Carry It On Gets Emmy Nom
by Staff Editors
(September 27, 2023 – Winnipeg, MB) Eagle Vision, White Pine Pictures and Paquin Entertainment have announced that Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On, the documentary film celebrating the legendary singer-songwriter, activist, and trailblazer, has been nominated for an International Emmy Award. This prestigious recognition marks a milestone for the documentary, as the documentary is the sole Canadian nominee.
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On shines a spotlight on the remarkable life and career of Buffy Sainte-Marie and captures the essence of her profound impact on music, Indigenous rights, and social justice.
The 90-minute film delves into Sainte-Marie’s influential journey, from her early days as a groundbreaking artist in the 1960s folk music scene to her tireless advocacy for Indigenous rights and environmental causes. It showcases her resilience, creativity, and unwavering commitment to making the world a better place through her art and activism. Buffy Sainte-Marie shares her life story from her early love of music to the activism she continues to this day, despite her career being suppressed because of it.
The documentary also features in-depth conversations with prominent musicians, activists, and friends, including Alanis Obomsawin, Joni Mitchell, the late Robbie Robertson, Bird Runningwater and Taj Mahal, who offer insights into her impact on their lives and the broader cultural landscape.
“Buffy Sainte-Marie is the original influencer,” said Eagle Vision’s Lisa Meeches. “Her powerful message and unique style laid the cornerstone for Indigenous artists all across North America. Our team at Eagle Vision is truly honoured with the Emmy nomination. It was a humbling experience to be in the grace of such an iconic individual and to call her my Sister.”
The International Emmy Awards are among the most prestigious honours in the global entertainment industry, recognizing outstanding content from around the world. Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On stands as a testament to the power of storytelling and the enduring impact of artists like Buffy Sainte-Marie. This nomination follows a list of other awards and recognition for the film including the Allan King Award For Excellent In Documentary at the DGC Awards, five Canadian Screen Awards nominations, and two wins for Best Direction and Best Sound in a Documentary.
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On had its world premiere at TIFF in Canada and DOC NYC in the U.S. It is available to stream on Crave in Canada and PBS American Masters in the U.S. The film is distributed internationally by Off The Fence.
The winners of the International Emmy Awards will be announced during a gala ceremony on November 20, 2023, in New York City.
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On was directed by Madison Thomas, produced by Lisa Meeches and Stephen Paniccia and Executive Produced by Lisa Meeches, Peter Raymont, Kyle Irving, Steve Ord, Rebecca Gibson, Andrew Munger, Gilles Paquin, and Randy Lennox, Michael Kantor, Ray Halbritter, and Francene Blythe-Lewis. A Crave Original Documentary, it was produced by Eagle Vision, White Pine Pictures, and Paquin Entertainment in Association with Bell Media Studios, American Masters Pictures, Vision Maker Media, and APTN and with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, Ontario Creates, Rogers Documentary Fund.