Local film director needs your help

By Geoff Lee

August 9, 2016 12:00 AM

Lloydminster film director Chris Lorenz has his eyes on the prize, but he needs help from Source readers to get his hands on it.
The 23-year-old UBC film graduate is in the running for one of two $50,000 Telus Storyhive grants.
Lorenz’s Telus funded pilot video,  Roadside Deadguys, is one of 15 Alberta and 15 B.C. videos now open to online voting at Storyhive.com until Aug. 22.
“It’s decided both by voting and by a jury that Telus selects,” said Lorenz.
“I don’t know what the weight is but, I know that voting is very important.”
He said the number one thing they are interested in are the videos that are popular with the public.
The winning video from both provinces will be announced after the voting.
The grants will be awarded to the best judged videos in the Storyhive production funding and distribution competition for emerging content creators in Alberta and British Columbia.
Lorenz also wants readers to like his Roadside Deadguys Facebook page where they can see trailers and pictures of the filmmaking from behind the scenes.
His pilot was funded with a $10,000 Storyhive grant earlier this year and is billed as a dark comedy that lampoons the absurdity of life by looking at the absurdity of death.
“I just handed it to Telus yesterday,” said Lorenz last Thursday.
The storyline is about two guys, Robbie and Patrick, who were killed in the same spot of a lonely road 25 years apart and they have to learn to get along. 
If he wins the $50,000 he’ll use the money to make five more episodes of his Roadside Deadguys video for Telus Optik local TV, an on-demand service and the Storyhive website.
“As exciting as it’s going to be it’s also going to trigger a lot of work, so we’re going to have to sit down and do lot of writing and start planning and get ready to shoot for sure,” said Lorenz, who has put together a small crew.
“We haven’t been working too hard developing new episodes, but if we were given the funding that would be the signal to start for sure.”
In the meantime, Lorenz is working as a landscaper in Vancouver and he just landed a gig as a writer for a web-based series called White Ninja.
The former Lloydminster Comprehensive High School film student is also working on getting another Telus grant.
“If we get funded for that I am actually going to be shooting in Lloydminster,” he said.

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