"The Joy of Sailing"

Kelowna’s Ascent Films made the documentary “The Joy of Sailing” about Adaptive Sailing Kelowna. It will air on AMI-tv, starting July 18.

Kelowna-based documentary television company Ascent Films has completed a new episode for Accessible Media Inc’s (AMI) television series “Our Community” entitled “The Joy of Sailing.”

The half-hour documentary focuses on Adaptive Sailing Kelowna (formerly Disabled Sailing Association) and features some of its members, as well as its former executive director, SherriLee Parsons.

The film will be screened by the Adaptive Sailing Association and Ascent Films on July 18 at the Kelowna Yacht Club. The screening is free and open to the public. The event goes from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with the documentary showing at 6:30 p.m.

It coincides with the broadcast premiere the same day at 5:30 PT on AMI-tv.

It will be available for streaming on demand post-broadcast on AMI.ca or the AMI-tv App.

“We were excited about the opportunity to produce this program, as it features a great local organization that gives people with disabilities the opportunity to sail, enjoy the beautiful lake we have here, and do it in a way that’s truly empowering,” said Jiri Bakala, director of the film, in a news release.

Producer Lucie Bakala added: “It was a new experience, as we had to learn to produce in a way that’s accessible to people with vision loss. AMI provided us with the training and tools to create what they refer to as integrated described video — making audio accessible to individuals who are blind or partially sighted.”

Accessible Media Inc. is a not-for-profit company that operates three broadcast services, primarily to serve people with sight impairment.

Ascent Films Inc. is an award-winning documentary film production company located in Kelowna. Its projects include television documentaries, commercials and corporate films.

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