“You just made me feel incredibly old.”
That’s how Berny Hi, a filmmaker from Saskatchewan, reacted when told it has been 22 years since the closure of the tin mine in East Kemptville.
Not that Hi is old – he’s just 34 – but he was struck by how much time has gone by since he left Yarmouth. He lived here in the late 1980s/early 90s, while his father worked at the mine.
That time can go by quickly and that we therefore should try to make the most of it is among the messages Hi hopes people will take from his short film, George Bassler’s Perpetual Motion Machine, which was selected to be premiered at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto.
Hi’s three-and-a-half-minute film is scheduled to be screened Oct. 24 as part of what is described as the world’s largest festival showcasing native art and culture in contemporary media.
The film is about an inventor – Prairie homesteader George Bassler – who in the 1940s tried to create a perpetual motion machine, a device that transcends time.
“He had a lot of tragedy in his life,” Hi said of Bassler. “He lost basically his whole family due to different circumstances and spent the last (part) of his life trying to build this perpetual motion machine.”
It was the tragedy that Bassler faced and his response to it that was captivating, Hi said.
“I thought there was a real story there,” he said. “He (Bassler) saw…
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