CALGARY FILMMAKER TED STENSON HEADS BACK TO SCHOOL WITH ANDREW PHUNG FOR INDIE DEBUT

The low-budget feature, which is Stenson’s debut, was the only Alberta project selected for the 2018 Telefilm Talent to Watch program.

Andrew Phung, right, and the young cast of film Events Transpiring Before, During and After a High School Basketball Game. Photos by Chelsea Yang-Smith. (CHELSEA YANG-SMITH / CALGARY)

In the abandoned hallways outside the gymnasium of Calgary’s Queen Elizabeth High School, there are motivational quotes stencilled onto the rafters. “Sometimes the right path is not the easiest path,” reads one. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them,” says another.

These inspirational nuggets would probably prove handy to the Middleview Ducks, the losing team at the heart of an indie comedy that is currently being shot at the northwest school.

On this particular morning, the Ducks are in the middle of another humiliating defeat and could probably use a bit of the pep-talk guidance provided by those hallway messages.

But Events Transpiring Before, During and After and a High School Basketball Game is not really that type of sports movie. Those inspirational slogans do not make an appearance. This morning’s scene, for instance, is unfolding in one long, uncut take and involves members of the Ducks listlessly running the court.

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