Film students’ documentary to debut on City Saskatchewan

By Costa Maragos Posted: September 29, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Fourth-year film students shown here with faculty and staff from the Department of Film. The students  have helped produce a documentary that profiles a number of Regina-based artists.
Fourth-year film students shown here with faculty and staff from the Department of Film. The students have helped produce a documentary that profiles a number of Regina-based artists. U of R Photography

When Joanne McDonald of City Saskatchewan was looking for ideas to celebrate the station’s 25th anniversary, the U of R seemed like a perfect fit.

The result is a collaboration with fourth-year film students. They’ve produced U R Here, a one-hour documentary that profiles eight Regina-based artists. U R Here will have its broadcast premiere Tuesday, October 3 at 10:00 pm on City Saskatchewan.

U R Here came out of an idea to do something to recognize the station’s 25 years on the air and to support and grow community relationships,” says McDonald, General Manager of City Saskatchewan, who graduated from the U of R with a Bachelor of Arts in 1992.

Zach Almond
Fourth-year film students working in the field. (l-r) Shawn Doll, Zach Almond, and Justine McCalla.


City Saskatchewan has a long history of supporting local filmmakers and artists. From 1991 to 2012, the station was known as SCN (Saskatchewan Communications Network), a provincial educational broadcaster. Now as City Saskatchewan, the provincial educational broadcaster continues its tradition of backing Saskatchewan documentary and educational producers.

“If you look throughout the station’s history through to present day, the vast majority of producers and other key creatives for all the great content we commission are U of R film alumni. Profiling artists was a great fit for this, with the end result, an excellent showcase of a very diverse group of incredibly talented Regina artists from all different disciplines,” says McDonald.

Many of the artists profiled have U of R connections.

They are:

  • Michelle Brownridge – Printmaker 
  • Heather Cameron – Dancer 
  • Cassidy McFadzean – Poet 
  • Kyriel Roberts aka Pimpton – Hip Hop Artist 
  • Joey Tremblay – Theatre director and playwright 
  • Janine Windolph – Filmmaker 
  • Zachari Logan – Artist and a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance. 
  • Belle Plaine – Singer

The documentary was produced by Robin Schlaht and his company Zima Junction Productions, along with Mark Wihak from the Department of Film.

"It seemed like a great opportunity to give our students the professional experience of producing a program for a broadcaster, and all that entails,” says Wihak. “It was also valuable for the students to get to know some of the artists who’ve been able to make Regina their base".


Zach Almond is one of the students who worked on the documentary.

“Working on this project has been a great experience for not only myself, but also everyone in my Film 400 class. I am excited that people will get to see what we have all worked so hard on,” says Almond who now works at Adjile Video Productions in Regina.

For City Saskatchewan, U R Here builds on the station’s tradition of giving much-need exposure to young filmmakers.

“The students that participated now will have received some experience working with a broadcaster and industry professional, and will also take away a great piece for their demo reel,” says McDonald. “And of course, one day we hope to hear pitches from new grads as we continue to help tell Saskatchewan stories.”

U R Here was produced with support from City Saskatchewan, Creative Saskatchewan, Zima Junction Productions, the U of R’s Department of Film, and the Canadian Film and Video Production Tax Credit.