Top 16 on Playback's Indie Production List, 2019
Eagle Vision is the most prolific production company in Canadian history with First Nations ownership. With content ranging from the Oscar-winning feature CAPOTE to the international hit factual television series ICE ROAD TRUCKERS, to the recent CBC/CW hit court drama BURDEN OF TRUTH (starring Kristin Kreuk), to the socially impactful CBC and APTN true-crime series TAKEN which focuses on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and Canada’s longest-running Indigenous series THE SHARING CIRCLE, Eagle Vision most recently produced Deco Dawson’s feature film DIASPORA— in 59 languages other than English and Danis Goulet’s feature film NIGHT RAIDERS with Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit) executive producing.
Partners Lisa Meeches (Ojibway, from Long Plain First Nation), Kyle Irving, and Rebecca Gibson have produced more than 200 hours of content. Eagle Vision has always been committed to gender parity, inclusion, and accessibility. Mentoring and developing the next generation of diverse filmmakers is in their DNA. It’s who they are. Their rich development slate represents comedy and drama, features and series, factual and narrative that will continue to have a global impact. Eagle Vision has forward-thinking market awareness, and they deliver the highest quality of content. Eagle Vision’s theatrical releases star Oscar-winners (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Anna Paquin, Chris Cooper), Oscar-nominees (Samuel L. Jackson, Catherine Keener, Amy Ryan, Bob Balaban) and fan favorites (Dominic Cooper, Jessica Paré and Jay Baruchel).
With themes ranging from the residential school system (WE WERE CHILDREN — winner of a Banff Rockie Award and 2 Canadian Screen Awards) to the impact of mental illness on relationships (LOVESICK — winner of the Audience Choice Award at Cinequest), to the American political system (BLUE STATE - distributed by MGM) Eagle Vision tackles challenging issues. Eagle Vision also produces live music specials (including 10 seasons of the ABORIGINAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE MUSIC AWARDS) to made-for-TV movies (including the award-winning JACK and ELIJAH) to the best in children’s content (Parents’ Choice Gold Medal winner TIPI TALES). Content enjoyed by fans around the world.
Eagle Vision’s rich development slate has the support of Canada’s top funders and broadcasters. Working with leading content creators, Eagle Vision’s team develops the shows they want to watch. Family comedy. Unbelievable true stories. Challenging and uplifting social content. Music. Action. Drama. Going to places around the world, and in other worlds, that no one has seen before yet everyone can relate to. Eagle Vision will continue its investment in emerging artists, supporting a diverse talent pool whose work will have a global and lasting impact.
Eagle Vision is a Manitoba-based, Canadian production company located at the heart of the continent of North America, near the sacred and ancient Manito Ahbee site, in a rich, diverse landscape with a rich, diverse population in the province of Manitoba.
With strong partnerships in Canada and around the world, with a varied slate, and with a devotion to developing the most outstanding new talent, Eagle Vision is poised to continue to create content that creates change.
is distributed by Entertainment One, and sold to Netflix in the States, Lovesick stars Jacob Tierney (Letterkenny), Jessica Paré (SEAL Team, Mad Men), and Jay Baruchel (End of the World, How to Train Your Dragon). Lovesick tells the story of Dash, a thirty-something, depressed mural artist who goes on a journey of self-discovery when his ex gets engaged to a man she barely knows.
is a thriller that had a US theatrical release in 2014 by Lionsgate, Reasonable Doubt stars Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper, and is the story of a district attorney who has his life turned upside down when he’s involved in a hit and run and another man is arrested for his crime and charged with murder.
WE WERE CHILDREN
is a feature film championed by APTN and the NFB, We Were Children shows the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system conveyed through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools, where they suffered years of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit. The film went on to win a Banff Rockie Award and receive 4 CSA nominations and 2 wins.
WALK ALL OVER ME
stars two-time Golden Globe nominee Leelee Sobieski, Jacob Tierney, and Ford Supermodel of the World, Battlestar Galactica star Tricia Helfer. Walk All Over Me is a feature film co-production with Alberta’s Chaos a film company. Walk All Over Me had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007, where it was the first ever Canadian film sold to the Weinstein Company.
had its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Blue State is an indie film about a disgruntled Democrat who actually follows through on a drunken campaign promise to move to Canada if George “Dubya” Bush gets re-elected. Blue State stars Academy Award winner Anna Paquin and Breckin Meyer. MGM purchased the film for worldwide distribution.
was a co-production with Infinity Features, United Artists, and Sony Pictures. Capote was nominated for five Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards, including Best Picture. Capote won the Oscar for Best Actor for Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s performance. Eagle Vision is proud to have been a co-production company on the film.
a 15-minute short written by Trevor Kristjanson and directed by Rebecca Gibson, tells the stories of the intergenerational effects of alcoholism on a family in a small lake town. Nominated for Best Manitoba Short at the Gimi Film Festival, Sea Legs was also part of the NSI’s Online Film Festival.
HARD WAY GIRL
a 5-minute anti-coming of age story has played festivals in Los Angeles, including the Oscar-qualifier LA Shorts Film Festival, Russia, Amsterdam, Toronto, and Israel. Hard Way Girl has received multiple award nominations, and is the winner of two 2016 Joey Awards for stars Annika Elyse Irving, and Maxine Gibson Bruce.
BURDEN OF TRUTH
Eagle Vision has partnered with eOne and ICF for this new 18 X 1-hour legal drama starring Kristen Kreuk for CBC. Big city lawyer Joanna Hanley (Kreuk) returns to her hometown to take the case of a group of girls suffering from a mysterious illness. Burden of Truth premiered in January 2018 on CBC in Canada and was a summer hit for CW and Hulu in the US, and premiered #1 for Universal UK.
is the award-winning true crime series centering on the stories of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Going into production on its fourth season (with Season III set to air in the fall of 2018), Taken crosses the nation to get to the heart of the stories of these women and girls by talking with their loved ones, law enforcement, advocates, and experts, and to help solve these crimes. The Taken Knowledge Keeper APP is available for iOS and Android on the App Store and Google Play.
ICE ROAD TRUCKERS
is a documentary series that follows the activities of drivers who operate trucks on seasonal routes crossing frozen lakes and rivers in remote territories in Canada. The show is broadcast in more than 100 countries around the world and is on History Channel in both Canada and the US. Ice Road Truckers premiered season 11 to record high ratings.
is a 90-minute movie for CBC television that tells the story of Jack Layton’s last federal election campaign in 2011 and his tragic passing only weeks later due to cancer. Jack is a co-production between Pier 21 Films and Eagle Vision Inc. Entertainment One distributed the film. The film went on to receive 3 CSA nominations, and won 2.
is an MOW produced for CTV and APTN. Eagle Vision co-produced with Anagram Pictures. Elijah is the true story of Elijah Harper, one of the greatest heroes in Canadian Aboriginal political history. The film has played to film festival audiences at the 2007 Calgary International Film Festival, the 2007 Vancouver International Film Festival, and the 2007 imagineNATIVE Film Festival. The film went on to win the Gemini for “Best TV Movie”.
THE SHARING CIRCLE
is the longest running Aboriginal series in Canadian television history, having run for sixteen seasons. The Sharing Circle is an award-winning documentary series that explored Aboriginal stories and issues and celebrates Aboriginal achievements and traditions. The Sharing Circle was broadcast on CHUM, SCN, and APTN.
originally developed by Eagle Vision, is a half-hour children’s drama and has been the proud recipient of two prestigious Parents’ Choice Awards. Centred around four cousins who spend their days together with their wise, fun grandparents and the sacred animals of the forest, Tipi Tales offers life lessons to preschool children based on the Seven Sacred Teachings of Indigenous spirituality.
THE INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS / APCMAS
is a revolutionary music awards show developed by Eagle Vision and APTN to honour the best in Aboriginal Music. Eagle Vision has produced the live broadcast annually since 2006. The Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards are hosted by Corner Gas star Lorne Cardinal. The live awards show features humour, dance, music, and celebrates international Indigenous artists. For its 10th anniversary, the APCMAs were rebranded The Indigenous Music Awards.
WE JOGGIN’ 06 and 07
are one-hour HD variety programs that are unique, multi-lingual performance experiences celebrating the human spirit through song, dance, and laugher. Award-winning artists of national recognition share the stage with emerging First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and Francophone performers. APTN was a proud partner for the show.
CELEBRATE: THE MUSIC OF OUR PEOPLE
is a one-hour variety program showcasing the best of Aboriginal music and dance from across Canada for BRAVO and APTN.
was broadcast by APTN in 2010. It featured emerging Indigenous musical acts that included future APCMA nominees Jasmine Netseena and Ghostkeeper, and was hosted by APCMA winners George Leech and Crystal Shawanda.
KYLE RIABKO: THE LEAD
was directed by Gemini winning director Jeff Newman and produced by Kyle Irving. Kyle Riabko: The Lead follows Kyle Riabko as he takes a detour from his dream of becoming a rock star to take on the lead role in a Tony Award-winning musical. Featuring unprecedented Broadway access, the show depicts heartbreaking and uplifting stories from audience members’ real lives and captures the essence of the power of contemporary theatre.
POLYGAMY’S LOST BOYS
is a one-hour documentary that follows three young men as they struggle to survive the world they were raised to believe is wicked. They are members of the Fundamentalist Mormon Church. The church’s core belief: one man, multiple wives. The group’s elders take the pick of the young girls as 3rd, 4th, and 5th brides, leaving a surplus of virile young men who are cast away, often with devastating consequences.