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Link: Jennifer Podemski was frustrated with the lack of Indigenous stories on our screens. So she became a producer

From Victoria Ahearn of the Canadian Press:

Link: Jennifer Podemski was frustrated with the lack of Indigenous stories on our screens. So she became a producer
“I flip-flop between being super encouraged and inspired, and devastated and frustrated at the state of affairs when it comes to Indigenous stories, and how the mainstream is opening its doors or not opening its doors to the storytellers.” Continue reading.

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Link: A Conversation with Jennifer Podemski: ACTRA Toronto’s 2018 Award of Excellence Recipient

From Vincent Schilling of Indian Country Media Network:

Link: A Conversation with Jennifer Podemski: ACTRA Toronto’s 2018 Award of Excellence Recipient
“It bothered me that over the first 10 years of my acting career I rarely, if ever, saw any native people working on the crew, or as producers and directors. It bugged me because all the work I was doing was native stuff. So I decided to become a producer. I was 25 when I opened Big Soul Productions with Laura Milliken. We dedicated every waking hour to building a production company rooted in authentic indigenous stories and perspectives while training a new generation of talent both behind the scenes and in front of the camera.” Continue reading.

 

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The 2016 UBCP/ACTRA Awards nominees are announced

From a media release:

With a mission to build the BC star system, each year the UBCP/ACTRA Awards gala honours five members for work done in the past year. This awards show is the only peer-adjudicated performer awards show in BC, lending a strong sense of professional pride to the nominees and winners. The red carpet gala will take place at the Vancouver Playhouse on November 12, 2016.“We are extremely proud to showcase our homegrown talent at the fifth annual UBCP/ACTRA Awards. Each year has been special in its own way and we know that this year we will, once again, experience the feeling of pride we get when we honour the talent here in BC,” says Alvin Sanders, President of UBCP/ACTRA.
The nominees are:

BEST ACTOR

  • Steven Cree Molison: Blackstone (Retribution)
  • Eli Goree: Race
  • Brandon Jay McLaren: Slasher (In the Pride of His Face)
  • Ty Olsson: UnREAL (Savior)
  • Aleks Paunovic: Numb
  • Juan Riedinger: The Romeo Section (Mandate of Heaven)

BEST ACTRESS

  • Priscilla Faia: You Me Her (Cigarettes and Funions and Crap)
  • Crystal Lowe: Signed Sealed Delivered (From Paris with Love)
  • Carmen Moore: Blackstone (Flat Line)
  • Christina Sicoli: Paranormal Solutions Inc. (Happy Endings and New Beginnings)
  • Camille Sullivan: The Birdwatcher

BEST EMERGING PERFORMER

  • Emily Haine: Fargo (The Gift of the Magi)
  • Dejan Loyola: Saving Hope (Goodbye Girl)
  • Julie Lynn Mortensen: Drawing Home
  • Jacob Tremblay: Room
  • Jonathan Whitesell: The 100 (Terms and Conditions)
  • Mayumi Yoshida: The Man in the High Castle (The Illustrated Woman)

BEST VOICE

  • Peter Kelamis: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (The Hooffields and McColts: Big Daddy McColt)
  • Andrea Libman: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic (The One Where
  • Pinkie Pie Knows Pinkie Pie & Fluttershy)
  • Peter New: Littlest Pet Shop (Petnapped!; Sunil)
  • Lee Tockar: Slugterra (Get Pronto!; Pronto)
  • Vincent Tong: Nerds and Monsters (Tickle Stick/Monstarrrghs!; Irwin)

BEST STUNT

  • Leif Havdale: Arrow (Code of Silence)
  • Leif Havdale: The Flash (Legends of Today)
  • Adrian Hein: Arrow (Schism)
  • Stunt Ensemble (Rhys Williams, Leif Havdale): The Candidate
  • Stunt Ensemble (Mike Mitchell, Lauro Chartrand, Dean Choe, Scott Nicholson, Crystal Dalman): X Files (Babylon)

In addition to the five performance awards, two UBCP/ACTRA industry awards will be presented: the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award and the John Juliani Award of Excellence.

The UBCP/ACTRA Awards will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Vancouver Playhouse with over 600 industry professionals including UBCP/ACTRA members, press and politicians in attendance.

The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

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CBC acquires broadcast rights to Seasons 3-5 of Blackstone

From a media release:

Prairie Dog Film + Television announced today that CBC has acquired the broadcast rights to air seasons three, four, and five of the hit drama, Blackstone. CBC previously broadcast seasons one and two as part of the network’s 2015 National Aboriginal History Month programming. Broadcast and digital platform details for the remaining seasons will be announced at a later date.

Known for its “ripped from the headlines” approach to storytelling, the Blackstoneseries is a fictional yet authentic drama series that explores the raw and real dynamics of family, power and politics on a First Nation reserve. Told through the entertaining and all-too-real storyworld of Blackstone, the series delves into prevalent and present day issues affecting Aboriginal communities, including: the missing and murdered Aboriginal women epidemic in Canada, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, oil and gas exploration on reserves and the devastating effects of the residential schools. While the portrayal can be dark, Blackstone is both the story of a community plagued by corruption, violence and injustice, and the inspiring story of the undying hope and resilience of people fighting for a better life in the midst of adversity.

Blackstone’s award-winning, predominantly Aboriginal cast includes: Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush, Nathaniel Arcand, Steven Cree Molison, Tantoo Cardinal, Andrea Menard, Glen Gould, Justin Rain, Cheri Maracle, Jessica Matten, Ray G. Thunderchild, and Georgina Lightning, with appearance by Jennifer Podemski, Garry Chalk, and John Cassini.

Blackstone is produced by Prairie Dog Film + Television, with Ron E. Scott as Showrunner & Director, Jesse Szymanski as Co-Executive Producer, and Damon Vignale as Writer/Producer. The series currently broadcasts in Canada on APTN, in the United States on Hulu and HuluPlus, in New Zealand on Maori Television, and in Australia on SBS/NITV.  Blackstone has been nominated for 86 awards, including its most recent nomination for Best Dramatic Series in the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.

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Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) Announces U.S. Sister Network

From a media release:

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), a Canadian based cable channel dedicated exclusively to indigenous content, has committed to launching All Nations Network (ANN) in the U.S. ANN will be the first network to bring both native and non-native audiences in the U.S. a 24-hour network providing native news, sports, scripted, lifestyle, feature-length movies and children’s programming written, produced, and directed by Native Americans, among others. Network distribution in the U.S. is being represented by Castalia Communications.

In the midst of the discourse over the lack of diversity in Hollywood, some of entertainment’s top stars and creators have joined to endorse ANN’s U.S. entrance. From Robert Redford to Oscar nominated actor Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves), Robbie Robertson (The Band) and acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch they have joined in endorsing the network. Their voices echo the Golden Globes speech by actor Leonardo Dicaprio who thanked the First Nations people in his acceptance speech for his award for “The Revenant.”

For more than 15 years, APTN’s award-winning programming in Canada has reached a staggering 92% of Canadian households and commercial establishments, and has strong traction with both First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples and non-Aboriginal communities. Over 80% of Aboriginal men and women in Canada find content on APTN a source of pride. ANN will provide an opportunity to bring reflective, contemporary, compelling, and original content to consumers of all cultures in the U.S.

The network will be headquartered in New Mexico. Native American filmmaker Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals and NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”), is a Sundance Film Festival and Director’s Guild of America award-winner who will be working closely with All Nations Network to launch in the United States.

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