Matthiew Klinck was living his dream as filmmaker in Belize when he was brutally killed at his home earlier this month — and now his mother hopes to open a film school for youth in his honour.
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"He was an extraordinary being," his mother Louise Dallaire, who lives in Gatineau, told Radio-Canada. "He always wanted to help youth realize their dreams. That was really him, completely."
It was his desire to teach youth the art of film that led him to move to Belize four years ago, after meeting an aspiring teen filmmaker in a village while on vacation, Dallaire said.
She said she hopes to raise enough money to open a film school in Canada in his name — and later in Belize, if possible.
"He wanted to help young people who didn't have any hope," Dallaire said.
On Jan. 4, the 37-year-old was found lying face-up outside his home in the village of Selena in western Belize. He had been stabbed 14 times in the neck and torso, Belize police told CBC News.
His funeral in his hometown of Gatineau is set for Saturday.
Brandon Anderson, 19, described by police as Klinck's close friend, and a 16-year-old boy, whose name was not released, were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder .
Both remain in custody in Belize. Police are still waiting for DNA results from the crime scene.
As a young boy growing up in Aylmer, Que., Klinck overcame his nightmares by imagining they were movies he was directing, his mother said.
"He pretended his eyes were a camera and his nightmare became a movie. He decided how to the end the nightmare and it was always funny — always a comedy," she said.
It wasn't long until he was making real movies. He found a video camera in a closet as a nine-year-old boy and started making battle films with friends in the woods, Dallaire said.
"He had a lot of imagination," she said. "He didn't do anything halfway. He went to the end in everything."
Klinck went on to make a career as a filmmaker, directing the 2007 film Greg & Gentillon, about two small-time comedians, and the 2008 film Hank and Mike, an Easter movie about holiday mascots.
He continued to work as a producer, director, videographer and editor in Belize.
Dallaire said she hopes her son is remembered as someone who followed his dreams — and that his memory inspires others to do the same.
"Don't wait. Just do it," she said. "That's what he did."