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To Wake Up the Nakota Language

Louise BigEagle
2017 | 6 min 17 s

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  • Official SelectionDOXA Documentary Film Festival 2018


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Doc Lab Saskatchewan

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Interview with Louise BigEagle

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Doc Lab Saskatchewan Filmmakers: Kristin Catherwood, Eric Thiessen, Louise BigEagle.

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Team


Louise BigEagle
Director
Biography
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Louise BigEagle

Louise BigEagle is from Ocean Man First Nation, Saskatchewan, and currently lives in Regina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies from the University of Regina. BigEagle writes poetry, short fiction and screenplays, and her past work includes the film Sounds of the Sundance, dedicated to those who attended residential schools, and the documentary I Am a Boy, which was created as part of the Regina Indian Industrial School (RIIS) Media Project.


Robin Schlaht
Mentoring Director
Biography
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Robin Schlaht

Based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Robin Schlaht began his career in still photography before moving into writing, directing and producing both documentary and dramatic projects for film and television. Born and raised in a small prairie town, Robin has travelled the world to make and present his films, including at such prestigious festivals as TIFF, South by Southwest, FIPA (France) and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.


Jon Montes
Producer
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Jon Montes

Based in Winnipeg, Jon Montes has been a producer with the NFB’s North West Studio since 2016, and is currently developing a slate of documentary and animation projects in Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. Completed projects include Talking at Night (dir. Eric Thiessen), To Wake Up the Nakota Language (dir. Louise BigEagle), and Ride (dir. Kristin Catherwood), all produced through the Doc Lab Saskatchewan initiative, as well as Breaths (dir. Nyla Innuksuk) and Music in the Prairie Night (dir. Mike Maryniuk), both made for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. As associate producer with the NFB from 2013–2015 in St. John’s and Montreal, Jon worked on the feature documentaries Gun Runners (Hot Docs 2016) and Danny (Hot Docs 2015), the animated short 54 Hours (Founder’s Award, Yorkton Film Festival), the interactive documentary Bubble Dancers (32nd International Environmental Film Festival, Paris), and the 10th and 11th editions of the Hothouse intensive program for emerging animators. A transplanted East Coaster, Jon holds an MA in Communication & Culture from York and Ryerson universities.

 

Credits

Written and Directed by
Louise BigEagle

Director of photography
aAron Munson

Editor
Trevor Aikman

Sound designer
Cary Ciesielski

Mentoring director
Robin Schlaht

Sound recordist
David Roman

Stills photographer
Taryn Snell

Nakota translation
Armand McArthur

Assistant editor
Logan Vanghel

Technical coordination
Luc Binette
Candice Desormeaux

Technical support – editing
Isabelle Painchaud
Patrick Trahan

Titles
Mélanie Bouchard

Online editing
Serge Verreault

Recording & re-recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Special thanks
Armand McArthur

Thanks
Pheasant Rump First Nations Reserve
Vincent Collette

Erin Dean
Tobi Lampard
Greg Magirescu
Beverly McArthur
Gordon Pepper
Michelle Van Beusekom

Nakota class members
Joan McArthur
Peter McArthur
Robert McArthur
Vida McArthur
Juanita McArthur-BigEagle
Leslie Wilson

Legal counsel
Christian Pitchen

Centre operations manager
Darin Clausen

Administrator
Bree Beach

Production coordinator
Faye Yoneda

Production supervisor
Esther Viragh

Marketing manager
Leslie Stafford

Publicist
Katja De Bock

Associate producer
Dara Jade Moats

Producer
Jon Montes

Executive producer
David Christensen



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