When Life Hands You a Pandemic

An Artisan perspective on Covid-19. Meet three Okanagan artisans, a fine art painter, a beekeeper and a forager to see how they were affected by the Canadian pandemic lockdown and how they innovated as a result of the pressure to survive. What beauty did they discover despite Covid shutdowns? What innovations grew from Covid limitations? What opportunities did they discover when Covid changed everything?

  • Renee Braun
  • Renee Braun
  • Wendy McAlpine
  • Wendy McAlpine
  • Renee Braun
    Video Editor
  • Scott Moran
    Key Cast
  • Jennifer Dirks Krezan
    Key Cast
  • Nikki Balfour
    Key Cast
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    Documentary, Feature, Short
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    45 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 17, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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    6K digital
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Director Biography - Renee Braun

Hello, my name is Renee Braun.
I received an education in criminology and social justice. After working in the field, I discovered my passion for videography. I was trained under Distill Media to enhance my skills. Since then I have worked to mix my videography skills with my social justice education. My documentaries focus on issues that people face and give a voice to those who don't get heard.

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Director Statement

When life Hands You A Pandemic started when Covid shut down my business. I was just about to begin a new venture with a business partner called Lifetime Legacy Videos. The project was to create memoir films for elders. With Covid-19 shutting down everything, there was no way I could film anything. This sparked a question, "are my fellow creators okay"? In this film, I wanted to tell the stories of my fellow creators of how they handled the pandemic and if the pressure created growth and change.