Film + TV

Supernault Status

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RoseanneS-500hRoseanne Supernault (Cree/Metis – East Prairie Metis Settlement) first got her start acting as a teenager when she went to an Edmonton open casting call for Peter Pan and came very close to winning the role of Tiger Lily. She didn’t get the role, but she did land an agent and she also knew in that moment that there was nothing else for her to do but to pursue a career in acting. “The first time I acted, I fell in love,” she says. And the camera loves her back just as much. Supernault just finished filming the third season … Continued

Lesser Blessed Opening in Theatres

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thelesserblessed41The Lesser Blessed, a film based on a Richard Van Camp novel of the same name,  is gearing up for it’s theatrical release this Friday in Toronto and  in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Edmonton on June 7th. You might remember that I covered it for CBC Arts when this film when it closed the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. It also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last fall. What stuck with me the most about this film was the isolation, the loneliness and the starkness of the entire film. It follows young Larry Sole as he struggles through … Continued

Reelworld Film Festival: Croker Island Exodus

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Croker_Poster_Artwork_6001Hey Toronto, I’m sure by now you’ve already heard of the ReelWorld Film Festival, an annual film festival that features over 85 films from diverse voices. This year the festival takes place April 10 -14 at the Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas (2190 Yonge Street). On April 13, 2013 the North American premiere of Croker Island Exodus will be featured at this festival. This documentary follows the story of 95 Aboriginal children and their missionaries as they make a journey across their continent in 1942 on Croker Island when Japan is bombing Australia’s north. They travel over 5,000 miles by foot, boat, … Continued

Project Runway goes Native

Categories: Fashion, Film + TV

Patricia Michaels IIPatricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo), fashion designer, will be competing in Season 11 of the Project Runway (PR) and will be the first Native American contestant in the history of the show. She was, according to her interview on the PR site, scouted from Model Mayhem and invited to audition for the show. Kudos to PR for finding and featuring a Native American designer! The season kicks off on January 24, 2013 on Lifetime channel. Michaels has studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts and at the Art Institute of Chicago and is best known for her textile designa and … Continued

Arctic Air Season 2

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Arctic AirWhen Arctic Air initially aired on CBC it was the largest audience to watch a premiere episode in a new drama in over 20 years. More so than even North of 60. I watched it. I wanted to like it. I really did. Somehow I found myself slightly disengaged. I tried again on the second episode and still couldn’t get into it. Perhaps I had really high expectations since Adam Beach was on just about every billboard and bus stop in Toronto last January. Last month I took another shot at Arctic Air as it’s on Netflix Canada (you can watch … Continued

Tamara Podemski

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TamaraPodemskiTamara on the 2012 TIFF red carpet for Lesser Blessed. During imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival I caught up with Tamara Podemski, who is currently based out of London (thats England not Ontario …) over the phone to talk to her about her latest film, Lesser Blessed, for CBC News. It was during this conversation that we had a chance to not only talk about Lesser Blessed, but also about her experience as a Native actor. With almost 20 years behind her, she’s seen and heard a lot. Most notably it was her impressions on the reality of being a … Continued

Adam Beach Film Institute

ABFIPhoto from Adam Beach Film Institute website My journey into the film & television world began in 2008 when I worked as a Programming Coordinator for imagineNATIVE FIlm & Media Arts Festival. It was there that I was introduced to the wonders of Indigenous cinema. I met directors, producers, and actors and was immediately enchanted with this wonderful corner of cinema. Fast forward four years and I’m acting, have developed and pitched a TV show, and I’m now interested in screenwriting. But how does one get further ahead in film and television to be able to tell stories without a … Continued

imagineNATIVE Internship

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Screen Shot 2012-11-02 at 5.54.19 PMWhen I worked at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival back in 2008, I never imagined that 4 years later I’d be coming back to cover the festival for CBC. But that’s just the simple twist of fate that happened for the 13th annual festival that happened a few weeks ago. I submitted my application for the CBC imagineNATIVE Internship and was selected to create the official CBC Arts & Entertainment content during the festival. During my internship, I created four posts for CBC A&E online, interviewed Producer Lisa Meeches, Actor Tamara Podemski, and Executive Director Jason Ryle. I also … Continued

Mohawk Girls gets greenlight

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Screen Shot 2012-10-31 at 3.41.23 PMMy heart sung with joy when I watched the pilot of ‘Mohawk Girls‘ on APTN. Finally there was a show that had Native women in it that was dealing with issues that I could relate to, with characters I could identify with. It was about a 2 year wait between the broadcast of that initial pilot and the news that came last night that the show is greenlit, but who cares? I am glad it’s finally happening! OMNI Television and APTN will broadcast the six-part series, which is produced by Montreal based Rezolution Pictures. The pilot for Mohawk Girls was … Continued

In Her Footsteps: The story of Kateri Tekakwitha

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DVD CoverDid you hear all the buzz on the canonization of a Mohawk saint, Kateri, in Rome last Sunday? Are you not really sure what that was all about? The Montreal Gazette has a great write up here, but if you want the quick low down, here goes … Kateri Tekakwitha was a woman born in the late 17th century in modern day New York. She was the daughter of a Mohawk chief and an Algonquin mother. Smallpox took her brother and her parents, and she was left scarred and with poor eyesight. She was taken in by her maternal uncle … Continued

Crooked Arrows now on DVD

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Screen-shot-2011-12-13-at-5.53.37-PM1Today is the day that you can get a little piece of lacrosse action right in your living room. And no, I’m not talking about that iphone video you made last time you went to see the Rochester Knights, I am talking about the release of the Crooked Arrows feature film on DVD. In case you missed  my review after seeing the flick, be sure to check out this post right here, or my fan gushing when I first saw the actors in the film here. In short, it is a classic sports underdog story (think Mighty Ducks) but with a Native … Continued

TIFF 2012: Aboriginal Selects

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barefoot_01Barefoot. Written and Directed by Danis Goulet, produced by Christine Kleckner. Programmer’s Notes: “Danis Goulet returns to northern Saskatchewan in the follow up to her acclaimed film Wapawekka. This coming-of-age tale follows sixteen-year-old Alyssa, a young Cree girl whose plans to be a mother are challenged by reality. Assured direction and keen insight deliver a powerful depiction of the pressures youth face in isolated communities and their attempts to take control of their lives.” Alex Rogalski Filmmaker Danis Goulet’s short films have screened at festivals in Canada and abroad, including Sundance, Berlin and Toronto. Her work has been broadcast on CBC, Air Canada, … Continued

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

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Jeff-Barnaby-TFI-Filmmaker-Industry-Meeting-CN3_86o0dLCx-204x300Ever since I worked at imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival  in 2008 I have been a fan of Jeff Barnaby’s. While his short The Colony premiered at the 2007 TIFF, and named one of Canada’s Top Ten Short Films of 2007, it also won the award for Best Canadian Short Drama at imagineNATIVE that year. I watched it from the comfort of my own home back in 2008 and I was aghast by the sheer grittiness of it. “Barnaby received his BFA in film production from Concordia University. He has been a script reader for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, … Continued

Baker Twins Battle

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Screen Shot 2012-08-06 at 4.59.12 AMThe Baker Twins sure have been busy! If you follow them on Facebook or on Twitter, then you know that they have been working consistently since their move from Vancouver to LA. Their latest film work is about to be released. Check out the Battle B-Boy‘s trailer (watch for them around the 0:17 mark). You can  pre-order this film on iTunes if you want to be one of the first to see the twins in this dance flick.  

Catch Crooked Arrows

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89441_galLast weekend I got to check out the Toronto Premiere of Crooked Arrows, the first Lacrosse film from a North American perspective (not like this flick). The movie centers on the the coach Joe Logan (Brandon Routh) who leads a Native American high school team on their journey to win the state lacrosse championships over the prep school rivals. It has a serious Mighty Ducks vibe. I loved that the movie incorporated Native American spirituality elements and the history of the lacrosse game throughout the movie. There were moments during the film where I felt that Native pride rise up inside … Continued