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First Weekend Club Launches Saskatoon Chapter with “Last Train Home”

17 May

Saskatchewan organizations have partnered up to bring international award winning feature documentary, Last Train Home, and producer Daniel Cross to Yorkton and Saskatoon in recognition and celebration of Canadian film success.  The film produced by Cross of Montreal’s EyeSteelFilm recently won for Best Feature at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, known as the “holy grail” amongst documentary filmmakers.  The film opens the 63rd Annual Yorkton Film Festival on Thursday May 27th, and premieres in Saskatoon at the Broadway Theatre on Sunday May 30th.

Once a year during China’s springtime, a chaotic wave of millions of migrant factory workers — a force field of human persistence and dog-eat-dog survival — pushes through turnstiles and squeezes down narrow passageways for what is the considered the largest human migration on the planet. It is the one weekend they have this chance to make it home for the Chinese New Year.

Producer Daniel Cross, a former professor at the University of Regina, will attend the Yorkton Film Festival and Saskatoon premiere offering filmmakers and fans a chance to meet the filmmaker/ producer of recent hits RIP: A Remix Manifesto, Up the Yangtze, Squeegee Punks in Traffic, and Taqwacore.  Cross offers a master class at Paved Arts in Saskatoon at 3:00pm, Sunday May 30 in advance of the premiere at the Broadway Theatre.  A sips n‘ cinema social takes place at the theatre at 5:00pm, sponsored by Copper Moon Wine.

The First Weekend Club (founded in February of 2003 by Anita Adams) is a non-profit organization and cross-Canada movie club dedicated to promoting and raising awareness for great Canadian films. Through grassroots efforts such as Q & A’s with talent, contests, premiere parties, advance screenings, film alerts, and much more, First Weekend Club builds audiences for Canada cinema and creates a “buzz” for the crucial First Weekend of a film’s release. This event marks the launch of the Saskatoon chapter. www.firstweekendclub.ca

The Yorkton Film Festival continues as the longest running film festival in North America. www.goldensheafawards.com

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.


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.


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


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