Airdrie director secures funding for web series

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It’s 7 p.m. on a Tuesday night and you’re dragging your feet. You’ve somehow been suckered into yet another less-than-thrilling, in-home shopping party at your co-workers house. You said you’d go, but the thought of sitting through another sales pitch, the unspoken obligation to buy something that – in all honesty – you don’t want or need, and all the awkward small talk fills you with a deep sense of meh.

Those annoying house parties we’re always getting invited to on Facebook are exactly what Airdrie filmmaker Janie Fontaine and her crew poke fun at in the mockumentary, Home Party.

Fontaine won $10,000 through StoryHive, an online initiative aimed at supporting local directors, to put towards the series.

“We basically portray the lives of a few people who are involved in those pyramid schemes and what comes with that,” Fontaine said. “It’s a comedy.”

Fontaine has lived in Airdrie since 2005 and said she’s grateful to be given this opportunity. Finding out she won the funding through a message from a friend, Fontaine said she couldn’t believe it.

“I was just so ecstatic,” she said.

Ally Lane, a Calgarian writer, pitched Fontaine the idea this summer over coffee.

“From the minute she pitched it to me, she said ‘It’s going to be a winning project.’ She believes in the project, so I believe in it too,” Fontaine said. “It’s pretty awesome, the feeling of her dedication.”

Working with a crew of five, filming is set to begin in November. The Home Party crew plans to produce three seven-minute episodes with the winnings. Once the first three are completed, the team has a chance to enter to win more funding to create more episodes.

“We really hope to make a full season,” Fontaine said.

Home Party follows Bony, a 40-year old single man who still lives in his mom’s basement, in his pyramid scheme endeavor.

“He’s trying to sell joy, so hence why I think it’s hilarious,” Fontaine said.

Airdrie’s Anne Mulders plays Bony’s mother in the series and said although she has kids, they’re nothing like her son in Home Party.

“I support him because I want him to be successful, so he can move out of my basement – but he does drive me crazy,” Mulders said of her character. “So it goes two ways.”

Once the series has been completed viewers can watch Home Party at story storyhive.com

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