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Gil Cardinal Receives David Billington Award

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The 27th Annual David Billington Award Luncheon was held on November 7, 2015, honouring multi award-winning filmmaker Gil Cardinal.  The event was hosted by Michelle Thrush (Blackstone, North of 60) with special guests Bonnie Thompson (National Film Board), Daron Donahue (The Great Human Odyssey) and Producer Tom Cox (Heartland, North of 60).

Mayor Don Iveson brought greetings on behalf of the City of Edmonton and gave an inspired speech on the role art can play in bringing awareness to social issues of concern to aboriginal peoples. Gil Cardinal was a trailblazer in the respect, known for exploring raw subject matter such as substance abuse, the foster care system and the struggles of his own cultural identity and Métis ancestry.

Unfortunately, Gil was unable to attend the event due to illness, but his friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate his invaluable contributions to our Alberta industry. The Award was presented to Gil previously at a private ceremony. However, over 120 industry professionals, students and members of the public were in attendance to celebrate Gil’s achievements at the Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton. Notable attendees included past Billington Award recipients Dale Phillips, Jane Bisbee, Doug MacLeod and Murray Ord.

MLA David Shepherd (Edmonton Centre) brought greetings on behalf of Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism David Eggen and Premier Rachel Notley. Other MLA’s included: MLA’s Lorne Dach (Edmonton McCLung), Richard Feehan (Edmonton Rutherford) and Rod Loyola (Edmonton Ellerslie). Also in attendance were Alberta Culture and Tourism Assistant Deputy Minister Lora Pillipow and Jeff Brinton, Executive Director of Creative Industries, Alberta Culture and Tourism.

Following the program, an announcement was made regarding the Gil Cardinal Legacy Fund, which will provide funding for emerging Aboriginal filmmakers to kickstart their careers. More information with be forthcoming shortly.

Michelle Thrush to Host David Billington Luncheon

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AMPIA is pleased to announce that multiple award-winning Actress Michelle Thrush will be hosting the David Billington Luncheon in Edmonton on Saturday, November 7th.

Michelle has been involved professionally in the film and television industry for over 20 years doing her first film in Edmonton at the age of 17. Since then she has had over 40 credits to her name and won numerous awards.

In 2011, she won Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Role for her courageous performance as Gail Stoney on the hit series Blackstone.  She also held title for Best Alberta Actress for this same character for the last three years. Michelle has devoted herself to working in the community using her profile with First Nations youth for her whole career. She has written her own one woman shows and toured across the country using theatre and comedy as a way of healing and believes the arts are the most powerful way to create change.

Some of her television credits include North of 60, Arctic Air, and Moccasin Flats. Michelle also worked beside Johnny Depp in the cult classic Deadman and was the first indigenous woman to walk the red carpet in the Cannes Film Festival for the film Jimmy P next to her co-star Benicio Del Toro. One of her most important productions though is being a mom to two teenage daughters.

Michelle will be joining special guests Bonnie Thompson (National Film Board), Daron Donahue (The Great Human Odyssey) and Producer Tom Cox (Heartland) in presenting the David Billington Award to this year’s recipient, filmmaker Gil Cardinal.

Gil Cardinal is an award-winning filmmaker known for exploring raw subject matter such as substance abuse, the foster care system and the struggles of his own cultural identity and Métis ancestry. Cardinal has a long list of documentaries and has directed episodes of hit TV series such as North of 60 and The Rez, as well as the Gemini nominated mini-series Big Bear. He also penned the pilot for Blackstone, which begins its fifth and final season this year.

Event Details

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Cocktail Reception – 11:30 am
Lunch & Program – 12:30 pm

Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton
10235 101 Street, Edmonton, Alberta

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Tickets are $65.00 for students, $75.00 for AMPIA members and $95.00 for non-members. Tables are seated for 8. If purchasing for a group, please be sure to include guest names and dietary restrictions.

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Gil Cardinal to Receive David Billington Award

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Award-winning filmmaker Gil Cardinal has been announced as this year’s David Billington Award.

“AMPIA is proud to be able to honour Gil Cardinal as recipient of the David Billington Award this year “ said Joe Novak, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Gil is a remarkable filmmaker and I believe he has set the professional standards for great storytelling that all of us in the industry aspire to today. This is a man who have given so much to so many, and now we will be able to honour his work and his passion.”

Bill, Evans, AMPIA Executive Directors knows that Gil has made many valuable contributions to the screen industry over the last four decades. ”To honour Gil with The David Billington Award is very special as Gil was a colleague of the late David Billington. From his pioneering work with the very personal documentary ‘Foster Child’, through the epic historic mini-series ‘Big Bear’, to his many documentary projects and more recently the gritty drama series ‘Blackstone’, to me Gil has been a tireless voice for those suffering injustice and neglect in our society.”

The David Billington Award is presented each year to an individual who has made an invaluable contribution to Alberta’s production community and celebrates those individuals who inspire us all with their vision, passion and dedication.  The 27th Annual David Billington Luncheon will take place on Saturday, November 7 at the Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta. 

Purchase tickets for the David Billington Luncheon here.

Writer, Director, Producer, Ron E. Scott

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Ron E. Scott is an award winning Producer, Director and Writer with over twenty years of industry experience. Having founded Prairie Dog Film + Television in 1993, he has since become a leading figure in the world of independent television production. Most recently, Scott acts as Executive Producer, Writer, and Director of the groundbreaking, award-winning series Blackstone 

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Alberta receives 25 Canadian Screen Awards nominees

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s new Canadian Screen Awards recognize excellence in film, television and digital media productions.  Their announcement of nominees yesterday includes 25 Albertans and Alberta projects:

Bear 71, National Film Board

  • Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Non-Fiction – Loc Dao, David Christensen, Dana Dansereau, Rob McLaughlin, Bonnie Thompson

Blackstone, Prairie Dog Film + Television

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role – Steven Cree Molison
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series – Georgina Lightning
  • Best Achievement in Casting – Rhonda Fisekci

CAUTION: May Contain Nuts, Mosaic Entertainment

  • Best Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series – Dana Andersen, Francis Damberger
  • Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series – Matt Alden Dykes, Dana Andersen, Aimée Beaudoin, Sheldon Elter, Jeff Halaby, Mark Meer, Howie Miller, Ryan Parker

The Extra Yard: Inside the 2011 Argos, Aquila

  • Best Direction in a News Information Program or Series – Brian Sobie

Hannah’s Law, Nomadic Pictures

  • Best Costume Design – Wendy Partridge
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series – Ryan Kennedy
Lost Years, Lost Years Productions
  • Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series – Darren Fung
  • Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series – Perry Blackman, Brett Ardiel, Jamie Kidd, Larry MacDonald

Love Lies Bleeding, White Iron Pictures Inc.

  • Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series – Braun Farnon, Jean Merriman
  • Best Photography in a Variety or Performing Arts or Sketch Comedy Program or Series – Dylan Macleod, Pierre Marleau
  • Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series – Glenn Saktach
  • Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble) – Alberta Ballet Dancers

Oil Change – Overdrive, Aquila

  • Best Sports Analysis or Commentary (Program, Series or Segment) – Don Metz, Gord Redel
  • Best Direction in a News Information Program or Series – Mike Beley

The Perfect Runner, Clearwater Documentary

  • Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series – Niobe Thompson
  • Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series – Daron Donahue, Michael McLaughlin
  • Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series – Niobe Thompson, Tom Radford

Resident Evil: Retribution, Constantin Film International*

  • Achievement in Costume Design – Wendy Partridge

Rufus, Lonely Boy Productions*

  • Achievement in Music – Original Song: “Out of Sight” – Erland & the Carnival
  • Achievement in Music – Original Song: “Wanting” – Erland & the Carnival

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Anibrain Digital Technologies (co-production), Davis-Films, Konami, Silent Hill 2 DCP*

  • Achievement in Costume Design – Wendy Partridge

Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story 2, Entertainment One, Entertainment One, Frantic Films, Pier 21 Films, 5 For Fighting)*

  • Tim Cherry, Laszlo Barna, Jamie Brown, Margaret O’Brien, Lesley Oswald, Wayne Thompson, Jeff Woolnough, Andrew Wreggitt

*Nominees are Albertans or Alberta Co-productions.

Congratulations to the nominees! For a full list please visit the Canadian Screen Awards website.  Catch the 2-Hour Broadcast Live with Martin Short Sunday March 3, 2013 @ 8pm (8:30 N.T) on CBC.