Sep 20, 2019

Clay, Creativity & the Comeback: Documentary

Shooting and editing a feature length documentary in a matter of months is no small task - particularly when the story you're setting out to tell is one that hasn't really been documented before. This entire filmmaking experience was exhilarating, exhausting, eye-opening, and consuming - and the result was Clay, Creativity & the Comeback.

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Clay, Creativity & the Comeback tells the story of how the industrial ruins and abandoned factories of Medicine Hat, Alberta's once booming clay industry were saved from demolition and became the inspiration for a renewed cultural landmark and National Historic Site of Canada. 

Medalta Potteries (one of several pottery factories in the area) was where it all began. The idea behind saving this crumbling structure was a grand vision kickstarted by James Marshall and Jack Forbes in the 1970s. It was a dream fraught with obstacles that would take decades, countless volunteers, and an incredible amount of gumption to achieve. 

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This original documentary - Clay, Creativity & the Comeback - was made possible by the financial support of TELUS, by the amazing individuals who shared their first hand experiences, and through the cooperation of the Friends of Medalta Society and Medalta in the Historic Clay District (and their incredible team who rallied behind this idea). 

Written, Produced, and Directed by Luke Fandrich.
An Editing Luke Production. Copyright 2019.

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Sep 19, 2019

Documentary Premiere at Medalta Potteries

Last night was a surreal experience. Thank you to everyone who came out to see the premiere of my documentary Clay, Creativity & the Comeback at Medalta. We seriously underestimated just how many people would show up - which was a great problem to have.

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To be in this old factory, surrounded by many of the people who stepped up to save it, while watching a film I'd worked on for months inside what is now a National Historic Site of Canada - it was an experience I won't soon forget.

I've been truly humbled by the reactions and messages regarding the documentary and am so grateful to everyone who made it possible. Thank you for the incredible night!

Clay, Creativity & the Comeback will be released on the Editing Luke website tomorrow, September 20 for those who missed it.

Sep 16, 2019

Documentary in the Medicine Hat News

My latest documentary - Clay, Creativity & the Comeback received some attention in the Medicine Hat News today in anticipation of the debut screening taking place at Medalta Potteries this week. The documentary explores the efforts that were made to save the buildings of Medicine Hat's clay district from demolition (including Medalta) beginning in the 1970s - a journey that lead the site to becoming a National Historic Site of Canada.

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See the full article on the Medicine Hat News website here.

The debut screening of Clay, Creativity & the Comeback takes place Wednesday, September 18 at 6pm at Medalta Potteries in Medicine Hat, Alberta. All are welcome. Admission is free.

Sep 14, 2019

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Opened in 1893 as the Chicago Athletic Association, a private men's club and sporting facility, this historic downtown Chicago building was transformed into a luxury hotel in 2015. 

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Located right in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois, directly across the street from the iconic Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel blends upscale styling with historic architecture and impeccable attention to detail. Intricate tile flooring, hand-carved woodwork throughout, novelty spots like the Game Room, and an eclectic mix of artwork and artifacts make the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel a real knockout within the Loop

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