A recent film festival at City Cinema, our local (and I do mean local it’s two blocks away from us) art film venue, showed several films made by Island directors including a short made by two students at Morrell Regional High School in the North East of the Island. Logan Fulford and Shane Pendergast created this short as part of their school commemoration of Remembrance Day last year.
In an interview with CBC Pendergast explained that he and Fulford had discovered an recording of a World War I veteran describing life in the trenches and they wanted to take the viewer into the scene he so vividly paints. “We went out to this big dirt pit. It was raining that day, pouring rain, and we were out there for four or five hours,” explained Pendergast. “We dug our own trenches, my buddy was dressed up as a soldier. We got an actual helmet from World War I.”
Pendergast is now studying film at York University and will also be taking part in the November 11 ceremony in Ottawa. His essay focusing on the music of the trenches made him a national winner in the Royal Canadian Legion’s 2016 Poster and Literary Contest. He will be laying a wreath on behalf of the young people of Canada.
On this day in 1901: Bloody clashes take place in Athens following the translation of the Gospels into demotic Greek.