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Orlando Braun couldn’t be prouder.
That Mennonite Joke, produced by Prairie Boy Productions (which Braun founded) for MTS TV’s Stories From Home, is now airing on Bravo Canada, and it’s available to view for free on the BravoFACT Youtube channel (https://youtu.be/NKxp-xtM8nc).
Winner of the Stories from Home Pitch Competition at Gimli Film Festival 2014, and winner of a BravoFACTUAL grant the same year, the documentary-comedy finds humour in the Mennonite culture through the perspective of comedian Matt Falk who hails from Niverville, Man.
The film shows Falk preparing for his first live TV comedy special and researching how to include more of the Mennonite culture in his act. He speaks with Mennonite humorists such as Miriam Toews, Armin Wiebe, Corny Rempel, Leland Klassen to gather material for his routine.
After winning BravoFACTUAL, Braun had a year to take it around and play in festivals around Canada before Bravo start airing it in March. Braun said some people told him the 20-minute film wasn’t long enough and are asking for more.
"The feedback that I’ve been getting from people so far, from everybody who’s seen it in festivals and screenings, is that it is too short. Which is a great thing to hear, much better than the opposite," Braun said.
Braun said because of the contest’s time restrictions he didn’t have room to add all the stories he’d filmed and added he can go more in-depth and talk about things he didn’t have the opportunity to show.
"There’s definitely much more story there that I could include," Braun explained. "If people do like it that they want to see more, I’d be interested to know if they want to see it as a bigger documentary or a series."
Braun added even though the documentary is about Mennonite culture, it can be entertaining to all other cultures.
"Even though your heritage is different you’ll still see that uniqueness in your story and be able to resonate with it because parts of that will sound like your culture."
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