Wapos Bay Q&A at ImagineNATIVE 2011

Check out the video from ImagineNATIVE 2011, including the intros & welcome and Q & A from the Closing Night Gala, and interviews with Andrea Menard, and Dennis, Melanie & Eric Jackson!

And check out the official trailer!

Long Goodbyes Preview

Can’t watch Sunday’s livestream? Watch the official trailer below to hold you over until the broadcast premiere on APTN! The national broadcast premiere is Saturday, Dec. 3 on APTN (8 p.m. ET on APTN HD and APTN East, 8 p.m. MT on APTN West, 8 p.m. CT on APTN North).

Make sure to watch for the eBooks, video game and episode downloads coming this fall.. And check out waposbay.com and waposbay.com/blog for all the latest news and updates from Wapos Bay!

Sneak Peek: Long Goodbyes

Here are a couple photos from Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes. Make sure you catch the one time free livestream this Sunday – click here for more details!

Is sky diving on your bucket list?

And check out this Canada AM clip from today when producers Dennis and Melanie Jackson visited the studio to talk with Beverly Thomson and Seamus O’Regan about the end of Wapos Bay. Click here to watch!

Lorne Cardinal & Dennis Jackson

Beverly Thomson, Dennis Jackson, Melanie Jackson & Seamus O’Regan

Long Goodbyes Premiere & Livestream

The World Premiere & Stream

Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes, based on the Gemini award-winning TV series, will have its world premiere at the prestigious imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto at its Closing Night Gala presented by Global Toronto. A co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, the movie was selected for the closing night of the Festival’s 12th edition.

If you will be in the area or are interested in attending…
Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7:00pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St W)

Tickets for the world premiere / imagineNATIVE are available in-person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox or Phoenix Concert Theatre, by calling the TIFF Box Office at 416-599-8433, or online at www.imaginenative.org.

Fans from around the world will also have the opportunity to be part of the premiere via the Closing Night Technical Partner IsumaTV and a free live streaming at www.isuma.tv/nfb. Creator / producers Dennis & Melanie Jackson, actors Andrea Menard (The Velvet Devil, Moccasin Flats) and Eric Jackson will be available for the Q & A following the screening, moderated by imagineNATIVE executive director Jason Ryle who will be taking questions from the floor and via Skype for the online viewers.

“It is humbling to have our Wapos Bay finale movie screened at imagineNATIVE because it is one of the premiere indigenous film festivals in the world,” said Dennis Jackson. “It is always an honour to be recognized by your peers whether other indigenous people, animators, filmmakers or friends. This screening will be a unique experience because fans can log in online and they don’t necessarily have to be here in Toronto to watch the premiere.”

The night will feature a special tribute to Wapos Bay cast member, the late Gordon Tootoosis (North of 60, Legends of the Fall). Announcements of the future of Wapos Bay will also be made on the night, including the launch of several digital media properties. Led by Brooke Burgess (writer, director & producer of Broken Saints), properties include a Mario kart racer – style video game, eBooks and episode downloads.

Other Festivals

The movie has also been selected to screen at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (Oct. 29), American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco (Nov. 5) and LA Skins Festival in Los Angeles (Nov. 16-20).

Broadcast Premiere on APTN

The national broadcast premiere for Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes is Saturday, Dec. 3 on APTN (8 p.m. ET on APTN HD and APTN East, 8 p.m. MT on APTN West, 8 p.m. CT on APTN North).

Coming Soon!

Make sure to watch for the eBooks, video game and episode downloads coming this fall.. And check out waposbay.com and waposbay.com/blog for all the latest news and updates from Wapos Bay!

Wapos Racerz Blog- Nearing Beta

Wapos Racerz, where the kids from Wapos Bay take their go-karts to the streets and trails, is nearly ready to rumble. The game is approaching its “Beta” stage of development, which means it’s a bit rough around the edges, but just about done. We’ve been working hard this year with the Wapos Bay Interactive team in bringing the characters and scenes of the series into the game world. As you race through the streets and back roads, the cast of character dot the town and countryside. Keep your eye out for cool little areas that make you want to slow down to look around. My fav spots are the drive-in theatre and the waterpark. On your tour through town, be sure to collect “Slushy Kitty” cups, grab a rabbit pickup to boost you to the front of the pack and avoid turtle pickups that will slow you down. There are even some hidden Easter Eggs for you keeners!

Courtesy Ericka Evans, Producer at Phantom Compass

Wapos Racerz Game Maker Profile – Thomas Detko

Q: What do you do?

A: As associate producer at Phantom Compass I wear many hats. In addition to maintaining a presence at events, networking with industry types and the like I also get my hands dirty developing games in the realm of game design, coding, and art, both 2D and 3D.

Q: What is your favourite part of your job?

A: Being able to work with my collegues at Phantom Compass. I can’t stress enough what an amazing team we have.

Q: What Wapos Bay character are you most like?

A: I would like to think Talon, but some might say T-bear lol.

Q: What other projects have you worked on?

A: Recently our Twitter Leader Boards at http://www.points4people.com, but I am also knee deep in a few mobile projects and many others that are in the works right now but we can’t talk about them yet ;p

Q: If you had to describe the game in one word what would it be?

A: Faithful – I love seeing the characters and sights from Wapos Bay.

Q: If you were offered the chance to voice one of the characters who would you want to be?

A: Talon

imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival 2011

By Pam Fossen from Toronto Film Scene · AUGUST 17, 2011

It seems strange to be making announcements for this year’s imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival which doesn’t start its run until October. However, passes go on sale today and some parts of the line up have already been confirmed, so really, it’s never too early to get excited about film programming! Running from October 19th to 23rd, this international festival celebrates the work of Indigenous peoples from around the globe.

The big name announcement for the 12th annual imagineNATIVE festival is legendary artist Buffy Sainte-Marie. She’s set to participate in a panel called “In Discussion with Buffy” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Friday, October 21st at 7:00 pm. Sainte-Marie will also be headlining “The Beat” music night, a program of international music videos and performance, at the Phoenix Concert Hall on Saturday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and will be available online starting October 3rd. For more information, check out the full details here.

The other recent announcement was on opening and closing night films. On October 19th at 7:00 pm is the Canadian premiere of On the Ice from director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Iñupiaq). The film tells the story of two teenagers living in an isolated Alaskan community. Their cover up of a tragic accident during a seal hunt sows the seeds of suspicion and the two must figure a way out of it. This “character-driven thriller” has already received acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.

The closing night film, on October 23rd at 7:00 pm, is the world premiere of Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes, a stop motion animated feature  which portrays life on a Saskatchewan First Nation. The film was directed, written and produced by Dennis Jackson (Cree) and produced and co-written by Melanie Jackson (Métis/Saulteaux), and is based on the couple’s award-winning TV series.

Opening and closing night films all take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St W). Early bird festival passes go on sale today at the imagineNATIVE website or in person at TIFF box office. For all the details and upcoming festival programming announcements, keep watch right here at Toronto Film Scene, or go directly to imagineNATIVE.

Read the original article here!

On The Ice, Wapos Bay bookend ImagineNative fest

August 12th, 2011 by Emily Claire Afan at Playback Magazine

Writer/director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Iñupiaq) will open the ImagineNative Film & Media Arts Festival this fall with the Canadian premiere of dramatic feature On The Ice, while the world premiere of stop-motion feature Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes from Saskatchewan’s Dennis and Melanie Jackson will cap it off.

MacLean’s feature, starring Josiah Patkotak and Frank Qutuq Irelan, is based on his short film Sukimi, which revolves around two best friends who become involved in a tragic accident.

Long Goodbyes, meanwhile, is based on the stop-motion APTN series Wapos Bay (pictured) featuring voice work by Gordon Tootoosis (North of 60, Legends of the Fall), Andrea Menard (The Velvet Devil) and Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas). The closing night screening for this film will be presented in memory of Tootoosis, who passed away this July at age 69.

The ImagineNative fest will take place in Toronto from Oct. 19 to 23.

Read the article here!

Wapos Racerz Development Update

A few weeks back we said bye-bye to the little grey boxes that used to drive around the crazy rainbow coloured racetrack that used to be Wapos Racerz Prototype. Now when we are testing our game, we can choose real characters to race as; Devon, Talon, T-Bear or Raven. No more crazy coloured racetrack either; Wapos Bay is starting to come to life and as you drive around the streets you can see that some of the characters and important places from the show are starting to line the streets. There are lots of great improvements happening daily and we are all happy to keep you up to date on what’s going on! Watch out for more game maker profiles too.

Courtesy: Ericka Evans, Producer at Phantom Compass

In Loving Memory of Gordon Tootoosis

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of our dear friend Gordon Tootoosis, who just yesterday passed away. Gordon was a beautiful man with a generous heart. Our cast, crew and production team will miss his giving nature and tireless support of Wapos Bay. Gordon’s presence filled the world of Wapos Bay with magic, his voice and his spirit made us feel a part of something larger than a television program, in short he created magic around him that we are proud to share with children and families around the world.

Gordon was with Wapos Bay from the beginning playing the character Mushom.  The production team always looked forward to his recording sessions.  The animators embodied his mannerism that were captured within the audio. Gordon’s guidance was instrumental in crafting our Mushom character.

He was acclaimed for his commitment to preserving his culture and to telling his people’s stories. Gordon ensured this would happen when he would come in a second time to record his Mushom character in the Cree language. He was very happy to provide this as it was at the top of his mind for his own grandchildren and great grandchildren. Gordon offered encouragement, support and training to our young aspiring Aboriginal actors on Wapos Bay. His contributions to the Aboriginal community, as well as to the cultural community in Canada, cannot be measured.

Hiy, hiy Gordon.

Here are a couple of our favourite clips of Gordon as Mushom:

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