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Pauline Bob-King

Pauline Bob-King, actress,

Pauline Bob-King has been involved with The Williams Lake Studio Theatre for quite some time. Credits include
her stage debut in The Lodge in 2017, followed by the Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing in 2019. She made her screen debut in the award-winning 2021 feature Portraits From A Fire.

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Portraits From a Fire (2021)

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Melanie Bobby

Melanie Bobby, actress,

B: in Redbrush Meadow, British Columbia

Melanie Bobby is Tsilhqot’in, from Redbrush Meadow British Columbia and has been residing in Tl’etinqox (Anaham) for many years. She loves to dip net, fishing, hunting, and working on game to dry and preserve for family. She speaks fluent Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) with little English.

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Portraits From a Fire (2021)

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Sammy Stump

Sammy Stump, actor,

Sammy Stump was born and raised in the traditional trapping territory of his grandfathers’ and has lived out on the land for his entire life. He enjoys raising horses, growing hay, and watching his grandchildren grow, all from the porch of his home on Tin Can Ranch.

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Portraits From a Fire (2021)

Portraits From a Fire, movie, poster,

Asivak Koostachin

Asivak Koostachin, actor,

B: 1994 in Ottawa, Ontario

Asivak Abraham Koostachin is of mixed ancestry, Cree from Attawapiskat First Nation and Inuk from Inuvik,
North West Territories. He attended Rosedale Heights School of the Arts in Toronto and was on the honour role for his academic achievements. He studied guitar, drama, and the technical side of theatre and film production. In grade eight, he booked his first national unionized commercial for Health Canada.

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Portraits From a Fire (2021)

Portraits From a Fire, movie, poster,

William Lulua

William Lulua, actor
William Lulua in a promotion still for the film Portraits From a Fire.

William Magnus Lulua is from Xeni Gwet’in of the Tsilhqotin nation and Texelc of the Secwepemc nation and Cree along with Irish & Scottish ancestry. He made his professional screen debut in the role of lead character Tyler in the movie, Portraits From A Fire. He is semi-fluent in each of his Indigenous languages and
serves as a youth representative on the language committees. His outdoor skills include archery, fishing &
boating, hunting, and dirt biking.

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Portraits From a Fire (2021)

Portraits From a Fire, movie, poster,

Clement Virgo Shoots Brother

Clement Virgo Shoots Brother, image,
Publicity still of Clement Virgo shooting The Book of Negroes.

Clement Virgo Shoots Brothers
by Staff Editors

(October 18, 2021 – Toronto, ON) Production is underway in Toronto on Clement Virgo’s new feature, Brother. The story is about Francis and Michael, sons of Caribbean immigrants maturing into young men. Set to the pulsing beats of Toronto’s early hip hop scene, Brother explores themes of masculinity, identity and family, a mystery unfolds during the sweltering summer of 1991, and escalating tensions set off a series of events that change the course of the brothers’ lives forever. It’s a timely story about the profound bond between siblings, the resilience of a community and the irrepressible power of music.

Clement Virgo Shoots Brother, image,

Brother costars Lamar Johnson (The Hate U Give, Your Honor, Kings), Aaron Pierre (The Underground Railroad, Old, Krypton), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Orange is the New Black, When They See Us, The Laundromat), and Kiana Madeira (Fear Street Trilogy, Trinkets, After We Fell, After Ever Happy).

“I feel a deeply personal connection to David Chariandy’s novel, Brother, and the characters who populate that world. Lamar Johnson, Aaron Pierre, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and Kiana Madeira are the ideal cast to convey the essence of each of these characters and bring out their internal lives to share with audiences,” said Virgo.

The feature, due for release in the fall of 2022 is produced by Damon D’Oliveira (Wildhood, The Grizzlies, The Book of Negroes, RUDE), Aeschylus Poulos (Sleeping Giant, Mary Goes Round, 22 Chaser, The Book of Negroes), Sonya Di Rienzo (The Young Arsonists, Queen of the Morning Calm, Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies) and Clement Virgo.

Distributed in Canada by Elevation Pictures, foreign sales will be handled by BRON Releasing. Brother is produced by Conquering Lion Pictures and Hawkeye Pictures with the participation of Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, Ontario Creates and the Shaw Rocket Fund and in association with Bell Media’s Crave and CBC Films.

Filming in and around Toronto and Scarborough began September 22 and is expected to wrap by October 26, 2021. Brother will be distributed in Canada by Elevation Pictures, foreign Sales will be handled by BRON Releasing. Brother is produced by Conquering Lion Pictures and Hawkeye Pictures with the participation of Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, Ontario Creates and the Shaw Rocket Fund and in association with Bell Media’s Crave and CBC Films.

Kay Hawtrey

Kay Hawtrey, actress,

B: November 8, 1926 in Toronto, Ontario
D: June 11, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario

Kay Hawtrey began life as Katharine Mary Craven Hawtrey and became Katharine Mary Craven Clark when she married English actor John Clark in 1956, a marriage that ended in 1967. She began her career at Toronto’s Hart House Theatre and then went to England for a year’s engagement with the Embassy Theatre in London. She played Mrs. Lutz in 15 episodes of The Great Detective, which starred Douglas Campbell in the title role. Always credited on screen and stage as Kay Hawtrey, she began her career in front of the cameras during the so-called Golden Age of Television, the 1950s. We list those early credits with the titles of individual productions and indicate the series title after the year of broadcast.

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The Lady from Normandy (TV-1954, Ford Theatre Playbill)
Seat of the Scornful (TV-1956, General Motors Theatre)
Let’s Be Civilized (TV-1956, General Motors Theatre)
Shadow of Suspicion (TV-1956, General Motors Theatre)
99 Times Around the Block (TV-1957, General Motors Theatre)
Romantic Interlude (TV-1957, On Camera)
Trial Balance (TV-1957, On Camera)
Socrates (TV-1958, Folio)
A Cure for the Doctor (TV-1958, On Camera)
Return from Darkness (TV-1958, General Motors Theatre)
A Question of Discipline (TV-1958, General Motors Theatre)
Power to Destroy (TV-1958, General Motors Theatre)
Men Don’t Make Passes (TV-1958, General Motors Theatre)
Pride and Prejudice (TV-1958, General Motors Theatre)
The Man on Four Beat (TV-1959, General Motors Theatre)
The Discoverers (TV-1959, General Motors Theatre)

The Critical Point (TV-1960, BBC Sunday-Night Play)
Men Don’t Make Passes (TV-1963, Playdate)

Reddick (TV-1971, Play for Today)
Face-Off (1971)
All the Way Home (TV-1971)
The Bells (TV-1973, Purple Playhouse)
Tom Sawyer (TV-1973)
The Thanksgiving Treasure (TV-1973)
How I Met My Husband (TV-1974, The Play’s the Thing)
Angel Against the Night (TV-1974, Performance)
Harlequinade (TV-1974, CBS Festival of Lively Arts)
Ada (TV-1977, For the Record)
High-Ballin’ (1978)
Tyler (1978)
The Donnellys of Biddulph (TV-1978)
Summer’s Children (1979)
Torn Between Two Lovers (TV-1979)
Fish Hawk (1979)

Cries in the Night (1980)
Mom, the Wolfman and Me (TV-1980)
Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave (1980)
The Intruder (1981)
Silence of the North (1981)
Videodrome (1983)
Police Academy (1984)
Mrs. Soffel (1984)
Turning to Stone (TV-1985)
The Legs of the Lame (1985, short)
Confidential (1986)
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)
Love at Stake (1987)
Haunted by Her Past (TV-1987)
Taking Care of Terrific (TV-1987)
Goofballs (1987)
Double Standard (TV-1988)
The Dream Team (1989)

The Admiral and the Princess (voice, TV-1990)
The Return of Eliot Ness (TV-1991)
A Little Piece of Heaven (TV-1991)
Baby on Board (1992)
Trial by Jury (1994)
Trapped by Paradise (1994)
At the Midnight Hour (TV-1995)
Two if By Sea (1996)
Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
In Love and War (1996)
Critical Care (1997)
The Secret Life of Algernon (1998)
Dirty Work (1998)
Urban Legend (1998)
An Avonlea Christmas (TV-1998)
Little Bear: Parties & Picnics (VR-1998, short)
The Third Miracle (1999)
What Katy Did (1999)

The Pooch and the Pauper (TV-2000)
A Colder Kind of Death (TV-2001)
Blackout (TV-2001)
Dead by Monday (2001)
Focus (2001)
American Psycho II: All American Girl (VR-2002)
Perfect Pie (2002)
The Scream Team (TV-2002)
Little Bear: Snacktime Tales (VR-2002, short)
Our Fathers (TV-2005)
.45 (2006)
Nick Jr. Favorites Holiday (VR-2006)

Octoberfeast (VR-2011)

TV Series – Cast:
The Great Detective (1979-1982)
Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987, mini-series)
Road to Avonlea (1991-1994)
M.V.P. (2008)
Max & Ruby (voice, 2002-2019)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Last of the Mohicans (1957)
Cannonball (1958)
Hudson’s Bay (1959)

Heritage (1960)
The Nurses (1962, 1964)
Wojeck (1968)

McQueen (1970)
Corwin (1970)
Paul Bernard, Psychiatrist (1971)
Dr. Simon Locke (1971, 1972)
To See Ourselves (1972)
The Starlost (1973)
Delilah (1973)
The Wayne & Shuster Superspecial (1977)
The New Avengers (1977)

Read All About It (1980)
Hangin’ In (1982, 1986)
Seeing Things (1985, 1986)
Adderly (1986)
Today’s Special (1987)
The Raccoons (voice, 1989)

Katts and Dog (1990)
E.N.G. (1991)
Class of ’96 (1993)
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1995)
Goosbumps (1996)
Traders (1996, 2000)
The New Ghostwriter Mysteries (1997)
Little Men (1999)

Real Kids, Real Adventures (2000)
Doc (2001)
The Zack Files (2001)
Monk (2002)
An American in Canada (2003)
Little Bear (2003)
Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye (2003)
Queer as Folk (2004)
G-Spot (2006)

Videodrome, movie, poster,
Scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

Dune

155 minutes – Sci-Fi
Language: English
Festival release date: September 3, 2021 (World Premiere, Venice Film Festival)
Release date: October 22, 2021
Production company: Legendary Pictures
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

In the far distant future, Duke Leto Atreides accepts stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, “the spice”, a drug which extends human life, provides superhuman levels of thought, and makes faster-than-light travel possible. Though Leto knows the opportunity is an intricate trap set by his enemies, he takes his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica, young son and heir Paul, and most trusted advisers to Arrakis. Leto takes control of the spice mining operation, which is made perilous by the presence of giant sandworms. A bitter betrayal leads Paul and Jessica to the Fremen, natives of Arrakis who live in the deep desert.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve with a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth, Dune is an international co-production of Canada, Hungary, the United Kingdom and the United States. This is the first of a planned two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. Trailer courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.


Dune, 2021 movie, poster,

Crew:

Producer:

Cale Boyter
Joe Caracciolo Jr.
Mary Parent
Denis Villeneuve

Executive Producer:

Herbert W. Gains
John Harrison
Brian Herbert
Kim Herbert
Tanya Lapointe
Byron Merritt
Richard P. Rubinstein
Jon Spaihts
Thomas Tull

Director:

Denis Villeneuve

Screenwriter:

Jon Spaihts
Eric Roth
Denis Villeneuve

Cinematographer:

Greig Fraser

Editor:

Joe Walker

Composer:

Hans Zimmer

Production Designer:

Patrice Vermette

Art Director:

Tom Brown (Supervising art director)
Karl Probert (Senior art director)
David Doran (Art director: vehicles)
Tibor Lázár
Gergely Rieger
Samy Keilani (Second unit)

Costume Designer:

Bob Morgan
Jacqueline West

Cast: Roles:

Timothée Chalamet
Rebecca Ferguson
Oscar Isaac
Josh Brolin
Stellan Skarsgård
Dave Bautista
Stephen McKinley Henderson
Zendaya
Chen Chang
Sharon Duncan-Brewster
Charlotte Rampling
Jason Momoa
Javier Bardem
David Dastmalchian
Babs Olusanmokun
Michael Nardone
Charlie Rawes
Richard Carter
Stephen Collins
Oliver Ryan
Gloria Obianyo

Paul Atreides
Lady Jessica
Duke Leto Atreides
Gurney Halleck
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Glossu ‘Beast’ Rabban
Thufir Hawat
Chani
Dr. Wellington Yueh
Liet-Kynes
Gaius Helen Mohiam
Duncan Idaho
Stilgar
Piter De Vries
Jamis
Gurney Sergeant
First Trooper
Second Trooper
Deaf Trooper
Hawat Specialist
Gloria Obianyo

Karl Walcott

Karl Walcott, actor,

B: in Québec

Karl Walcott trained with Louise Boisvert in 2013 and in 2015 trained for television and theatre at Les Ateliers Danielle Fichaud. He added training in diction and English with Nancy Helms at Studio Syllabes and in 2016 he spent 12 weeks at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. Walcott plays Nesly Bonnet in the series District 31, and Frédéric Gallant in Comme Dans L’espace.

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X-Men: Apocalypse (2015)
Gratteur (2017, short)
Junior Majeur (2017)
La chute de Sparte (2018)
Les vaux rien (2018)
Beans (2019)
Les oiseaux ivres (2019)
La bible d’une fan (2019)
Moonfall (2019)

TV Series – Cast:
Sur-vie (2016, mini-series)
District 31 (2020-2021)
Comme Dans L’espace (2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
La vie parfaite (2013)
30 vies (2013)
Lance et compte: La finale (2014)
19-2 (2014)
Le chalet (2014-2018)
Marche à l’ombre (2015)
Au secours de Béatrice (2015)
Quantico (2015)
This Life (2015)
Les pêcheurs (2016)
Sur-vie (2016, mini-series)
21 Thunder Road (2016)
Demain des hommes (2018)
Bold Type (2018)
Terreur 404 (2018)
Cerebrum (2019)
Toute la vie (2019)
La dérape (2019)

Comme dans l’espace (2020)
Escouade 99 (2021)
La nuit où Laurier Gaudreault s’est réveillé (2021)

Web series:
Les Béliers (2012)
L’arène (2017)
Let’s Talk About Sex (2020)

Karl Walcott is represented by:
Agence St-Laurent Roger Inc.
1072 rue Des Grands-Ducs
Longueuil, Québec
J4G 2N9, Canada
Phone: 450-646-0322
Fax: 450-670-2716
Email: info(at)agenceartistique.com
www.agenceartistique.com

Beans, movie, poster,

Les oiseaux ivres, movie, poster,

VFS Offering Kevin Smith Scholarships

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VFS Offering Kevin Smith Scholarships
by Staff Editors

(October 13, 2021 – Vancouver, BC) The Vancouver Film School (VFS) and its Creative Ambassador Kevin Smith have announced the 2021 Kevin Smith Ambassador Scholarship. Eligible students who demonstrate the most-promising creative potential will be awarded with full or partial tuition to study at Canada’s premier entertainment-arts centre in Vancouver. This scholarship marks Kevin Smith’s final act as VFS’s Creative Ambassador and was announced at the VFS Storyteller’s Studio AMA event in September 2021 titled “Just F#@king Create”.

The following will be awarded:

Three (3) full tuition scholarship towards any program at VFS.
Three (3) partial (50%) tuition scholarships towards any program at VFS.
Tuition reductions of up to $10,000 for qualifying applicants.

The Kevin Smith Ambassador scholarship, valued at up to $500,000, was developed to give students with a passion for the creative media arts to follow in Smith’s footsteps and pursue their passion at VFS. A VFS alum of the Film Production program, Kevin Smith has since received worldwide acclaim for his brilliant stories, intricate characters, and incisive dialogue in such films as Clerks, The Jay and Silent Bob franchise and more.

Kevin Smith

Applications are currently being accepted, and the deadline to apply is November 1 at 12:01 a.m. PDT. Winners will be announced by the end of November. Click here to apply or for more information about the 2021 Kevin Smith Ambassador Scholarship.

In 1987, Vancouver Film School introduced the world’s first true immersion film program. Today, VFS is Canada’s premier entertainment-arts centre, offering an immersive curriculum in film, animation, video game production, VR/AR development, motion and interactive design, programming, art/production foundation, and other related programs. VFS is known for providing high-quality education in accelerated timeframes. VFS alumni are consistently credited on the most successful products in the entertainment economies.

SOURCE: Vancouver Film School.

Portraits From a Fire

92 minutes – Drama, Indigenous
Language: English
Release date: November 1, 2021
VOD Release date: November 6, 2021
Production company: Photon Films
Canadian distributor: Photon Films

Portraits From A Fire follows Tyler (William Magnus Lulua), an eccentric and lonely teenager who spends his days filmmaking, vlogging his Indigenous community, and hanging out with his grandparents. His father, Gord, is physically present but remains emotionally absent from Tyler’s life for reasons Tyler cannot understand. Then he meets Aaron, a mysterious, charismatic, and influential figure who encourages Tyler to showcase his most personal film about his mother’s disappearance to the community, leading to a reckoning between past and future, life and death, and father and son. This is the story of Tyler’s journey to heal the wounds of the past by opening them once again. And by finding the courage to face the fear of the unknown, he weaves together the strong sacred bonds of family through both living and ancestral realms.

Based on a story by Trevoe Mack and Derek Vermillion, Portraits From A Fire was shot on location in B.C.’s Tl’etinqox (Anaham) Reserve. It won the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award from the Vancouver International Film Festival and Best Canadian Feature Film at the Edmonton International Film Festival. It was made with the support of Telefilm Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Telus Storyhive, BC Arts Council, and the Harold Greenburg Fund.

Portrait From a Fire, movie, poster,

Crew:

Producer:

Rylan Friday
Kate Kroll

Executive Producer:

Trish Dolman

Director:

Trevor Mack

Screenwriter:

Trevor Mack

Cinematographer:

Kaayla Whachell

Editor:

Elad Tzadok

Cast: Roles:

William Lulua
Nathaniel Arcand
Asivak Koostachin
Sammy Stump
Melanie Bobby
Pauline Bob-King

Tyler
Gord
Aaron
Sammy
Etsu
Trish

Due South (1994-1999)

Due South, tv series, image,
Gordon Pinsent, Leslie Nielsen, Paul Gross in a publicity still for Due South.

60 minutes – Crime, Comedy

Date of first broadcast: April 26, 1994
Originating Network: CTV

Production company: Alliance Communications

Canadian distributor: Alliance Atlantis

Created by screenwriter Paul Haggis, who also wrote or co-wrote all 67 episodes, Due South follows the adventures of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer Benton Fraser (Paul Gross), who is assigned to the Canadian consulate in Chicago initially to solve the murder of his father, Sergeant Robert ‘Bob’ Fraser (Gordon Pinsent). The ghost of his father becomes a regular character, only seen by his son, who often provides mixed advice on how to solve certain cases. Benton Fraser works alongside Chicago Police Department Detective Raymond Vecchio (David Marciano). Both are aided at times by Fraser’s deaf lip-reading half-wolf named Diefenbaker, or Dief for short. Largely shot in and around Toronto, Due South was the first Canadian-made series to have a prime time slot on a major US network, CBS. It originally ran from April 26, 1994 to March 14, 1999.



We list the main cast and recurring regulars who appeared in at least 10 episodes of the 67 episode series. Many Canadian actors who made made guest appearances in 1 or 2 episodes can be found on Northernstars.ca

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Crew:

Producer:

Frank Siracusa
Robert Wertheimer
Jeff King

Executive Producer:

Jeff King
Kathy Slevin
Paul Gross
Paul Haggis

Co-Executive Producer:

Jeff King
Kathy Slevin
Bob Carney

Co-Producer:

George Bloomfield
Dave Cole

Supervising Producer:

Jeff King
Peter Bray
Jean Desormeaux

Line Producer:

Frank Siracusa
Norman Denver
Adam Haight

Director:

George Bloomfield
Steve DiMarco
Richard J. Lewis
David Warry-Smith
Paul Lynch
Paul Haggis
Gilbert M. Shilton

Screenwriter:

Paul Haggis (67 episodes)
Jeff King
Kathy Slevin
David Shore
Paul Gross
John Krizanc
Bob Carney
Dave Cole
Peter Mohan
Frank Siracusa
Michael Teversham
Philip Bedard
Larry Lalonde
George F. Walker

Cinematographer:

Malcolm Cross
Milan Podsedly
Derick V. Underschultz
Ron Stannett
John Dyer

Editor:

Eric Goddard
David B. Thompson
Peter Light
Tom Joerin
Stephen Lawrence
Paula Devonshire

Composer:

Jay Semko (Main theme)
Jack Lenz
John McCarthy

Production Designer:

Harold Thrasher
Sandra Kybartas

Art Director:

Raymond Lorenz
Mario Mercuri
Armando Sgrignuoli
Jerri Thrasher (Set Decoration)
Steven Essam (Set Decoration)
Jeff Cutler (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Suzette Daigle
Kei Yano
Sara Schilt
Alex Kavanagh

Cast: Roles:

Paul Gross
Beau Starr
Tony Craig
David Marciano
Catherine Bruhier
Gordon Pinsent
Camilla Scott
Ramona Milano
Daniel Kash
Callum Keith Rennie
Tom Melissis
Dean McDermott
Kevin Rushton
Jan Rubes
Lee Purcell
Alex Carter
Anne Marie DeLuise
Mark Melymick
Vito Rezza
Deborah Rennard
Lynne Deragon
Leslie Nielsen
Kenneth Welsh
Victor Ertmanis
Draco
Lincoln

Constable Benton Fraser
Lt. Harding Welsh
Jack Huey
Ray Vecchio
Elaine Besbriss
Sergeant Robert ‘Bob’ Fraser
Margaret Thatcher
Francesca Vecchio
Louis Gardino
Det. Stanley Raymond Kowalski
Thomas E. Dewey
Constable Turnbull
Henry
Dr. Mort Gustafson
Louise St. Laurent
Agent Ford
Stella Kowalski
Agent Deeter
Tony
Dr. Esther Pearson
Desk Sergeant
Sgt. Buck Frobisher
Randal K. Bolt
Staff Sgt. Meers
Diefenbaker
Diefenbaker

Les oiseaux ivres

104 minutes – Drama
Language: French, Spanish
Festival release date: September 13, 2021 (Toronto International Film Festival, World Premiere)
Release date: October 15, 2021 (Québec)
Production company: micro_scope
Canadian distributor: Les Films Opale

Willy (Jorge Antonio Guerrero), a Mexican drug cartel driver, becomes involved with a drug lord’s wife, Marlena (Yoshira Escárrega). When their affair is discovered, Marlena flees the country. Willy has no know where she went, but a locket she left behind contains a picture of her aunt in Montréal. Willy begins his quest to find the love of his life. After spending four years working as a seasonal migrant worker in rural Québec, he is hired as a seasonal worker at the Bécotte farm near Montréal. Several fates intertwine, worlds meet, tensions rise, and moments of magical realism arise during the long workdays.

On October 5, 2021, Telefilm Canada announced Les oiseaux ivres (Drunken Birds), is Canada’s entry in the nomination process for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards, to be held on March 27, 2022.

Les oiseaux ivres, movie, poster,

Crew:

Producer:

Luc Déry
Kim McCraw

Executive Producer:

Nicolás Celis

Line Producer:

Marie-Claire Lalonde
Rodrigo Macin (Mexico)

Director:

Ivan Grbovic

Screenwriter:

Ivan Grbovic
Sara Mishara

Cinematographer:

Sara Mishara

Editor:

Arthur Tarnowski

Composer:

Philippe Brault

Production Designer:

André-Line Beauparlant

Art Director:

Crystal Duarte
Philippe Lord

Costume Designer:

Patricia McNeil

Cast: Roles:

Jorge Antonio Guerrero
Hélène Florent
Claude Legault
Marine Johnson
Gilberto Barazza
Yoshira Escárrega
Amaryllis Tremblay
Maxime Dumontier
Karl Walcott
Normand D’Amour

Willy
Julie
Richard
Léa
le conteur
Marlena
Lou
Benji
pilote de course
Normand

Night Raiders

97 minutes – Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Festival release date: March, 2021 (Berlin International Film Festival, World Premiere)
Release date: October 8, 2021
Production company: XYZ Films
Canadian distributor: Elevation Pictures

Set in the near future (2043), a military occupation controls disenfranchised cities in a post-war North America. Children have become property of the State. Niska (Elle-Maija Tailfeathers) was forced to give up her daughter Waseese (Brooklyn Letexier-Hart), who is now being indoctrinated and turned into a soldier. Niska joins an underground band of vigilantes to infiltrate a State children’s academy and get her daughter back. The mother-daughter relationship is the bedrock of Night Raiders, a female-driven dystopian drama about resilience, courage and love.

Night Raiders, a Canada /New Zealand co-production, marks the feature film directorial debut of Danis Goulet.

Night Raiders, movie, poster,

Crew:

Producer:

Tara Woodbury
Paul Barkin
Ainsley Gardiner
Georgina Allison Condor
Chelsea Winsranley
Eva Thomas

Executive Producer:

Taika Waititi

Director:

Danis Goulet

Screenwriter:

Danis Goulet

Cinematographer:

Daniel Grant

Editor:

Jorge Weisz

Cast: Roles:

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Brooklyn Letexier-Hart
Alex Tarrant
Amanda Plummer
Violet Nelson
Gail Maurice
Jordan Bullchild
Ray G. Thunderchild
Suzannne Cyr
Shaun Sipos
Pamela Matthews
Pauline Shirt

Niska
Waseese
Leo
Roberta
Somonis
Ida
Jordan
Tiny
Academy Headmistress
Randy
Lorna
Elder Chachigee

Violet Nelson

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, movie, image,
Violet Nelson in a still from the film The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open. Supplied. Used with permission

Violet Nelson made a highly auspicious start to her career when she was cast to play the co-lead in the 2019 feature The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, which had its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and its Northern American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019)
Night Raiders (2021)

TV Series Guest appearances:
The Twilight Zone (2019)

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, movie, poster,

Night Raiders, movie, poster,

imagineNATIVE Honours Shirley Cheechoo

Shirley Cheechoo, director,

imagineNATIVE Honours Shirley Cheechoo
by Staff Editors

(October 6, 2021 – Toronto, ON) The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival has announced that Cree actor and filmmaker Dr. Shirley Cheechoo will receive the 2021 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence, supported by ACTRA National, a generous donation from Joan Karasevich Shellenberg, and individual donors.

The August Schellenberg Award of Excellence (the “Augie”) is an annual prize that recognizes significant professional and personal achievement by an Indigenous actor, of any gender, from Turtle Island. Dr. Shirley Cheechoo will receive her award at the online imagineNATIVE Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 24.

Shirley Cheechoo was born in Eastmain, Quebec, on the eastern shore of James Bay. Shirley is an accomplished and award-winning artist, actor, and filmmaker who has been working in the Indigenous community for over 30 years. She is the proud recipient of numerous awards both for her own work and in recognition of her profound contributions to arts practice throughout Ontario. This multi-award-winning filmmaker was the first person from a First Nation in Canada to write, produce, direct, and act in a feature-length, dramatic film, entitled Bearwalker, which had a market screening at the Cannes Film Festival in France. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Weengushk Film Institute.

“…the longevity of a career but also someone who has done so much for the community and giving back and advocacy and fighting for the rights and it’s so amazing to know that this year the award will go to the incredible Shirley Cheechoo who has done so much artistically but also equally for her community,” said Jani Lauzon, member of the Augie Award selection committee.

August Schellenberg, actor,The August Schellenberg Award of Excellence was launched in partnership with Joan Karasevich Schellenberg to honour her late husband, actor August (Augie) Schellenberg, and the spirit of his work. This annual award is presented to gifted Indigenous actors based on the longevity and impact of their careers, as well as their professionalism and involvement in mentorship and community work. Past Augie recipients include Tantoo Cardinal in 2015, Tom Jackson in 2016, Tina Keeper in 2017, Michael Greyeyes in 2018, Michelle Thrush in 2019, and Lorne Cardinal in 2020.

Montreal-born Mohawk actor August Schellenberg performed in hundreds of theatre, film and television productions throughout his long career including Saving Grace, Free Willy, Black Robe, North of 60 and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-series or Movie for his role as Chief Sitting Bull in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and played the titular role in an all-First Nations version of Shakespeare’s King Lear at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (October 19-24, 2021) is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital + interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators. The Festival presents compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives, and cultures in contemporary media.

SOURCE: imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Guy Foucault

Guy Foucault, actor,

B: in Québec

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La semaine dernière pas loin du pont (1967)
La Vie rêvée (1972)

La vie revée, movie, poster,

Liliane Lemaître-Auger

La vie revée, image, movie,
Liliane Lemaître-Auger and Véronique Le Flaguais in La vie rêvée.

B: in Montréal, Québec

Liliane Lemaître-Auger only appeared in three feature films in her career. As of 2021 she still lives in Montréal.

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La Vie rêvée (1972)
Éclair au chocolat (1978)
Le sourd dans la ville (1987)

La vie revée, movie, poster,

Highlights of FNC 2021

Promotional still for Les Olympiads, or Paris, 13th District.

Highlights of FNC 2021
By Maurie Alioff – Québec Correspondent

(October 6, 2021 – Montréal, QC) This year’s Festival du nouveau cinéma is paying long overdue homage to the first Quebec feature film made by a woman, Mireille Dansereau’s 1972 La Vie rêvée (Dream Life). The movie revolves around two women searching for Mr. Right. Still active, Dansereau’s sensitive filmmaking should have landed her in the upper echelons of Canadian moviemaking, but it didn’t.

La vie revée, image, movie,
Liliane Lemaître-Auger and Véronique Le Flaguais in La vie rêvée.

Back in the day, I wrote a review asking why Dansereau’s 1987 picture, Un sourde dans la ville “hasn’t received, in this country, the attention it deserves. Le Sourd did not get a single Genie nomination, while at the Venice Film Festival, it shared an award with Louis Malle’s Au Revoir les enfants. Maybe the members of the Academy would have been more sympathetic if Florence (played by Beatrice Picard) had shot an elephant.” (The elephant was a reference to Jean-Claude Lauzon’s Un zoo la nuit, which in the same year drew nonstop, adoring attention.)

The FNC’s 2021 programme continues the event’s 50-year-old embrace of movies that nudge viewers into unknown territory. For instance Brazilian director Iuli Gerbase’s debut feature, The Pink House, plays as a dystopian comic satire that echoes the 2018 sci-fi hit, Bird Box. An amorous couple, trapped a lockdown, hides from malevolent pink clouds that threaten to poison the entire human race. The couple’s only connections to the outside world are a feeding tube, video calls, and virtual reality. In other words, the way I’ve been living for COVID-haunted months.

Highlights of FNC 2021, image,
Publicity still for Bliss.

In Henrika Kull’s Bliss, 42-year-old Sascha (Katharina Behrens) works at a Berlin whore house that’s clean, efficient, and responsibly run – and a little on the boring side. The whores call the shots, saying forget about it to clients who turn them off. The story kicks in when 25-year-old Italian Maria (Adam Hoya, an actual sex worker/ performance artist), and Sascha get a glimpse of ol’ black magic in each other. Complications ensue.

Les Olympiads, movie, poster, In the FNC selection, Barbaque, or Some Like It Rare, director Fabrice Eboué zeroes in on a butcher plagued by bad business resulting from vegan protests. Then the guy manages to inadvertently kill an activist. To hide the body, he and his wife-business partner turn the corpse into delicious ham, which becomes the town’s number one taste treat.

Another out-on-a-limb picture, Romanian Radu Jude’s Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn won the Golden Bear at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival. The satire follows a teacher who makes a sex tape that leaks online. She needs to fight hard against the hostility that ensues.

The must-see item on my list is Les Olympiads, or Paris, 13th District, Jacques Audiard’s visually sumptuous exploration of a single young woman yearning for love. The film, set in a massive apartment complex called the Olympiads, draws from graphic short stories by New Yorker cartoonist Adrian Tomine. Audiard’s intricately layered and emotionally powerful 2009 prison story Un Prophet is one of standout French pictures of the 21st century.

Another must-see for many, the last minute, surprise screening of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, in person at the Imperial theatre on October 17.

The Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) opens today in Montréal. Click here for a link to the FNC and other October 2021 film festivals.

Northernstars logo image Maurie Alioff is a film journalist, critic, screenwriter and media columnist. He has written for radio and television and taught screenwriting at Montreal’s Vanier College. A former editor for Cinema Canada and Take One, as well as other magazines, he is affiliated with the Quebec media industry publication, CTVM.Info. His articles have appeared in various publications, including Canadian Cinematographer, POV Magazine, and The New York Times. He is the Québec Correspondent for northernstars.ca.

Shirley Cheechoo

Shirley Cheechoo, director,

B: 1952 in Eastmain, Québec

Dr. Shirley Cheechoo, a Cree filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist, made her directorial debut in 1998 and is revered as the first Indigenous woman to write, produce, and direct a dramatic feature film in Canada for her film Bearwalker, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. We list her credits as a Director first

Also see: imagineNATIVE Honours Shirley Cheechoo.
Also see: Weengushk Film Institute: Coming Soon?
Also see: Shirley Cheechoo Receives Reelworld Award.

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Silent Tears (1997, short)

Bearwalker (2000)
Pikutiskaau (Mother Earth) (2003)
In Shadow (2003, short)
Johnny Tootall (TV-2005)

Moose River Crossing (2013)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Silent Tears (1997, short)

Bearwalker (2000)
Johnny Tootall (TV-2005)

Moose River Crossing (2013)

Credits as a Producer:
Silent Tears (1997, short)

Bearwalker (2000)
Pikutiskaau (Mother Earth) (2003)

Moose River Crossing (2013)

Credits as aa Actor:
The Wake (1986)

Medicine River (TV-1993)
Silent Tears (1997, short)
Song of Hiawatha (1997)

Johnny Greyeyes (2000)
Bearwalker 2000)
Christmas in the Clouds (2001)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Spirit Bay (1984)
The Rez (1996)
M.V.P. (2008)

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