December 6, 2010: Capilano University indigenous filmmakers vie for prime broadcast time on APTN

      Monday, December 6, 2010
      Contact: Doreen Manuel at 604. 990.7904

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Twelve Capilano University Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking program graduates are being offered the opportunity of a lifetime through a unique contest run by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

      The 12 were invited to each produce a short film for APTN’s Inside the IDF Studio productions. The shorts will be uploaded to APTN’s Digital Drum website at by December 17. Starting January 21, 2011, viewers will then have the opportunity to vote on their favourite. The winner(s), who will receive prime broadcast time on the network along with a prize valued at $5,000, will be announced on February 3.

      “Inside the IDF Studio productions was initiated to generate support for and to encourage our emerging filmmakers by giving them this opportunity to practice their craft for the Canadian audience,” said Capilano’s IIDF program coordinator, Doreen Manuel. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our graduates to showcase their talents to a wide audience across Canada.”

      The Inside the IDF Studio participants are: Leeland Askew, Squamish Nation, BC; Mike Auger, Bigstone Cree Nation; Tom Isaac Came, Mi’Kmaq; Jaysen Cardinal Villeneuve, Sub Artic Cree/Metis; Jackson Crick, Tsihlqot’in Nation, BC; Myron Lameman, Beaver Lake Cree Nation; Len Lindstrom, Nuchunluth Nation, BC; Claudia Manuel, Secwepemc/Ktunuxa, BC; Beric Manywounds, Tsuu T'ina Nation; Judson Pooyak, Cree; Odessa Shuquaya, Kluane First Nation; Kelvin Cowboy Smith, Piikani and Kainai Nations.

      Their show titles are:
      Odessa Shuquaya: Alive and Well
      Myron Lameman: Blue in the Face
      Judson Pooyak: Boogie
      Claudia Manuel: Inspirit
      Tomas Isaac Came: Memory Stick
      Jackson Crick: Hybrid
      Leeland Askew: Ma Letter
      Micheal Auger: A Little Visit
      Jay Cardinal Villeneuve: Reserved for Hollywood
      Beric Manywounds: I Have a Story
      Len Lindstrom: Lost
      Cowboy Smith: Hoka Key

      Blue in the Face by Myron Lameman already has interest from a distributor and has been accepted into the ImagineNative Film Festival.

      Capilano University’s Indigenous IIDF program is Canada’s only accredited First Nations film program coordinated and instructed by fully First Nations industry professionals. The program draws First Nations people from across the country who are seeking training and mentorship for sharing their unique heritage, cultures, and languages by means of production and creative tools that will yield programming that is at once uniquely Canadian and uniquely Aboriginal.

      Over the past decade, Capilano University has increasingly become a major presence in Canada’s animation and film production communities. Its School of Motion Picture Arts, home to the IIDF program, hosts the country’s largest and most comprehensive collection of full-time film programs.

      The launch of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (TVNC) in 1999 greatly increased opportunities for independent indigenous production in Canada. It also created a demand for trained indigenous writers, producers, directors and skilled technicians to provide the programming for the network. In 1999, the Board of TVNC and the Government of the Northwest Territories provided much needed support for the development of a new, accredited production program for Indigenous film studies students, now known as the IIDF program.

      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More information can be found at

      For more information on Capilano University’s Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Program, visit For more information about the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, visit




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      Doreen Manuel at 604. 990.7904


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