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Alberta’s Award-Winning Light

 by Julie Hanus

Tags: arts, film, visual art, architecture, Academy Awards, light, cinematography, Alberta, Kim Gray, Julie Hanus,

Start digging into where films nominated for “best cinematography” were shot, and a bit of a theme begins to emerge: Alberta, Alberta, Alberta. This is no coincidence, Kim Gray writes in our May-June issue: The province possesses spectacular natural light—capable of transforming all it touches into a visual feast, and inspiring filmmakers, photographers, artists, architects, and residents alike.

As far as films go, Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven (1978) won the province one of its first Academy Awards for cinematography. Many awards and nominations would follow: Unforgiven (1992), Legends of the Fall (1994), Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), to name a few. Check out the following trailers and clips to get a peek at what Gray calls “the marvel of Southern Alberta light.”