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Principal photography begins on Crave’s original series, Little Bird

Excerpt from a press release:

Crave today announced, in association with Rezolution Pictures, APTN and OP Little Bird, that production is underway on the Crave Original drama series, LITTLE BIRD. Created by showrunner Jennifer Podemski (UNSETTLED) and editor Hannah Moscovitch (X COMPANY), the six-part, one-hour limited series follows an Indigenous woman on a journey to find her biological family and uncover the hidden truth of her past. The series will be publicly available in English and French, with Fremantle handling international distribution.

The character-driven drama features an extraordinary cast of Indigenous actors, led by newcomer Darla Contois (Dhaliwal ’15) with: Ellyn Jade (LETTERKENNY); Osawa Muskwa (The World Ends at Camp Z); Joshua Odjick (The Swarm); Cardinal Imajyn (TRIBAL); Mathew Strongeagle (BLACK STONES); Eric Schweig (BLACKSTONE); and Michelle Thrush (Crows Bones).

Award-winning filmmakers Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open) and Zoe Hopkins (Run Woman Run) are directing three episodes each, while Hopkins is writing three of the episodes.

LITTLE BIRD explores themes of resilience in the face of trauma and loss. Removed from her home on the Long Pine Reservation in Saskatchewan, Bezhig Little Bird was adopted into a Montreal Jewish family at the age of five, becoming Esther Rosenblum (Contois). Now in her twenties, Bezhig yearns for the family she lost and is willing to sacrifice anything to find them. Her quest takes her to the Canadian prairies, unlike anything she knows. As she begins to reunite with her siblings, she unravels the mystery behind her adoption and discovers that her apprehension was tied to a racist government policy now known as the Sixties Scoop. Bezhig’s sense of identity is shattered and she is forced to question who she is and who she wants to become.

The production of LITTLE BIRD includes a training program that includes opportunities for emerging and mid-career Indigenous creators and crew as well as first-timers to gain hands-on on-set experience leading to later employment in the industry. Designed with the understanding that training, skills building and professional development are integral to building capacity and sustainability in the Indigenous screen sector, the program is made possible through partnerships with the Office Aboriginal Screen, Bell Media, REEL Canada, DGC, DGC Manitoba and IATSE 856.

LITTLE BIRD is a co-production of Bell Media’s Crave and APTN, produced by Rezolution Pictures and OP Little Bird with the participation of the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Manitoba Music and Film. Fremantle International is the distributor of the series. Led by an Indigenous creative team, LITTLE BIRD is developed by showrunner Jennifer Podemski and Rezolution Pictures, and created by Podemski and editor-in-chief Hannah Moscovitch. The series is produced by Ernest Webb, Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick (Rezolution Pictures), Kim Todd, Nicholas Hirst (Original Pictures), Jeremy Podeswa, Jennifer Podemski and Hannah Moscovitch, as well as Christian Vesper and Dante Di Loreto. (Fremantle). The producers are Tanya Brunel and Jessica Dunn (OP Little Bird), Philippe Chabot (Rezolution Pictures) and Ellen Rutter.

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