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Museum film project rolling this weekend

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The Whistler Museum and Archives kicks off phase I of an innovative multi-year documentary film project this weekend and is seeking senior members of the Whistler community to participate by doing 10-minute interviews.

The museum is producing four "featurette" films on different demographics in Whistler to screen each February leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In addition to this year’s focus on seniors upcoming subjects include adults, teens and children.

Each featurette will be presented in conjunction with the annual Celebration 2010 Whistler Arts Showcase taking place annually in the years leading up to the 2010 Games. In February 2010 the short films will be edited into a full-length documentary and screened at a gala reception.

Interview subjects will be asked to share stories about Whistler, their personal contribution to the community, and what the 2010 Winter Games mean to them. The film project has been inspired by the museum’s ongoing Picturing Whistler exhibit, which used community-generated content to explore the subjective concept of "what is local?"

Interviews will take place Jan. 15-16. Call the Museum at 604-932-2019 or e-mail info@whistlermuseum.org to schedule an interview or to find out more about the project.

W-B needs youth for A Little Respect

Whistler Blackcomb is looking for articulate, camera friendly skiers and snowboarders aged 12-15 for an upcoming mountain safety video production titled "A Little Respect."

While participants need to have an "intermediate to advanced skiing or riding ability," the project will select kids based mainly on their acting ability.

"Skiing and riding ability won't be the most important factor here," the video's organizer Cathy Jewett said in a written statement. "It would be great to see kids who love to act come and audition for the video."

The video will deal with peer pressure, skill progression and the importance of wearing a helmet. "A Little Respect" will be aimed at a younger audience than W-B’s first safety video "Respect," which was produced in 2001, and has been distributed to schools and resorts across Canada.

Auditions for "A Little Respect" will be held Sunday, Jan. 23 at the Whistler Mountain Ski Club cabin in Creekside between 5 and 7 p.m. Those auditioning should come prepared with a mountain safety story they can tell in front of the camera.

For more information on the project call 604-938-7349.

Squamish Youth Theatre auditioning for Short Play Fest

Squamish Youth Theatre is seeking actors and crewmembers for its annual Short Play Festival, taking place March 16-18 at Squamish’s Eagle Eye Theatre.

The family festival, formerly known as KIDSfest, focuses on developing young talent for the stage by casting new actors alongside more seasoned actors.

Last year’s festival presented five plays by five different directors and featured over 50 performers.

This year’s festival is being produced by Squamish arts impresario Adriane Polo, who also directed Squamish Youth Theatre’s December production The Sound of Music.

Auditions will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 and Friday, Jan. 21 at the Sea to Sky Hotel and will begin at 7 p.m. on both nights. The lineup of plays will be released at the auditions.

For more information call 604-898-5930 or email apolo@shaw.ca.

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