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DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek filmmaker Grady MacTavish will receive a $2,000 sponsorship from the Town of Beaverlodge.

The funds will go toward his historical western short film based in a 1936 Beaverlodge.

Beaverlodge council approved up to $2,000 in sponsorship to the production if administration deems it acceptable.

All of council voted in approval except for Coun. Terry Dueck.

MacTavish says that his budget for the film is about $7,000.

“We probably will shoot at Pioneer Village in Dawson Creek because they do have buildings there in that little area that are still standing from that era,” said MacTavish.

The film is an adaptation to the short story A Voice from Beyond by D.M. McGowan, Dawson Creek author, and follows a railroad rider named Garnet who stops a pair of grave robbers in Beaverlodge.

The short film will employ around a cast of five and a film crew of about six to seven.

“We’re hoping to keep the crew relatively small just because of the budget and, obviously, due to COVID,” said MacTavish.

Filming will take place for about three days.

“I feel like the story itself is very reminiscent of kind of what we’re going through with the pandemic,” he explained.

“The story is really about optimism and working together during a crisis like this rather than being separate and isolating ourselves.”

Additionally, he wanted to make a film that put a light on the Peace region.

Born and raised in Dawson Creek, MacTavish has been directing and producing short films since 2016.

In 2019, he moved to Vancouver to study filmmaking at Langara College and now works back and forth between Dawson Creek and Vancouver on various film projects.

Since 2016, he has worked on about 20 short films.

MacTavish hopes to begin production of A Voice from Beyond in either March or April 2022.

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