The Tatamgouche Centre will be the host site of an exciting event this summer when an Oscar visits the village.
On June 21, beginning at 7 p.m., there will be a screening of the Canadian film NUMB, with producer Dylan Jenkinson on hand to talk about movie production challenges and rewards. Set designer Shane Vieau, of Dartmouth, will be featured in a question and answer period alongside Jenkinson following the viewing. Vieau won an Oscar award – which he will have at the event – for his work with The Shape of Water. He will share his journey into set design for movie and television, answering questions of those with a curiosity, and possibly those seeking a career in the movie business.
Jenkinson, who lives in B.C. with his family, will be visiting his parents in Tatamagouche for a week and it was his parents who suggested they have a showing of the film. When he was around 8, Jenkinson and his parents lived in Tatamagouche, but he hasn’t been to the area in years. His parents moved back to the area last year.
“My parents, being the social activities, film lovers, and builders of community, asked if I wanted to do the showing,” said Jenkinson, adding they then informed him it would be a fundraiser for the Guatemala-Tatamagouche Schools Project.
“It’s so wonderful. I’m excited about it, and we’re very thrilled. Because of the strengths of my parents, I and my family are very community-oriented and anytime we can turn something into an opportunity for meetings people and sharing art, it’s a great thing.”
Jenkinson started working with Jason Goode about 10 years ago, and it was through Goode that Jenkinson became involved with NUMB. A friend sent along a first draft of the script at the same time Goode wanted to direct and Jenkinson to produce their first feature films. They worked with the screenwriter for several months before making things legally binding and proceeding. Before the film was even finished, a distributor in Dubai bought the film.
The thriller, which follows two couples through the winter B.C. wilderness on a search for stolen gold, was released in Canada in 2016, and the U.S. the following year. Its most recent release was in Germany this past November.
Admission to the event is by donation, with proceeds going to the Guatemala-Tatamagouche Schools Project, which will see a delegation of North Colchester High School students, teachers, and parents travel to New Hope Foundation School in Rabinal, Guatemala, this summer.
Seating is limited to 60 people to allow up-close access to both movie professionals. Organizers are encouraging everyone to begin lining up early. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. General seating only.
The movie has a PG rating, but is not suitable for children under the age of 12.