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Announcing The Civic Theatre’s Inaugural Open Stage!

Announcing The Civic Theatre’s Inaugural Open Stage!

The Civic Theatre has been working on bringing together the local Screen Based Industry (SBI) workers – people who work in film, video, tv, or online storytelling (like webisodes, for instance). There are SBI workers who live here and produce content for local audiences and for broader, even global ones, and there are SBI workers who live here and work for companies in Vancouver, Los Angeles and other parts of the world. There are also many people from our region who have gone on to work in SBI in other places, and films that come from elsewhere that are made here and showcase the natural beauty and local communities we all know so well.

This coming Monday, March 27 is an exciting moment for us, as we will launch the first quarterly SBI Open Stage. This event will feature content by SBI content creators in or from the Kootenays, or content created in our region by companies elsewhere. Content will range from short to feature-length work, and will vary widely between events. Open stages offer creators the chance to see and share their work on a big screen, and hear feedback from colleagues and audiences. Admission is by donation, and will go towards covering the hard costs of the screening (utilities, bulb time, and staffing). Everyone is welcome.

Please note that the content at these events is not curated or rated, and may or may not be suitable for general audiences.

Here is the line up for our first SBI Open Stage (Monday, March 27, 6:30pm, with pre-show conversation and the screenings start at 7:00pm).

Cube Climbing Gym (2min 30 sec)
Valhalla Visuals – Chris Takala and Wyatt Miller Unser
Our latest project is a short profile piece for the Cube Climbing Centre that focuses on what the gym has to offer! Showcasing the staff and climbers that make up the unique community at the cube this short films gives a taste of what you can expect when you walk through the doors.
Wyatt and Chris first met in college where a love of filmmaking brought them together. After spending two years in the Digital Arts & New Media program at Selkirk College, they graduated with honours and started pursuing a career in their passions. In the summer of 2016 Valhalla Visuals was launched, a local media house designed to meet the needs of the unique individuals and businesses in the Kootenays.

My Summer at Queens Bay (10min 35sec)
Shayne Kasai
Ethan encounters a mysterious girl while fishing at Queens Bay. As he spends time with her at the bay, Ethan becomes enamoured by her, and begins to question who she really is.
Ethan: Zach Janzen
Chelsea: Maddy Reilly
Mr. Livingstone: Peter Defeo
Grandfather: Ken Matheson
Grandmother: Margo Venema
Writer: Shayne Kasai
Directors: Ken Matheson, Shayne Kasai
Script adviser: O. Corbin Saleken
Music: Shayne Kasai
Casting: Katie Comrie
Official Selection: Trailer Fest Film Festival (trailer)
Quarter Finalist: Marquee Lights Competition (screenplay)
Shayne was born and raised in the Kootenays. His music has been in several independent shorts and features. Now, he focuses on writing and composing.

“The Kiss” with Lucas Myers (8min 10sec)
Peter Schramm
Audience participation… and I am not saying anymore… Video is from a live performance at the Capitol Theatre, Nelson, BC, Canada, of “In the Beginning: The Origin of the Cromoli Brothers,” written, produced and directed by Lucas Myers. (Comedy) Can be seen on YouTube at
Peter Schramm is a cameraman, editor, photographer, filmmaker and technician who grew up in Argenta and is based in Nelson, BC. He is interested in arts, culture, music, nature, spirituality, sports and different cultures. He speaks English and French and has worked in both languages. For more information, visit

“Baby I Know” (3min 34sec)
Jonathan Robinson
Inspired by music and dance, the video was created to bring the exuberance and sensory experiences of someone who is in their element on the dance-floor onto the screen.
Jonathan Robinson is a local film maker and student of Digital Arts and New Media at Selkirk College. He recently won the “Best Music Video” award at the Kootenay Music Awards for directing, filming and editing “Baby I Know” by local music producer MOOVES and staring Satin Moonlight.

Insomnia (1min 49sec)
Maha Beidas
An experimental video.
Audio: ex-cop, paul benson recounts an eerie event.
Visuals: representations of some of my nightmares and real life experiences
Maha Beidas is a graphic designer turned video editor.

Counter Act (16min)
Affolter Entertainment
When Alice, a naive young woman having lunch in a diner circa 1960, joins Mary and Ray in their “sit-in” protest, the ire of the racist patrons boils over and Alice learns what it truly takes to stand up for what you believe in. Winner, 2015 Hot Shot Shorts Festival.
Affolter Entertainment was founded by the four Affolter brothers, Nathan, Jon, Heath and Thomas. The production company works in both live-action and animation, in a variety of formats that include: short films, commercials, music videos, and web series. Videography services include full “prep to post” in-house services, from development to delivery. The Affolter brothers grew up in the Slocan Valley and currently operate out of Vancouver.

If you are a film or other screen based industry professional in the Kootenays, be sure to check out the database we are building for you at

We are grateful to CreativeBC for their support of the SBI initiative.