October 15, 2009

The Northern Documentary - Part 2

The tradition of documentary film-making is thriving in the north. At the top of my list of northern-film-makers-to-watch is Dennis Allen. Dennis has his own production company, Mackenzie Delta Films.

I first met Dennis at a fiddle and drum dance. He was accompanying the fiddler on his guitar. I met him again at the 24-hour Play-writing Competition. He is a gifted story-teller and tells those stories through film. Firmly rooted in the north, he has the gift of sharing northern stories from a northern perspective. One of those stories, which I'm hoping to see soon, is about Fort MacPherson's radio station, CBQM.

Here's a synopsis:
Dennis Allen's feature-length documentary, CBQM, is about Fort McPherson, a Teetl'it Gwich'in community in the Northwest Territories, and its citizen-run radio station. A resilient expression of Aboriginal pride, CBQM serves a far-flung and loyal listenership – and plays the best damn country music in the Mackenzie Delta.

Click here to watch the trailer.

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