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How People Got Fire

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Graduate scholarship will be legacy of “How People Got Fire”

The NFB How People Got Fire is entering in to the animation phase of its development. 

This short film is based in part on the story told by the late Kitty Smith of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation. To acknowledge this gift, the NFB is making a contribution of $5,000 to be administered by the Kwanlin Dun First Nation for a graduate student scholarship fund in the name of Ms. Kitty Smith. The fund will be use to assist a student or students who graduate from high school and go on to study arts at a college or University level. 

“Our hope is that this scholarship will help a young person from the community to further their education, thereby contributing to the legacy of Kitty Smith and all the story tellers,” says producer Svend-Erik Eriksen of the NFB’s Pacific and Yukon Centre in Vancouver.

The presentation will be made by Eriksen on Friday, April 28th at 4:00 pm at Kwanlin Dun First Nations board room.

The screen play for How People Got Fire is written by director Daniel Janke. The animation director for the internal story is Chris Auchter of the Haida-Gwai Nation, now based in Vancouver. Animation director for the live action elements of the film is Jay White, now based in Yukon. The production will also train two or three additional Yukon-based animators to work on the film for a period of 7 months.

“On behalf of the Smith family I would like to thank the National Film Board and Daniel for bringing this project to our community. It has been a very positive experience working and consulting on the making of this film,” says Darlene Smith.

"Were very enthused about the idea that this production will make a potentially long term contribution to the community in terms of training opportunities," says Eriksen. 

"This has been a community effort from the start," says director Daniel Janke. "The Smith family has been very involved and supportive. The potential this film brings is enormous. We're all very excited"

How People Got Fire is scheduled for completion early in 2007. 

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Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada has produced more than 11,000 films and other audiovisual works and won more than 4,500 awards - including 11 Oscars®. As Canada's public film producer, the NFB produces and distributes distinctive, culturally diverse, challenging and relevant audiovisual works that provide Canada and the world with a unique Canadian perspective. Named one of the top documentary organizations in the world by realscreen magazine, the NFB is equally renowned for its auteur animation – with this year marking the 65th anniversary of cutting-edge animated filmmaking from the National Film Board. To purchase NFB releases or for more information, visit < www.nfb.ca> or call 1-800-267-7710.


For more information: 
Angela Heck
NFB Public Relations
Tel:  (604) 666-1151
E-mail:   a.heck@nfb.ca      

Daniel Janke, Director
(867) 668-2162