We had the wonderful opportunity to film with the Canadian Museum of History's CEO Mark O'Neill on a recent trip
Over the Canada Day weekend, the team traveled to Ottawa to shoot with Douglas Cardinal as he attended the Museum of History’s new Canadian History Hall opening. We captured many amazing visuals that will greatly add to our final piece including Douglas’ moving speech which he gave at the event. We also had the chance to capture footage of Prince Charles, who was in attendance for Canada Day celebrations. Douglas had a chance to met with the Prince and the two had by all accounts a fruitful private conversation.
We also caught Douglas’ chat with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell and a few Anisinaabek Elders. All in all the day, though hectic, was immensely successful and the Canada 150 celebrations will prove a poetic backdrop in film.
Take a sneak peek at the upcoming documentary film on world-acclaimed architect and Anishnaabe Elder, Douglas Cardinal. Produced by Productions Cazabon, the film will be completed in winter 2017. The film offers an intimate portrait of an artist guided by his Anishinaabe culture to uplift humanity towards hope and social justice.
Watch Douglas and his loving family celebrate his 83rd birthday. His wife Idoia is Indigenous from the Basque Peoples and has taught their children how to sing Happy Birthday in the language.
World-acclaimed Anishnaabe Architect Douglas Cardinal on his 83rd birthday:
"My culture saved me from the effects of Residential School - without practising my ceremonies every week I would have died in my 30s - with no way to cope and no way to hope."
We are honoured to be launching our latest project on Douglas's birthday. The 4-part documentary series of short films launches its journey with the first season: Spring. Filming will continue on the Douglas Cardinal biography film as well as our second film, witnessing stories of reconciliation from Bay street.
We will share sneak peaks behind the scenes as well as short film sequences in our video library. Stay tuned on this blog or on Twitter and Facebook to follow our journey.
We extend our gratitude to the team at Usand Group for championing this project, to First Nations University of Canada for their collaboration and for sharing with us their Elder's Advisory Circle, to Ryerson University - Creative Industries program for our talented team of interns, to script-writer Maurice Switzer, to cinematographer Jean-Claude Caprara and to all our supporters and volunteers who are making this series a reality.