Winnipeg production company wins grant for docu-comedy about Mennonite culture

Prairie Boy Productions

Prairie Boy Productions of Winnipeg has won a BravoFACTUAL grant for their documentary, That Mennonite Joke.

The local team, led by Orlando Braun and Jorge Requena, won over the curiosity and support of Bravo and Bell Media with their documentary offering a sophisticated insider’s view of  Mennonite culture through a comedic lens.

stars Winnipeg comedian Matt Falk.

That Mennonite Joke stars Winnipeg comedian Matt Falk.

BravoFACTUAL awards are granted by the BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) jury for the production of short-form documentary projects. Since 1995, the purpose behind BravoFACT has been to support Canadians in short scripted projects.

This year, the docu-comedy, That Mennonite Joke, was among eight films selected. The film offers a glimpse into the humour in Mennonite culture, which according to director Braun is “an aspect that rarely – if ever – receives attention in the media.”

Starring comedian Matt Falk, the film follows his journey through his heritage to unveil the root of the humour to enhance his comedy act, but also to bring the audience in on the joke. It will be directed by Braun, produced by Requena and released in summer 2015.

This BravoFACTUAL selection follows the film’s win at the MTS Stories From Home pitch competition this summer at the Gimli Film Festival.

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