Knowledge Network in Kelowna

The Knowdge Network is coming to Kelowna this week. They are hosting a number of events in support of the Okanagan Film Festival.

I had the opportunity to catch up with Rudy Buttignol over a phone interview to talk about the Knowledge Network and its role in the film industry in BC.

Knowledge Network: Rudy Buttignol interview by Ryan Donn

Free Public Screening
  • WHEN: Thursday, September 15 at 7:30pm
  • WHERE: Paramount Theatre at 261 Bernard Ave, Kelowna
  • WHO: Open to the public / first come, first seated

WHAT: Knowledge Network presents select films from The 5ifty, a collection of short films on leading artists, performers and designers living and working in BC. The presentation features Sarah McLachlan, Douglas Coupland, Dan Mangan, Fred Herzog, Ian Tracey, Shane Koyczan, Carl Newman of The New Pornographers and many more.

 Filmmaker’s Roundtable

  • WHEN: Thursday, September 15 at 5pm
  • WHERE: The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, 1310 Water St, Kelowna
  • WHO: new, established and aspiring filmmakers

*RSVP: You must RSVP to attend. Please email Aaron Alexander or call 604.431.3243

WHAT: Knowledge Network and the Okanagan Film Festival are extending an invitation to all new, established and aspiring filmmakers for a roundtable hosted by Knowledge Network President and CEO, Rudy Buttignol. Share your thoughts, questions and concerns with fellow filmmakers as well as Rudy Buttignol who will pass on his knowledge about the documentary industry in Canada including: filmmaking, funding, pitching projects, acquisitions and more.

Centre for Arts and Technology 

  • WHEN: Wednesday, September 14 at 3:00pm
  • WHERE: Landmark Technology Centre 3, Suite 100-1632 Dickson ave, Kelowna
  • WHO: Centre for Arts and Technology Students

WHAT: Discussion by Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

  • WHEN: Wednesday, September 14 at 11:45am
  • WHERE: Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, 2170 Harvey Ave, Kelowna
  • WHO: Open to the public
  • FEES: $37.50/Members and $40.00/Future Members (luncheon tickets must be purchased in advance).

WHAT: In the face of economic uncertainty, globalization and technological advances, independent thinking becomes all the more important for business and community leaders to seize new opportunities and inspire change. Knowledge Network President and CEO Rudy Buttignol explores the value of independent voices in our society, and the role independent thinking has played in his life as a spectator, a student, an entrepreneur, an advocate, a producer and a broadcaster.

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Contact: Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, 250.861.3627

One of the newest projects by the Knowledge Network is Artshuffle that aims to provide a virtual stage for filmmakers, animators, musicians, thespians, photographers and performers of all stripes.

The following is an example of the type of videos that they host on the site: BC Buzz: Vancouver Fringe Festival

BC BuzZ: Vancouver Fringe Festival from BC BuzZ on Vimeo.


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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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