Earlier this year as we were planning the 2022 BUMP Festival, we thought the time was right to take a closer look at our city and its growing appetite for public art through a film. We focused on a dedicated muralist who has been evolving and growing their practice in Calgary for our entry into the film space. This fall we are proud to announce IN THIS MOMENT, a documentary film commissioned by BUMP Festival and created by FOREIGNERZ about Calgary based artist Alex Kwong.

Two years after the pandemic has begun, the city of Calgary is at a tipping point – culturally, economically, politically. The pandemic has pulled the city in many directions, but it has also created an undercurrent of new artists who are leaving their mark on the city, priming it to evolve into something new. Alex Kwong, a Calgary based muralist, has spent the pandemic changing his life, growing as an artist and contemplating about human connection and the impermanence of all things. In 2022, when asked to create a giant mural in the heart of Calgary by a local public art entity, BUMP Festival, Kwong chooses to immortalize a moment in time between his close friend Curtis and his daughter Oddette, spurring a series of conversations between people connected to this mural to reflect on art, love and the significance of this era. IN THIS MOMENT takes a deeper look at how an artist can change during the pandemic and the importance of personal connections in our community.

Directed by Eman Safadi, FOREIGNERZ
Cinematography & Editing by Jashan Makan, FOREIGNERZ
Additional Cinematography: Vince Raquel, Tyrell Bonnick, Jevan Bailey
Film Production: Eman Safadi & Contra, FOREIGNERZ
Sound Design: Eman Safadi & Contra, FOREIGNERZ
Mural Production: Julia Schreiber & Jake Klein-Waller
Executive Produced By: The Beltline Urban Mural Projects
Funded By: The Government of Canada
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.