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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.

From Saskatchewan to India – Mad Cow Sacred Cow screens at Mumbai Film Festival and broadcast on SCN

3 Feb

After a successful broadcast and festival run, the momentum of Anand Ramayya’s award winning documentary, Mad Cow Sacred Cow continues as it screens at the Mumbai International Film Festival on February 6th in India and airs February 7th on SCN.

MIFF will be held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, from February 3rd to 9th.  The festival that began in 1990, held with the active support of the Government of Maharashtra, is a competitive biennial event which has gained recognition on par with renowned International Film Festivals like Leipzig, Berlin, Oberhausen, Cracow, and Tampere.

Anand commented from the festival today:  “It’s a special honour to be screening Mad Cow Sacred Cow at MIFF after having shot in India and, as a 2nd generation filmmaker of Indian origin, this is the first time in my family that we’ve had a film screen back in India. Myself along with the numerous other international filmmakers in attendance are being given the royal treatment and were looking forward to a great festival!”

Following up on the Gemini Award winning “Cosmic Current,” filmmaker Anand Ramayya embarks on another personal journey, but this time as a new father and completely terrified of his food. Mad Cow Sacred Cow reveals shocking connections between the Mad Cow crisis, Farm crisis and Global Food crisis.

Weaving interviews from renowned speakers such as Dr. Vandana Shiva, Maneka Gandhi, Dr. Murray Waldman, Nettie Wiebe and Swami Agnivesh with stunning visuals of a personal journey that crosses continents, the story of Mad Cow Sacred Cow takes us from the filmmaker’s own happy days of indiscriminate beef consumption to the frightening realities created by globalization.

The film has traveled from Saskatchewan, where it picked up awards at the 63rd Yorkton Film Festival, to Whistler, Florence, Toronto, Stuttgart and now back to India where it was filmed.

Mad Cow Sacred Cow airs on SCN Sunday Feb 7th at 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm.  Visit www.scn.ca.

Karma Film, Hulo Films and Wapos Bay Productions Bring Home Six Golden Sheaf Awards

25 May

The 62nd Annual Yorkton Film Festival, the longest running film festival in North America, announced the winners of the 2009 Golden Sheaf Awards on May 23rd.  Of the 21 genre categories, three craft categories and six special awards recognizing excellence in Canadian short film, four Saskatoon producers were honoured with nine nominations and six awards at the Golden Sheaf Awards Gala, closing a weekend of meetings, workshops and skeet shooting in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

P1030338Writer/ director/ producer Anand Ramayya (KarmaFilm) and producer/ researcher Ryan Lockwood (Hulo Films) accepted the Golden Sheaf for Best of Saskatchewan Ruth Shaw award and Best Research for their work on Mad Cow Sacred Cow.

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Wapos Bay, the charming stop motion animated series created, written, and directed by Dennis & Melanie Jackson (Dark Thunder Productions), was awarded the Golden Sheaf award for Best Children’s Production for the episode Raiders of the Lost Art. The Jacksons and Anand Ramayya produce the series with Executive Producer Derek Mazur (National Film Board of Canada).

IMG_0235Producers Ryan Lockwood and Anand Ramayya also accepted the Golden Sheaf award for Landing, winning Best Documentary Series, and Best Multicultural Documentary for the Razawa episode.  The series also won the National Film Board of Canada’s Kathleen Shannon award, presented to an independently made documentary film that “allows people outside the dominant culture to speak for themselves.”

Hulo Films’ Interpersonalities, produced by Stephen Huszar (Hulo Films) and directed by Aidin Nakhai, received a nomination for Best Short Drama and the Ruth Shaw Award for Best of Saskatchewan.

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Mad Cow Sacred Cow – Best of Saskatchewan Ruth Shaw Award, Best Research

Landing – Best Documentary Series, Best Multicultural, NFB Kathleen Shannon Award

Wapos Bay – Best Childrens Production

Interpersonalities

Whistler Film Festival 2008 Screens the World Premiere of Anand Ramayya’s “Mad Cow, Sacred Cow”

9 Nov

The 2008 edition of Whistler Film Festival kicks off with the world premiere of Anand Ramayya’s feature length documentary, Mad Cow Sacred Cow, on December 4th, 3:00 pm at the Rainbow Theatre in Whistler.

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In the wake of the Mad Cow Crisis, terrified of his food, filmmaker Anand Ramayya (Cosmic Current) embarks on a journey from his in-laws’ family farm in Canada all the way back to India, land of the Sacred Cow. His Journey reveals shocking connections between the Mad Cow crisis and Global Food crisis.

Weaving interviews from Dr. Vandana Shiva, Maneka Gandhi, Dr. Murray Waldman, Nettie Wiebe and Swami Agnivesh with stunning visuals of a personal journey that crosses continents, the story of Mad Cow Sacred Cow takes us from the filmmaker’s own happy days of indiscriminate beef consumption to the frightening realities created by globalization.

Congratulations to the crew: Producer/ Writer/ Director Anand Ramayya, Producer Ryan Lockwood (Hulo Films), Cinematographer Thomas Hale, Composer Raj Ramayya, Editor Chris Bizzocchi.

Financing partners of Mad Cow Sacred Cow include Canadian Television Fund, Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, Rogers, SaskFilm and broadcast partners CBC Newsworld, Saskatchewan Communications Network, and Knowledge Network. It will air on CBC Newsworld’s The Lens in Spring 2009.

contact: anand@karmafilm.ca, rawtalentbc@gmail.com

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