NFB: Doc Lab Saskatchewan Films
The talents of three emerging Saskatchewan filmmakers are on display at free public screenings in February with the premieres of the short docs To Wake Up the Nakota Language (Nakón-w?có’i’e og?u??g?a) by Louise BigEagle, Talking at Night by Eric Thiessen and Ride by Kristin Catherwood—all produced through Doc Lab Saskatchewan (#DocLabSK), a new initiative led by the National Film Board of Canada in collaboration with Creative Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative.
Screenings will be taking place on:
February 13 at 7:30 p.m., Artesian Theatre, Regina
February 23 at 8 p.m., Remai Modern, Saskatoon
February 26 at 7 p.m., Big Beaver Community Hall, Big Beaver
These evenings of home-grown Saskatchewan cinema will be accompanied by Q&As with the filmmakers from the area, with Louise BigEagle and Armand McArthur in attendance in Regina; Eric Thiessen and staff from the Saskatoon Mobile Crisis Centre in attendance in Saskatoon; and Kristin Catherwood, Liam Marshall and others from the film on hand in Big Beaver.
Chosen from over 30 applicants following an open call for submissions, Louise, Eric and Kristin began work on their projects in September 2017. Directors were provided mentorship and production support to create short documentaries from concept to post-production that shared perspectives about their home province, with a focus on visual storytelling—helping to jumpstart their professional filmmaking careers.
The three Doc Lab Saskatchewan films are produced by Jon Montes and executive produced by David Christensen for the NFB’s North West Studio. Regina filmmaker Robin Schlaht is the director-mentor.