For Immediate Release – April 29th 2016
Award Winning Short Documentary ‘Not A Stranger’ documents meeting a stranger a day. Film Screens at NORTHWESTFEST May 7th 3:15pm Landmark Cinemas City Centre 2016
Can talking to strangers make you happy?
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada): Can one man’s journey to connect with 365 strangers in one year bring him happiness? Not A Stranger is the story of one man’s pursuit to find happiness through real world human connections with complete strangers and the results are life changing. Directed and produced by Kate Green of KGP Films, Not A Stranger is an official selection of Northwestfest 2016 and Best Made in Canada Short Nominee, screening on May 7th 2016, 3:15pm at the Landmark Cinemas City Centre.
“I was thrilled to have had such an enthusiastic response from the audience when we screened at the Vancouver Short Film Festival where we won the audience choice award as well as an enthusiastic full house at TEDxEastVan. The response was overwhelming. Now, I am truly humbled to have my film shown and nominated alongside such beautiful and clever films at Northwestfest.” says director Kate Green. “I’m so glad that audiences are connecting with Colin’s story.”
Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Not A Stranger is a snapshot of social media buff Colin Easton who was feeling disconnected, and the more he connected online the more he felt disconnected with the people around him. In 2013, Colin was diagnosed with severe clinical depression so he decided to take matters into his own hands and did something that makes many of us uncomfortable.
On January 1, 2014, Colin talked to a complete stranger and continued to do so every day for a year. Throughout the process Colin has learned that everyone has a story, and a good one. He heard stories of lost loves, happiness, death, triumph and passion. But the most remarkable thing about his project is the change that Colin experienced himself: Connection.
This is Kate Green’s first documentary as a director and Northwestfest marks the 10th festival invitation for the film.
“Not A Stranger was a gift because of Colin’s honesty and willingness to tell his story and journey with depression,” says Vancouver director Kate Green of KGP Films. “The film not only shows the importance of conversation around mental illness but it shows that reaching out and connecting with others can change the state of your well-being. I hope it will inspire us to break down our barriers and connect with others.”
For more information on Not A Stranger visit https://www.facebook.com/notastrangerdoc
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