Calgary filmmaker Matt Embry’s emotional documentary Living Proof picked up five trophies at the 2018 Alberta Film and Television Awards Saturday night, including wins for best director for a non-fiction feature and best documentary over 30 minutes.
Living Proof looks at the filmmaker’s experiences with multiple sclerosis and his campaign to bring information about alternative treatments to the public despite resistance from pharmaceutical companies and MS charities.
Embry and Tyler McLeod also won for best screenwriter for non-fiction over 30 minutes; Adam Naugler and Steve Dierkens picked up the win for best overall sound; while Todd Langille, Dean Evans, Jordan Bosch, Mike Kraft and Allan Thrush won for best editors.
The film, which screened at the both the Toronto and Calgary International Film Festivals, has been seen around the globe since being made available on iTunes, Embry says.
“I get emails and messages from all over the planet,” Embry said in an interview with Postmedia after the awards. “To see a film about this small family in Calgary have this global impact is really wonderful.”
The 44th edition of the awards, nicknamed the Rosies, were handed out at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Calgary to honour the best in Alberta film and television. Sixty trophies were awarded to Alberta-based productions and craftspeople who work in the industry.