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Lights, camera, action — actor Adam Beach is bringing a little bit of Hollywood to the West End.
The Adam Beach Film Institute (ABFI), which was operating out of 383 McMillan Ave. for more than a year, has now taken over the Ellice Café and Theatre (587 Ellice Ave.). According to Beach, he received the keys to the building on Aug. 25.
"The Adam Beach Film Institute is teaching, training and creating jobs in film — anything from being a janitor, to being a costume designer, to being an extra, to being a cinematographer, to being an editor," Beach said. "We’re opening up the whole film industry here in Manitoba that nobody else is doing."
Jeremy Torrie, an instructor at the ABFI, has been in the film business for 20 years, and said that students learn the best when they’re thrown into the fire.
"Most film schools teach a majority of theory with a little bit of practical. With Adam’s leadership, we need to flip it around," Torrie said. "Mistakes are going to be made, and that’s where you learn."
Some of the skills students can expect to learn at the ABFI include acting, cinematography, editing, post-production, sound mixing, sound design, directing, screenwriting, accounting, producing.
Students will be able to attend the ABFI in the fall.
"We’re just tidying (the place) up. Our priority right now is fixing the theatre," Beach said. "I’m going to have a red carpet event for the city, so I might invite my Hollywood friends to come and support Winnipeg as a film industry."
The school will have an indigenous focus, according to Beach, because he believes aboriginal people are an "untapped resource in film and television."
"We want to prove we can achieve (just like anyone else)," Beach said.
Beach has acted in about 75 films and television shows, but he’s always wanted to do more — which is why he went from acting to movies to teaching and producing as well.
"Everything I’m doing now has been a plan for about 15 years," Beach explained. "I’ve always been intrigued with change. I always found myself wanting to push the envelope, whether it’s changing my family, changing myself. Acting was teaching me those tools to learn who I am and also change who I am."
At the ABFI, Beach said a restaurant will be opening soon.
"The restaurant will be creating healthy food — menus with buffalo, elk," he said.
The restaurant will also serve food for moviegoers to eat while enjoying a film.