In late July we took a road trip up to Fort St. John and spent a couple of days doing research for a new documentary project we are starting. We will be sharing more info later but for now please check out some photos from the trip!
Shot in and around Calgary, this short promotional documentary is about the National Beef Quality Audit - a report produced by the Beef Cattle Research Council - which measures the quality of Canadian Beef and aims for improvement based on research.
Thanks to Jamie at JMW Films for his help with the shoot!
Music by Gabriel Koenig.
On December 20th we went down to the Pivot Legal Society headquarters in Vancouver, BC. to be there when they received the decision on the Bedford vs. Canada case. Members of Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) and PACE Society along with other sex workers and allies all came together to hear the historic decision.
When the unanimous decision to strike down all three laws was published the room erupted in joyous "woohoos" and happy tears as a group of women celebrated a long and hard fought victory. It was one of the most exciting, inspiring, and emotional moments of my life and I really can't begin to imagine what it must of felt like for the people that have been committed to this issue for more than 10 years.
You can read more about the decision and what it means on Pivot's website here.
Please watch our short documentary about Pivot Legal Society, Pace Society, and SWUAV's trip to the Supreme Court. The doc gives some insight into how the laws impact street based sex workers in Canada and you get to meet some of the amazing hardworking individuals that impacted the Supreme Court ruling.
Mitch was invited by Cineworks to participate in a cool program they run called Play It Forward that facilitates the collaboration of artists and non-profits. Mitch and all of us at Combination Films were really honoured to be one of the three artists selected for the initiative. Cineworks generously provided us with free gear rentals and funds to cover additional expenses.
The non-profit we picked to work with was Pivot Legal Society; we admire the work they do so much and had great experience working with them before. After a couple meetings with Pivot it was decided that an artist portrait of one of the Hope In Shadows winners would be the best fit for the project.
Pivot connected us with Brian Ward, a talented artist living in the Downtown Eastside that had a winning photo selected for the calendar as well as a photo that was awarded a Honourable Distinction. Brian and his wife, Rose, kindly welcomed us into their home for the interview and Brian shared with us his passion for art. We had a really great afternoon shooting with Brian and learning about his art practice.
We are really happy with how the project turned out and have already been getting some great feedback. The artist portrait screened at this years Passion for Justice (which if you missed I highly recommend you go next year - it's so fun!) to a great crowd and received a big round of applause. The video has been screening at VanCity Theatre before the screenings of the documentary, Inequality for All. There is one last screening tomorrow night.
We have been preparing for episode one of Cooking with Tim, and we went to scout out our first local food producer — Garside's Fruit Farms! We met with Richard, who runs the farm with his wife, and he showed us around their amazing grounds. We don't want to give too much away before the episode, but we are going to be joining them for a post-frost harvest of some of their incredibly delicious heritage apples! We can't wait! Check out some photos from the scout:
The results are in, and 'Cooking with Tim' was announced as one of the winners of Season One of STORYHIVE!
We are thrilled to have been selected to receive $5000 from Telus to produce our pilot episode, and our pre-production has begun! We will be sure to keep you posted on our progress as the show moves forward.
Back in June, we had the privilege of shooting a documentary with Pivot Legal Society in Ottawa! It was a totally inspiring, emotional, and entirely incredible experience, and we feel honoured to have been brought on board to work on such an important project.
You can read more about it here in our previous post.
We are currently well into the post-production on all of our material, but we thought that in the meantime we would share a few stills. More to come soon!
About the project -
Food is such a vital part of not only human existence, but of human experience - and so for multiple reasons deciding what to eat is an incredibly important decision. We have found that learning how to source local ingredients while still preparing high-quality and affordable meals can be intimidating and overwhelming.
Fortunately, fantastic amateur chef Tim Helmuth is here to show us how. 'Cooking with Tim' is a show that believes that the origins of food are just as important as how you prepare it, and it all starts with sourcing the best, freshest ingredients. Tim, along with his friend and co-host Darren, will travel around the Lower Mainland visiting food producers farms, dairies, mills etc. and find out who are the people making the food that we eat every day.
Each episode, Tim will teach Darren how to prepare something delicious highlighting their new ingredients. 'Cooking with Tim' will appeal to a broad range of food fans, whether you are about to begin cooking for yourself or are looking to improve. Old friends Tim and Darren have a fun and inclusive chemistry that will entertain as well as educate while they prepare delicious, local, and affordable meals.
We will keep you updated on the progress of this project - stay tuned!
We have, so fortunately, been asked by Pivot Legal Society to document their lead up and journey to the Supreme Court of Canada as interveners in the Bedford case. Pivot has teamed up with Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) and PACE to represent the voices and interests of street-based sex workers from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and oppose the current set of laws surrounding sex work in Canada that are putting workers in very real and immediate danger. It has been an incredibly inspiring experience working with Pivot on this project. Even though we are just at the beginning of filming we can already clearly see what an exciting opportunity we have to document Pivot's powerful work and this truly historic case.
We formed Combination Films out of art school with the shared belief that film, art, and storytelling have the ability to change minds and make a difference in the world. We know that if we do our job right to translate these voices, stories, and experiences accurately the final product will be something that can spark discussion, provoke thought, and help people see that these laws are wrong and that we should all do whatever we can to change them.
We have only had a couple days of shooting so far but we wanted to show Pivot a work-in-progress / rough cut to see the progress. This is in no way a polished or finished work, but instead a quick mock-up of what is to come as it is only a small fraction of the content we plan to gather. The sound, b-roll, colour, and still images are all temp at this point, but we still thought it is worth sharing.
We had a blast working on this project; we all went to Saskatoon, rolled up our sleeves, pulled up our (borrowed) overalls and got an up close look at Cattle farming. It was really inspiring working for JDA Innovations, a company made up of scientists who also happen to be farmers and are really passionate and focussed on improving the lives of farmers and their animals. We hope you enjoy the video and we encourage you to pass along the information to an cattle farmers you may know.