I’ve written before about Winnipeg’s ‘A Port In The Storm‘ as well as the special people my siblings & I have come to meet as we support our Dad’s cancer treatment. One of those people is a gentleman by the name of Bryce Klassen, son to John, who is undergoing treatment for leukaemia. They live across the hall from my Dad.
The Klassen family is special; not just to me but to ‘A Port In The Storm’. For example, ‘A Port In The Storms’ Executive Director, Marion has asked the talented Bryce to embark on a creative project; a documentary on ‘A Port In The Storm’ itself which Bryce has titled THE FOURTH FLOOR. Bryce has been dedicatedly working away on this project for a while now, a process involving personal interviews with guests lodging at PITS as well as staff who keep this incredible facility running, & hours of filming & editing – all of which he does with s sense of purpose & professionalism.
Not only was I asked to participate in the interviewing process (along with my Dad & sister Ebony), but I was further honoured when Bryce asked for permission to use one of my original songs as the sort of soundtrack to the film, which you can get a sample of in the trailer featured below. I fully support Bryce & everyone at PITS & am very much looking forward to when this documentary sees the light of day in completion.
Today a teaser for THE FOURTH FLOOR has been released & I was able to turn the tables on Bryce long enough to ask him a few questions for the sake of this piece. Thankfully he agreed!
CC: This has been a big undertaking Bryce! What has the experience been like so far?
Bryce: It’s been life changing! And I’ve got to meet some amazing people. The people here are amazing because they have so much strength and courage in light of everything that’s going on and the stories they have to tell are so interesting. I’m just interested in everybody. As well, its been difficult for my dad…I’ve been moved pretty much every time I’ve sat down and talked to people here.
CC: What purpose do you want The Fourth Floor to serve & where did the title come from?
Bryce: It’s very personal to me so the process of making it is healing personally and I hope it can raise awareness on the issue of cancer and the people it affects. The ‘fourth floor’ was where I started my stay here, and its been home to many families going through the same thing.
CC: What has been your biggest challenge in the process of making the film and being there throughout your dad’s treatments?
Bryce: Just getting started with the whole process and taking it all in. Because there is so much of a story to tell so its pretty daunting. Especially seeing your dad suffer throughout the whole thing. So its a lot to handle at once. I think the hardest part is seeing your father suffering and so fragile. It kinda messes with your head. And I’m not the best at coping with things so making a movie on the subject helps me express my feelings.
Moms taking it the hardest because she’s the glue that holds the family together and she has to witness everything falling apart.
CC: What keeps you going? Where do you get your strength from?
Bryce: I think its something you acquire over time, and when life throws a curveball at you, you just have to accept it and do your best.
CC: Where would you eventually like to take your film making talents?
Bryce: As far has humanly possible! I think a dream project would be something that I could leave behind for people and be proud of. Something people line up at the theatre to see and leave moved.
Thank you Bryce for the work your dedication to both ‘A Port In The Storm’ & THE FOURTH FLOOR; I have a good feeling you are well on your way in terms of creating something special. You most definitely are leaving your mark.
Stay tuned for more on THE FOURTH FLOOR & in the meantime check out the trailer here or below: