A documentary filmmaker from Turkey visited the District of Fort St. James mayor and council on June 26.
Ece Soydam presented to council on her idea to come to Fort St. James and produce a film about the local First Nations and their interaction with Enbridge and the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
Soydam was asking council to support her propose in principle, which is for a $100,000 documentary, an opportunity for local youth to be involved in the film’s production and a possible film production class for local students which she would put on during the same time period.
Soydam would like to return to Fort St. James for the project in September, but will have to raise significant funds towards the project to do so. While the Turkish Radio-Television Corporation has agreed to support the project, they do want her to come up with some of the funding herself through other sources.
Soydam will be applying for grants for the project with the support of Nak’azdli, Sai’kuz and Naudleh Whut’En First Nations.
Mayor and council were interested in the project and said they would put her in touch with the District of Fort St. James grant writer to look for funding opportunities.