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Waterloo filmmakers documentary selected to open 2015 Grand River Film Festival on November 2nd

mpGO members distinguish themselves with world premiere of Suubi: Dance Drum Dream

Waterloo — The world premiere of Suubi: Dance Drum Dream, a 60-mintue documentary directed and produced by Waterloo filmmakers Paul Campsall and Paul Francescutti, will open the 2015 Grand River Film Festival on November 2 at 7:30 pm at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge. Both filmmakers are members of the Media Producers Group of Ontario (mpGO).

The pair of filmmakers said they were “honored and grateful that their film was selected to open the 2015 Grand River Film Festival and delighted to be presenting the film to a hometown audience first.”

Suubi: Dance Drum Dream tells the story of the Suubi Fusion Troupe, which is comprised of students between the ages of 13 and 19 who attend the Cambridge Secondary School in Kyengera, Uganda, located just outside the capital city of Kampala. The school is one of only a handful of post primary education facilities in Uganda that focuses on teaching the arts.

With its breathtaking dance imagery and driving percussion, the film is saturated with colour and energy, along with the dreams of the students as told by the students. The audience will feel the wonderful rapport that has developed due to this Uganda/Canadian collaboration.

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Production Credits:
Director, Writer & Editor: Paul Campsall
Producer: Paul Francescutti
Camera: Paul Campsall, Paul Francescutti and Mitch Pollard (Fanshawe College Film Graduate)
Music: Bryan Beerbaum, Zac Widarski (Fanshawe College Music Graduates) and Suubi Fusion Troupe
Narration: Jill Hennessy

The idea for the film took shape last year when the two filmmakers were introduced to Dream for Uganda Board of Directors Catherine Carlson, Valerie Hill and Ev Widarski. The organization helps to foster performance arts, including assisting the students at the Cambridge Secondary School to tell their stories through drama, music and creative writing.

The following special guests will be on-hand during the screening of Suubi: Dance Drum Dream at the Dunfield Theatre and the after-party in the lobby of the Dunfield Theatre:

· Director: Paul Campsall
· Producer: Paul Francescutti
· Members of the Dream for Uganda Team: Catherine Carlson, Valerie Hill and Ev Widarski
· Suubi Fusion Troupe
Additionally, the Suubi Fusion Troupe will bring the documentary to life through a live performance not to be missed.

Both filmmakers are no strangers to international productions in Africa. Mr. Campsall and Mr. Francescutti worked together on the documentary Return to Africa (2011), which follows the life of Elsie Cresssman, an accomplished midwife and health care practitioner who hailed from New Hamburg. She spent decades working to advance health care in East Africa. The documentary follows the 85-year-old Elsie as she returns to Africa to visit the communities that she once extensively worked with.

Mr. Campsall has been producing films and video through his company, MetaMedia, for more than 20 years. His work as cameraman and director has taken him to Africa, Asia and South America, including a one-year posting in Nairobi. He has produced a number of films telling Waterloo Region stories, most recently When the Blues Come to Town. MetaMedia has a studio and editing facility in uptown Waterloo. For more information, visit:

Mr. Francescutti has been producing films and video in conjunction with CTV Kitchener and the Canadian International Development Agency for more than 15 years. His stories have taken him to Africa, Asia and South & Central America.


Screening of Suubi: Dance Drum Dream, followed by a live performance by the Suubi Fusion Troupe and an after-party in the foyer of Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge.

Date: Monday, November 2, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm (screening), 8:45 pm (after-party)
Location: Dunfield Theatre, 46 Grand Ave. South, Cambridge, ON
Admission: $15.00 / $10.00 for seniors & students

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