• James Parry

Fabulous Kin Fables Trilogy on screen at Pure Art’s Feast for the Senses fundraiser World premiere a


Local film-makers Sebastian and Ben McKinnon set up a shot on location for their KIN Fables Trilogy.

The Academy Awards may still be a couple of weeks away in Los Angeles, but local cinephiles who love great movies are in for a real treat on Friday, February 13, when the world premiere of the Kin Fables Trilogy - comprising three short films - will be screened at Hudson Village Theatre in support of humanitarian work in Pucallpa, Peru.

The evening is, in fact, the Pure Art Foundation’s second annual Feast for the Senses fundraiser with all money going towards creating a new phase of the medical dispensary in the slums of a jungle town called Manantay. Where, early next month, some 24 local volunteers will once again be helping the poorest families there in terms of improving health education while providing critical prevention tools urgently needed by nurses, health care workers, and psychologists.

For Brigitte and Robert McKinnon, who founded the Foundation in Hudson, the evening - with two showings and a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception for both - promises to be exceptionally emotional. As all three films, shot on location in Montebello, Newfoundland, and the Greater Montreal region, are the creations of their two sons, Sebastian and Ben of Five Knights Productions.

And while they have watched KIN 1, screened at HVT last year and which can be seen on line at www.kinfables.com, they have not even been given a sneak preview of parts two and three titled Salvage and Requiem. Says Brigitte, “As a family, we wanted to share this fist release of KIN in its entirety to the public. And it is going to be an extremely exciting evening for us, as it will surely be for many in the community including local actors who helped make it all possible and who will be seeing themselves on the big screen for the first time.”

Explains Sebastian, “When Ben and I first embarked on our KIN adventure some three years ago now, our only desire was to create a fi lm experience that firstly resonated with us and, of course, with others. We were striving to make something different and unique, something visually and emotionally engaging. And because these films have no dialogue, there is no language barrier, which offers a total immersion for people around the world.”

Adds Ben, “Shortly after releasing KIN 1 last year which we funded ourselves, we started receiving e-mails from around the world expressing kind words and love for what we did. We discovered then that there was an audience for films of this kind. Films that are meant to evoke. Films open to interpretation and that enchant through rich visuals and music.

This gave Sebastian and me strength and inspiration to push forward, launch a Kickstarter campaign last March, and finish what we started, especially now that we had people intrigued about this story and these characters.” Says their mom, “We feel blessed to be able to engage our whole family including our other sons, Liam, Samuel and Renault, in the work of Pure Art, share our experiences with the community, and hopefully make a small difference in the lives of other families who have so little. It is an honour for us to be part of a circle of compassion that is alive and well here and we will not stop moving forward and doing more together.”

Tickets at $30, which are going fast and come with a tax receipt for $20 upon request, can be reserved by calling the Pure Art Boutique in Hudson at (450) 458-1115 to be picked up at the theatre the night of the fundraiser. The first of which will begin at 5:45 p.m. with a screening at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m. The second show will begin with a reception at 8:30 p.m. followed by the screening at 9:30 p.m.

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