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The Grasslands Project - Val Marie Hotel

The Grasslands Project - Val Marie Hotel

| 10 min

This short documentary from The Grasslands Project introduces us to Aline Laturnus, the women who puts in long hours to keep the Val Marie hotel running.  Breakfast is at seven a.m., and some nights the bar doesn’t close until two. This hotel is more than just a business: it’s the hub of the community, and Aline knows that closing the establishment would deal this small town a major blow. We follow Aline as she prepares for a big night, and we learn about the importance of the hotel from the people of Val Marie.

  • writer
    Scott Parker
  • director
    Scott Parker
  • producer
    David Christensen
  • cinematography
    Scott Parker
  • editor
    Scott Parker
  • music composer
    Aaron Macri
  • music performer
    Aaron Macri
  • sound mix engineer
    John Blerot
  • on-line colourist
    Joe Owens
  • social media coordinator
    Kristin Catherwood
  • transcription
    Patricia Garry
    Sharon Murphy
  • title animation
    Kim Clegg
  • production coordinator
    Jasmine Pullukatt
    Faye Yoneda
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • program administrator
    Bree Beach
    Ginette D'Silva
  • centre operations manager
    Darin Clausen
  • executive producer
    David Christensen
  • director of English programming
    Michelle van Beusekom


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Ages 13 to 18

Geography - Territory: Agricultural
Media Education - Documentary Film
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World

A short documentary from The Grasslands Project featuring the Val Marie hotel owner Aline Laturnus and her dedication and personal sacrifice in keeping the hub of the community alive. A revealing behind-the-scenes look at the pressures of owning a business in a small town. Identify the demands faced by Ms. Laturnus in keeping the hotel running. What are the tasks we see her doing in the film? What are the personal attributes she shows in her dedication to her business?

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