The Oscar-nominated, gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain had an (indirect) role in bringing Heartland to Alberta.
The foothills of the Rockie are such as integral part of Heartland, it’s easy to forget that CBC initially intended the series to be shot in Quebec. Nevertheless, CBC execs came to Calgary to meet with Seven24 Films, which had recently wrapped co-producing Ang Lee’s 2005 drama Brokeback Mountain with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. “We talked about what Alberta has and how iconic it was here,” says Randall. “I think that stuck with them and when they were stuck with the girl-and-a-horse in a Quebec series, I think they put two and two together. I also credit Brokeback Mountain for Heartland ending up here.”— source
Right now, it seems like my sister Amy is going through something similar. She has just returned from Europe, where she toured with an elite equestrian team for several months. Paris. Rome. Five-star accommodations. Honestly? What’s not to love? And, by all accounts, she had the experience of a lifetime, beyond what she had even imagined.
But… sometimes after you’ve been away, you return home and quickly realize that although things have stayed pretty much the same, people have adjusted to your absence… and moved on.
It suddenly strikes you: life won’t stop for you.
Broadening your horizons and taking on new experiences is a wonderful thing… but it can also cause you to feel disconnected from home and those you love.
So, I think it’s only natural that Amy is struggling to readjust right now. And the only solution I know for what she’s going through – is time.— SOURCE Lou’s Blog Mom’s the Word