For Immediate Release:
That Mennonite Joke returns to it’s place of birth at the Gimli Film Festival!
Two years ago, Orlando Braun and Jorge Requena Ramos stood in front of three esteemed judges and a packed audience in the Aspire Theatre, to pitch an offbeat short documentary-comedy idea called That Mennonite Joke. This was the format of the MTS TV Stories From Home $20,000 competition at the Gimli Festival presented by On Screen Manitoba. With high stakes, the duo from Prairie Boy Productions pitched their concept against nine other finalists. It's funny and illuminating aspects won the hearts of the audience, the judges, and the prize money to make the film.
Now two quick years later, the completed film returns to the Gimli Film Festival as an Official Selection. The docu-comedy comes to the festival already sporting some accolades from the Shärt International Comedy Film Festival and having won Best Short Documentary at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival.
“It’s been quite a journey making this film,” says Orlando. “We are thrilled to be invited back to Gimli to show the result of the seed planted there.”
This year, the Gimli Film Festival takes place July 20-24, 2016 in Gimli, Manitoba, for full schedule details, visit gimlifilm.com.
That Mennonite Joke is a hilarious, surprising, and insightful documentary-comedy hybrid film, which explores humour in Mennonite culture through the perspective of clean comedian Matt Falk. As Matt prepares for his first live TV comedy special, he wonders if his Mennonite culture is funny enough to include more in his act. He takes a comedic walkabout through his heritage speaking with Mennonite humorists, authors, and entertainers such as Miriam Toews, Armin Wiebe, Corny Rempel, Leland Klassen and many more to gather material for his routine.
"My Mennonite culture was never really something I put a lot of thought into before this movie.” Says Matt, “It started out as a punch line, and it's grown into something a lot deeper than that.”
That Mennonite Joke was produced by Prairie Boy Productions for MTS TV Stories From Home, produced with a grant awarded by BravoFACT [Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent] a division of Bell Media Inc., and with the participation of Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. The film was the winner of the Stories From Home Pitch Competition at Gimli Film Festival 2014, and winner of BravoFACTUAL support. Drawing attention across North America, this journey has also been written about in Menno World Review and Canadian Mennonite.
The accompanying Mennonite Joke Book app can be downloaded on http://app.mennojoke.com/ for iPhone or iPad. The app is produced by Prairie Boy Productions and Electric Monk Media, while supported by On Screen Manitoba, Winnipeg Film Group, and Manitoba Film & Music.
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Jon [at] prairieboyproductions.com or info [at] prairieboyproductions.com
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