Atlantic Film Festival to host the premiere of “On the Line”

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Atlantic Film Festival to host the premiere of “On the Line”

September 23, 2013

Halifax - The Atlantic Film Festival is pleased to host, at Empire Theatres Bayers Lake in Halifax on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., the premiere of “On the Line”, a locally produced television documentary about the people who keep the power flowing in Nova Scotia. The premiere is by invitation only.

The documentary, produced by Clerisy Entertainment in association with Eastlink TV, is intended to not only inform viewers about the complexity of the power infrastructure that we interact with everyday, but also to understand more about the people who do the work.

“On the Line” will premiere on Eastlink TV on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m.

"At the Atlantic Film Festival, our primary mandate is to platform and champion film from our region’s filmmakers and the opportunity to premiere this fantastic new documentary is an honour,” said Wayne Carter, Executive Director at the Atlantic Film Festival. “We are proud to be working with the teams at Clerisy and Eastlink TV to allow the audience to experience this work in a cinema environment, still the ultimate way to see a film."

“On the Line” profiles the front line electrical workers who battle to deliver an uninterrupted power supply that supports modern society’s ever-increasing reliance on technology. The documentary highlights this important profession and the people who need to quickly make sense of very complex problems while meeting the requirement to safely perform this dangerous work. The documentary profiles the fulfillment these power line technicians get from their jobs, love for the outdoors and the connections they share with communities.

“It occurred to me how little we knew about the people and the profession that we rely on probably the most in everyday life, the power line technicians, the individuals who keep our homes, businesses and institutions functioning with essential power,” said Dale Stevens, Producer, Clerisy Entertainment. “It’s revealing to see how thoughtful and caring each worker is. The satisfaction of doing a great job is largely connected to the quality of their work while ultimately providing their community with the warmth and light that our homes require.”

Nova Scotia Power was approached by Clerisy Entertainment with a request for access to facilities and employees to film a television documentary about the work they do every day. Regional managers engaged employees for input and between January and April of 2013, the Clerisy crew filmed over 50 employees in different work scenarios across Nova Scotia.

“We are passionate about sharing compelling, regional stories,” said Michael Smith, Vice President, Eastlink TV. "Our province is rich in stories of all kinds. When the opportunity came along to be involved in a documentary about people who put themselves ‘on the line’ everyday to keep the power flowing, it felt right. It fits beautifully with our commitment to showcase stories that reflect the heart and soul of our province."

“We are pleased to have been part of a local film production being featured on Eastlink TV. We welcome this opportunity that we hope will create higher awareness about the work our employees do every day to serve our customers,” said Bob Hanf, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power. “We also want to thank our employees who continued to work safely and effectively as they always do through the filming process, allowing the Clerisy team to capture what they do every day. We are fortunate to have had the support of the Atlantic Film Festival for hosting the screening. It’s a compliment to everyone involved and a celebration of a great local story.”

About the Atlantic Film Festival

The Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) is an eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world. It’s a festival that turns Halifax – a charming and historic coastal city – into an international Mecca for the arts, abuzz with filmmakers, industry types and film lovers. This year’s event takes place from September 12-19.

Offering a first-look at the best international films of the festival season, the AFF is a champion of local filmmakers, committed to bridging the gap. We attract some of the biggest players in film, media and music from around the world. All of our film selections are chosen with our community in mind and our special events are designed to bring us all together. A not-for-profit organization, the AFF depends heavily upon its strong ties to the surrounding and thriving arts community.

The Atlantic Film Festival began as a tiny, grassroots operation in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1981, relocating to Halifax the following year. Just three decades later, the Atlantic film Festival has blossomed into one of Canada’s premier film festivals. Whether for industry folk, unabashed film lovers or curious onlookers, the Festival offers a slew of opportunities to engage through film. Today’s Atlantic Film Festival is now a year-round celebration, growing beyond our eight-day cornerstone event in September to include: ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth, AFF Outdoor Film Experience, and Strategic Partners.

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