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SMPIA member Kolby Kostyniuk captures Sask. farm’s struggles and triumphs in new doc


May 20, 2018

Some documentary filmmakers can feel like interlopers in the stories they choose to tell. For Kolby Kostyniuk, making his latest film was like returning to his natural habitat.

Kostyniuk’s documentary, “Boom or Bust on the Simpson Family Farm,” opens with a text crawl explaining how the number of Saskatchewan family farms has fallen from over 142,000 to under 35,000 during the last 80 years. It’s a harsh statistic.

The film explores one such family farm, which is run by two brothers, Trevor and Jason Simpson.

Kostyniuk will introduce the Simpson brothers to Yorkton at the upcoming film festival. His documentary is in the running for the Ruth Shaw Award (Best of Saskatchewan). Kostyniuk, who received a nomination for Best Student Production at YFF last year, is thrilled to return to the festival.

Read more about Kostyniuk’s documentary here.