Vancouver-Based Filmmaker Reconnects With Hylo Roots With New Short Film

A deep love for motorcycles over the years has become a gateway for Lori Lozinski to process the grief of losing her parents.

A deep love for motorcycles over the years has become a gateway for Lori Lozinski to process the grief of losing her parents.

The 48-year-old award-winning producer, who spent many years in the Hylo area of ​​Lac La Biche County, is bringing this story to the big screen nationwide. Loziniski’s directorial debut A motorcycle saved my life will be seen by the public for the first time this Saturday at the Edmonton International Film Festival.

The film will also be screened at the Vancouver and Calgary International Film Festivals.

The narrated short pays homage to the lessons and strength her parents brought to her life, not only helping her shape her creative expressions, but also giving her motivation, she said. During her motorcycle trip from Vancouver to the community in northern Alberta, she was able to reconnect with an important part of her life.

“It brought me back to them and all the ways we used to connect, whether it was traveling or doing unusual things, which my mom always really enjoyed,” she said.

Her father, Dave Lozinski, was a farmer in Hylo, an environmental enthusiast, and a former county councilor for Lac La Biche. Lozinski’s mother was a “youthful spirit” who was deeply rooted in who she was.

Unfortunately, dealing with the inevitable aspect of their deaths has been a difficult journey.

“After they both passed quite suddenly, I was a bit lost. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life anymore… My father died 11 years ago and my mother almost nine years ago. So it took a while to get there.”

Unveiling of Memories

The film, which she has been working on for a few years, includes many archival photographs of her family and her time in the community. Throughout the film, Lozinski interviews surviving members of his family, who delight in talking about fond memories of his parents and his childhood. This experience brought her closer to her roots and her extended family, having lived in Vancouver for 20 years.

“I’m no longer afraid to tell these people that I love them, where I was. I think that’s been the biggest change for me.

Narration

Lozinski’s transition from producing over 100 documentaries, TV shows and movies to her own directed and written short film is a journey she hopes to continue.

“I just wanted to do projects that were more in my own voice, in my own perception of how I see the world. As a producer, I’m creatively involved in these projects, but ultimately I want to support the director and what he’s trying to say,” she said. “I’m grateful to be doing this a bit later in my career because I have so much production experience.”

Lozinski now visits the Hylo region, which she calls home, as much as possible. Lozinski and his sister share their homestead in the area which served as the backdrop for much of the film. She hopes to expand and continue to share the relationship with the region with others, whether through films or by connecting with the community.

“Whenever someone asks me where my home is, it really is this land. This is where I feel the deepest connection. To be able to have the privilege and the opportunity to tell a story like this, especially with the support of the National Film Board (NFB)”, was a highlight for her.

Talking about mourning

Ultimately, by telling her story of the thrill and freedom she feels riding a motorcycle and tackling the pain that has become a healing journey, she hopes it will help others as well.

“I would really like to break down those walls because I think we need to talk more about grief, how we live with it and how we learn to live with it.”

“I think if this story is just a way for people,” to open up and de-stigmatize their pain, it could hopefully support their journey, she said.

As the start of A motorcycle saved my life approach, Lozinski is grateful for the contributions of her family and looks forward to those who have contributed to experience the film.

“It’s going to be emotionally challenging, but I’m really excited for people to see it and for my family to see themselves in it.”