From a media release:
NEW YEAR LAUNCH FOR BRAND NEW TV SERIES: Blackstone Begins January 2011
Prairie Dog Film + Television is pleased to announce the premiere of the original dramatic series Blackstone on two national networks in the New Year:
- APTN weekly broadcasts begin Tuesday, January 25, 9:00pm EST (check local listings)
- Showcase weekly broadcasts begin Friday, January 28, 11:00pm EST
Intense, compelling and confrontational, Blackstone is an unmuted exploration of First Nations’ power and politics, unfolding over nine one-hour episodes. This raw, authentic drama tells the story of the fictional Blackstone First Nation, suffering disintegration by its own hand Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the result of the corruption of its Chief and Council. From within the community, a new generation of leaders rise up and fight to create lasting and substantial change.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Blackstone is relevant and relational in an Aboriginal story world, with universal themes and conflicts that are not only relatable to some First Nations out there today, but also to the world of politics and power in general,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Ron E. Scott, who created, wrote, directed and executive produced the series.
An uncompromising story told from an Aboriginal point of view, Blackstone is in sharp contrast to sympathetic stories about First Nations’ people being victimized by outside forces. While the dramatization can be dark and all too real, Blackstone is foremost a story of hope and reconciliation in its portrayal of Native people fighting for a better life in their community.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Blackstone stars the who’s who of Aboriginal talent including Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush, Nathaniel Arcand, Roseanne Supernault and Gordon Tootoosis.
The series is produced by Edmonton’s Prairie Dog Film + Television, with Ron E. Scott as executive producer, writer and director, Jesse Szymanski as producer, Damon Vignale as producer and writer, and Gil Cardinal as writer. Blackstone was produced in association with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Showcase and Shaw Media; with the assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund; with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund; with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit; and with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund.