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  • We are TELUS Optik Local

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    We are TELUS Optik Local and we are just getting started.

    TELUS Optik Local helps creative talent in BC and Alberta tell local and original stories with funding to produce their content, and training to maximize their potential and exposure to new audiences. Show less
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    • By Your Side: Victim's Assistance Support Team - Duration: 13 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 704 views
      When disaster strikes, total strangers will come to your aid. Calgary Police Service Victim's Assistance Support Team (VAST) is a 24/7 volunteer brigade which helps people deal with the most shocki...
    • Doctor Wanted - Duration: 12 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 268 views
      Doctors are needed in thousands of rural Canadian communities, Including the North Shuswap. After a dangerous storm devastates the local community of Magna Bay, residents double their efforts to fi...
    • Searching for Words: A Woman's Fight to Learn - Duration: 13 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 1,709 views
      Colleen Smereka spent the first 22 years of her life pretending. In her words, she spent her life hiding - until she was diagnosed with a learning disability. After getting the help she needed, Col...
    • Lost Canadians - Duration: 13 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 578 views
      Qia Gunster has no country to call is his own. Born in Arizona, his mother snuck him into Canada at 3 months of age. Qia is one of over 200,000 "Lost Canadians,” people who have fallen through bure...
    • Secret Alberta: The Former Life of Amber Valley - Duration: 13 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 6,832 views
      About 100 km North of Edmonton is Amber Valley, one of the first all-Black settlements in Canada. Arriving in 1909, the pioneers of this community battled the elements and racism to not only surviv...
    • Secret Vancouver: Canada's Sherlock Holmes - Duration: 12 minutes.

      • 3 months ago
      • 614 views
      In the 1930s, John F.C.B Vance was a pioneer in police forensics. He solved endless cases using cutting edge techniques, and was so good at convicting criminals that were there SIX attempts made on...
    • Tiny Homes: A Micro Life - Duration: 13 minutes.

      • 3 months ago
      • 1,796 views
      Think living in 300 square-feet is crazy? You'll change your mind after meeting these tiny-home owners and seeing what they gain when they give up a little extra space.
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    • Ripped: Inside Women’s Bodybuilding - Duration: 26 minutes.

      • 3 months ago
      • 86,419 views
      Bodybuilding demands absolute discipline in every aspect of an athlete’s life. But when does it go too far? Ripped: Inside Women’s Bodybuilding follows two female bodybuilders as they train for a n...
    • Autism: Behind the Lens - Duration: 20 minutes.

      • 3 months ago
      • 908 views
      The story of Lucas Gates who was diagnosed with autism at age 5 and the impact the condition has had on him and his family as he matured into a bright, confident young man.
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    • Triggered - Duration: 20 minutes.

      • 4 months ago
      • 5,411 views
      Three quarters of the terrain at Fernie Alpine Resort sits beneath five looming headwalls in avalanche paths - a constant hazard if not for the daily efforts of a skilled team of technicians who ke...
    • Voices on the Rise - Duration: 16 minutes.

      • 5 months ago
      • 596 views
      Voices On The Rise explores the relationship between culture and language. Follow Eli Hirtle’s journey as he connects with people at the heart of language revitalization in First Nations communitie...
    • Secret Vancouver: Rebels of the '70s - Duration: 14 minutes.

      • 5 months ago
      • 1,721 views
      The 1970s were Vancouver's coming-of-age decade. It transformed the city from a hotbed of political rebellion into a cosmopolitan destination ready to greet the world for Expo '86.
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    • Actress Denied - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 563 views
      After being rejected at an important audition, two actors decide to to write their own award winning script which they plan on starring in.

      Written by Alana Fischer,
      Directed by Gianna Isabella,
      S...
    • Akashi - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 2,206 views
      After the death of her grandmother, Kana returns to Japan in order to find some resolution and ends up examining her own life.

      Credits: Mayumi Yoshida, Yayoi Hirano, Hiro Kanagawa, Linda Uyehara H...
    • All My Jokes Are About Me - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 1,398 views
      An amateur comic has a rough week that brings into question whether pursuing comedy is worthwhile. The week of tepid sets and turmoil becomes material.

      Written and Directed By Chelsea Lou, Shot an...
    • Better Together - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 750 views
      A short documentary about the rapidly-growing subculture of collective housing in Vancouver, BC.

      Directed and Produced by Jen Muranetz, Director of Photography: Daniel Pender, Editors:
      Ornella Sin...
    • Chocolate Cake - Duration: 9 minutes, 43 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 785 views
      A first date brings Jenny and Tim together for a slice of chocolate cake. Love reveals a potential path for them. Will they take a chance on love?

      Director-Brittney Grabill, Writer-Josh Ssettuba, ...
    • Drift Softly - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 1,526 views
      In a small town in 1985, two unlike friends join together to escape nearing danger, forcing them to take a long journey home in a shopping cart.

      A Film By Shelby Wilson, Produced By Matt Seeley Mi...
    • An Army Of Hearts - Duration: 5 minutes, 20 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 2,200 views
      In the face of hardship, at any age, this uplifting story reminds us that we are never as alone as we may feel, and the one thing that unites us all.

      Directed by: Alex Duncan and Lauren Bercovitch...
    • Final Breath - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 2,697 views
      A videographer who films terminally ill patients last messages meets a mysterious figure with a terrifying past. A once forgotten evil follows...

      Kim Feragen (Director/Writer), Norm Coyne (Writer/...
    • Henna - Duration: 4 minutes, 39 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 562 views
      Henna explores the battle of darkness within a women's mind using experimental methods.

      A Film by: Fami Kaur Biji, Producer: Melissa Kreil, Director of Photography: David Baron, Edited by: Weyme T...
    • I Phub You - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 1,562 views
      After an incident that leaves the world around him silent, Kurtis discovers what it means to communicate in a technologically consumed society.

      Produced by: Justin Kueber, Sam Reid
      Directed by: Sh...
    • Inconvenient - Duration: 9 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 491 views
      In the lull of a particularly slow work day, SAM is overwhelmed by intrusive thoughts about self-worth and identity.

      Mira Maschmeyer - Sam
      Kas Nixion - Ava
      Tyler Duffy - Cowboy
      Cassandra Paige Joh...
    • Instant - Duration: 9 minutes, 19 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 3,284 views
      A photographer takes to the streets with instant film, to find out what happens when you give a photo, instead of just taking it.

      A film by Lauren & Rob Lim
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    • The Mountain Could Not Break Him - Duration: 5 minutes, 44 seconds.

      • 3 days ago
      • 75 views
      Ryan Titchener’s life was outdoor adventure, but when a climbing accident left him in a wheelchair, his optimism and determination inspired an entire community.
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    • Rita's Mission of Hope - Duration: 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 6 days ago
      • 54 views
      Meet the indomitable Rita of Vernon's Upper Room Mission, a feisty never-give-up lady who turned her life around and now shares her story of success with others.
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    • Unbreakable: Josh Dueck - Duration: 4 minutes, 35 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 177 views
      After an accident left Josh Dueck in a wheelchair, he didn’t let his new situation hold him back from a life full of outdoor adventure, family, and giving back.
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    • Bridging Worlds: The Art of Butch Dick - Duration: 3 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 68 views
      Butch Dick of Victoria, B.C. has lead an inspiring life as a First Nation’s educator, activist, and artist.
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    • A Place to Call Home in Victoria - Threshold Housing Society. - Duration: 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      • 92 views
      Mitchell House is the newest offering by Threshold, an organization that provides transitional housing for youth.
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    • Vintage Motorcycles and a Side of Fries - Wheelies - Duration: 2 minutes, 24 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 230 views
      Wheelies in Victoria, B.C. is 50% motorbike mechanic garage, 50% restaurant. It sounds strange, but it works!
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    • He Saved Canada’s First Chinatown - Victoria's Chinatown - Duration: 4 minutes, 24 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 128 views
      Author, speaker, consultant, and Member of the Order of Canada, David Chuenyan Lai is a trailblazer in the research and preservation of Canadian Chinatowns.
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    • Weaving the Past in Whistler - Duration: 3 minutes, 19 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 89 views
      We learn about the ancient First Nations art of wool weaving and how it helped connect a local youth to her heritage.
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    • Fort Mac’s Beast of a Whiskey - Duration: 3 minutes, 53 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 1,364 views
      Fort McMurray Fire Fighters and Wood Buffalo Brewing Co. give back to the community with The Beast Whiskey.
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    • The Fastest Man in Merritt - Duration: 5 minutes, 44 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
      • 379 views
      Matt Mackay-Smith is a champion motorcycle drag racer, thanks to the support of his family.
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    • Peachland's Gone Batty - Duration: 4 minutes, 8 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
      • 67 views
      Peachland is home to 5000 people – and 2000 bats! Darlene Hartford is committed to protecting every one.
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    • Loco for Locomotives - Duration: 3 minutes, 11 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 92 views
      A group of extreme model train enthusiasts in Peachland have made an amazing replica of the Kettle Valley Railway.
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    • Why I Love Squamish - Duration: 16 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      • 245 views
      Squamish has been voted of one of the top places to visit in the world, and it’s easy to see why. From its spectacular scenery to its inspiring people, this mountain town’s spirit stays close to na...
    • Why I Love: Lloydminster - Duration: 16 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      • 195 views
      Canada’s “border city,” Lloydminster is a small town with a big heart. Meet a young woman who battled back from a stroke, tag along with bikers who ride for families in need, and be inspired by the...
    • Why I Love: Kamloops - Duration: 12 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      • 2,039 views
      Kamloops is called “one of Canada’s sunniest destinations.” It supports active outdoor living and a thriving arts scene. Meet some of the amazing people who call this place home, including Olympian...
    • Why I Love: Drumheller - Duration: 14 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      • 51 views
      You don’t have to dig too far to find gold in Drumheller. The Badlands spirit can be seen in the people whose passion keeps history alive, and in a new generation who continue to celebrate all Drum...
    • Why I Love: Merritt - Duration: 16 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      • 155 views
      Merritt may be a small town, but it has a big reputation for the trailblazers who call it home. Feel the beat at the Bass Coast or head down the track with one of the fastest men in Canada. Merritt...
    • Why I Love: Duncan - Duration: 16 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      • 78 views
      It may be one of the smallest towns in Canada, but Duncan has some of the biggest hearts. Meet a man whose life changed through music, see masks that reveal a fascinating history, and visit a farm ...
    • Why I Love: Port Alberni - Duration: 15 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      • 196 views
      Port Alberni boasts breathtaking views and a diverse social scene. From world-class logger athletes to one of Jane Austin’s biggest fan clubs, you will be surprised on that you can find in this Van...
    • Why I Love: Peachland - Duration: 17 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      • 75 views
      You can always count on Peachland for stunning waterside views and exceptionally friendly people. From a mine hunter to a bat conservationist, you’ll be surprised at the stories that come from this...
    • Why I Love: Nanaimo - Duration: 9 minutes, 39 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 141 views
      Nanaimo is known for its diverse community and quaint old-city neighbourhoods, The island town has a lot to offer, including world-famous sweets and countless inspiring citizens.
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    • Why I Love: Canmore 4K - Duration: 18 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      • 284 views
      Canmore's beauty is seen in both the spectacular landscape and its inspiring people. From a courageous ice climber to a retreat that changes lives, these are few of the reasons of why we love Canmo...
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