Local filmmaker showcases icy Kamloops in upcoming film festival

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A documentary featuring natural and urban portraits of the city of Kamloops is set for the silver screen during the 2020 Kamloops Film Festival.

Directed by Demian LeClair of Starship Five Films, Six Days in December captures Kamloops over six days in December 2019, focusing on the stark and honest landscapes of the city in the winter. 

Each day, the team of filmmakers explored the different regions of Kamloops including Sahali and the North Shore, with the intention of showcasing all that the locale has to offer in the frigid month. 

The film takes on a far more stark approach than most films with zero dialogue. The documentary follows a strict non-narrative approach, leaving the audience to interpret the images of the city on their own.

“The images speak for themselves in an honest sort of way,“ LeClair says of his decision against all verbal storytelling.

LeClair originally planned the documentary to follow the life of a local Kamloopsian struggling with homelessness but ran into a few hurdles. 

“You don’t normally see cities presented like this. It gives you a really pure view of the topic, no one’s opinion is crowding it,” LeClair said.

LeClair is currently working on more traditional narrative films with the hopes of submitting his most recent short, with the working title The Encounter, in this year’s Kamloops Independent Short Short (KISS) film festival, running as part of the Kamloops Film Festival.

Currently, he’s looking for local acting talent to help finish The Encounter. If you want to know more about how to get involved, email Demian LeClair at demian@starshipfive.com

You can catch Six Days in December at the festival on Mar. 6 at the Paramount Theatre. For more information click HERE.

— Cailyn Mocci is a freelance reporter for KamloopsMatters.com


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