Blackstone

BlackstonelogoIt looks like Blackstone is close to getting acquired by a US network for broadcast in America.

“We are in active discussions with a cable network,” says Ritch Colbert, a principal of PPI Releasing, who is distributing the series.

“This is as good as TV gets. It covers every aspect of modern U.S. culture in glaring details, whether corruption, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence,” Colbert said.

“If they sell it (Blackstone) into the U.S., it will be a Canadian show. Once it goes down there, the stock will go up here,” says actor Steven Cree Molison, who plays Daryl Fraser. Continue reading »

BlackstonelogoProduction will kick off on Sunday on the third season of Blackstone.

Prairie Dog Film + Television will get stuck into the third run of episodes, which is being described as the “most provocative” yet.

Blackstone’s powerhouse lineup of talent returns to the show, and includes Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush, Nathaniel Arcand, Steven Cree Molison, Andrea Menard, Tantoo Cardinal, and Garry Chalk.

New to the series are John Cassini (Arrow, Intelligence), Tinsel Korey (Sanctuary, The Twilight Saga), Cheri Maracle (Moccasin Flats, Blackfly), Bronson Pelletier (Renegade Press, The Twilight Saga), Wayne Baker (Pathfinder, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) and Dakota House (The Horses of McBride, One Dead Indian). Continue reading »

Today the nominees were announced for the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.

Here are the nominees for all of the major TV categories. Continue reading »

Last season, the award-winning and critically acclaimed television series Blackstone left fans with an appetite for more.

Delving back into the tumultuous lives of the community of the fictional Blackstone First Nation Reserve, APTN has green-lit Season 3 of the raw and authentic Prairie Dog Film + Television production.

“We are overwhelmed with both audience and critic support of Blackstone,” says Ron E. Scott, Executive Producer of Blackstone. “We are thrilled to bring the complex and compelling world of Blackstone back to our loyal fans.” Continue reading »

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.

Prairie Dog Film + Television is pleased to announce that Blackstone won Gemini Awards in the following categories:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role: Michelle Thrush

Best Achievement in Main Title Design: Robb Thompson, Darren Bierman, Shelley Cornies, Steve Seeley

 

“It’s an absolute honour for Blackstone to be recognized at this year’s Gemini Awards,” says Ron E. Scott, who is executive producer, writer and director of Blackstone. “We’re very proud of Carmen and Michelle, who were both up for Best Actress, and who each bring so much to their respective roles. They’re part of an amazing cast who work so hard to bring Blackstone to life, and we’re extremely grateful for their talent and generosity.”

The second season of Blackstone is currently being shot in Edmonton, with production underway until mid-September. Returning for season two is the talented ensemble cast of Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush, Nathaniel Arcand, Roseanne Supernault, Steven Cree Molison, Andrea Menard, Justin Rain and Ashley Callingbull. New cast members in season two are acclaimed First Nation’s actors Gary Farmer, Tantoo Cardinal and Georgina Lightning, as well as Cameron Bancroft, Frank Cassini, Vincent Gale and Lori Triolo.

Prior to the Gemini Awards, Blackstone won three awards at the Rosies in Alberta and two awards at the Leos in B.C.

(From a press release)

Prairie Dog Film + Television is pleased to announce that Blackstone has been nominated for Gemini Awards in the following three categories:

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role

Carmen Moore

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role

Michelle Thrush

 

Best Achievement in Main Title Design

Robb Thompson, Darren Bierman, Shelley Cornies, Steve Seeley

 

Presently, the second season of Blackstone is being shot in Edmonton and rural Alberta, with production underway until mid-September. Following the first season’s cliffhanger finale, the series picks up after the strip club shooting, and continues to delve into the tumultuous lives of the residents on the fictional Blackstone First Nation.

Returning to the screen in Season 2 is the unforgettable ensemble cast consisting of Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush, Nathaniel Arcand, Roseanne Supernault, Steven Cree Molison, Andrea Menard, Justin Rain and Ashley Callingbull. The new season also includes the addition of acclaimed First Nation’s actors Gary Farmer, Tantoo Cardinal and Georgina Lightening, as well as Cameron Bancroft, Frank Cassini, Vincent Gale and Lori Triolo.

“We have tremendous talent in Blackstone who bring to life the universal themes and conflicts that so many can relate to,” says Ron E. Scott, who is executive producer, writer and director of Blackstone. “The first season earned a very loyal audience and garnered significant media acclaim, and we expect the second season to be even more riveting and uncompromising.”

In addition to garnering attention in Canada, Blackstone has begun to gain an international audience. The first season was recently picked up by New Zealand broadcaster Maori Television, and initial response from viewers has been extremely positive.

(From a press release)

Prairie Dog Film + Television is pleased to announce that the second season of Blackstone will begin production in Edmonton and rural Alberta on July 18.

 

Following the first season’s cliffhanger finale, Season 2 picks up after the strip club shooting, and continues to delve into the tumultuous lives of the residents on the fictional Blackstone First Nation Reserve. Returning to the screen are cast members Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush, Nathaniel Arcand, Roseanne Supernault, Steven Cree Molison and Andrea Menard. Season 2 will see the addition of the acclaimed Gary Farmer and Tantoo Cardinal to the cast.

 

“We have tremendous talent in Blackstone who bring to life the universal themes and conflicts that so many can relate to,” says Ron E. Scott, who is executive producer, writer and director of Blackstone. “The first season earned a very loyal audience and garnered significant media acclaim, and we expect the second season to be even more riveting and uncompromising.”

 

Intense, compelling and confrontational, Blackstone is an unmuted exploration of power, politics and relationships on a First Nation reserve. The one-hour television drama, which has already won five awards, is unlike any other show in Canadian television.

 

Occasionally, TV shows come along that make us ponder philosophies of entertainment and the new Canadian series Blackstone falls into that category.”  –Toronto Sun

 

“Riveting in-your-face and as smart as Canadian dramatic TV gets.” –Playback

Prairie Dog Film + Television is thrilled to announce a second season of Blackstone has been ‘green lit’ and is now in full development.

Producers received the news on the eve of Blackstone winning three Rosies at the Alberta Film & Television Awards on May 28.

Following the first season’s cliffhanger finale, Season 2 of Blackstone will commence after the strip club shooting, and continue to delve into the tumultuous lives of the residents on the Blackstone Indian Reserve. Production of the new series will commence this summer, on location in Edmonton and rural Alberta.

 

THE ROSIES

The 37th annual Alberta Film & Television Awards (aka The Rosies) were handed out during a sold-out gala in Edmonton over the weekend. Celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in Albertan film, television and new media, The Rosies honoured Blackstone with three awards:

 

Best Production Reflecting Cultural Diversity

Best Alberta Actress (Roseanne Supernault)

Best Screenwriter Drama Over 30 (Ron E. Scott)

Blackstone was nominated in a total of nine categories at The Rosies. It has also been nominated in five categories at the 2011 Leo Awards, which take place June 11 in Vancouver.

Prairie Dog Film + Television is pleased to announce the premiere of the original dramatic series Blackstone on two national networks in the New Year:

APTN weekly broadcasts begin Tuesday, January 25, 9:00pm EST (check local listings)

Showcase weekly broadcasts begin Friday, January 28, 11:00pm EST

www.blackstonetheseries.com

 

ABOUT BLACKSTONE

Intense, compelling and confrontational, Blackstone is an unmuted exploration of First Nations’ power and politics, unfolding over nine one-hour episodes. This raw, authentic drama tells the story of the fictional Blackstone First Nation, suffering disintegration by its own hand – the result of the corruption of its Chief and Council. From within the community, a new generation of leaders rise up and fight to create lasting and substantial change.

“Blackstone is relevant and relational in an Aboriginal story world, with universal themes and conflicts that are not only relatable to some First Nations out there today, but also to the world of politics and power in general,” said Ron E. Scott, who created, wrote, directed and executive produced the series.

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 stars the who’s who of Aboriginal talent including Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush, Nathaniel Arcand, Roseanne Supernault and Gordon Tootoosis.

The series is 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 as writer. Blackstone was produced in association with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Showcase and Shaw Media; with the assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund; with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund; with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit; and with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund.

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