Toronto teens Eamonn O’Keeffe and Patrick Y. Lee co-produced the winning entry of The Historica-Dominion Institute’s Make Your Own Heritage Minute Contest. The winning entry was entitled The Winter March. This student-made short film dramatizes the 50-day 1100 kilometre trek of the 104th New Brunswick Regiment during the War of 1812. This fascinating tale of bravery and resilience is told through the eyes of eighteen year-old Lieutenant John Le Couteur, whose wartime journal forms the basis for the narration and dialogue.
The contest was open to students of all ages, from grade 7 to any post-secondary institutions. The winners were chosen by a panel of celebrity judges and received a new iPad. The Minutes were judged by This Hour Has 22 Minutes star Shaun Majumder, Heritage Minutes filmmaker Tess Girard, and Mohawk writer and author Brian Maracle.
Eamonn O’Keeffe (16), a passionate young historian, teamed up with Patrick Y. Lee (15), an award-winning student filmmaker to shoot the Heritage Minute at Fort York, a historic site from the War of 1812 located in downtown Toronto. With help from friends, the City of Toronto and the Friends of Fort York, O’Keeffe and Lee made use of accurate weapons and uniforms to recreate the journey. The film is dedicated to the sacrifices and courage of the 104th Regiment during the bicentennial year of this epic trek.
Visit the winning entries on the contest website. Please contact The Historica-Dominion Institute to learn more about this exciting project or to discuss media coverage.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest independent organization dedicated to history and citizenship in Canada. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. Visit www.historica-dominion.ca.
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