Our take: Cowichan film a tearjerker for all the right reasons

Oddly enough, you know something’s a huge success when it almost makes you cry.

That seemed to be the feeling evoked following the special media screening of Once upon a day… Cowichan.

Nick Versteeg’s beautiful and unique five-minute rendition of Cowichan Valley living definitely had folks at the screening feeling warm and fuzzy.

This reaction wasn’t much of a surprise, though. We know Versteeg’s talent and we know he had many amazing people, groups and attributes to work with.

If you ask anyone what they love most about Cowichan, you’re sure to get a variety of answers — everything from hiking to the cross at the top of Mount Tzhouhalem to fishing off the shores of Cowichan Bay and Crofton, to biting into a delicious piece of bread from True Grain Bakery in Cowichan Bay or stopping in at a show with friends at the Cowichan Theatre.

But sometimes all we locals need is a reminder.

And that’s exactly what Versteeg’s clip does; it reminds us how fortunate we are, and provides us with knowledge about some of the activities maybe we didn’t know much about.

Last week’s screening will show many locals they don’t know everything about our home turf, as it’s clear the nooks and crannies of Cowichan are hardly lacking in options for fun things to do.

And most importantly, Versteeg’s film will no doubt draw folks from all over the world here.

We truly are an emerging cultural mecca — an unpolished diamond in the rough. And it seems we’ve also finally found the perfect way to shine a light on Cowichan.

Once upon a day… Cowichan, along with a more in-depth 42-minute version, officially premieres to the public Thursday, March 7 at the Cowichan Theatre.

Go. Shed a tear. And be proud.

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