Co-producer Barbara Hager with two of the series’ three 2018 Leo Awards for Best Documentary Series, Best Screenwriting (Barbara Hager) and Best Music Composition (Russell Wallace).

Victoria producer’s docu-drama was a finalist for Canadian Screen Award

1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus tells history from Indigneous perspective

The Nature of Things: Ice Bridge won the 2019 Canadian Screen Award honour for Best History Documentary Series or Program last week in Toronto, beating out, among others, a project co-produced by Victoria-based Barbara Todd Hager.

Todd Hager, who is Cree and Métis, is one of three producers of the series 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus, which explores history from an Indigenous perspective.

“For more than 500 years, non-Indigenous people have been defining our history,” Hager said in a statement. “With 1491, we’ve taken back the authority to tell our own historical narrative. Our eight-hour docudrama series is produced, written and directed by Indigenous women and features Indigenous scholars, cultural leaders and actors.”

Shot in Peru, Mexico, Canada and the U.S., the series was commissioned by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and features 20 dramatic re-enactments covering 15,000 years of history in the Americas.

Also nominated in the category were 100 Days to Victory and Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz. The awards in categories covering film, TV, news and sports programming were presented from March 25 to 31 during Canadian Screen Week.

RELATED: Emerging Sooke filmmaker takes spotlight with special award

RELATED: Reconcili-ACTION gives Canadians next steps for reconciliation



editor@mondaymag.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Film industry

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Friends, family suprise Current Swell singer and new wife with socially distant wedding

‘We just thought we were going over there to have a glass of champagne and do some paperwork’

Victoria art gallery provides Open Space in an online way

View Chantal Gibson’s recent show on the web, hear Indigenous stories on Instagram starting Sunday

Victoria brewery throws support behind still-operating restaurants

Vancouver Island Brewing initiates #TakeOutTuesday to keep local eateries in the public eye

LIVE MUSIC: Artist in Residence reaching into the community

Kathryn Calder to perform livestream show on YouTube channel this Friday, April 3

Victoria vocalist Maria Manna reaches out to hard-hit Italy with special online song

Jazz singer to perform ‘Hymn to Freedom’ with Italian lyrics on Facebook at 2 p.m. Monday

After 37 years, Campbell River Arts Council annual members’ show goes online

38th Annual Members Show shifted from physical gallery to website

COVID-19: Vancouver Island man forges hearts for his community

Dave Kasprick has already given out approximately 400, plans to make it 600

Hip tradition sing-along planned again for Canadians April 2

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in a’Porch Session.’

Vancouver Island musicians in quarantine thank neighbours with backyard performance

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra director Karl Rainer and his sons play for those in self-isolation

Order of Canada Vancouver Island musician pens ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’

Qualicum Beach lawyer and saxophonist Phil Dwyer notes health officer has become a ‘folk hero’

Campbell River journalist launches Isolationpalooza II

Featuring all local musicians, a volunteer virtual concert, of sorts

6.5-magnitude earthquake in Idaho shakes B.C. Interior

An earthquake was reportedly felt just before 5 p.m. throughout the Okanagan

Most Read