UPDATE: She Has a Name received the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature at the Central Alberta Film Festival this past weekend.
A recently released movie with a Drumheller connection is faring well with the critics.
'She Has a Name," by Unveil Studios of Red Deer, has been nominated for five Alberta Film and Television Awards, including Best Dramatic Feature or TV Movie and Best Director and Best Editor for Matthew Kooman.
"It's really exciting, especially for Red Deer, to have that many," stated brother Andrew Kooman, who wrote and produced the movie. "I know the next most was from Edmonton and Calgary and they were 11 (nominations), so it's a really good show for us."
The movie made headlines in Drumheller when it was learned that local man Dean Kohut helped to bankroll the production. It will be screened this Friday evening (Mar. 31) at the inaugural Central Alberta Film Festival in Red Deer.
"It's a closing film at CAFF, which is excellent; that's their first film festival and we're really excited for that event," said Kooman. "As a film that's made in Central Alberta, to be in Central Alberta's first ever film festival is pretty awesome."
She Has a Name tells the story of a lawyer who poses as a client to build a legal case against a ruthless pimp who is trafficking girls in Asia.
"People all over the world actually are seeing the film, both at screenings that we've been organizing and also online," noted Kooman. "The feedbak we're getting is really encouraging that people are impacted by the issue itself, they're thrilled by the story and they really want to not only learn more about human trafficking but respond to this issue."
To view a trailer or the full feature of She Has a Nam follow this link.
Kooman is currently working on two scripts: one takes place in Nazi occupied Holland durign World War II; the other is a post-war film about a prisoner of conscience in Romania after it was taken over by the Soviet Union.
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