Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Regional Remembrance Day History of Film

Lethbridge, AB–The Galt Museum & Archives is proud to screen the Legal Archives of Southern Alberta (LASA)’s dramatic short film The Agreement, produced by Julian Black Antelope and directed by Michael Peterson. The docu-drama is inspired by the true events of Lt. George T. Davidson, a privileged and wealthy Medicine Hat lawyer who gave it all up to serve in the trenches during WWI.

In the early morning hours of October 26th 1916 Lt. George T. Davidson was sent out to "No Man's Land" to investigate the German barb wire entanglements in anticipation of an attack. He never returned. The Agreement drops us into the trenches of Germany’s Somme front line during WWI and reveals Davidson’s inner thoughts of as he recalls the day of his decision to enlist.

The 22-minute film is based on minutes from a Medicine Hat Bar association meeting bidding farewell to Davidson and Ivor Owen in late August 1914.  The archival record shines a light on this unique moment in Alberta history of courage and selflessness is a journey of reflection and self-sacrifice.

The short film will be shot on location in Calgary and at the historic Lougheed House – itself a place of World War I significance, owing to owner /patriarch lawyer, Sir James Lougheed who as a Senator and Minister in Prime Minister Borden’s government, oversaw the establishment of Veterans Affairs Canada who is a sponsor of this production.

Brenda McCafferty, the Archivist at LASA, will be in attendance to answer questions about the production. Admission fees apply to this program for adults and seniors. Admission includes access to the exhibits on display as the Galt Museum & Archives.

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