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Television broadcast a spotlight on local talents

Airing this summer on CBC Television, Absolutely Canadian showcases short films and documentary programs featuring stories from Windsor-Essex by local producers as well as student filmmakers from the University of Windsor.

It’s a great opportunity, says film professor Michael Stasko, who produced the Windsor Shorts compilation that will open the series at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6.

“Rarely do we get the spotlight in our part of Ontario and so I’m excited that our students get their work out there and seen by many people,” Stasko says. “The content of the films represents other local actors and musicians from the area in addition to the filmmakers and cinematographers who are also from Windsor.”

Windsor Shorts will feature the works:

  • The Card by Asil Moussa;
  • Ei8ght by Sikandar Saleem;
  • Visionary by Lourdes Lasala;
  • Marley’s Journey by Selina McCallum;
  • Craig Forget Reclaimed Wood Artist by Sasha Jordan Appler; and
  • Philo by Sasha Jordan Appler;

as well as behind-the-scenes interviews with the filmmakers. The broadcast will be repeated Sept. 21.

Other episodes in the series will include:

Leslie McCurdy Story: On the Money, airing 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and Sept. 14, highlighting the work of the actress and playwright to stage the stories of heroic black women who stood up against racial injustice.

Two Land and Sea documentaries by UWindsor professors, airing at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, and Sept. 28 — Bud and Ron’s Northern Life by Kim Nelson, and Stasko’s Therapeutic Riding.