Nathan Carter knows every Islander has a story to tell.
And he wants to be the one to help tell them.
Carter, who owns and operates Wrong Horse Productions, has shared a video in his “8 Stories from Prince Edward Island” series every Monday since the start of July.
“I think every person has an interesting story to tell and it just kind of requires finding the right kind of lens to tell it,” said Carter, who grew up in Cardigan. “I also think, in a broader aspect, people have a perception of P.E.I. and don’t realize there are a bunch of people living on the Island with totally different backgrounds.
“There are a lot of fantastic things going on and a lot of interesting stories you’d never expect. It’s so interesting to me.”
The short documentaries range from two to five minutes and each profiles a different Islander while sharing the aspects of their life. So far, topics have ranged from a cyclist who has ridden across the country, mental health struggles, stone carving, vintage electronics repair, pole dancing and roller derby.
While each video has a different topic, Carter said those are more of a setting while the Islanders being interviewed are the true centrepieces.
“The people who I talk to really take the show,” he said.
The series was filmed and edited by Carter during a two-week period near the start of the summer.
The videos, which will continue to be released every Monday at 9 a.m. until Aug. 20, have also appeared to resonate with other Islanders.
One of the last videos Carter shared on the Wrong Horse Productions Facebook page received more than 12,000 views in a week.
“That kind of blew my mind. Obviously people want this type of content and it’s a testament to the people I’m speaking to,” he said.
The P.E.I. filmmaker previously released his first short documentary, “Grounded – A Rock Climbing Documentary”, in April detailing his friend Matt Cormier’s determination to recover after falling more than 80 feet from a New Brunswick cliff.
At the time, Carter said he hoped the short documentary would be the first of many other opportunities to help Islanders tell their unique stories.
“It’s what I love to do,” said Carter. “I thought, I might as well just start doing it. Make your own opportunities.”