Private Project

The Legacy Project

A moving documentary film that follows seniors and youth as they share traditions of drum making, cooking, and harvesting. Fundamentally celebrating the exchange of wisdom and ritual between cultures and generations, the film was a collaboration between Cambridge Art Galleries, community seniors organizations, and filmmakers Gary Kirkham and Dwight Storring. This remarkable project, developed as a response to Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, transcends barriers between generations and cultures within our community to create an inspiring and enduring legacy heirloom.
Filmed on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnawbe and Neutral peoples, this project was made possible through the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Grant and by support from our community partners: Stirling Heights Long Term Care, Chartwell Queen’s Square Retirement Residence, and the Cambridge Gleaners.

  • Idea Exchange - Cambridge Libraries and Galleries
  • Gary Kirkham
    Look, Runaway, and Gas Van Saints (official selection at the Romanian Comedy Film Festival)
  • Dwight Storring
    Beginnings, Finding John Lingwood
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    45 minutes
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    November 10, 2017
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    17,000 USD
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  • Cambridge Galleries Idea Exchange Inaugural screening – The Legacy Project
    Cambridge, Ontario
    January 17, 2018
Director Biography - Gary Kirkham, Dwight Storring

Gary Kirkham is an award winning playwright, and filmmaker. His plays include Falling: A Wake, Pearl Gidley , Queen Milli of Galt, Rage Against Violence (with Dwight Strorring), and Pocket Rocket (with Lea Daniel) and collaborated with The MT Space on Body 13, Amal, and the critically acclaimed The Last 15 Seconds.
His films include The Legacy Project, Look, Runaway, and Gas Van Saints (official selection at the Romanian Comedy Film Festival). He has won numerous awards including: Fuse Theatre Award, Tom Hendry Comedy Award, KM Hunter Award (shortlisted) Kitchener Waterloo Arts Award, and Samuel French Playwriting Award.

Dwight Storring spent over 25 years as a photojournalist, photo-editor and website editor at The Waterloo Region Record.

He moved to the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) where he was director of special projects supporting CIGI's research and programs through the use of online technology.

In 2010 returned to his roots of documentary storytelling. His work centres around stories of ordinary people and their impact on the larger community narrative that we live day to day.

He most recently competed the feature-length documentary "Finding John Lingwood" and has made numerous short films for social service agency.
He was Kitchener's Artist in Residence in 2014.  Also he was Resident Artist, Playwright at Theatre and Company during the 2005-06 season.

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