Category: Winnipeg Film Festival

Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival Lands Another World Premiere

The 5th annual Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival has landed another world premiere: Patterson’s Wager, a Canadian feature film by award-winning filmmaker, O. Corbin Saleken.

Patterson's Wager poster small for press kit

Saleken lives in Vancouver, BC. He has a BA in film and television studies from the University of British Columbia, and he attended the 2010 Werner Herzog Rogue Film School in New Jersey.

In 2013, Saleken won the Most Promising Filmmaker award at the Spokane International Film Festival. His short films have screened at film festivals around the world. Patterson’s Wager is Saleken’s first feature film.

When asked about the idea for this film, Saleken explains: “The main idea for Patterson’s Wager came from a short story called12:05 that I wrote a few years ago. I enjoy putting one fantastical element into an otherwise realistic story. In the case of the short story (and, later, screenplay), I decided to explore what would happen if someone had the unpredictable and uncontrollable ability to see two minutes into the future.”

The film boasts a stellar cast of talented Canadian actors, including Fred Ewanuick (Corner Gas, Dan for Mayor), Chelah Horsdal (Hell on Wheels, Arrow), Alex Zahara (Once Upon a Time), Michelle Creber (Strange Empire), Anne Openshaw (The Grey), and Garry Chalk (AMC’s The Killing).

Saleken wrote Patterson’s Wager in the summer of 2012, his seventh feature screenplay. In early 2013, as he was experiencing some festival success (including Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival) with his short film The Vehicle, he says, “I started seriously considering the idea maybe I should empty my savings account and actually make one of these screenplays.”

O. Corbin Saleken, director
Filmmaker Corbin Saleken


The film was written, directed, produced, edited and self-financed by Saleken. He is amazed and proud of what was achieved.

“Thanks to an all-volunteer crew and great cast (who all agreed to work for only $100 a day), we managed to get the whole movie done in only 12 ½ days, considering it had 20+ speaking parts, three different time periods and 19 locations, which ranged from a casino to an 1885 logging camp.”

Saleken says he was in a constant state of appreciation.

“There were numerous times while on the set that I found myself amazed at the fact that all of these people bustling around me were there for the sole purpose of bringing to life these words I had typed onto my computer a year previously. It was a rather humbling notion to consider.”

He continues, “In the end, though, I really could not be more proud of the finished movie. There is really nothing that I would go back and do differently. This is exactly, and then some, the movie I wanted to make.”

Paul H. Boge, WR2R Film Festival founder and coordinator, finds that “one of the greatest joys in doing film festivals is having a world premiere.”

In 2013, the WR2R Film Festival screened two world premieres in the feature documentary category: The New Northwest Passage by author and filmmaker Cameron Dueck and Living with Lava by Theo M. Goble from London, England.

Patterson’s Wager will screen on Fri. Feb. 20 at 6:30 pm and on Sat. Feb. 21 at 8 pm.

The 5th annual Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival will take place Feb. 17-22, 2015 at the North Kildonan MB Church, 1315 Gateway Road. For more info check out

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Glorious Impossible

This morning I woke up with this phrase in my head: Glorious Impossible. I couldn’t quite understand why these words were playing in my mind. Then it hit me: Glorious Impossible! Just the combination of these two words seems conflicting. What’s so glorious about impossible?

GLORIOUS IMPOSSIBLE. Can you hear it? Repeat it out loud if you need to: Glorious Impossible!

As I kept repeating these two words over and over during my morning routine I was reminded of the circumstances I’m facing, problems I’m dealing with, dreams I have. It occurred to me that most of them (if not all) have the word “impossible” attached to it.


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“When Quitting Is Not An Option”

Today I’m holding the book of Arvid Loewen’s life story in my hands that’s been co-written with his son, Paul Loewen.

When Quitting is not an Option
When Quitting is not an Option


“When Quitting is not an Option” is the title of the book and a documentary that will be released on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 as part of this year’s Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival.

It goes without saying: I do admire Read more

“Мама, я убью тебя”

“Мама, я убью тебя” (Mama, I’m going to kill you) is a feature documentary, and will screen under the title “Mama, Why?” at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival, February 18-23, 2014. A story about children living in an orphanage in Kolomna, an ancient city in Moscow Oblast situated at the confluence of the Moskva and Oka Rivers, 114 kilometers southeast of Moscow.

One of the children who is being interviewed in this documentary.

At first I thought this was a privately run orphanage since it appears wealthy, well taken care of. The building seems newer and up-to-date, but Read more

My God is Faithful!

We are working on the 2014 Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival. The last weeks and months have been spent previewing films. Each year there is at least one film that hits home more than others. It touches a nerve and doesn’t leave me alone. It’s no different this time around. I can’t reveal which film did it to me again since the official selection and announcement have not been completed yet.

One of the films I saw brought me back to this: Read more