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Streaming free on NFB.ca starting November 15. Meet Saskatoon’s unsung heroes helping those in greatest need, in Eric Thiessen’s award-winning NFB short Talking at Night.


November 15, 2018 – Vancouver – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Starting November 15 on NFB.caEric Thiessen’s Golden Sheaf Award-winning National Film Board of Canada (NFB) short doc Talking at Night takes viewers inside Saskatoon’s Mobile Crisis Centre, a critically needed but largely unknown service.

Available for free streaming, this seven-minute short offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Mobile Crisis Centre, which provides crisis resolution to people in distress, taking calls from individuals in unpredictable and urgent situations—and responding in person when help is needed most.

For almost 40 years, this non-profit organization has been answering to the needs of Saskatonians, confidentially addressing a wide range of issues, from suicide prevention to child abuse—a vital part of a community that depends on them day and night.

Talking at Night received the prestigious Ruth Shaw Award (Best of Saskatchewan) at the 2018 Yorkton Film Festival.

Thiessen is a filmmaker as well as a communications advisor with Federated Co-operatives Limited. His past work includes writing and directing for a Gemini Award-winning rodeo documentary series, Hell on Hooves. Eric holds a master’s degree from the University of Calgary and is an instructor at the Recording Arts Institute of Saskatoon, where he teaches film history to the next generation of Saskatchewan storytellers.

The film was produced through Doc Lab Saskatchewan, a collaborative training initiative between the NFB, Creative Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, launched in the spring of 2017. Jon Montes is the producer, with David Christensen as executive producer, for the NFB’s North West Studio.


Promotional Material
Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailers, synopsis: Talking at Night

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