A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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Rezolution Pictures/NFB doc Reel Injun wins Peabody Award

Press release

2011/04/01


Canada's public producer nets its fourth Peabody Award
for documentary look at Aboriginal peoples in cinema


Montreal, April 1, 2011 – The Rezolution Pictures/National Film Board of Canada co-produced documentary Reel Injun has been honoured with a Peabody Award, recognizing the most outstanding achievements in electronic media, including radio, television and cable. Reel Injun is directed by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond with Catherine Bainbridge and Jeremiah Hays, and produced in Montreal.

In Reel Injun, Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema. Traveling through the heartland of America, and into the Canadian North, Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world's understanding— and misunderstanding—of Aboriginal peoples.

Reel Injun was a three-time award winner at the 2010 Gemini Awards, receiving the Canada Award for best multicultural program along with Geminis for Best Direction in a Documentary Program and Best Visual Research. It's the third acclaimed collaboration between the NFB and Rezolution, an Aboriginal film, television and new media production company based in Montreal, following Mohawk Girls (2005) and the Canada Award-winning Club Native (2008), both directed by Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer.

It's also the fourth Peabody Award for the NFB, which won in 2002 for Karen Shopsowitz's My Father's Camera, in 1995 for director John N. Smith's NFB/Télé-Action co-produced mini-series The Boys of St. Vincent, and in 1994 for Jeff McKay's documentary Fat Chance, produced at the NFB Prairie Centre in Winnipeg.

The 70th Annual Peabody Awards were announced March 31 at a ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia campus. The awards will be presented May 23 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Reel Injun is produced by Christina Fon, Catherine Bainbridge and Linda Ludwick (Rezolution Pictures), Adam Symansky (NFB) and Catherine Olsen (CBC News Network). The executive producers are Ernest Webb (Rezolution Pictures) and Ravida Din (NFB).


About the NFB

Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st-century cinema and breaking new ground in form and content through community filmmaking projects, cross-platform media, programs for emerging filmmakers, stereoscopic animation – and more. It works in collaboration with creative filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Its NFB.ca Screening Room features almost 2,000 productions online, including high-definition and 3D films. The NFB also puts the experience of cinema into the hands of Canadians everywhere through its acclaimed mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad, and now, Canada’s first film app for the Android platform.


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NFB media relations:

Pat Dillon, NFB publicist
Tel.: 514-283-9411
Cell: 514-206-1750
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca