Broadcaster,  11/8/2006


APTN Congratulates Gemini Winners

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network wishes to acknowledge and congratulate those programs associated with the network which received award recognition by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television during the recent 21st annual Gemini Awards ceremonies.

The made-for-television movie One Dead Indian earned three of the seven award categories it was nominated in including, Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series and Best Sound in a Dramatic Program during the broadcast gala at the River Rock Show Theatre November 4th.

Nominees previously announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, also included the APTN series, Moccasin Flats Season III and renegadepress.com, and The Velvet Devil, the critically-acclaimed one-woman Canadian stage play starring Andrea Menard.

renegadepress.com was awarded the Gemini in two of the four categories it was nominated in at the earlier three-day gala event in Toronto October 17th. The Gemini for Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series was awarded to Jordan Wheeler for the episode titled, The Rez, while actor Ksenia Solo accepted the Gemini award for Best Performance in a Childrens' or Youth Program or Series for her performance in the episode titled Fear.

The 2006 Canada Award was also awarded to an APTN program for, "excellence in mainstream television programming that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of Canada." APTN extends its congratulations to the producers, cast and crew of the APTN series Wapos Bay for its Canada Award recognition for the production of Wapos Bay – There's No "I" in Hockey.

All four programs received funding from and/or were commissioned by APTN through Canadian independent producers.


Gemini award nominations to APTN-associated programs included:

Best TV Movie
One Dead Indian
(Sienna Films Productions V Inc. 2005& Ipperwash Productions Inc., Sienna Films, Ipperwash Productions Inc., Park Ex Pictures)
Brent Barclay, Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny, Kevin Tierney

Best Dramatic Series
Moccasin Flats Season III
(Big Soul Productions, Stephen Onda Productions Inc.)
Laura Milliken, Jennifer Podemski

Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series
renegadepress.com
(Vérité Films Inc.)
Virginia Thompson, Robert de Lint, Jordan Wheeler

Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Tim Southam - One Dead Indian

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Andrew Wreggitt, Hugh Graham - One Dead Indian

Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
Jordan Wheeler - renegadepress.com - The Rez

Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series
Debra Karen - One Dead Indian

Best Sound in a Dramatic Program
Lou Solakofski, Yvon Benoit, Garrett Kerr, Martin Lee, Sid Lieberman, David McCallum - One Dead Indian

Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series
Donald Quan - Moccasin Flats Season III - The Other Side

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Andrea Menard - Moccasin Flats Season III - Domestic Bliss

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Gary Farmer - One Dead Indian

Best Performance in a Childrens' or Youth Program or Series
Ishan Davé - renegadepress.com - This is your Brain on Love
Ksenia Solo - renegadepress.com - Fear

Best Achievement in Casting
Robin Cook, Rosina Bucci - One Dead Indian

Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series
Andrea Menard – The Velvet Devil

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