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Local film to debut in Fort Macleod Saturday

‘Never There,’ a film written and directed by Peter Morton of Claresholm, will make its debut at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.

Peter Morton is a true auteur, wearing many hats as writer, producer, director and actor for a film debuting at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod this weekend.

Never There, a full length feature film, locally produced and filmed in southern Alberta, will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.

It uses local actors, such as Morton himself and Makenzie Dozeman of Nanton, and a local film crew.

It makes use of the stunning local scenery, and for its set piece scenes, uses local businesses in Claresholm and Lethbridge.

Shot over a period of eight days, it follows the story of Ashlee Rowntree and her relationship with her grandfather, who was not even aware of her existence.

We see how their relationship builds into mutual love and respect, until the demons from the past come back to haunt them both.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with the show starting at 2 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be a concession with all proceeds going to the Empress Theatre.

A donation bucket will also be available if anyone wishes to help defray the costs of making the film.

The next step for Never There will be entering it in festivals across North America including Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington.

Morton encourages everyone to come to the Empress Theatre to see Never There.

“Keep Alberta rolling, and come out and support local filmmakers and the community,” Morton said.

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