Feature length Doc
Native Blues. It sounds like an easy fit. The common ancestral experience of heartbreak, and the squalid social conditions that exist on many First Nations reservations suggests that these communities are a natural place to find the Blues. And yes, the Blues do emanate from many Native American communities. Most contemporary listeners of the Blues assume that it was the Black slaves from Africa that developed the original Blues style and then passed that on to their Native American brothers, sisters, and cousins. But the story of the Blues runs much deeper than that.
The story of WHOSE BLUES begins in North Carolina in traditional Tuscarora territory, follows the Underground Railroad north to present-day Six Nations reserves along the Great Lakes in Canada, and then traces the story of the Blues south down the Mississippi River to New Orleans and the Second Line families.
"We have the original Blues Society in the Americas. It originated in October of 1492."
-Elaine Bomberry, award-winning Ojibway/Cayuga radio producer, The Aboriginal Music Experience
A WORLD APART
2 x 60 mins - Broadcast
Set in the Canada's high Arctic and New Zealand, the themes in this two-part documentary are the cultural knowledge and the female leadership that is emerging in Aboriginal communities around the world. Aaju Peter is a noted culturalist and singer based in Iqaluit. Aaju is also a linguist, a lawyer specializing in traditional Inuit law, and a rifle-bearing hunter of seals. In December of 2011 she was awarded the Order of Canada for her contributions to the preservation of Inuit culture and language, and her personal fight against the European Union's ban of seal products, and the resulting effects on Inuit culture.
Kim Halliday and Ora Barlow travel and perform as Pacific Curls. They tour internationally and they have pioneered a sound that seamlessly blends their Maori and Rotuman vocals and rhythms with traditional Celtic fiddle. Both Ora and Kim are integrally involved in the fight for the health of their coastal waters in New Zealand. It's all linked to water, the 'life blood of our planet', and our vehicle for this documentary voyage is the Clipper Adventurer, a 300 ft, ice-capable, polar cruise ship.
"No nation is conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground."
- Traditional Cheyenne Saying
HERE ON THE NORTH SHORE
Restorative Justice is a current and compelling social movement with a strong history in Canada. Globally, one of the key the key components of restorative justice is community. Whether that is the community surrounding a crime that is invited to have a voice in the local court/legal process, or the community of police and legal professionals that is learning to share their information in a more effective and cooperative manner, RJ demands and motivates clear, heartfelt communication. North Vancouver is currently taking a leading role in Canada, a country that is perceived internationally as one of the pioneers in the restorative justice movement. This project takes an incisive look into the history and the remarkable currency of the RJ movement on the 'North Shore'.
"Restorative Justice cases motivate a higher and more effective level of communication between us, and most of our professional colleagues. This includes youth and social workers, court administrators and crown counsel, and fellow police officers from across the North Shore."
-Constable Lisa Schmidtke – West Vancouver Police Department
GOING OUT WITH KINNIE STARR
Series for TV/Web
Part talk show; except we are exterior as much as in, part editorial; with our guests both responding and critiquing, with a healthy dose of groovy music and lots of unique location stops along the way. The gorgeous and inquisitive Kinnie Starr - writer, poet, beatmaker, trail blazer, is both our guide and provocateur as we explore the politics of media, sexuality, food, and fashion in Canada.
"There is a passivity in Canadian identity, especially in regard to race issues, that is ripe for opening up and shaking up."