Graham Street: Living the dream
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined – Henry David Thoreau
Graham Street always planned to work in media production, but on his own terms.
“I wanted to teach documentary filmmaking and have my own production company,” he says.
The journey toward that goal began at Assiniboine Community College (ACC) in the Interactive Media Arts (IMA) program.
After graduation, in 1995, Graham worked at Brandon’s former CKX television station for a couple of years, gaining experience as a camera operator.
The desire for production experience led to stints working in News and on local history documentaries at RDTV in Red Deer and A-Channel in Edmonton.
Next, Graham moved to the international award-winning television producer, Pyramid Productions, to work on programs such as Inside Entertainment and A&E Biography.
A few years later, Graham decided it was time to gain additional academic credentials.
“I wanted to combine my interest in archaeology with storytelling on film,” he says. “The University of Bristol, in the UK, offers an MA in Archaeology for Screen Media that was just what I wanted.”
In this unique interdisciplinary degree, students work in the Archaeology and Anthropology department and the department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television.
After earning his degree, Graham worked in Pyramid Production’s Toronto office as director of photography before returning to the company’s Calgary Headquarters.
And then, in 2008, after years spent learning the art and craft of filmmaking, it was time: Graham returned to Brandon to teach in ACC’s Interactive Media Arts program.
He launched an independent production company, Street Media, two years later.
This coincided with a move by MTS TV to produce ‘Stories From Home’, as part of their Community Expression, Video-on-Demand service.
To date Graham has produced eight documentaries for MTS.
During the summer of 2013, Graham combined his interest in archaeology with filmmaking to document a Brandon University Field School project.
The focus was on the only remaining World War I trench system in North America, at the Camp Hughes Heritage Site, near CFB Shilo.
The network had been designed to train soldiers in trench warfare.
This project is part of the Warpaths series of ‘Stories from Home’ documentaries about World War I, produced by Street Media in association with the RCA Museum.
Graham is the founding member of the Brandon Industry Group, and the Executive Producer of the Brandon Industry Group collaborative project ‘patchworks’.
Warpaths: Every Town Had Soldiers, Warpaths: Ghost Camps and Warpaths: Silver Crosses are documentaries about small town Canada and the birth of a country.
They are about love, pride, sacrifice, belonging, duty, adventure, and discovery.
Ultimately these are documentaries about the people who fought for Canada and the families that waited for them to come home.
It is about a time of innocence lost – the Great War.
Produced by Street Media Inc. and written and hosted by former RCA Museum Director, Marc George.