That Mennonite Joke, a short film starring local comedian Matt Falk, drew a large crowd at its Premiere in Steinbach Saturday afternoon.
Orlando Braun is the films writer and director. He says there were people lining up at Keystone Cinema over an hour before the movie started. He notes Steinbach was the perfect place to release That Mennonite Joke.
“I think it only makes sense to do it in Steinbach. I don't see any other way that this film should have been premiered. A lot of our cast actually has really close ties with Steinbach. We filmed in Steinbach, so it makes sense to show the film in a place where Mennonite culture is really appreciated and I think this is the best place.”
Matt Falk says when he was approached with the idea to shoot this film about a year ago, he never expected it be so well received.
“It is incredibly special, and you never really expect it to be that big of a success. You have a hope for it, but you don't expect people to embrace it like this, and when you see it it is overwhelming.”
The film follows Falk as he dives into his Mennonite heritage in the search for more content for his stand up comedy routine. He says they had a lot of footage to work with because they followed him around for almost a year. He notes the journey really shaped his routine.
“Honestly that was something that I was not expecting. There was some key pieces of advice that I got throughout this year that have 100% defined and shaped bits that are now in my act.”
The premiere was followed by a free faspa.