1. Since ancient times when humans first experienced the incredible hardships of Canada’s north, dogs were there too, fighting with us to survive. They were hard workers and good friends who asked for little in return. Now, Northern communities are caught between modern and traditional worlds, and dogs have lost their place. What were once working dogs are now unemployed dogs; new technology and a shift away from a nomadic lifestyle have eliminated the need for dogs for survival alone. With the changing role of dogs and a lack of veterinary services to take care of them, there was great potential for suffering unless urgent action was taken to address the situation.

    Against a backdrop of stunning landscapes and unique communities and characters, North Paws shows how a small group of people can make a positive difference in their community and beyond to improve the livelihood of resident dogs. Their stories, both personal and universal, will take viewers deep into the heart of the life in the North, this very special part of Canada that so few of us get to see.

    About NorthPaws.ca
    Time spent on the North Paws website (Northpaws.ca) will not only enhance the experience of the film, it will reward the visitor with a new experience altogether. A special world will call and welcome you as you watch the new videos, explore the timeline or listen to stories about dogs in the North.

    MEDIA & FESTIVAL CONTACT
    Judith Keenan
    bookshorts@gmail.com
    Direct 416.519.0806

    Nexus Media Inc.
    P.O. BOX 550 CHESTER, NS B0J 1J0
    902 277 1790 * NEXUSMEDIA.CA

    COMMISSIONED BY
    ICHANNEL & THE PET NETWORK
    SUPPORTED BY CANADA MEDIA FUND
    & FIRST AIR

    PRODUCED IN COLLABORATION WITH
    NORTHWEST TERRITORIES INDUSTRY TOURISM & INVESTMENT
    CANADA FILM AND VIDEO
    PRODUCTION TAX CREDITS
    NS FILM TAX CREDITS
    SPONSORED BY FIRST AIR

    NORTH PAWS
    RT 47:43
    High Definition

    An Original
    NEXUS MEDIA INC.
    Production

    WRITER, DIRECTOR, COMPOSER
    Natasha Duchene

    PRODUCERS
    Don Duchene
    Judith Keenan

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER,
    DIRECTOR OF
    PHOTOGRAPHY
    Pablo Saravanja

    NARRATION
    Dawn Collins

    SOUND RECORDIST
    Ray Collins

    PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
    Hilary Bird

    EDITOR / STORY EDITOR
    John Brett

    ONLINE EDITOR
    Matthew Steeves

    POST-AUDIO
    Travis Mercredi

    POST-PRODUCTION CO-ORD
    Sarah Bowles

    GRAPHIC DESIGN
    Chris Purcell
    Keijo Tapanainen

    DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCER
    Anthony Saad

    WEBSITE
    http://www.NorthPaws.ca

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  2. Downriver is a film that deals with the end of an important part of a man's life. It speaks of loss and grief, but is not an elegy. It is a celebration. Downriver uses poetry, music, and images to show how an inexhaustible responsiveness to nature creates a sense of possibilities; hope.
    The vector to this new life is the beautiful dog, Niva, a Malinois. Her name comes from the Celtic goddess Nimah, usually pronounced Neeve -- though there are many variations! The myth of this goddess of the green wood is about the impossibility of resisting change. In the green and gold images Downriver projects on the screen, in the poetry, in the haunting music, in the movement and grace of a loving creature and fellow being, Downriver causes a rising of the heart. The audience experiences a sense of wonder, or call it the Grandeur of God: the numinous. Downriver is about attachment. It confirms a deep attachment to our fellow beings and creation. No matter how desperate and alone one creature may feel, that is not the way of things. There is connection. If the film speaks of what is past, passing, and to come, it confirms that Creation looks after its own and everything is brought around, full circle. This is a film that is not abstract in any way. It is particular, yet its language, images and music are wide as all the world.

    Featuring
    M.T. Kelly
    Niva the Malinois

    Directed by
    Judith Keenan
    with M.T. Kelly

    Camera
    Cat Cappuccio
    Aria Evans

    Editing
    Paul Hart
    Aria Evans, CMPA Trainee

    Niva Footage
    Courtesy M.T. Kelly

    Sound Editor
    Mike Filippov

    MUSIC

    Candlelight baroque
    By freddiehangoler

    Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No 11 in A Major
    By Handel Premiere Classics, Getty Images

    Produced by BookShorts Literacy Program
    For MovingStories.TV

    M.T. Kelly
    http://www.mtkelly.ca

    With the support of Canadian Heritage, Canada Book Fund

    Inspired by the book
    DOWNRIVER
    Poems
    By M.T. Kelly
    Published by Exile Editions

    (c) 2013 Copyright BookShorts Literacy Program

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