Above: feature film Falls Around Her from Darlene Naponse
We’re looking at Crave today in part five of our series about online video platforms featuring projects by NSI alumni.
- Part one – alumni projects on nfb.ca
- Part two – alumni projects on CBC Gem
- Part three – alumni projects on Encore+
- Part four – alumni projects on APTN lumi
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I think we’ve mentioned we’re proud of our NSI family. Our alumni continue to impress us with their content and we are grateful to the platforms that showcase their work. Scoop some ice cream and don’t forget the whip cream – it’s time to dive in to Crave!
TV series – comedy
Corner Gas | Seasons 1 to 6 | 2006 | 22 mins
Director/creator Robert de Lint, writer/creator/executive producer Virginia Thompson (both NSI Features First)
Forty kilometres from nowhere and way beyond normal is Corner Gas, an ensemble comedy series about a bunch of nobodies who get up to a whole lot of nothing in the fictional prairie town of Dog River, Saskatchewan.
Jann | Season 1 | 2019 | 21 mins
Writer Jason Filiatrault (NSI Script to Screen)
Jann Arden plays a fictionalized version of herself: a singer songwriter of a ‘certain age’ dealing with the harsh reality that her former music career is now on a slow, relentless slide into obscurity.
Letterkenny | Seasons 1 to 8 | 2016 | 24 mins
Executive producer Mark Montefiore (NSI Totally Television)
The residents of Letterkenny belong to one of three groups: Hicks, Skids and Hockey Players. The three groups are constantly feuding with each other over seemingly trivial matters; often ending with someone getting their ass kicked.
The Beaverton | Seasons 1 to 3 | 2016 | 22 mins
Director Craig David Wallace (NSI Totally Television), line producer Paula Devonshire (NSI Totally Television, NSI Features First)
A so-called televised adaptation of the immensely popular online satirical site TheBeaverton.com, The Beaverton files fake news stories of the upmost importance, informed by real events, the cultural zeitgeist and national news media.
TV series – drama
Bitten | Season 3 | 2016 | 44 mins | Fantasy, Horror
Writer Garfield Lindsay Miller (NSI Features First)
Based on the best-selling novels by Kelley Armstrong, Bitten is an emotionally charged thriller that follows reluctant heroine Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf, who is forced to take on harsh responsibilities, in a male dominated world.
Cardinal | Seasons 1 to 4 | 2017 | 42 mins | Crime, Mystery
Writer/executive producer Sara Dodd (NSI Features First), co-producer/development executive Elise Cousineau (NSI Drama Prize)
Cardinal struggles to right past wrongs that could derail his investigation and end his career, as the cases grow more violent and twisted, and the clock ticks down on the killer’s next victim.
Frontier | Seasons 1 to 3 | 2016 | 46 mins | Adventure, History
Writer Lisa Rose Snow (NSI Drama Prize)
The fur trade of the late 18th century is a time of greed, violence and ambition — the more money that flows, the more blood is spilt. Everybody wants the same thing, but only one can have it.
Motive | Season 4 | 2016 | 44 mins | Crime, Mystery
Executive producer Erin Haskett (NSI Drama Prize), co-executive producer/writer Sara Dodd (NSI Features First)
Each episode begins by revealing not only the victim, but the killer as well. It’s an intense cat-and-mouse game as the homicide team sets off to piece together clues from the crimes committed.
Orphan Black | Seasons 1 to 5 | 2013 | 44 mins | Action, Drama
Writer Andrew De Angelis (NSI Totally Television), Bob Mackowycz Jr. (NSI Drama Prize)
After witnessing a woman’s suicide, Sarah assumes the stranger’s identity, who looks like her. Expecting to solve her problems by taking the woman’s savings, Sarah is instead thrust into a mystery as she realizes the truth: she and the woman are clones.
Reign | Seasons 1 to 4 | 2013 | 41 mins | Drama, Fantasy
Directors Norma Bailey, Sudz Sutherland (both NSI Totally Television)
The story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise when she arrives in France at 15, with her three best friends and betrothed to Prince Francis.
Saving Hope | Seasons 4 + 5 | 43 mins | Drama, Fantasy
Writer Tammy Marlowe Johnson (NSI Totally Television)
After waking up from a coma, former chief of surgery Charlie Harris struggles with a secret that could jeopardize his career and his relationship with fiancée Dr. Alex Reid: he can still see and communicate with ghosts.
The Detail | Season 1 | 2018 | 43 minutes | Crime, Mystery
Director Jordan Canning (NSI Drama Prize)
Three fiercely talented female homicide investigators work tirelessly to solve crimes while navigating the complicated demands of their personal lives.
Transplant | Season 1 | 2020 | 44 mins | Drama
Creator/showrunner/executive producer Joseph Kay (NSI Totally Television), executive producer Virginia Rankin (NSI Global Marketing)
A skilled emergency medicine doctor flees Syria for Canada, in hopes of finding his place in a new hospital and country.
Bang Bang Baby | 2014 | 89 mins | Fantasy, Drama, Musical
Writer/director Jeffrey St. Jules (developed through NSI Features First with Larissa Giroux), producer Daniel Bekerman (NSI Features First)
In the 1960s, a teenager thinks her dreams of becoming a singer will come true when a famous musician is stranded in town, but when a chemical plant leak turns people into mutants, her dream turns into a nightmare.
Canadian Strain | 2019 | 118 mins | Comedy
Writer/director Geordie Sabbagh, producer Ashleigh Rains (both NSI Totally Television)
When cannabis becomes legal in Canada, boutique weed dealer Anne Banting swiftly runs out of options to pay the bills. Her ‘loyal’ customers are now buying from the government regulated weed shops, and her friends struggle to sympathize with the weed dealing life she’s cultivated for herself.
Falls Around Her | 2018 | 95 mins | Drama, Thriller
Writer/director/producer Darlene Naponse (NSI Features First)
A world-famous Anishinaabe musician returns to the reserve to rest and refresh herself but finds that her fame and the outside world intrude.
Hector and the Search for Happiness | 2014 | 114 mins | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Producer Trish Dolman (NSI Features First)
Disillusioned with the tedium of his existence, psychiatrist Hector confesses to his girlfriend that he feels he is a fraud for dispensing recommendations to patients who never seem to improve or get any happier.
Take Me Home Tonight | 2011 | 97 mins | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director Michael Dowse (NSI Drama Prize)
Recent MIT grad Matt Franklin should be well on his way to a successful career at a Fortune 500 company, but instead, he rebels against maturity by taking a job at a video store.
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes | 2018 | 123 mins | Documentary
Producer Joanne Jackson (NSI Global Marketing)
Dr. Anne Innis Dagg re-traces the steps of her 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. Now, at 85 years old, Anne sees a contrast between the world of giraffes she once knew and the one it has become.
The Unseen | 2016 | 108 mins | Action, Drama, Horror
Writer/director/producer Geoff Redknap (NSI Drama Prize, NSI Features First), producer Katie Weekley (NSI Drama Prize, NSI Features First, NSI Totally Television)
A man who abandoned his family now risks everything to find his missing daughter, including exposing the secret that he is becoming invisible.
Werewolf | 2016 | 80 mins | Drama
Writer/director/producer Ashley McKenzie, producer Nelson MacDonald (both NSI Drama Prize)
Two methadone users in a small town try to survive by mowing lawns, bound together in their desperation.
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