Ross Mayberry plays a character named Randi, who is a weight lifting spotter. Mayberry’s film is a fast paced comedy that he’s screening to raise money for wildfire victims. (Photo courtesy of Ross Mayberry)

Colwood filmmaker looks to bring light in times of darkness

Ross Mayberry is premiering a new movie to raise funds for wildfire victims

A Colwood filmmaker is using his craft to fundraise for the Red Cross Fire Relief Fund.

Ross Mayberry has produced a fast paced 40 minute comedy titled Ross Mayberry’s Dirty Shorts which is made up of 36 short films including parodies of companies, commercials, TV shows and movies.

Mayberry said writing a comedy while seeing destruction from the wildfires situation in the Interior made him want to help people laugh and raise money at the same time. “I was going to show my new movie next year but when I saw what was going on this summer it made me sad to see all those people having to leave their homes/daily lives, and here I was sitting editing a comedy movie. To go back and forth from the comedy to the news made me think maybe I could put my movie on this year and hopefully make people laugh as we raised money for people who weren’t,” Mayberry said. “That was my main motivation and I hope people come out and support the event, have some laughs and hopefully raise some money for the Red Cross and all the people that were affected by the fires.”

The film was shot in Victoria with local talent starring Mayberry, James Slevan, Gary Everson, Daniel Vallee, Rita Everson, Larry Fletcher, Dan Chilton, Christine Karpiak, Nancy Young, and many others.

Screenings are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the Vic Theatre (808 Douglas St.). Tickets are free with a donation of $1 or more going to the Red Cross Fire Relief Fund but you must be 19-plus to attend as this is a licensed venue.

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