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Local Filmmakers Receive $50,000 for Documentary

October 11, 2018

Clayton Varjassy along with his wife and brother own and operate Cottonwood Records, primarily producing high-quality music videos. The family-run business runs out of their garage, where they have been recording audio and video at no cost for select local artists to build their brand.

Twin brothers Clayton and Joel both graduated from the University of Lethbridge, and later found a passion for local treasure ammolite rock.

After beginning production of a music video series featuring the rare gemstone, the brothers began conceptualizing a documentary.

"Ammolite: Gem of the West" by the Varjassy crew is set to launch in the spring, leaving just months to complete interviews and production. The project is in partnership with Korite, the Blackfoot Nation, and other local experts well-versed in ammolite information - one of the rarest gemstones on the planet, found only in our region.

The $50,000 grant was part of Storyhive's first ever documentary track. Storyhive is "creatively connected" to Telus, providing financial support and practical industry mentorship to beginner filmmakers in Canada.