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iN VIDEO: Ryan Shtuka documentary finalist at Canada Shorts Film Festival

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January 09, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Nearly two years after his disappearance, Ryan Shtuka's name, face and story are still being shared in hopes of generating tips or clues on what happened.

A documentary on the missing man was selected for the Canada Shorts Film Festival and while it didn't win in the category, it was a finalist.

"Peaks and Valleys was up for the Best Documentary category. Another short film won the category this year, but we were really happy to be listed as a finalist," says Russell Walton, who directed the documentary and took on other production roles.

Peaks and Valleys: The Search for Ryan Shtuka follows the story of 20-year-old Ryan Shtuka, an Alberta man who was living and working in Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops for two months when he disappeared on Feb. 17, 2018. Shtuka left a house party on Burfield Drive in the village and vanished during a short walk back to his home.

The documentary included interviews with Shtuka's parents, who spearheaded searches for their son, and also included interviews with members of the Kamloops Search and Rescue team and Ryan’s roommate.

After almost two years, the Shtuka family still doesn't know what happend to Ryan.

The documentary was funded by a $50,000 grant from Telus Storyhive and was created by Russell Walton, Jared Featherstone and Allan McVicar. The film premiered on July 15.

Walton says the documentary will be screening at other film festivals as well.

"Peaks and Valleys has been an official selection of the Canada Shorts Film Festival, the North Bay Film Festival, the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival and the Feedback Toronto Documentary Short Film Festival," Walton says.

Click here for past stories on Ryan Shtuka.

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