Benny the Brick has won two awards at the 2017 Central Alberta Film Festival. Jury Selection Best Short Narrative & Audience Selection Best Short Narrative.
Benny the Brick was accepted into the Canada Shorts Film Festival where it won the Award of Merit and has been nominated by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association for the 2016 Award for Best Student Production.
The bar used in the film was shut down for Christmas and the crew began shooting on boxing day. The entire shoot lasted 5 days.
Most of the film was shot on location in Olds Alberta. Olds is in between Red Deer, where most of the actors and crew live, and Calgary, where the director lives.
The films director Peter Kominek was also the cinematographer, as well as producer and make-up artist.
The lead actor Tucker New was the films writer.
The actor Mitch Roelfsema who played the bouncer “Jesse” was also one of the films producers.
All of the extras in the bar scene are family and friends of the films producers.
The scenes in Benny’s mother’s house were filmed in actor Tucker New’s parent’s house in Crossfield Alberta.
When filming in Crossfield, director Peter Kominek and Daryn Tessier were forced to stay the night due to a massive snow storm which closed sections of Hwy 2.