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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 14:09

Southwest Stories’ premiere quickly approaches

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Over 40 hours of footage, 250 gigabytes plus of videos, 20,000 kilometres on their vehicle and dozens of communities to visit.

That sums up the spring and summer for filmmakers Craig and Layla Baird, who spent half of last year filming throughout the southwest for their documentary feature Southwest Stories.
Southwest Stories: A Documentary on Southwest Saskatchewan, is a film that looks at the southwest through the eyes of two new residents. Coming from Alberta in 2013, Craig and Layla saw the southwest as a place that was flat and boring. Soon enough, they had that image shattered and they decided to spend their 2014 shattering that image for others who thought the same.
From filming the Gravelbourg Summer Solstice Festival to getting up close with bison at Grasslands, the Bairds visited everything they could in the southwest to capture this unique region. Filming the towering trees of Cypress Hills, the unique sanddunes of Sceptre, and the stunning valleys and history of the southwest, they learned a lot.
On Feb. 4, 2015, they will be premiering their film at the Lyceum Theatre in Gull Lake. The evening will be a full evening, beginning with a wine and cheese and a presentation by the filmmakers. Following the presentation, the Bairds will show two short documentaries that they filmed in 2014. The first, Clearwater, is a short film about one of the four remaining drive-ins in the southwest. The second, Pig Spleen Men, is about the men who predict the weather in the southwest through the use of Pig Spleens. Following the two short documentaries, Southwest Stories will officially premiere. Also that evening, a silent auction will be held to benefit the SPCA, with several items including two donated by CFL Hall of Famer Roger Aldag.
Funded in part by the people of the southwest through a crowd-sourcing campaign, the film is truly a film about the people of the southwest, by the people of the southwest.
The film, narrated by voice actor Jason Hall, and featuring music by The Small Faces, will help shatter the myth that Saskatchewan is flat and boring.
On Feb. 5, the films will be made available on YouTube for everyone to enjoy.
For more information, or to contact Craig and Layla, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 306-671-0055.
You can see vignettes that we have released about southwest Saskatchewan at

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