Press Release (Oct.6, 2014)
What happens when the Campbell River Head lnjury Society receives a grant to produce a
film, enlists the Carihi Secondary Media class and tells them to make it about head injury?
Together, they make "Headway".
"When Jennifer Parker and Shelley Howard approached us back in May I thought they would
want a short documentary or promotional video. I didn't expect Shelley to ask us to make the
film focus on comedy" says Carihi Media teacher Joe Shields. Over May and June, Shields
and his student Amy McCabe, Jordyn Lagos, and Cavin Stewardson wrote "Headway"
Headway is a movie about six eccentrics in a head injury support group. We have a workholic,
a construction worker, a not so old guy, a closeted singer, a cat lover and a therapist that
loves life just a little too much. The film shows how these eccentrics grow closer as they deal
with the consequences of their injuries and it does so in a light-hearted way. The film will run
around 25 minutes and the cast has roles for both youth and adults.
"Headway" is an amazing learning experience for my students, says joe. lt's not often that
students get the chance to bring a project through all stages of development and work with a
budget. Through making headway they will learn about the impact head injury can have on
families; further, once they have experienced headway they know how to find financing,
complete writing, find locations, find casts and directors and be aware of how to deal with the
challenges of real world independent filmmaking
We will be holding auditions at the River City Playhouse on Friday Oct.24th from G:30-8:30pm
and on Saturday Oct.26 from 2-4pm.