including ‘The Soldier Dreams’ in 2007. Since then, Bryce has gone on to direct very successful one act and full length plays including RLT’s production of Steel Magnolias. An avid movie fan, Bryce is eager to make the transition from stage to screen.

Beginning as a Theatre actress in Nelson, B.C., Dawn Bird performed in more than a dozen plays and during that time, studied Theatre during the Summer at SFU.  Within time, she began landing acting and voice talent roles for television shows/commercials, film and radio.  In March of 2009, Dawn became the sole proprietor of B.E.ZEE PRODUCTIONS.  The development of her business has not only contributed to her success as a performer, but has allowed her to gain experience in a number of other avenues, which include working behind the scenes as a producer, director, writer and crew member.


Katherine Lawrence is a writer and development consultant whose poetry has appeared in literary journals across Canada and the U.K. Her work has also been performed on stage and broadcast on CBC radio.  Her first collection of poetry, Ring Finger, Left Hand (Coteau Books, 2001) won the Brenda Macdonald Riches Award for best first book with the Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her second collection, Lying to Our Mothers (Coteau Books, 2006) was short listed for the Anne Szumigalski Award and the Alfred G. Bailey Prize for poetry. She has also published two chapbooks: Start with the Answer (GritLit, 2009) and Split-ends (Jack Pine Press, 2005). Her work has been broadcast on CBC radio and published in literary journals across Canada, including the anthology 2010 Best Canadian Poetry in English. Originally from Hamilton, She is a graduate of Carleton University and Humber College.

Bridget Keating’s first poetry collection Red Ceiling came out in 2012 with Hagios Press. It was shortlisted for three Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year Award, First Book Award, and Regina Book Award. She is a sessional lecturer at First Nations University of Canada. Although Keating has only been writing poetry for a short time, her work recently appeared in Spring, a publication for new writers from the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. Keating was born in Wolseley, Saskatchewan and now resides in Regina.

About A Night of Poetry & Film

Founded in 2009, “A Night of Poetry and Film” is a Filmpool event created by writer and filmmaker Kelly-Anne Riess. The purpose of the event is to create new audiences for local poets and filmmakers.

Kelly-Anne Riess is a writer and filmmaker based in Regina. She is the author of the poetry collection To End a Conversation and the local bestsellers I Love Saskatchewanand the Saskatchewan Book of Everything. Her films have been screened at festivals across Canada. She is currently working on the independent documentary Finding Al, which traces Capone’s connection to Moose Jaw. In 2008, she was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award and in 2010 she won an Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Saskatchewan.

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