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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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Link: Saskatoon film and TV producer Bob Crowe dies at the age of 62

From Cam Fuller of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix:

Link: Saskatoon film and TV producer Bob Crowe dies at the age of 62
Remembered as a faithful friend, supportive boss and a key player in the province’s film and television industry, Bob Crowe died suddenly on Friday.

Crowe, 62, was a co-owner of Angel Entertainment and Bamboo Shoots and had his hand in everything from feature films to TV series, commercials and live events. Continue reading.

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APTN’s The Other Side explores more ghostly stories in revamped Season 3

Jennifer Podemski is a fan of paranormal programming. Heck, she’s had her own experiences with the otherworldly. But while programs like Paranormal State interested her, they didn’t cover a wide swath of her own background.

“I was a huge fan of Paranormal State, to the point I would watch the same episodes over and over again,” the writer, producer and actor says. “Then I realized, ‘Huh, isn’t it funny that I’ve never noticed how absent this show and genre is of an Indigenous perspective?'” After gleaning that information for several years, she consulted with her Angel Entertainment colleagues Wally Start and Bob Crowe and wrote a show bible. The result? The Other Side—returning for Season 3 this Thursday on APTN—a program that has Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing, understanding and belief systems woven throughout the narrative.

“It’s an interesting spin on an old genre,” Podemski says. “I thought it would be amazing to have something on our own network, APTN, that showcased a little bit of perspective.” Back for more experiences are intuitive Jeff Richards and elder and spirit guide Tom Charles, with newbie Michaella Shannon taking over as researcher; researcher Priscilla Wolf and investigator Bill Connelly are longer with the show. Podemski has known Shannon for years, since she was part of the supernatural drama Rabbit Fall, and in addition to being an amazing role model within the community, is an intuitive like Richards. She was a natural when Podemski was looking to refresh and tighten up the series for Season 3.

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That refresh isn’t contained to the cast. The Other Side‘s opening credits have been revised and filming of the 13 episodes took place during the summer months, a first for the program. What hasn’t changed is the content. The Other Side continues its excellent storytelling, education and documentation of paranormal experiences without using cheap camera tricks and dramatic music to play up what this trio witnesses. Thursday’s return instalment, “Mr. Clark,” not only gives a history of Fort Walsh Historic Site in Maple Creek, Sask., and the massacre of First Nations people that occurred there but documents a man who may still be wandering around the grounds.

Podemski says upcoming an episode presents the most meaningful communication between a client and spirit or entity ever while another provides powerful, emotional moments at a residential school.

“One of my biggest concerns about doing [an episode] like that was that the story was told in a respectful and accurate way, that has the ability to transcend the policies around what people understand about residential schools,” she says. “These are real people that are very rarely spoken about in the Canadian narrative. It was a very intense show.”

The Other Side airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on APTN.

Images courtesy of APTN.

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APTN reveals exciting 2016 primetime fall programming

From a media release:

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) announced its fall 2016 schedule today, highlighting a slate of new original series, returning favorites and thought-provoking documentaries – launching on September 5.

Mohawk Girls, Season 4 – What does it mean to be a modern Mohawk women? Sashay with four young women on their comedic and drama filled adventures. Always light-hearted, sexy and fun!

Taken – An all new, hard-hitting, true crime documentary series focusing on solving the mysteries behind Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous woman and girls.

Moosemeat & Marmalade, Season 2 – Documentary series cooks up new ingredients that lead to new adventures. Explore contrasting culinary cultures and traditions with two very different hunter/chefs.

This upcoming fall, new and loyal fans of Mohawk Girls and The Other Side will have their viewing enhanced with new digital experiences.

Mohawk Girls returns with SSEX (Second Screen Experience) to entice users with entertaining show quotes, character profiles, polls and quizzes, as well as video clips and photo galleries online. Beyond The Other Side App, an interactive quiz with live, stunning imagery that will invite people to answer questions about their beliefs in the paranormal and afterlife.

French and Aboriginal language programming will also premiere on Canada’s only independent Aboriginal network. Clé du studio gathers guest musicians and gives them keys to a recording studio along with complete freedom of creation. From the North, Qanurli? launches into its fifth season filled with comedic charm and social/political issues broadcast in Inuktitut.

Be sure to tune in every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9:00 p.m. for the colossal APTN Movies lineup. See aptn.ca/movies for the star-studded details!

APTN’s fall 2016 season kicks off September 5. Discover the full programming lineup below, or visit aptn.ca/schedule!

APTN PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS FOR FALL 2016

NEW SEASONS

MOHAWK GIRLS, SEASON 4 (WORLD PREMIERE – DRAMEDY)
Mohawk Girls is light-hearted, sexy and fun. But it’s also honest, real and poignant — Mohawk style!

aptn e Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET premieres October 25
aptn w Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. MT premieres October 25
aptn n Sundays at 10:30 p.m. CT premieres October 30
aptn hd Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET premieres October 25

MOOSEMEAT & MARMALADE, SEASON 2 (WORLD PREMIERE – DOC SERIES)
From muskrat, porcupine and urchin to goose, join two very different hunter/chefs – one Canadian Cree and one Brit/European – to explore contrasting cultures and traditions through the way we access, cook and present our food.

aptn e Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. ET premieres September 7
aptn w Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. MT premieres September 7
aptn hd Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. ET premieres September 7
Back-to-back episodes
aptn n Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. CT premieres September 8

THE OTHER SIDE, SEASON 3 (WORLD PREMIERE – DOC SERIES)
Follow a team of paranormal investigators with the guidance of an Elder, who seek the truth behind Canada’s real life ghost stories.

aptn e Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET premieres October 27
aptn w Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. MT premieres October 27
aptn hd Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET premieres October 27
Back-to-back episodes
aptn n  Fridays at 12:30 p.m. & Saturdays 1:30 p.m. CT premieres October 28

NEW ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES

TAKEN (WORLD PREMIERE)
Riveting, spine-chilling, important television, Taken confronts, head-on, the national epidemic of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. APTN will be co-broadcasting Taken with CBC.

aptn e Fridays at 7:00 p.m. ET premieres September 9
aptn w Fridays at 7:00 p.m MT premieres September 9
aptn n Fridays at 7:00 p.m CT premieres September 9
apt hd Fridays at 7:00 p.m ET premieres September 9
Back-to-back episodes

MOHAWK IRONWORKERS (WORLD PREMIERE)
Come celebrate the steely determination of “the best ironworkers on the planet.” Mohawk Ironworkers uses a mixture of dramatic “high steel” footage, and archival material, as they face the reality of one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet.

aptn e Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. ET premieres September 6
aptn w Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. MT premieres September 6
aptn n Wednesdays at 12:30 a.m. CT premieres September 7
aptn hd Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. ET premieres September 6

WILD ARCHAEOLOGY (WORLD PREMIERE)
Exciting never-before-seen adventures into Canada’s ancient Aboriginal past that is scattered, fragmented and could be lost forever. Twelve thousand years of human inhabitation vividly brought to life.

aptn e Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET premieres September 6
aptn w Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. MT premieres September 6
aptn n Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. CT premieres September 10
aptn hd Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET premieres September 6

KONNECTED.TV (WORLD PREMIERE)
Follow Pakesso Mukash on his quest into Indigenous cultures across the Americas to find a young generation of “tradition keepers” who awaken others to find a place for themselves in a modern world.

aptn e Wednesday at 8:00 p.m ET premieres November 2
aptn w Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. MT premieres November 2
aptn n Fridays at 1:00 p.m. CT premieres November 4
aptn hd Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ET premieres November 4
Back-to-back episodes

FRENCH LANGUAGE SERIES

CLÉ DU STUDIO (FRENCH WORLD PREMIERE – MUSIC & VARIETY SERIES)
Guest musicians are given the keys to a recording studio for an informal jam. The intimate setting and freedom of creation give way to moving confidences and magical moments.

aptn e Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET premieres September 5
aptn hd Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET premieres September 5

MOTETAN MAMO (FRENCH WORLD PREMIERE – DOC SERIES)
The Atikamekw are relatively unknown nation to Canadians. The two live different realities but they face similar challenges and issues. Motetan Mamo (Walking Together) will take you on an unfamiliar journey to familiar places.

aptn e Mondays at 7:00 p.m. ET premieres September 5
aptn hd Mondays at 7:00 p.m. ET premieres September 5

ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE SERIES

QANURLI?, SEASON 5 (INUKTITUT WORLD PREMIERE – YOUTH SERIES)
Unpredictable, hilarious and fun! This Inuktitut comedy show puts a playful and humorous spin on political, social and traditional issues relevant to the Inuit.

aptn n Mondays at 7:00 p.m. CT premieres September 5
Back-to-back episodes

URBAN NATIVE GIRL (DENE WORLD PREMIERE – LIFESTYLE SERIES)
Join Aboriginal fashionista, Lisa Charleyboy, as she follows her dream of transforming her online fashion blog into a glossy print magazine.

aptn e Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. ET premieres September 6
aptn w Mondays at 7:00 a.m. MT premieres September 12
aptn n Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. CT premieres September 6
aptn hd Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. ET premieres September 6
Back-to-back episodes

MOTETAN MAMO (ATIKAMEKW WORLD PREMIERE – DOC SERIES)
The Atikamekw are relatively unknown nation to Canadians. The two live different realities but they face similar challenges and issues. Motetan Mamo (Walking Together) will take you on an unfamiliar journey to familiar places.

aptn e Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. ET premieres September 8
aptn w Thursdays at 10:00 a.m MT premieres September 8
aptn n Thursdays at 10:00 a.m CT premieres September 8
aptn hd Thursdays at 10:00 a.m ET premieres September 8
Back-to-back episodes

LA VIE EST HOCKEY (ATIKAMEKW WORLD PREMIERE – DOC SERIES)
Follow eight minor hockey players from different Aboriginal communities in Quebec, on their ultimate quest: the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship.

aptn e Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. ET premieres September 8
aptn w Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. MT premieres September 8
aptn n Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. CT premieres September 8
aptn hd Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. ET premieres September 8
Back-to-back episodes

APTN KIDS

LOUIS SAYS, SEASON 2 (CREE WORLD PREMIERE – ANIMATED SERIES)
Follow the adventures of six-year-old boy Randy as he joins Louis, an Elder, on his mission to help people in his community. Completing meaningful tasks together, Louis reinforces important values while teaching Randy new words in Dene.

aptn e Sundays at 8:25 a.m. ET premieres September 11
aptn w Sundays at 8:25 a.m. MT premieres September 11
aptn n Sundays at 7:32 a.m. CT premieres September 11
aptn hd Sundays at 8:25 a.m. ET premieres September 11

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