1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus
The docu-drama series, 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus, will create a scientific and cultural narrative of Indigenous origins and reveal a world that represents the authentic pre-contact history of the Americas. Episodes themes including architecture, art, agriculture and the environment. The series is based on the book, 1491: New Revelations of the America Before Columbus, by Charles C. Mann.
1491 is a co-production between Aarrow Productions, Inc. and Animiki See Digital Production Inc.
Limited Series - 8 x 60 Minutes
In Production (2015)
All OUR relations - Season II
All Our Relations celebrates the lives of Aboriginal Canadians who have achieved international success and recognition. Elders, friends, historians, relatives and others share their insights into the life of the featured guest that include athletes, actors, architects, dancers and writers.
All Our Relations takes a close look at ancestral history and acknowledges each guest's pride in their traditional culture. The series provides a unique insight into their family genealogy and their careers. The series was created by Ralph Brown of Waterfront Productions.
Television Series - 13 x 30 minutes
In Production (2015)
APTN, NITV (Australia), CBC
Truth Dance and Reconciliation
In October 2014 the Royal Winnipeg Ballet premiered ‘Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation’ an original ballet about residential school history in Canada. The Winnipeg Free Press said it “might well be the most important ballet produced by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 75 years.”
The documentary, Truth Dance and Reconciliation, follows a renowned team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal writers, choreographers, designers and composers as they create what might be the most challenging commission of their lives. The creative team is a who’s who in the Canadian cultural world — author Joseph Boyden, composer Christos Hatzis, choreographer Mark Godden, musician Steve Wood, singer Tanya Tagaq, scene designer KC Adams, costume designer Paul Daigle, lighting designer Pierre Lavoie, projection designer Sean Nieuwenhuis and Tina Keeper, the Associate Producer.
This team created a heart-wrenching and stunning ballet that is both true to its European dance form and respectful of the people and history it represents.
Feature Documentary - 80 minutes
Currently In Development
In Down2Earth, hosts Steve Sxwithul’txw and Leigh Joseph take the audience on amazing journeys throughout Canada and around the globe to learn about innovative ways that Indigenous people are using their traditional knowledge and science to address environmental challenges in their territories.
The stories shared on Down2Earth inspire and encourage individuals to be environmental stewards in their own communities and backyards.
Television Series - 2 seasons- 26 x 30 minutes
APTN, NITV (Australia)
Environmental Media Award: Best Environmental Documentary Series in Canada (2011)
The NEW CANOE
The New Canoe focuses on Aboriginal arts and culture in Canada and in British Columbia in particular. The series has featured over 500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis dancers, musicians, artists, language specialists, storytellers and filmmakers in 91 episodes. The New Canoe has also featured stories on Indigenous people in Japan and the USA.
The series featured hosts and arts reporters Art Napoleon, Michael Glendale, Barbara Hager, Toni Kelly and Rose Spahan. The series visited Aboriginal communities and profiled their arts programs, artists, cultural centres and festivals.
Variety series - 7 seasons - 91 X 30 minutes
APTN, CTV, CHUM, Bravo
Nominated for a Leo Award (BC)
FROM Bella Coola to Berlin
In 1885, German Zoo owner Carl Hagenbeck hired nine Aboriginal men from Bella Coola to perform their dances and songs for German audiences. The dancers spent one year in Germany performing in zoos and theatres in 22 cities. An extensive archive of published material, letters, papers and artifacts were left behind in Germany at the Hamburg Museum.
One hundred and twenty-five years later, the dancers' experience in Germany continues to influence their descendants, the Nuxalk First Nation, as they strive to preserve their language, dances, songs, art and ultimately, their identity in the modern world. The documentary recreates this amazing journey through interviews with academics in Germany and descendants of the dancers in Bella Coola, fictional vignettes, and archival footage and photographs.
Documentary Film - 60 minutes
APTN, A-Channel, Bravo!, Discovery Germany, Knowledge
SOUNDS LIKE MOTOWN
Sounds Like Motown chronicles an unlikely friendship between Motown superstar Martha Reeves and a Canadian high school band, the Victoria High School R&B Band. The students, led by music teacher Eric Emde, visited Detroit where they met Ms. Reeves. She travelled to Victoria and asked the band to back her up on stage on opening night of the Victoria Jazz Festival. The documentary follows the intense rehearsals leading up to the performance as well as the concert.
Documentary Film - 60 minutes
Bravo, APTN and SCN
Opening Film For Victoria Film Festival (2008)
Best Family Feature at the Garden State Film Festival (2008)
Victoria, BC | CANADA
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