In the 1960s, the city of Winnipeg was awash in film and television.
It was the home of such stars as Gene Kelly and Errol Flynn, who went on to make blockbuster hits like Where the Wild Things Are.
Now, as a film production company, Film On Productions, a Winnipeg company, is bringing the city a new kind of entertainment to the city.
They’re creating an array of new projects to help young people who are struggling to pay for their education or find employment.
This project is about a group of students, who are working in their arts and crafts class, who want to start a production company.
This will be a partnership between the film company and the students, said Arturo Valenzuela, one of the film’s creators.
They want to make a project that’s both creative and affordable.
The students want to build a company that’s affordable and that’s in their own community, he said.
They don’t want to put it out there in the community to be seen.
The students are not the only ones trying to create an affordable entertainment product.
The province’s film production and development board is looking to expand its entertainment program, which has grown from 20 productions in the past five years to 30 this year.
The board is also looking to create a program that provides financial assistance to students who can’t afford to attend a school or university.
“We want to see more innovative and creative projects,” said board chair Mark Lippmann.
“We are looking for a way to help our students and our communities.”
The new projects come as the province’s budget for education continues to shrink.
The provincial government has cut more than $30 million from education funding in recent years.
Last year, the province also gave more than a billion dollars to arts and culture programs in Winnipeg, which is down about 40 per cent from last year.
But the province still spends $1.6 billion a year on education in Manitoba.
The province also has a $3.5 billion budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year.
That includes an $11.4-billion shortfall for education funding.
And the province has been spending less on the arts and recreation than it did before the budget crisis, when the government announced cuts to education.
“The province has a number of programs that are not working, that aren’t being supported,” said Lippman.
“And so the province needs to make sure that we’re spending more to support our education systems, and not less.”
Lippmann said the province is also spending more on entertainment than it has in the last decade.
“That’s going to have to change,” he said, adding that the province should be focusing on the quality of the productions.
“There’s a lot of good things happening right now in Manitoba that we shouldn’t be spending more of our time on,” he added.
“But we’ve got to do something to help ourselves, and our community, out of the crisis.”
Lenni is a producer at the CBC.
He can be reached at [email protected]