Updated: Jan 15, 2020
BREAKING THE STIGMA OF MENTAL HEALTH IN ALBERTA
‘February’s Dog ‘ and the plot centres around two oil field workers that get laid off and struggle with the false promise that they will be rehired in three months’ time. The struggle leads to depression and a dark ending.
It is based on what many in the region of Alberta have faced do to the economic struggles because of the falling oil industry during this time period.
The cast and crew have filmed in various locations including at Marv’s Classic Soda Pop Shop and AG Foods in Black Diamond, the Powder Horn Saloon in Bragg Creek, CL Ranch, and in around Calgary and Okotoks and High River.
The film stars Paul J. Chinook, Quinn Teechma, Kevin Davey, Will Webster, Sarah Wheeldon, Dan McDougall, Doug Wilson, Sheridan Pierens, Felipe Paredes and more.
Tell us about your role in February's Dog
I played Kate, the owner of the local bar. Confidante, counselor and companion.
What was your first feeling about your character when reading the script?!
Very sage-like. I'm a big fan of strong women who can handle themselves.
What was your experience on set like?
Sadly, it was just a quick half day shoot. Super fun to meet everyone and work, but it was fast and furious.
What do you think audiences will think of the film?
I think it will stir up a lot of discussion, which is the best kind of film in my opinion. Some will understand and relate to the message, some won't at all, but it will get them thinking about it.
What is your social media for fans to follow you?
What is your advice for new artists/actors?
Get out there, take classes, learn set etiquette, do a ton of auditions just for practice and love whatever is unique about you!
What hobby do you have that you think helped you with your role?!
Hahaha, all actors have been servers at some point.
ON SET WITH STARS KEVIN DAVEY AND CREATOR PAUL J. CHINOOK
What actors are you inspired by?
I love classical text and my family is British, so I always lean towards the strong Dames. Judi Dench and Helen Mirren and Helena Bonham Carter etc.
When did you first get into film?
I got my first role when I was 16 in NYC on a scholarship through the Young Canadians. I was a tap dancer in a video ha!
What do you have coming up for 2020 in your life/career?!
Actually my newest movie was just released on Disney plus!! It is called TOGO. And I'm heading to Italy to study Tuscan culinary history and then back here for a show at ATP in April. 2020 is very exciting so far :)
LAST DAY OF SHOOTING FEBRUARY'S DOG WITH MOST OF THE CAST AND CREW
Starring and created by Paul J. Chinook as (Dale Walters Writer/Producer), also starring Kevin Davey as Nigel Loggins, Quinn Teechma as Emily Walters, Doug Wilson as Arthur Newbury, William Webster as Jedd Wilson, Sarah Wheeldon as Kate Carter, Jill Maria as the Store Clerk, Sheridan Peirens as Tamara, Dan McDougall as Pastor Frank, Felipe Paredes as Jimmy Walters, Scott Dumas as Fertility Doctor, Stephanie Wilson as Marv’s Diner Waitress and Marianne Hutchings as Nurse Jean.
Production: Jose Luis Gonzalez Cinematographer, Directed by Candace Gonzalez and LnC STYLE as the 1st AD. Paul De Toit Schreve Sound Technician, Camera Operator Derek Wilder and Mardell Chinook Executive Producer.
February's Dog Directed by Candace Gonzalez and created by Paul J. Chinook, will be in Alberta theatres this year. Stay tuned for the trailer.
February’s Dog takes place in Alberta in modern time and is set against the beautiful and iconic backdrop of the Canadian Rocky Mountains under a shroud of winter snow.
I'M HERE WITH PR