As part of the South End Library’s “Words, Ideas, Inspiration” discussion series, three local filmmakers were brought onto a panel for the “I shot a movie once …” discussion on Aug. 22.
The panel included Darlene Naponse, an award-winning writer, film director, producer and video artist whose film work has been viewed internationally, including at the Sundance Film Festival; David Anselmo, founder of Hideaway Pictures; and Peter Mihaichuk, who has been working in arts, sets, props, makeup and FX for various films and television projects all over North America for nearly 20 years.
Mihaichuk used to live in Los Angeles, California before moving back to Northern Ontario. He said the film industry started to boom around the time of his return in Northern Ontario.
“I have to say the last two and a half years have been exclusively Northern Ontario.”
Anselmo started as an actor in Southeast Asia, appearing on South Korean television and movies (including the acclaimed horror film “The Host”) before returning to Northern Ontario to found Hideaway Pictures. He was visiting a friend in South Korea, did a play and was approached by a producer wanting him to be on a television show.
Ultimately, he decided to leave acting to pursue, for him, a part of filmmaking that had more creative control.
“I really felt, as an actor, there’s only so much creative control that you have,” he said.
Michelle Fex, co-ordinator of Outreach, Programs and Partnerships for the library, said the discussion series will focus on topics that are in demand from the community.
The next discussion is “It’s not easy being green” on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the South End Library. This discussion will explore the challenges of living a green lifestyle.
Ryen Veldhuis is a freelance writer in Greater Sudbury.