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Evan’s Drum

Osssie Michelin
2021 | 14 min 15 s
English, French, Inuktitut

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionCinefest Sudbury International Film Festival, Canada (2021)

  • Official SelectionFIN Atlantic International Film Festival

  • Official Selection imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada, (2021)

  • Official SelectionChicago International Children's Film Festival (2021)

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About the Lab Doc Project

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Evan helps drum maker, Jennie Williams, to build his drum.
Evan and his mom, Amy, play their new drums together at the Fire Break, in North West River.
Evan and his mom, Amy, learn from drum maker, Jennie Williams, how to make their own drums.
Amy Winters performing with Goose Bay Drum Dancers at the Labrador Winter Games.
Amy Winters and Jennie Williams compare their drumming techniques.
Evan tries out the drum he has just made.
Evan and Amy share the tradition of drumming with the newest member of the family, Dallas.
Behind the Scenes: Amy, Evan and Jennie.
Behind the Scenes 3: Amy, Evan and Jennie.

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Ossie Michelin
Photo : Jean Flowers

Ossie Michelin

Ossie Michelin is a Labrador Inuk journalist from North West River, NL. He comes from a large family and a long line of storytellers. Ossie works in a variety of mediums, including documentary filmmaking, broadcast news, podcasting, magazines and online. His work focuses on exploring the North and sharing stories of the Indigenous World.

Kat Baulu
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Kat Baulu

As a creative producer at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Kat Baulu supports auteurs working on documentary, animation and interactive projects. Her inspiration comes from raising underrepresented voices and generating stories with social impact. She produced Jobie Weetaluktuk’s award-winning documentary Timuti, filmed in his hometown of Inukjuak. Kat has collaborated with celebrated Indigenous artists and filmmakers such as Nadia Myre, Courtney Montour, Tracey Deer, Michelle Smith and Paul M. Rickard.

Kat is currently launching the short experimental documentary Three Thousand, directed by Asinnajaq (a.k.a. Isabella Rose Weetaluktuk), and the hand-drawn animated film SHAMAN, by first-time filmmaker Echo Henoche.

Rohan Fernando
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Rohan Fernando

Rohan Fernando’s first documentary, Cecil’s Journey, won Best Film at the Atlantic International Film Festival and was nominated for a Gemini Award. His other feature documentaries include Trudeau’s Other Children, Blood and Water, and The Chocolate Farmer, which had its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and enjoyed a highly successful festival run worldwide. Snow marked Fernando’s feature drama debut. It premiered at Cinequest and opened the 2011 Reelworld Film Festival. Fernando was most recently the creative producer for the NFB’s Space School with Canadian superstar astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield and now serves as a producer for the Quebec and Atlantic Studio.

Latonia Hartery
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Latonia Hartery

Latonia Hartery is a filmmaker from Bay D’Espoir, NL. Under the banner of LJH Films she has created a range of work including short historical dramas like Sadie and The Death of Winter, to the feature film comedy Hopeless Romantic. Her documentary experience spans 13 different countries. She has a PhD with a focus on the Indigenous archaeology, culture and history of Newfoundland, Labrador and the Arctic. Her passion for this topic has resulted in education, research and film projects with Indigenous and rural communities for over 20 years.

Annette Clarke
Executive Producer
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Annette Clarke

As executive producer of the English Quebec and Atlantic Studio, Annette Clarke leads a team committed to an ambitious story slate. Recent credits include How to Be at Home, a pandemic-themed animated shortFar Away From Far Awaylong-form interactive story for mobile devices; and Assholes: A Theory, a topical treatise on bad behaviourCurrent projects include the feature doc Seguridada look at patriarchy inside post-revolutionary Cuba, and Dear Audrey, a beautiful and unusual love story.  


Written and Directed by
Ossie Michelin

Directors of Photography
Duncan de Young
Sylvaine Dufaux

Meiyen Chan

Original Music and Sound Design
Judith Gruber-Stitzer

Sound Recordists
Michelle Lacour
Lynne Trépanier

Foley Artist
Karla Baumgardner

Drone Operator
Eldred Allen

Production Manager
Lynn Andrews

Production Assistant
Marian Rebeiro

Stills Photographers
Zachary Bonnell
Aimee Chaulk

Photographic Consultant
Martine Leclerc

Ossie Michelin

Alanis Obomsawin
Courtney Montour

Drum Making Teachers
Jennie Williams
Solomon Semigak

Cultural Consultants
Jason Edmunds
Heather Igloliorte

Inuktitut Language Advisor
Bertha Kairtok-Holeiter

Inuktitut Translator
Joan Dicker

Additional Music

“Sons Of Labrador”

Written & Composed By
Sidney Dicker

Performed by

Jamie Jackman (Guitar, Lead Vocals)
Matthew Barrett (Piano, Backing Vocals)
Brandon Pardy (Bass And Vocals, Inuktitut Section)
Justin Jackman (Percussion)

Accompanied by
David Penashue (Guitar, Innu Vocals)
Keryn Andersen (Inuktitut Vocals)

Production Supervisor
Roz Power

Technical Coordinators
Daniel Lord
Christopher Macintosh

On-Line Colourist
Denis Pilon

Title Design
Cynthia Ouellet

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Jean Paul Vialard

Digital Editing Technicians
Pierre Dupont
Marie-Josée Gourde
Patrick Trahan

Sound Technician
Bernard Belley

Production Coordinator
Christine Williams

Senior Production Coordinator
Cheryl Murgatroyd

Studio Administrators
Leslie Anne Poyntz
Camila Blos

Marketing Managers
Jamie Hammond
Johanna Lessard

Marketing Coordinator
Éric Bondo

Jennifer Mair

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis
Dominique Aubry

Associate Producer Trainee
Aimee Chaulk

Associate Producer (In Development)
Stephen Agluvak Puskas

Associate Producer
Jayde Tynes

Kat Baulu
Rohan Fernando
Latonia Hartery

Executive Producer, Quebec & Atlantic Studio
Annette Clarke

  • About the NFB

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer and distributor of award-winning documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories, and participatory experiences. Since 1968, the NFB has produced over 300 works by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers—an unparalleled collection that pushes past dominant narratives and provides Indigenous perspectives to Canadian and global audiences. The NFB is implementing an action plan with commitments that include devoting a minimum of 15 percent of overall production spending to Indigenous-led productions and making these works more accessible via Indigenous Cinema, a destination on NFB.ca.

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