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Local TV pilot to premiere at Grande Prairie Live Theatre

What would happen if one day all forms of electricity disappeared? A new TV pilot will be exploring that topic when it premieres at Grande Prairie Live Theatre on August 25.

Director and Co-Creator of Afterlight Rew Jones of Grande Prairie says the show looks at what could happen if electricity were to stop working.

“It’s the story of a small town and the community that lives there when all of the sudden all electricity on earth disappears. It’s not even just the power grid; it’s batteries, cars and generators. They have to figure out how to move forward and start to work out what’s going on.”

The pilot was written by Jones and his wife and was filmed in Sexsmith and the Grande Prairie area. While looking for filming locations, Jones says they were really searching for a place that would highlight the northern part of the province.

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“It just really felt like northern Alberta was not an area that gets highlighted necessarily in narrative media very often so we wanted to take this chance to do it. We drove out to Sexsmith one day and we just loved the vibe there.”

The project was fully funded by TELUS STORYHIVE, which gives support to filmmakers across Alberta and B.C. Jones says this is the third or fourth film they have made with STORYHIVE and that their focus for the pilot was to create something that families could watch together.

“We want this to be a stepping stone to create great content for people to come together and watch together. Something that’s good for the adults in the room… but is also appropriate for children. I think a lot of people are looking for that stuff so we want to help provide that to the community.”

The premiere will be held at the Grande Prairie Live Theatre on August 25 at 7 p.m. Afterlight will be released to the public a week after the premiere on STORYHIVE’S YouTube channel.

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