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Perhaps the sweetest moment of being chosen is when you come to accept what has happened, the point at which you stop saying "I dont believe it." My vision of a quiet summer spent writing my new novel goes cheerfully up in flames.
I call my producing partner, Robert Kaul, and shout at him, "youre not going to believe this! Were going to Banff!" Im on fire. I have calls, e-mails and research to do. Promo materials, a three minute pitch, and a short video clip to design and prepare. With only a month to do all.
Then it hits me. How am I going to afford it? The festival price tag, food, accommodation and travel tallies up to a painful three grand. If I flog my 86 Jetta Ill still only have a third! I ring the festival, and the kind administrator takes pity. She grants me two days admission for free. Since the festival is three and a half days long, Ill be going Banff Lite. I decide to chuck the rest of the expenses on my credit card, and sacrifice next seasons ski pass (seeing as I havent paid off last seasons ski pass yet). Its the kind of tough choice we artists have to make.
The following day I ask for a week off work. Ive had lots of jobs in Whistler where Id simply shrug and take off, yelling "damn the consequences!" But I happen to love my job, and Id like to keep it. Im a producer at Resort TV Network, and feel blessed to be working in "the industry". For nine months of the year, time off wouldnt be a problem, but this particular week lands smack dab in the middle of one of our busiest production periods. Quite coincidentally, my friend and co-worker, producer Angela Moore, is also chosen to pitch her point-of-view documentary at Banff. Its a double whammy. Not to mention that if were successful pitching our projects at Banff, Resort TV could potentially lose two of their producers.
The company agrees to give Angela and I the time off. Were both surprised and overwhelmed when they offer to sponsor us by paying for our accommodation, our biggest expense. Their generous support launches my O to stratospheric levels, the highest its been in over a year. Not to be outdone, my two most rabid fans (mum and dad) chip in for the plane ticket. Surely, this was meant to be. I switch my true calling back to filmmaker.