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Director: Kelly Saxberg
Executive Producer: Graydon McCrea
Producer: Joe MacDonald
Writer: Robert Lower
Camera: Ian Elkin
Editor: Kelly Saxberg
Music: Greg Lowe
Narrator: Martine Friesen

When Kelly Saxberg first moved to Thunder Bay she began exploring her family history in the city. She discovered that her father’s parents had both worked ad Canada Car and Foundry during World War Two. She also discovered that in 1939, thousands of women from Thunder Bay and the Prairies donned trousers, packed lunch pails and took up rivet guns to participate in the greatest industrial war effort in Canadian history. Like many other factories across the country from 1939 to 1945, the shop floor at Fort William’s Canadian Car and Foundry was transformed from an all-male workforce to one with forty percent female workers. Rosies of the North traces the story of a group of women whose lives were changed by their experiences. They describe with wit and humour their role in the production of the Hurricane and Helldiver fighter planes.
The film also tells the remarkable story of Elsie MacGill, Chief Aeronautical Engineer at Canadian Car and Foundry, the first woman in Canada to graduate with an engineering degree and the first woman in the world to design an airplane. Rosies of the North was produced by the National Film Board of Canada, has been shown on several major television networks, and is one of the only films about Canadian women on the home front during World War Two.

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Shebandown Films (a.k.a. ShebaFilms) is an independent film and video production company based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The company was established to develop and ensure the representation of Northwestern Ontario in the Canadian film industry. We have…


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Shebandown Films (a.k.a. ShebaFilms) is an independent film and video production company based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The company was established to develop and ensure the representation of Northwestern Ontario in the Canadian film industry. We have the experience, the skills and the equipment to handle almost any production.

As a production company, Shebandowan Films has a special interest in documentary films about social issues, women and the developing world. Shebandowan Films brings together the talents of Kelly Saxberg, with more than twenty years of experience in the film and television industry, and Ron Harpelle, historian and filmmaker. Kelly Saxberg has extensive experience in short and feature length documentary films and dramas. Kelly has a background in women's history and is a film director and editor. Ron Harpelle is professor of history at Lakehead University, and he is the producer at Shebandowan Films. Kelly Saxberg and Ron Harpelle bring research and film experience together to make films that are informative and entertaining.

Shebandowan Films is one of the only professional film production companies in Northwestern Ontario and we offer a full range of film production services. Our working experience in the region ensures co-operation and the efficient use of available resources. Thunder Bay, a city of 120,000 with Lake Superior and the Canadian Shield as its backdrop, offers spectacular locations and easy access to all major Canadian cities. Shebandowan Films is the local provider for all of your production needs. Contact us for more information.

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