Dear Councillor Ferguson 0

A letter written to Councillor Lloyd Ferguson on August 5th, 2015 which invites him to take part in our film.

Councillor Ferguson,

I’m not certain if you’d be aware, but I operate a local film production company that is in the process of making a documentary about local politics, with a view to fully analyzing the incident involving yourself and Joey Coleman.  Our overall intent in this is to provide perspective on the incident and aftermath that we don’t think was offered in the local media and particularly in the social media sphere. We have a particular idea that there is a huge value to independent and non-corporate media (it’s what we do, fundamentally).

We take what we do exceedingly seriously, with a core ideal of openness and a neutral point of view. It is from this grounding that we consider it deeply important to talk to you as part of the process of creating this film. We don’t imagine that your first instinct is to respond to this with “Golly, that sounds fantastic.” We do hope that you’d be open to an entirely off the record in-person conversation to see if what we’re doing is something that you can imagine taking part in. I think we’ll surprise you with our desire for this to be a means by which this entire situation can be resolved in a final fashion.

As we begin our research and interview processes we’re immediately concerned about lacking in your perspective. I’ve been pondering this and pondering where the information we have and interviews we’ve done are taking us and I think it would be a mistake to not openly consult you in this process.  I don’t like the idea of this being looked at as a ‘you vs Joey’ kind of situation. I think that’s the easiest thing for the media that has been reporting on this to do. I think it’s the kind of thing that lawyers do and talk about. But, I don’t think this is the reality of it.

Hoping that this message can be the beginning of a dialogue about such things, and looking forward to the opportunity to speak about such. If you’re interested in what we’ve worked on in the recent past, we completed a feature-length documentary called ‘Hearts: A Film About Hamilton’s Art Crawl’. It can be viewed at the link below, which we’ve created for press purposes, not the general public.

Cheers,

Cody Lanktree

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