October 20th, 2020

Local filmmakers receive STORYHIVE funds for projects

By Kalinowski, Tim on December 18, 2019.

Local creators, Adam Thom and Sammy Golom, have received $20,000 each to produce a compelling and innovative web series through the Telus Storyhive. Herald photo by Greg Bobinec @GBobinecHerald

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald


Two local filmmakers have received $20,000 Telus STORYHIVE grants to make their own pilots for a web series, and are in the running to receive an additional $60,000 in funding to complete their first seasons.

Sammy Golom and Adam Thom each received one of 40 grants against a tough field of applicants from Alberta and B.C.

“There was a lot of good filmmakers that didn’t get this grant, and a lot of good storytellers who didn’t get funding,” says Golom. “You just have to be grateful and understand that perspective, too. It’s very humbling to get chosen out of hundreds of applicants in Alberta and British Columbia.”

“When you are running a company and doing client work, marketing work and branding work, and working full-time in the creative field, you don’t always have time to necessarily work on the passion projects you have,” agrees Thom. “As a creative, you always want to be writing and making stuff. You have stories you want to tell, and without organizations like STORYHIVE, we wouldn’t be able to do it as easily. They really empower local and up-and-coming creatives and storytellers.”

Golom will be producing and starring in a web series entitled “Beats & Eats,” which will feature local and Alberta-based musicians.

“I am a songwriter, and I also love food,” Golom explains. “I wanted to bring those two worlds together. I bring artists over. We write songs. I produce them in my house, and while they are there I make them meals … So I cook them their favourite meal, and we cook up a song together, too.”

Thom’s web series project entitled “NOISE” explores more esoteric realms and presents timely social commentary on the smartphone, virtual and digital age.

It’s described as a dystopian drama web series on death, life purpose and technology. His main character, GAIA, finds herself in a world where technology has gone too far, causing everyone to live in a digital world – leaving the real world now almost empty of all direct human interaction.

“We wanted to bring in A.I. in kind of dystopia atmosphere – examining what happens when technology goes a bit too far,” says Thom. “It examines the themes of immortality and how we humans accept unknowns in our lives. What facing those unknowns actually does for us as people.”

The pilots must be filmed and submitted by next May. That’s when the real anxious waiting and watching begins, says Thom.

“We got the $20,000 to make the pilot,” explains Thom, “and in August Telus STORYHIVE will review all 40 pilots they funded and pick one from Alberta and one from B.C. to make into a full series.”

The next grant would be worth $60,000. Thom and Golom, good friends in actuality, will be in direct competition with one another at that point. They both say they are rooting for the other to win and carry the Lethbridge flag forward if their own project fails to get further funding.

“A win for him is a win for me,” says Golom, motioning toward Thom. “Honestly, I already feel I won by getting this pilot funding.”

The pilots for both filmmakers will be available to watch on Telus Optik and on the Telus STORYHIVE’s YouTube channel by early next summer.

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