An independent movie shot in Drumheller several years ago is finally making its way to theaters around Alberta.
'Thousand Yard Stare' is a World War II movie produced and directed by Edmonton filmmaker Aaron Kurmey.
"Our first screening was at the Edmonton International Film Festival in October of last year and now we're just doing a little round of festivals, mostly local ones," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "We've done another one in Red Deer and we've got the Okotoks Film Festival coming up here as well."
Kurmey shot his first feature length film, Hoodoo Voodoo, in Drumheller in 2009 and wanted to use the valley's scenery for a second movie.
"We've seen a lot of World War II movies that take place in forests, you know, the European kind of World War II movie and we wanted to try something different," he explained. "We knew we had Drumheller, so we thought 'where could we set this?' and we decided on Tunisia, North Africa, which was earlier on in World War II. The battle that we focused on is the Battle of Kassarine Pass, which is actually the first time that the Americans and the Germans meet on the battlefield."
"It was perfect; we had a really great location," he recalled. "We shot right in behind the Walmart there, where all the little tractors are parked and stuff."
Thousand Yard Stare will play at the Okotoks Film Festival on June 8. After that, Kurmey is looking at organizing some theatrical screenings in Calgary, Lethbridge and, of course, Drumheller.