CBC’s Absolutely Canadian presents a broadcast sneak-peek of the
documentary short film series, November 14 on CBC and CBC Gem
Stories From the Land, a podcast dedicated to Indigenous storytelling, has been adapted into a documentary series by Wanderer Entertainment Inc. for CBC Short Docs. The first two episodes in a planned four part series, will have a special “sneak-peek” broadcast on CBC’s Absolutely Canadian on Saturday, November 14, at 8 p.m. ET in Ontario, and on the free CBC Gem streaming service. The complete four part series will be available on CBC Gem in early 2021.
Stories From The Land is narrated and hosted by Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon. The series of short documentaries will pick up where the podcast stream ends, and reach across various communities to paint a picture of Indigenous identity. Each themed episode will be a collection of documentary vignettes of new stories, interviews and landscapes woven together by an inspired visual tapestry. Featuring music by DJ Shub from his new album “War Club”.
The broadcast on CBC’s Absolutely Canadian will offer a glimpse into the first two episodes: Corn Soup, filmed in Fort Erie, Ontario; and Last Fisherman, filmed in Fort Frances, Ontario.
“It’s exciting to be working with CBC Short Docs on a project like this,” said Ryan McMahon. “It’s also great to see the podcast develop into a new medium. These stories are love letters to the places we are from.”
The Stories From the Land podcast series began in 2016 and is a collection of Indigenous stories over three seasons that features over 20 stories and storytellers.
“The podcast was a tremendous jumping off point creatively and inspiration-wise for the doc-series. To know that we have a wealth of stories that have been curated, and to have tangible analytics that point toward which episodes could resonate is very valuable.” said Wendell G. Collier of Wanderer Entertainment Inc. “We’re exploring new stories to tell, with new communities but we know that we have many more in the pocket should we need.”
Ryan McMahon, is an Anishinaabe creative that jokes, talks, yells and writes for a living. A critically acclaimed comedian, writer, and producer, McMahon is also renowned for his podcast work. McMahon’s ‘Thunder Bay’ podcast, in partnership with Canadaland, was named in ‘Best of 2018’ lists by The Globe and Mail, CBC Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, New York Magazine, Vultureand The Atlantic.
Wanderer Entertainment Inc. is led by Wendell G. Collier, who is an industry leader with over 15 years experience in the television and digital media landscape with projects for Discovery Canada, History Channel, CBC, Food Network, HGTV and more. As an experienced filmmaker of Mi’kmaq descent, Wendell has created numerous films that strive to focus on current issues, cultural connections, and have a positive impact on the representation of Indigenous people in media.
Stories From the Land was created with support from the Indigenous Screen Office/Netflix Indigenous Production Apprenticeship Program, the Canadian Media Fund, and CBC.
CBC’s Absolutely Canadian is a one-hour series showcasing the best in independent regional documentary and independent filmmaking from across Canada. The program highlights diverse stories, through documentaries, comedy and dynamic musical acts, straight from Canadian communities.
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