Monthly Archives: May 2015
Brandy Yanchyk has begun production on a new documentary travel series called “Becoming Albertan” for Rogers’ OMNI! The series will air on TV and Online starting in the fall of 2015.
Filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk is currently in production on two new documentaries about inclusive hiring for people with intellectual disabilities. The films were shot in Alberta and British Columbia and will air on CBC’s Documentary Channel and the CBC main network in August 2015. Stay tuned…
“Oil Calling” airs on Shaw TV Edmonton the week of May 25th, 2015. Click here to see the promo.
This film explores how the small city of Lieksa in Eastern Finland is dealing with a recent influx of new immigrants from Somalia and Iraq. The newcomers have moved to vacant council apartments on a street called “Edge Road.”
Lieksa’s population is aging and with its high unemployment rate of twenty percent. many locals are concerned that immigrants will take their jobs or live off government benefits. Residents are also concerned about newcomers not integrating into Finnish society and learning the language, a prerequisite for getting a job in Finland.
This change in demographics has caused tensions in the community and led to an increase in racist attacks.
The film explores both points of view showing those who see immigration as a positive force and those who are threatened by it.
Finding Edge Road was shot over three years by Canadian filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk.
“Finding Edge Road” has made the Finnish News.
Click here to see the article “Lieksa’s immigrant issues interest all the way in Canada”.
Translated it says: “Canadian documentary film producer Brandy Yanchyk (on the right) has produced a one hour long TV-documentary called “Finding Edge Road”. It’s about Lieksa’s immigrant issues. The film will be shown in international film festivals in Edmonton, Canada on May 9th and also on Canada’s domestic TV in July and in COMMFFEST Global Community Film Festival in Toronto in September. At the beginning she produced the movie at her own cost. She did total of five filming trips to Lieksa during the years 2012-2014. Documentary was recently bought by Canadian TV-broadcaster CBC.