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Wapos Bay in Running for Five Gemini Awards

6 Sep

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced that Wapos Bay, the stop motion animated children’s series broadcast on APTN and SCN, has received five Gemini Award nominations.  The 25th Annual Gemini Awards ceremony will be held in Toronto November 2nd and 3rd, 2010.

Wapos Bay is among five productions nominated for Best Animated Program or SeriesDerRic Starlight, the voice behind the character of Devon, received a nomination for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series. Trevor Cameron earned two nominations; one for Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series, and one for Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series, both for the episode, The Hardest Lesson. Ross Nykiforuk joins the list of nominees for Best Original Music Score for an Animated Program or Series (The Hardest Lesson).

The announcement comes on the eve of the broadcast premiere of Season 5 on APTN, the September launch of the digital media properties, and production for the Movie of the Week commencing in October.

Producer/ writer/ director Melanie Jackson comments: “Working on Wapos Bay has been a wondrous experience.  The cast and crew have had such faith in the production since we began, that we’ve built a family. I’m very honored and ecstatic with this years nominations and I know with unwavering confidence they are well earned.  I offer my congratulations and appreciation to the nominees, cast and crew of Wapos Bay for their hard work and undying enthusiasm for the little show that could!”

Wapos Bay season five premieres Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) with special guest star David Suzuki (The Nature of Things).  Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN) broadcasts seasons three and four.  Wapos Bay Productions is currently in pre-production for the Movie of the Week.

Stop Motion Animation TV series, Wapos Bay, earns third Gemini and begins new season with guest, Mike Holmes

28 Oct

October 28, 2008 (Saskatoon, SK, Canada) – At The 23rd Annual Gemini Awards, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has awarded Wapos Bay with the Gemini for Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series.  The prize winning ensemble cast includes Gordon Tootoosis, Raven Brass, Trevor Cameron, Lorne Cardinal, Taylor Cook, Eric Jackson, Andrea Menard, and DerRic Starlight.

 Saskatoon based production company, Wapos Bay Productions, in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada has produced this unique stop-motion animated series broadcast nationally on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).  Created by Saskatoon based husband and wife team Dennis and Melanie Jackson, Wapos Bay has received 3 consecutive Gemini awards to date and begins principal photography on season 4 on November 10th, 2008.  Special guest, Mike Holmes will play himself in the new season of Wapos Bay, which starts shooting November 10, 2008.  Wapos Bay Productions will be recording Mr. Holmes’ lines on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 in our Saskatoon studio.

 The premiere airdate for six new episodes of Wapos Bay, shot last winter, is set for November 11, 2008 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (Check local listings).  This one of a kind, half-hour, stop-motion series focuses on three Aboriginal children as they learn about teamwork and cooperation from their grandparents in the fictional northern community of Wapos Bay. 

Gordon Tootoosis (Legends of the Fall) voices the wise and good-humored grandfather Mushom.  Andrea Menard (The Velvet Devil) voices the patient, kind grandmother, Kohkum.  Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas) voices the caring, good-natured single father of T-Bear.  Saskatoon based newcomers Eric Jackson and Taylor Cook play the calm, team player Talon and the rambunctious, independent spirited T-Bear.  The innocent, playful and spunky Raven is played by emerging talent Raven Brass. 

Wapos Bay – is produced by Dennis and Melanie Jackson, Anand Ramayya and Derek Mazur. The production will be distributed internationally by the National Film Board of Canada. 

For more information on Wapos Bay, please contact:

Kelly Balon

Wapos Bay Productions Inc.

Telephone: (306) 652-9335 

Indo-Canadian Filmmakers on the Rise

20 Feb

The Indian film industry is the world’s largest, with over 800 feature films produced annually and with highest ticket sales recorded worldwide. They easily outnumber North American sales and have a long history of film production in several areas of the country. North America boasts Hollywood as the entertainment haven, with New York and Vancouver holding second and third spots in terms of capacity, output and infrastructure for film and television production. Top revenue generating film production regions in India are Bollywood (Mumbai), Kollywood (Chennai) and Tollywood (Hyderabad), though there is activity across the country. Preethi’s weblog gives a detailed synopsis of the film industry across India.

As filmmaking must be in their blood, there are several Indo-Canadian producer/ directors making noise here in Canada. The stories brought to Canadian cinema are fresh perspectives of Indian culture immersed into Canada, with the accompanying cross-cultural themes. Brightlight Pictures picked up “Pink Ludoos” from a schoolteacher who entered the screenplay into a writing competition. This film explores the issue of societal discrimination against women and how geography is no boundary for cultural normality. The film, directed by Guarev Seth, will star a host of Indo-Canadian actors.

anandr2.jpgNorthern Saskatchewan born Anand Ramayya, son of India’s Ray Ramayya grew up with film and has recentlywapos.jpg won his third Gemini Award, this time for the Wapos Bay Series in the category of Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program (beating out the popular Degrassi High). He is currently in post production for “Mad Cow Sacred Cow,” an extension to his bio-doc “Cosmic Current” that offers a cross cultural analysis of the human relationship with the cow, and the societal, spiritual and environmental impacts of globalization. Shooting in the Canadian prairies, the UK and India, this film discusses an important topic, and can be seen on CBC’s The Lens late this summer.

Vancouver’s Nilesh Patel has been making films for several years. His latest project, Brocket 99patel.jpg, is about the mock radio show of a Canadian First Nations community that was spread across western Canada via audio cassettes in the 1980s. The feature documentary traces back to the origins of the tapes, to the community of which it is based on, and gathers diverging social and cultural perspectives by those who remember the cultural phenomenom of the 80s. Patel has won several awards including the Sequences Magazine prize at the Montreal First Peoples Festival and the Special Recognition Award at the Anchorage International Film Festival. Nilesh Patel also works as a mentor for the Intersections Media youth project, which has just completed its seventh season providing opportunities for youth to learn about film and video production.

The Indo-Canadian perspective offers a diverse lens into a Canadian culture overlooked by most. I look forward to the future projects that come from these and others in the community.

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