July 21st, 2018

U of L grad receives $10K grant from STORYHIVE for short film

By Kalinowski, Tim on May 17, 2018.

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald


Former Lethbridge resident Leah Reynolds, alongside her Calgary SAIT classmates Eunice Hau and Kristina Fithern-Stiele, have been awarded $10,000 from STORYHIVE to produce their short film “Of Broken Vessels” in southern Alberta this summer.

For Reynolds, a U of L graduate who once worked as a substitute teacher in Lethbridge and surrounding communities, the STORYHIVE grant is the first step on what she hopes will be a long film career ahead.

“I am so glad to have something in the film industry I get to do this summer,” said Reynolds. “And I love working with my classmates on this … STORYHIVE is just a great opportunity to do what we love, get better at it and grow in the industry in a very real sense.”

Reynolds co-wrote the script for the film, which will begin shooting in 40 Mile Park in June. She will also serve as the location manager and key grip during the filming. The location manager title is mainly because Reynolds’ family is loaning their own sailboat to the crew for the film, she confesses.

“My parents are excited, and they think it is a great opportunity,” said Reynolds with a laugh. “The little 40 Mile Park where we’re going to be filming, they are excited to show it off. And they are trying to get all the neighbours involved, too.”

“Of Broken Vessels” is a family drama which explores how the main character tries to cope with the death of her father by taking one last sailing voyage with his ashes.

“We wanted something that had a female protagonist,” explained Reynolds. “And we also wanted something which is wholesome and for all ages. It’s a family story.”

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