Janine Windolph and Trudy Stewart chosen as latest ZoomerMedia Bursary recipients

Janine Windolph and Trudy Stewart / About NSI Aboriginal Documentary

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce that the NSI Aboriginal Documentary team of Janine Windolph and Trudy Stewart have been selected as this year’s ZoomerMedia Bursary recipients.

ZoomerMedia committed $95,000 in benefits funding over seven years to the National Screen Institute in the form of the ZoomerMedia Bursary. This award is funding allocated to the training of one diverse individual or team who are Zoomers and/or producers of Mosaic programming, in any NSI program each year.

Janine and Trudy’s NSI Aboriginal Documentary project is called Statement Gatherers Reflections. Janine serves as producer while Trudy is directing. They are both based in Regina, SK.

“To be acknowledged for our work is both a privilege and an honour,” said Janine. “The news that ZoomerMedia supports our project is beneficial to helping expand the potential reach of our project and enhance it overall.”

“We are especially excited to be chosen as a team,” Trudy said. “The support from ZoomerMedia with our training will not only elevate our project, but also strengthen our work as a team. We are honoured and humbled to be chosen as this year’s ZoomerMedia Bursary recipients.”

Statement Gatherers Reflections is a 10-minute documentary on the reflections, observations and lessons from statement gatherers with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The documentary will offer an inside look at what it’s like to record some of the most painful and uplifting stories of resilience of the Indian residential school legacy.

“ZoomerMedia has been a longtime sponsor of NSI’s and we are grateful for their commitment to this award,” said NSI CEO John Gill. “Trudy and Janine have an important story to tell and we’re pleased to partner with ZoomerMedia in providing the tools and skills necessary to record and preserve these accounts of the reconciliation process.”

“ZoomerMedia is proud to be supporting Janine and Trudy’s NSI Aboriginal Documentary training,” said Beverley Shenken, Vice-President Content & General Manager, Television Division, ZoomerMedia. “Supporting diverse and fresh, new content creators continues to be a priority for us, and we look forward to seeing their completed film.”

NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2016 is supported by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and RBC Emerging Artists Project; NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Bootcamp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper Channel; Corus EntertainmentTelefilm Canada; Breakthrough EntertainmentimagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival and Hots Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Provincial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music and Creative Saskatchewan; Industry Partners National Film Board of CanadaAcademy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

About VisionTV and ZoomerMedia

For the past 30 years, VisionTV has been Canada’s exclusive broadcaster for interfaith dialogue.

Available in over 10 million homes, VisionTV historically airs multi-faith, multicultural and family entertainment programming. Vision TV’s renewed focus in 2016, is known as ‘Zoomer Television’, and will now feature factual programs that reflect the interests, health and longevity of the 45-plus demographic. The channel is home to the best British comedies, soaps and premiere dramas like Downton Abbey, Doc Martin, Poldark, and Victoria, American movies and Canadian documentaries that deal with spiritual issues, wellness of boomers, and thought-provoking new discoveries, and the channel’s flagship show called theZoomer – Television for Boomers With Zip, executive produced by Moses Znaimer.

Where to watch VisionTV

Rogers (GTA) 60 + 237

BellTV 261

Shaw Direct 394 or check local listings

For more information, go to visiontv.ca.

About the National Screen Institute

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features First, Movie Central Script to ScreenCorus Diverse TV DirectorNSI Aboriginal Documentary, TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts, and TELUS Optik™ Local.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television and digital media industries at nsi-canada.ca.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email: laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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