What: Community Now: Made in
When: Thursday, Feb. 21, 7
Where: MY Millennium Place
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
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.
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
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.”