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Geo Takach

Geo is a writer, instructor, filmmaker, script consultant, speaker/performer, lifelong learner and bottle-washer. Over the last 20-plus years, his writing has appeared in print (four books and hundreds of articles in magazines, newspapers and corporate publications), speeches, music, film, radio, dramatic and documentary television and video, and on the theatre stage, the Web and garage pads. His longtime fascination and frustration with our province produced his epic exploration of its soul, Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up?, released as a one-hour documentary film for City TV, a 426-page book for the University of Alberta Press, and a migraine for himself. To relieve writer’s rump, Geo rises to teach writing in reputable post-secondary institutions and workshops, and to perform comedy (adequately) and music (poorly, but that’s part of the comedy) at special events across Alberta and beyond.

 

Works

Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? University of Alberta Press, 2010 (non-fiction book)

“Flickering Lights vs. Footlights: A Script.” Paperweight: A Newspaper of Visual and Material Culture (U.K.) 1:1, Autumn/Winter 2010 (experimental screenplay)

Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? City TV, 2009 (one-hour film)

Dual Alberta and Alberta in One Word, 2008 (short films, screened at festivals)

Radio Worth Fighting For, Bravo TV, 2004 (one-hour film for Lorna Thomas Productions)

Edmonton 2001 (bid book and speakers’ speech presentations in support of Edmonton’s successful bid to host the Eighth World Championships in Athletics)

 

Awards

Gold medal, “Best Non-fiction, Western Canada” category for Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up?, Independent Book Publishers Association (USA), 2011

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