Steveston store rolls out red carpet for teen's film premiere

A Steveston business is quite literally rolling out the red carpet for the premiere of a short-film, written and directed by a local 13-year-old and starring himself, his friends, neighbours and his dog.

Splash Toy Shop on Moncton Street is hosting the premiere of Detective George, a 10-minute film, made by Homma elementary student Justin Blais.

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The film – which follows the adventures of a young boy who becomes a crime detective, solving a strange string of house robberies in his Steveston neighborhood – won its category at the BC Student Film Festival earlier this year.

And the owner and staff at Splash, which provides the location for the final scene in the film, wanted to recognize Justin and his cast with a free, red-carpet event on Saturday, Sept. 7.

“It’s the venue for the final scene, so we thought it would be nice to have a little event here for them and the owner wanted to highlight the significant youth in our community,” said Shelley Langston, who works part-time in the toy store.

“We are going to be handing out prize tickets on the day around the village to get people along to the premiere, which will run on a loop every 15 minutes between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.”

The plan, added Langston, is to draw out prizes for those with tickets after every showing.

“As well as the red carpet, I believe the cast are going to arrive in the ‘police car’ from the movie, which is going to be chauffeur-driven by the ‘police officer’ in the movie,” said Langston.

“We are also going to be distributing flyers in some of the local schools next week, so it could be quite a lot of fun.”

The film can be viewed on the website by searching for “Detective George.”

The premiere will be showing every 15 minutes from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Splash Toy Store on Moncton Street.

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