A new locally-produced documentary that follows several people looking to make positive changes in their lives is set to be screened Sept. 19 at Galaxy Cinema.
Showtime for Change, is 7 p.m.
Drew Kenworthy, a Red Deer videographer teamed up with Cabel McElderry, one of the film’s producers and owner of One-to-1 Fitness for the project.
“It’s a dream come true for us to be involved in a project that’s so inspiring,” said Kenworthy, who also directed the film. The documentary was nine months in the making, with many hours of filming and editing. It takes a look at five individuals who decided to make positive changes in their lives and the struggles it took to get there. Ultimately, Change is an inspiring documentary about the desire to look good, feel good, be happy and pain free in spite of society’s trend toward disease, depression, painful dysfunction and death, says a release. Chronicling the lives of five individuals, the film hopes to inspire people to make a positive change in their own lives.
“I have a longstanding relationship with Cabel – we’ve worked on several different projects together through the years,” said Kenworthy, adding that he at first envisioned a smaller project. But as things came together and conversations with the film’s subjects unfolded, it became clear there was more to explore.
“Each of these people played a key role in showing that bigger picture,” he said.
“My hope is not for people to look at this just as a movie, documentary or film, but to see it as way more than that. I hope they would take the ideas and the things they’ve learned and the inspiration that they’ve received, and put them into action.”
McElderry explains how the project came about.
“We have a public mission to help inspire 10,000 people toward making a healthy physical change by 2015, we know we can’t train that many people so we wanted to create something that might help to increase awareness on the positive effects of change and to inspire people to share their stories.”
Getting in shape is not always easy and this new documentary focuses on the challenges that people face when they decide to embrace a healthier and active lifestyle, he said.
“In a time that health care is continually letting us down, when it seems like surgery, pain and other limitations are ‘just something we have to live with’ we wanted to show people that that’s only true if you accept it,” he said. “Now, more than ever, we must learn the practice of ‘self-care’ and acknowledge just how amazing our body is.
“We hope the documentary will convey that message and inspire others to believe that change and a life without limitations is within their reach, no matter what. We believe that change is a core value to live by and hope that Change will inspire others to embrace change in their own lives.”
Meanwhile, Kenworthy is also hoping that lessons can be passed onto younger generations.
“We have a responsibility to teach our children and help them to understand the right habits. It’s a growing problem with childhood obesity, and it’s scary. These bad habits have already led to a lot of problems in my own generation.”
Kenworthy, 37, graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (NAIT’s) Radio and Television program in 1999. He has owned his own video business for 10 years, producing both wedding and corporate projects, and has been making films since he was a teenager.
He recently started a new business Shoelace Media with business partner Matthew Edwards. Shoelace Media produces corporate films, as well as web sites for businesses.
“Cabel is just a good guy, wanting to help people with their fitness goals,” said Kenworthy of McElderry and the film. “We wanted to make the documentary to promote awareness in the community and reward these individuals for their work by telling their story.”