May 13, 2012 - 8:13pmUpdated: May 14, 2012 - 8:14pm
Made in Saskatchewan film appreciation night in Saskatoon, May 13 2012. Jared Knoll/News Talk Radio
A film appreciation night called "Made in Saskatchewan" brought big crowds out to Saskatoon's Broadway Theatre Sunday evening.
It was organized by supporters and members of the province's film industry, partly to send a message that the people of Saskatchewan want to keep it alive.
"It's been overwhelmingly supportive. We commissioned a poll which was released last week that shows 73 per cent of the population in this province are supportive of film, TV and digital media," said Anand Ramayya, president and producer of Karma films.
"We've had a busy year, the busiest yet acutally. So it's ironic that we're here, fighting for our lives."
Ramayya's company has produced such films as Wapos Lake and Ferocious, which starred Saskatoon-born actor Kim Coates of Sons of Anarchy fame.
Coates said he was happy to make time for the film event to show how much he supports the industry in Saskatchewan.
"I'm Saskatchewan. I'm a Saskatchewan boy. And I've loved it here, and I've loved what they gave me as an early artist in my career. So for me to give back is like second nature." he said.
He, along with expected hundreds, set out at 8:15 a.m. Monday morning to caravan to the Legislature in Regina and rally against the government's position.
"It has to be said, it has to be gotten out there that we can't let this happen," said Coates at the film appreciation night.
A pancake breakfast and yoga stretching session is set to begin before the drive at 7 a.m. The organizers invited anyone and everyone to come, even if its just to drive to the city limits before they go to work.
Kim Coates covers the plaque stating the theatre is supported by the government of Canada outside Saskatoon's Broadway Theatre, at the Made in Saskatchewan film appreciation night rallying support for the provincial film industry. Jared Knoll/News Talk Radio.