Updated: Jan 15
‘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.
Q AND A WITH CALGARY REPORTER AND ACTOR WILL STEPH
Tell us about your role in February's Dog
My character was a waitress for the charming marv’s diner! It was still at a positive part of the movie so it was easy to bring my natural upbeat energy to the set.
On set with Paul Chinook and Kevin Davey
What was your first feeling about your character when reading the script?!
My character is a classic Marv‘s Diner waitress, so I was very excited to serve up breakfast for Nigel on his birthday!!
What was your experience on set like?
Absolutely exciting. It was fun to serve Paul Chinook and Kevin Davey, but great to work with an entire team. I loved helping out Candice and Luis, as I have lots of video and behind the scene experience as well.
What do you think audiences will think of the film?
I hope they see a really deep message that Paul designed into the film, there is a lot more depth to people than meets the eye, demonstrated by the characters in the film. I think it will really get people thinking.
What is your advice for new artists/actors?
Network, be passionate about the art of acting, and persistence. Also, don’t be afraid to start your own production like Paul, he is an inspiration!
What hobby do you have that you think helped you with your role?!
Not so much hobby, per say, but previous experience as a waitress.
What actors are you inspired by?
Johnny Depp in his vast diversity of characters he has been able to play.
When did you first get into film?
I had first worked in television broadcasting, ranging from sports, entertainment, and now documentaries. Recently I won an award for best international at a human and social rights award for a documentary I did in Mexico City about the student massacre that happened on October 2, 1968.
What do you have coming up for 2020 in your life/career?!
Hope to work on more documentaries and sets!!
What is your social media for fans to follow you?
@bscenetv Will Steph Wilson (Facebook)
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 back drop of the Canadian Rocky Mountains under a shroud of winter snow.
It follows 2 uniquely different, yet typical men. Dale Walters is a very charismatic and lighthearted man that works hard to enjoy a life of adventure and excitement. Nigel Loggins is a military veteran that is quiet and calculated in his approach towards life. The film opens with these two men as they are finishing up work on a Friday. They get called into the office at the end of the day and are laid off by their boss Arthur Newbury; a very clean cut, to the point, middle aged manager. They are told abruptly by Arthur that this is just temporary, and that they will be back at work in 3 months as soon as market oil prices recover.
Dale and Nigel leave and begin their own unique journeys in the world of unemployment. The Alberta economy turns very bad and the downturn lasts longer than anyone anticipated.
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