Friday, September 20, 2013

#CIFF2013 | Opening Gala | The Inside Story

"The Grand Seduction"

Fabulous choice for opening night. Congratulations to The Calgary International Film Festival

A funny film, full of wit and wonderment. The Director, Don McKellar captured the characters and the written words with a timing that rang true to the story. Thank you for that. It makes for a journey that an audience is willing to take. A journey through the brutal realities of life, the way of paths uncovered and futures built. From political grassroots to love almost lost. Awesome.

After the film I had a chance to chat with some of the Cast and Crew. So nice, but of course they were. After all they are Canadian. Gordon Pinsent is indeed Iconic. 

The inside Crew story that captured me - a story that I think could ring true for every Canadian Film ever made.

A man spent a life time raising and serving his community like so many of us do. Helped less fortunate find their way. One fine day he finds him self retiring, left with the paths untouched before him. He goes back to his grass roots, finds peace and productivity in his craft in carpentry. Decides to spend some time in the land he came from. 

A film comes to town, one thing leads to another, next thing you know he's building the set. Wonderful. The story continues. "The Grand Seduction" is set in the Maritimes. I had the pleasure of talking to Daniel Murphy. Learning about his exciting story at the Gala hosted in Calgary, Alberta. 

The icing on the cake? The only-in-Canada resolution. (Like there wasn't enough Canadiana already.) Daniel is back in Alberta where he spent so many years serving his community. Why'd he come back? Simple - to help out with restoration and rebuild efforts from the ABFlood. This guy thinks he's just a regular dude. Canada - the place where regular dudes are the real heroes in the world. 

A theme so eloquently captured in "The Grand Seduction"

A night of Seduction, Absolutely! One Film Fallen in Love with. Next...

Monday, September 9, 2013

Press Release | John Kerr | Crowsnest Films | "Gord Bamford - Leaning on a Lonesome Song" Winner of 3 Awards

On the Set of "Leaning on a Lonesome Song"
Photo Credit; Colin Smith

Yahoo! Yipee! Yeehaw!

A Great Night Had By All At The 2013 Canadian Country Music Awards 

Canadians and Country Music have always had a special relationship.

In every industry there is competition. However, there is something about the Canadian Country Music Industry that makes it collaborative and supportive. The mentorship and sharing is the exact reason why Awards nights like this years CCMA's can be so fabulous.

It gives us all the opportunity to respect those whom have passed as well as a chance to check out the babies on the block. A few moments to witness some wonderful Artists and see some fabulous performances. The chance to listen to some words of wisdom and hear the shout outs to the ones who help make it all happen.

This years Awards were produced with the grace and class of the Canadian way. So cute to see your favorite CMT guy blushing on stage with the pretty girl. Even better to how she was so natural about handling it. I thought that moment was wonderful. All the moments were natural, graceful and heartfelt.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners at this years CCMA's. It is your passion, determination and refined talents that make Country Music in Canada such a National Treasure.

Gord Bamford was called up on stage just a few times over the evening. Could be safe to say it was his night. Congratulations to Gord Bamford and his team! Commitment to excellence is a wonderful journey to be on. 

Filmmaker John Kerr and Crowsnest Films completely appreciate that commitment and are grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute talents to this valuable project.

This project was very personal to most involved. One that deserved a vision that captured and reflected the struggles from the story in the song. Artistic collaborations such as these, truly bring what is sometimes only heartfelt to something that can be shared.

Take a moment to get lost in this years CCMA's 2013

CMT's Music Video of the Year!

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Gord Bamford - Leaning on a Lonesome Song

John Kerr and Crowsnest Films would like to take this opportunity to personally thank All the Artists he has had the pleasure to work with over the past many years. John is enjoying his current collaborations with the community, the amazing Artists that make the industry so extraordinary. He and Crowsnest Films are passionate about continuing to share the journey with talented Artists and teaming up to bring their story's and songs to the silver screen. John Kerr and Crowsnest Films are thrilled to be a ongoing part of the history in Country Music. 

Filmed on Location in Alberta, Canada
Photo Credit; Colin Smith

Cara Azevedo

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Elect Newman | Ward 8 | City of Calgary Election 2013 | The Message

 6 Weeks to Voting Day, October 21, 2013

For the past nine months people have been asking Newman, "what's your position?"

The answer has been "I am here to listen and learn." Through all the engagement and conversation it became clear what issues are important. Specifically, Secondary Suites remain a top concern. 

On a broader scale many issues, ideas and concepts would be dealt with more efficiently when looked at with a Vision that is Affordable, Accountable and Action Oriented. These qualities are what make Ian a leader yesterday, today and tomorrow.

We all know that Calgary is a great place to live, love and laugh.

With the recent historic events, with it's past and pending effect on our lives, it will be even more important to have a voice that understands the complexities of Flood Recovery and the working knowledge of City Hall.

Newman's journey this year combined with a successful career in disaster restoration has placed him in a unique position. Ian Newman has a keen understanding of the knowledge it takes to navigate the City of Calgary and the Communities of Ward 8 over the next four years.

The Campaign would like you to be a part of the journey. Join along by connecting with Newman on Twitter and Facebook. Also for more information check out the Website

Cara Azevedo