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What kids say about Whistler

New documentary crayons out kids growing up in Whistler for Celebration 2010

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What: Community Now: Made in Whistler screening

When: Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

Where: MY Millennium Place

Admission: Free

A new documentary gets into the minds of kids growing up in Whistler.

Community Now: Made in Whistler cozies up with nine outstanding Whistler devotees from age nine to 19 along with 28 students from Kim Galloway’s Grade 4/5 class at Spring Creek elementary school to tell a coming of age tale only children could.

Stories are honest, funny and heartfelt without that adult third-eye always editing their thoughts and sentences.

This is Whistler kids uncut.

As producer, director and crew sandwich maker, I got to look at these stories right in the eye – children never flinch from telling you what is in their hearts. They wouldn’t know how to cover their sparkle, even if they tried. And thanks to the wily camera work of Frederick Oke and editing excellence of Jacob Gish, we got every last twinkle.

A film presented by the Whistler Museum in partnership with the VANOC 2008 Cultural Olympiad, the focus of this 30-minute documentary was on relaying the history of Whistler. Made in Whistler is one of a four-part film series called Community Now. Each year, the film explores Whistler’s history by interviewing a different age demographic. Completed films have sat down with seniors, adults, young adults and now children – which means crayons and snow boots and skier cross starting gates and pointe shoes tied on with pink ribbons.

From the ivory tickling of EMI recording artist Ali Milner, 17, to the double axels of Olympic hopeful Lisa Nakajima, 12, Whistler’s many sides, both creative and athletic, plays out in each child’s story.

The film skis out with lifers although kids may not be technically born in Whistler – the closest a planned birth can come is a 45-minute drive away to Squamish.

“I think my first time on the mountain was when I was a year old,” said 15-year-old Max Horner who was born and raised in Whistler. “My mom took me up in a back pack and then after that, I was around three years old when I skied. She kept me on a leash.”

Literally.

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