Rainbow Valley film meets funding goal

Colin MacLean
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CAVENDISH – Two budding young Island filmmakers are a step closer to completing a documentary that’s causing a bit of a buzz on the Island.  


Patrick Callbeck and Alexis Bulman are making a documentary about Rainbow Valley and have recently reached their crowdfunding goal of $3,000 to fund the film. 

Patrick Callbeck and Alexis Bulman have reached their crowdfunding goal on www.indiegogo.com.

That’s techno-speak for saying that more than 80 people from all over North America chipped in a couple of bucks each to help them make their movie.

The Charlottetown residents (Bulman is from Summerside) are working on a documentary movie about the former Rainbow Valley amusement park in Canvendish and turned to indiegogo.com in early July to help them raise enough money to do it.

They shot for $3,000 and as of Sept. 1 had raised $3,191.  

It’s amazing news for a little project that seems to have resonated with a lot of people, said Callbeck.

“It feels great. It’s awesome to know that so many people out there want this project to be made and were supporting of it with their own hard earned money. We really appreciate everything people have done for us,” he said.

That little bit of extra cash at the end was especially appreciated, he added, as both indiegogo.com and paypal.com take a cut of all projects that successfully reach their funding goal. The extra money beyond their goal should cover those fees.

Callbeck and Bulman said they’ve been hard at work on their project all summer.

They’ve conducted several interviews with people connected to the park, rediscovered some of its iconic rides and props and have collected hours of old home movies showing the grounds in their prime.

The Facebook page they set up to keep their supporters updated on their progress has also garnered at least 3,265 followers.

To drum up support, Callbeck and Bulman even recreated Rainbow Valley in miniature for Charlottetown’s Art in the Open event.

The idea has definitely taken on a life of it’s own, said Callbeck.

As a result, they’ve decided to expand on their original idea, which was to make a 15-minute mini-documentary, and instead make a feature 45 minute film.

“It’s almost quadrupled in size so its definitely a bigger undertaking, but we’re more than happy to make it that big,” he said.

 “It’s more work, but in the long-run, it’s more rewarding and fun,” added Bulman.

The added length of the film has also meant a longer production period.

They were originally shooting for a completion date in October, however, they now expect a release date sometime next spring with a first showing sometime that summer.

Those details have yet to be determined.

Callbeck and Bulman also wanted to let the public know that just because their indiegogo.com campaign is finished, they would still appreciate any donations of funds, story ideas, or other Rainbow Valley material that people would like to contribute.

They can be contacted at 620-1769 or by email at leckybulman@gmail.com.

For regular updates on how the film is progressing, check out the film’s Facebook page. 


Geographic location: Rainbow Valley, Charlottetown, North America Summerside Canvendish

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