A Utah school teacher is showing the world a concept of life after death in an all new way. Calvin Barnum teaches business and marketing to high school freshman, but has recently added filmmaker to his resume. He joined Midday to talk about his newest short film, Grandpa's Waltz.
The concept for the film arose after Calvin lost his grandfather last year. He said he imagined his grandfather being reunited with his grandmother who had passed away 20 years earlier. The image was powerful to him, and decided to make the short film to share it with the world.
"I wanted to keep the piece universal, something that would resonate with anyone who has had someone move on. It's basically a dance video. We re-recorded the song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. Ben and Melissa Dixon are amazing singers and turned it into a stunning duet. Then we brought 20 ballroom dancers to a meadow in Provo Canyon and they danced a Viennese waltz we choreographed based on the idea that there are reunions," shared Barnum.
Barnum took on filmmaking after he noticed himself telling his students to be bold and take risks, but found himself not doing the things he asked of them.
The film is close to being done, but still needs help for funding.
"Those who have seen it have said really nice things so we want to share it as much as possible. To do that, besides finishing the edit, we need to pay Sony for the right to publish a re-recording of the song. We aren't trying to make money off of the film so they have been great to work with. Friends and family have financed the film so far through a GoFundMe account," explained Barnum.
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