From a media release:
Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV:TBRD) (“Thunderbird” or the “Company”), Â is excited to announce a second season of Â the hit seriesÂ Queen of the Oil Patch,Â has been ordered by national broadcaster APTN.Â TheÂ critically acclaimed documentary series is produced by Thunderbird, a global multiplatform entertainment company, in collaboration with Kah-Kitowak Films. Production is now underway inÂ Fort McMurray, Alberta, and the Mikisew Cree First Nation.
Queen of the Oil PatchÂ received strong reviews for its groundbreaking coverage ofÂ the inspirational journey of one man with two spirits â€“Â Massey WhiteknifeÂ andÂ Iceis Rain. Whiteknife is an openly gay Indigenous entrepreneur. After his multi-million-dollar oil empire inÂ Fort McMurrayÂ was devastated by the collapse of oil prices and the 2016 wildfires, Whiteknife worked to rebuild his life with the help of his other spirit,Â Iceis Rain, a fearless female pop singer and anti-bullying advocate.
The first season ofÂ Queen of the Oil PatchÂ was nominated for Best Writing in a Factual Series at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards, and Best Screenwriting in a Documentary Series at the 2019 Leo Awards. It was also well received by critics, withÂ John DoyleÂ ofÂ The Globe and MailÂ writing: “Queen of the Oil PatchÂ isâ€¦truly distinct, about a true original. And truly inspiring. This is wonderful TV.” Additionally,Â Rachna Raj KaurÂ fromÂ NOWÂ TorontoÂ called it “a great entryway into the life of a man breaking down boundaries, but also an insightful look into a community unseen on mainstream TV.”
Queen of the Oil PatchÂ Season Two will air in Fall 2020, and will feature eight episodes.