By Mark DeWachter
CALGARY — Picture a film revolving around a group of cosmic nomads travelling through space and time – doomed because they will forever unable to be satisfied. Then try and picture that in 10 minutes.
That’s what Sean Edwards, of local psychedelic-doom-groove outfit Witchstone premiered Sept. 16 at the Plaza.
The short film, one of the recent winners of Telus Storyhive, will soon be available on Telus Optik TV on-demand while Edwards sorts out future screenings.
He said the short film developed out of a concept that started on the Witchstone full-length, similarly titled Tales of the Riff Riders.
“It was just a concept, and it transferred into a short 10-minute film,” Edwards said. “Ideally we wanted to do a web series but the short film sums up the concept.”
Edwards said that he wanted to make a short film that worked as a companion piece to the LP.
“I think the visuals [complement the album], there was a lot of art direction,” he said. “That was the focus of it – and trying to write a story that would encompass something that would make sense.”
Tales of the Riff Riders reflects the themes presented in the short. It features four songs, with three of them clocking in at over 10 minutes each.
“The point of the album is that we’re constantly trying to live up to people who inspire us,” he said. “And we’re trying to chase an end goal that we never quite seem to get – as an artist, you’re never completely happy with everything you do.”
Edwards, who is one of the minds behind Calgary-based video agency Ramble, applied for and received one of the $10,000 Telus Storyhive grants. Five grants were awarded to Calgary teams.
“There’s a lot of great talent [in Calgary],” he said. “You could really tell that there are a ton of people working to make better film in Calgary.”
The Tale of the Rift Riders will screen at the Plaza Theatre on Oct. 24 before a performance by Witchstone and a screening of the movie Alien. You can also catch the short film on Telus Optik Local.AB, Alberta, Plaza Theatre, Tales of the Riff Riders, TELUS Optik TV, The Tale of the Rift Riders, Witchstone