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Links: Diggstown, Season 3

From Charles Trapunski of Brief Take:

Link: Interview: Diggstown’s Natasha Henstridge and Crystal Lightning
Gemini Award winner Natasha Henstridge has plenty of experience in dramatic roles and has settled into her performance on the Floyd Kane Nova Scotia-set series Diggstown, especially during this pandemic season. Continue reading.

From Jordan Parker of Halifax Today:

Link: ‘Diggstown’ unafraid to uncover uncomfortable truths
The latest season of Diggstown offers a nuanced, in-depth method of exploring the hard-hitting topics creator Floyd Kane has never shied away from. Continue reading.

From Morgan Mullin of Chatelaine:

Link: 5 Reasons We Love Diggstown (If You Haven’t Been Watching, Start!)
Nova Scotia lawyer Marcie Diggs doesn’t care what you think. Instead, the anchor of the deeply watchable legal drama Diggstown spends her time figuring out what success and justice mean to her. Continue reading.

From Elisabetta Bianchini of Yahoo! News:

Link: ‘Diggstown’ gets honest about COVID-19, long-term care homes and inequities in Canada’s legal system
“One of the things that we’ve been talking about, in terms of the pandemic, across the country, has been the deplorable state of long-term care homes across the country, and the way in which we treat and care for our elderly.” Continue reading.

From Stephen Cooke of Saltwire:

Link: Season 3 of Halifax-shot Diggstown gives dramatic life to current issues
Diggstown is about to undergo a seismic shakeup. Continue reading.

From Jennifer Cox of The Suburban:

Link: Pierrefonds’ Shailene Garnett of CBC’s Diggstown talks about Season 3
The hard-hitting Canadian legal drama Diggstown on CBC is back for Season 3 and premieres on October 6th. Continue reading.

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Production begins on Season 3 of CBC original series Diggstown

From a media release:

Production is now underway in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Season 3 (8 x 60) of CBC original drama DIGGSTOWN, produced by Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films Inc., and Waterstar Entertainment Inc. Created by Floyd Kane (Across the Line), who serves as showrunner and executive producer, DIGGSTOWN features the determinedly fierce Marcie Diggs and her colleagues at Halifax Legal Aid as they dive deep into battles against the complex criminal justice system. CBC renewed the series for a third season last year, with production pushed to spring 2021 due to COVID-19.

In Season 3 of DIGGSTOWN, the world has changed. In this post-COVID society, our heroes’ lives have transformed, and perspectives and priorities have changed. Relationships have formed while others have fallen apart. As Marcie (Canadian Screen Award Nominee for Best Actress, VINESSA ANTOINE) tackles some of her most complex and personal cases to date, she finds herself bucking up against a system that refuses to change. Colleen (NATASHA HENSTRIDGE) struggles to manage Halifax Legal Aid amidst increasing interference from the board of directors. Reggie (C. DAVID JOHNSON) embraces life as a guest lecturer at the University, only to become tangled in the ethically charged world of academia. Doug (BRANDON OAKES) is confronted with his past and finds new romantic and job opportunities in the least likely of places. Iris’ (SHAILENE GARNETT) ability to help others as a social worker leads her to an unanticipated and exciting career opportunity. Meanwhile, after a year spent travelling, Avery (DWAIN MURPHY) returns to Halifax a changed man with a desire to live a better life.

Joining the cast of DIGGSTOWN this season are Antoinette Robertson (Dear White People), Crystle Lightning (Trickster) and Nicole Muñoz (Van Helsing). Robertson stars as Vivian, a young tech mogul with the deep pockets to make Marcie’s dreams a reality; Lightning is Doug’s fiercely independent ex-wife Michelle; while Muñoz plays Ellery, a sharp Crown attorney who plays for keeps.

Jully Black guest stars as Nina in the season’s premiere episode, playing a long-term Continuing Care Assistant charged with assault and criminal negligence. Michelle Hurst guests in a later episode as Marcie’s client Jojo, a Black woman who has spent most of her life in and out of prison.

Returning cast members also include Mpho Koaho as Percy Lincoln, Arlene Duncan as Velma Diggs, Maurice Dean Wint as Austin Diggs, Matthew Bennett as Steve Conway, Jenny Brizard as Emily Diggs, and Kim Roberts as Ona Reeves.

As Nova Scotia continues to struggle with the third wave of COVID-19, production is maintaining strict protocols based on the municipal, provincial and federal government and public health regulations currently in place.

Seasons 1 and 2 of DIGGSTOWN are currently available to stream in Canada on CBC Gem. The first two seasons of the series were acquired by FOX in the U.S. earlier this year.

A CBC original drama, DIGGSTOWN is co-produced by Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films Inc. and Waterstar Entertainment Inc. Floyd Kane is creator, executive producer and showrunner and Amos Adetuyi (Jean of the Joneses) is executive producer along with Brenda Greenberg (Being Erica) and Karen Wentzell (Seed). Directors for the season are Cory Bowles (Black Cop), Lynne Stopkewich (The L Word), Juanita Peters (Hannah’s Story), Rob Adetuyi (Strike!, Beat the World), and Shamim Sarif (Murdoch Mysteries). John Calvert (X Company) is producer. Series writers are Kane, Lynn Coady (Burden of Truth), Ellen Vanstone (Departure), Lakna Edilama (Odd Squad), Amber-Sekowan Daniels (Trickster), Motion (Akila’s Escape), and JP LaRocque (Jann). Series cinematography by Celiana Cárdenas (Diggstown), production design by Jennifer Stewart (Pure) and costume design by Martha Curry (Mr. D.).

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Screen Nova Scotia announces 2020 award winners

From a media release:

Screen Nova Scotia hosted its sixth annual awards gala on Friday, December 4th. Due to COVID-19, the event was held virtually with all video packages available for viewing on Screen Nova Scotia’s Vimeo page (HERE).

The awards gala celebrates the incredible talent, creativity, and passion that are the trademarks of Nova Scotia’s screen industry. Notable awards include the ACTRA Awards for Outstanding Performances, the Film Crew Excellence Award, the Industry Champion Award, the Women in Film & Television Atlantic Award, and the Community Recognition Award, along with the Screen Nova Scotia Awards for best television, film, and animation.

The night’s finale was the Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Feature Film, which went to the critically-acclaimed indie drama Murmurfrom writer/director Heather Young and producer Martha Cooley. The micro-budget film — funded through the Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch Program — centres on Donna (Shan MacDonald), a lonely, alcoholic woman who is ordered to perform community service in an animal shelter after being arrested for drunk driving. When she rescues an elderly dog from being euthanized, she quickly becomes obsessed with saving animals to the detriment of her own well-being. Young also took home the Best Nova Scotia Director Award from Women in Film & Television – Atlantic.

The second season of Pure (WGN America) from showrunner Michael Amo and Two East Productions was crowned the winner of the Best Television Series Award, while Cory Bowles won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Male Role for his role in the series as Detective Jay Gates.

Rebel Road Films’ Wildfire (written/directed by Bretten Hannam) won the Best Short Film Award. The Indigenous Two-Spirit film was adapted into the feature film Wildhood, which recently wrapped filming in Nova Scotia (with a Spring 2021 release date).

Vinessa Antoine won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead or Featured Female Role for playing lawyer Marcie Diggs in the CBC series Diggstown. Antoine made history in 2019 as the first Black Canadian woman to helm a prime-time drama in Canada. Gay Hauser also won for her role on Diggstown, taking home the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Female Role.

Allister MacDonald won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead or Featured Male Role for his role as the drag queen Joan of Arkansas in Thom Fitzgerald’s feature Stage Mother. MacDonald starred alongside Jacki Weaver, Lucy Lui, and Adrian Grenier in the film.

The Best Documentary Award went to Conviction from Teresa MacInnes, Ariella Pahlke, and Nance Ackerman. The feature doc envisions alternatives to prison through the eyes of women behind bars and those fighting on the front lines of the decarceration movement. Digital animation was also spotlighted at the awards, with Boomerang’s Care Bears: Unlock the Magic winning Best Animated Series for the Halifax-based Copernicus Studios.

This year’s prestigious Industry Champion Award was awarded posthumously to locations manager Shaun Clarke, accompanied by a tribute video. Shaun worked as a locations manager, scout and actor for over 35 years and was a pillar in the screen industry and community. A snapshot of Shaun’s credits include The Lighthouse, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Black Cop, The Healer, Trailer Park Boys, Mr. D, and Call Me Fitz, along with countless commercials and short films.

Siblings Elizabeth, Joanne, and Robert Hagen won the 2020 Film Crew Excellence Award. Together they have more than six decades of experience working on film, television and commercial productions in Nova Scotia. Joanne works as a script supervisor (recent credits include Books of Blood, The Good House, The Lighthouse); Elizabeth as a production accountant (recent credits include Pure, Cavendish, and Let’s Get Physical); and Robert as an assistant accountant and payroll accountant (recent credits include Escaping NXIVM and Polaroid). The Hagens were nominated for their contribution to the industry and for their positive, kind, and professional demeanour, even when working long hours in high-stress situations. Currently, all three are working on the EPIX series Chapelwaite, filming in N.S.

The 2020 Community Recognition Award went to Brian Shaw, Production Security (Chester, Nova Scotia). For over 20 years, Brian and his team have kept film sets and communities safe, working for productions including  Haven, Cavendish, and Pure.

The Screen Nova Scotia Awards were made possible this year due to the generous support of our sponsors, including Support4Culture, a designated lottery program that supports arts, culture, and heritage in communities across Nova Scotia; and CBC. Special thanks to 902 Post and the Hideout Studios.Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

CBC renews Burden of Truth and Diggstown

From a media release:

CBC today announced the renewal of original dramas BURDEN OF TRUTH (Season 4, 8×60, ICF Films, Eagle Vision, and eOne) and DIGGSTOWN (Season 3, 8×60, Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films, and Waterstar Entertainment Inc.). BURDEN OF TRUTH will start production in Winnipeg, Manitoba later this summer, with DIGGSTOWN set to return to Halifax, Nova Scotia to shoot in early 2021.

Set in Manitoba and starring Kristin Kreuk, BURDEN OF TRUTH follows Joanna Chang, a ruthless, big-city lawyer who returns to her small hometown in Millwood for a case that will change her life forever. Each season centres around a new life-altering legal case – the vulnerable plaintiffs searching for answers and the boots-on-the-ground lawyers fighting incredible odds to deliver justice.

A CBC original drama, BURDEN OF TRUTH is produced by ICF Films, Eagle Vision and Entertainment One (eOne) with executive producers Ilana Frank (Nurses, Saving Hope), Linda Pope (Nurses, Saving Hope), Adam Pettle (Nurses, Saving Hope), Jocelyn Hamilton (Cardinal, Mary Kills People), Brad Simpson (Rookie Blue, King), Eagle Vision’s Kyle Irving (Taken, Ice Road Truckers) and Kristin Kreuk (Beauty & The Beast, Smallville). Co-Executive producers are Lisa Meeches of Eagle Vision (Taken, Ice Road Truckers) and Tyson Caron (Lovesick, Wynter).

Starring Vinessa Antoine, DIGGSTOWN follows legal aid lawyer Marcie Diggs, who continues her exploration of a system fraying at the edges as she and her band of tireless colleagues fight to protect society’s most vulnerable from a capricious justice system. In Season 3, Marcie and her cohorts are pushed to the brink, frustrated by an under-resourced and overtaxed legal aid system.

A CBC original drama, DIGGSTOWN is co-produced by Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films and Waterstar Entertainment Inc. Floyd Kane is creator, executive producer and showrunner, and Amos Adetuyi (Jozi-H, Jean of the Jones), Karen Wentzell (Seed), Brenda Greenberg (Being Erica) and Todd Berger (Wynonna Earp) are executive producers.

BURDEN OF TRUTH is also broadcast on The CW Network in the U.S., and DIGGSTOWN was recently acquired by BET+ in the U.S.Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

Links: Diggstown, Season 2

From Sally Cole of The Guardian:

Link: Kensington, P.E.I. native thrilled to play principal character in CBC’s Diggstown
When P.E.I. audiences sit down to watch the season two premiere of CBC’s Diggstown on March 4, they will see a familiar face. Continue reading. 

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Diggstown: Vinessa Antoine on Marcie’s continued fight
“This season feels like a continuation of everything that we’d been working on in Season 1. It almost feels like Season 2 is a part of Season 1 in some regards. It’s been really nice.” Continue reading.

From Jeevan Brar of The TV Watercooler:

Link: Exclusive Interview: Diggstown’s Vinessa Antoine
“I was really interested in telling stories from that narrative of a black woman who lived in Canada. We hadn’t really seen that before. Especially one from Nova Scotia.” Continue reading.

From Egbert Gaye of Montreal Community Contact:

Link: Montreal-born Shailene Garnett big on CBC’s Diggstown
“I’m absolutely proud to be part of a show that features the first Black female lead on prime time television in Canada.” Continue reading.Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail