IGNITE! 2020: Good people

Art Series: Provocation

Photo: marvelmozhko/Pixabay; Design: Bryan Sandberg

Good People is a digital project that unfolds across several websites. Begin the journey by clicking the button below.

A dark, twisted narrative unfolding across a digital ecosystem that explores the aftermath of a gay 14-year-old’s suicide, his family and church’s refusal to hold a funeral for him, and the social movements that emerge in protest.

Run time – ~120 minutes
Rated – PG-13

  • Death/dying
  • Homophobia/heterosexism
  • Religious content
  • Suicide/suicidal ideation

If you have questions relating to mental health, Alberta Health – Access Mental Health is an excellent resource with trained professionals who can answer questions about these matters.

If you need immediate help and support the Calgary Distress Centre can provide immediate access to a crisis counsellor. Accessible by phone at 403-266-4357 and by their chat function – located here.

Owl Pod is offering free virtual counselling sessions – needing to talk is okay. No problem is too small.

Cast and Creative Team

Project Lead – Bryan Sandberg
A queer Filipinx-Canadian artist based in Calgary, Alberta, Bryan Sandberg has always been interested in exploring new territory in how stories are told. His experiences growing up as a Christian missionary kid in the Philippines give him unique perspectives on the world. If he is not writing, he is likely playing video games or board games.

Artistic Mentor – Jordan Baylon

Stage Manager – Erika Carey
A young aspiring stage manager who has a deep appreciation for all things theatre, film, and entertainment.

Performer: Marsha” – Lori Bachynski
Lori Bachynski says she has been an actor her whole life starting with making up her own plays at a young age. These days Lori does her best to follow her dreams as an actor, hoping that it shows her children that they can too. She wants to thank Bryan for this amazing opportunity, her husband, and her amazing teachers.

Performer: “Pastor Howard” – Russell Bisschop
Russell Bisschop is making his acting debut as part of the IGNITE! festival, playing the role of Pastor Howard, in Good People. Bisschop has been developing a variety of acting skills through study at the Company of Rogues Actors’ studio in Calgary, Alberta.

Performer: Marciella” – Karina Luterbach
An English major, a writer, and an avid DnD player. I’m really excited to get to voice act!

Our festival is free to attend although donations help us with funding and enables us to keep bringing you amazing performances every year! We are also encouraging donations to the Calgary Black Empowerment Fund.