Pembertonian wins on-line film fest 

Pemberton’s Doug Kerr wins Whistler Locals’ Online Film Festival with film Three AM

click to enlarge Poetic Drama Producer/director Doug Kerr of Pemberton works on the set of Three AM, which won the inaugural Whistler Locals' Online Film Festival.
  • Poetic Drama Producer/director Doug Kerr of Pemberton works on the set of Three AM, which won the inaugural Whistler Locals' Online Film Festival.

Director Doug Kerr’s poetic short film Three AM was voted Best in Show and Best on Line as part of Resort TV’s Whistler Locals’ Online Film Festival.

“I think the event is a great opportunity for up and coming filmmakers of all sorts to show their work and have it watched,” Kerr said. “The website is easy to use and a great platform for watching short films. I was super impressed when a friend of mine showed me my film on his iPod after downloading it from ResortTV.net. Surreal.”

The Locals’ Online Film Festival kicked off with a public screening last November at the Garibaldi Lift Company where audiences voted for Best in Show. The films were also available for viewing online where film buffs logged their Best of Show votes.

The voting was unanimous with Three AM winning both the live show and online vote.

Kerr recently graduated from the Motion Picture Program at Capilano College where he produced Three AM for his final project in the spring of 2007. The film was written by Marshall Axani, who won the MPPIA short film award at the 2007 Whistler Film Festival. Kerr will be producing Axani’s short film this year. Kerr now works in the film industry, splitting his time between Pemberton and Vancouver.

“It is becoming easier to find film work around Whistler with more productions shooting around there, but most of the time I have to stay around downtown Vancouver,” he said.

Three AM is about a young man, played by Adam Lolacher, who is forced to make a snap decision when he encounters a burning car with a man inside. His seemingly noble actions are drawn into question after talking with a father in a hospital waiting room.

“I would like to think that everyone felt like they could relate to the characters and the situations that they faced, but maybe people just liked the fact that there was a car on fire,” he said.

Three AM was one of more than a dozen films that screened at the festival. From the comedy of The Mating Rituals of the Whistler Mountain Cougar to the snow porn of Pow Country to the informative of Eating Myself Local, the online festival is getting filmmaking shorts out there.

“For the same reason any filmmaker makes a movie,” Kerr said of his decision to participate in the event. “To get my film shown to as many people who are willing to watch it. I just hoped that someone would want to watch it and not immediately regret their choice.”

And if audiences did, it’s only a few minutes before you are on to the next short film. Films are still available for viewing at http://www.resorttv.net/whistlerresorttv.html.

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