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Drumheller-shot war epic released worldwide

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Five years ago a small crew from Rambunxious Entertainment were in the valley shooting a World War II based film. Today, the film is up for six awards at the Action On International Film Festival in Las Vegas.

The film ‘Thousand Yard Stare’ is being released around the world and it is receiving critical acclaim. It used the valley as a backdrop to propel the film.

“It was finished technically last August and then we went to our distributor and they started selling it to markets around the world,” explains Aaron Kurmey of Rambunxious. “In February it came out in South Korea, in May it came out in England, it just came out in Japan a week ago and it came out in the United States and Canada on September 4 on DVD.”

  He adds there may be some television screening in Canada.

“It is being received relativity well for a low budget movie,” he said.

In fact, it was nominated for six Alberta Media Production Industry Association (AMPIA) awards and took home the awards for Best Screenwriters in a Drama over 30 minutes and Best Dramatic Feature or Made for TV Movie.

At the Action On Film Festival in Vegas, it is up for Best Costumes, Best Cinematography, Best Action Sequence, Best Drama, Best Period Piece, and Best Picture.

‘Thousand Yard Stare’ tells the story of a World War II veteran struggling to reintegrate with family life as he relives the Battle of Kasserine Pass.

Drumheller doubles for Tunisia in this film.

“Someone told me filming here is like  ‘Alberta is the world’s stunt double’ because it can play so many different locations from around the world,” said Kurmey.

Rambunxious Entertainment was launched by Kurmey, Kevin Johnson, and Ryan Hatt, and they describe themselves as guerilla filmmaking. Their film Hoodoo Voodoo, which was also filmed in the valley, was released in 2010 and then they released Battle Earth in 2013.  In the meantime, they are busy with a number of projects.

“It is wide open for us,” said Kurmey.


Village of Delia showing signs of growth

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There is an air of positivity in the Village of Delia as they explore potential growth, residentially and commercially.

CAO of Delia, Mark Nikota, says it has been a really good summer for the village. Its property inventory is falling and he says there are only two village-owned lots left that it wants to sell.

In 2015, the village offered 15 residential lots in their Highland Way subdivision for $10. There is only one left as this summer they sold four.

“In the last year and a half we have sold probably 10 lots so things are happening,” said Nikota. These are a mix of residential and commercial.

Last year the Prairie Land Regional School Division announced the construction of a new school, which is another bright spot. He says the Delia School Enhancement Society has been making great progress in its fundraising efforts to make the school a community hub.

“They already have pledges for over $400,000, so they are moving quickly,” said Nikota. “Their leadership group is doing a heck of a job.”

Another bright sign for the future of the Village is that it is midway through a water project to expand its capacity through the addition of a reservoir. This is a $1.5 million project.

  “The tank has been ordered, so that has been tendered out. The rest of the project, the piping, and work inside the pump house is going out for tender next week so we will have the rest of that taken care of,” said Nikota.

The project is expected to be complete by spring 2019.

“It is all coming together, council is really working well together,” he said.

Town relocating infrastructure shop

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    The move is on for the Town of Drumheller as it is midway through its relocation into its new infrastructure works shop.
    The Mail reported in April of this year the Town of Drumheller purchased the former Trican Building on 702 Premier Way for $1.73 million and took possession on July 6.  Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski says the move to the new shop is underway.
     “We have had some IT stuff being done over the last month, getting phones and security systems set up,” said Drohomerski. “We aren’t really doing any minor renovations so that is quite good. From discussions, we have heard everyone is pretty happy with everything as it exists.”
    He says about 16 seacans have been filled and dropped on the site, and there are about four more to go.
     “Over the next few weeks, we are going to start moving some equipment and smaller stuff over there. We are trying to do it while at the same time perform all the work that needs to be done before winter,” he said.
    The town purchased the building after exploring possible options including building a new shop near the wastewater treatment plant. Estimates were in the area of $5 million to build new.
    “In some respects, yes, we outgrew it. We were at the point of making a decision, the other building was near the end of its lifespan, and it required more and more work to maintain and keep it functional. Plus it gives us an opportunity to have a more modern facility to work out of,” said Drohomerski.
     At this point, the bulk water station will not be moving to the new facility. He says in the spring they will be looking for a new location, and are considering locating it near the water treatment plant.
    “That way it takes traffic out of a quasi-residential area and it is more convenient for haulers being near the water treatment plant on that service road,” he said.
    They are aiming for a hard move in date of October 31.
    ‘It’s self-imposed. We want to have everything out of the old shop by then. By mid-October we hope to have most people working out of the new building,” Drohomerski said.


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