Another movie shot in the Drumheller Valley is about to hit the big screen.
'Don't Walk Among the Dead' tells the story of two young sisters in a post apocalyptic world who face a life and death decision that tests the bond between them. It co-stars Julian Black Antelope, who was featured in 'The Northlander,' which premiered in Drumheller last December.
Writer and director Satinder Kassoana won a short film competition organized by Telus Storyhive and got the initial funding for the film.
"When I won the grant, Julian went out and then he called me and said 'Satinder, I just found a great location for your film,' he recalled. "We met, he showed me photographs and I said this is just next to the Atlas Coal Mine. He couldn't believe me; he said 'how do you know that?' I said this is the place where I actually conceived the story."
Filming for 'Don't Walk Among the Dead' was done on January 8-9, 2016 on the John Barry Graham Ranch near East Coulee. The temperature was below minus 30, the coldest weather the Drumheller Valley had seen in two years.
"Our stuntman had to do one shot of where he becomes an infected man; that shot took us one hour and for the one hour he had to lie down on the ground. He almost caught hypothermia, I believe."
Satinder and Julian(l-r) Satinder Kassoana, Julian Black Antelope.
It's Kassoana's second short film, following the French language 'Bonjour Ji,' which was shot in 2015. The running time is 16 minutes.
"The film actually has been selected for four film festivals so far," noted Kassoana. "It could have been even more, but the film was made with Telus funding and it was in the terms and conditions that Telus would put the film on Youtube from their own channel. Most film festivals don't accept films that are already on Youtube."
'Don't Walk Among the Dead' will make its Alberta premiere on March 31 at the Central Alberta Film Festival in Red Deer. More information can be found through this link.

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