The Canadian International Film Festival held in Vancouver on April 18 and 19 presented Mr. Antonio Bastone with two awards. Mr. Bastone won a Royal Reel Award for his locally made film and an upcoming Rising Star Award for his own performance as Mahaghika, the Spiritual Warrior.
Pretty big news for Nelson — local film director/cameraman wins prestigious awards from the Canadian International Film festival. Over 1,100 international movies were entered and only 80 awards given.
We were on our farm where the scene of the posse was searching for war deserters during the Napoleonic Wars. Can you imagine 12 horse soldiers led by a mad judge about to hang a vagabond for loitering?
It is to our disbelief that the Nelson Star did not recognize to a fuller context, the efforts of 34 participating performers from this region that made this film possible.
In fact it seems to this location participant that is should have been front page news in the entertainment section. It seems to have been buried in the obituary section at the back of the paper, not clearly visible and sort of like an afterthought. Not at all what we expected given Nelson’s support of the arts and the creative people that live here.
Please in consideration for the family of performers, publish a follow up of what they have accomplished.
Val Roy and Frank Nixon