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.