Prairie Dog Film + Television is pleased to announce that the second season of the Gemini Award-winning dramatic television series Blackstone will premiere on APTN January 11, 2012.
Set on the fictional Blackstone First Nation, the riveting stories that weave through the new season begins where the first season’s cliffhanger finale left off. Season 2 will reveal what happened, and continue to follow the tumultuous lives of Blackstone’s residents as they deal with issues of toxic water and foster care.
“Blackstone gets under your skin; it makes you think, feel and want more,” says Ron E. Scott, Executive Producer, Writer and Director of Blackstone. “I am humbled to have this opportunity to be involved in a show that has reached into lives and has spoken into subjects that have not been presented on Canadian television.”
ABOUT THE CAST
Returning is the talented ensemble cast of Carmen Moore (Gemini Award nominee), Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush (Gemini Award winner), Nathaniel Arcand, Roseanne Supernault, Steven Cree Molison, Andrea Menard, Justin Rain and Ashley Callingbull. Joining the series are acclaimed First Nations actors Tantoo Cardinal, Gary Farmer, Georgina Lightning and Michelle Latimer, as well as Cameron Bancroft, Frank Cassini, Vincent Gale and Lori Triolo.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Intense, compelling and confrontational, Blackstone is an unmuted exploration of First Nations’ power and politics on the fictional Blackstone First Nation. An uncompromising story told from an Aboriginal point of view, Blackstone is in sharp contrast to sympathetic stories about First Nations’ people being victimized by outside forces. While the dramatization can be dark and all too real, Blackstone is foremost a story of hope and reconciliation in its portrayal of Native people fighting for a better life in their community.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Blackstone is a Gemini Award-winning series produced by Edmonton’s Prairie Dog Film + Television, with Ron E. Scott as Executive Producer, Writer and Director, Jesse Szymanski as Producer, Damon Vignale as Producer and Writer, and Gil Cardinal and Penny Gummerson as Writers. Season 1 of Blackstone currently broadcasts in Canada on APTN, and in New Zealand on Maori Television. The series is distributed internationally by PPI Releasing.
The first season of Blackstone won two Gemini Awards, and garnered two wins at the 2011 Leo Awards and three wins at the 2011 Alberta Film and Television Awards.
Blackstone was produced in association with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund, with the assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Multimedia Development Fund, with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.