Welcome! Here’s the latest:

    • IndianHorsepicIndian Horse based on Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel about the residential schools that ravaged Canada’s indigenous communities, premieres at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival followed by screening at the Vancouver, directed by Stephen Campanelli. Produced by Screen Siren Pictures and Devonshire Production. Executive Producers Roger Frappier and Clint Eastwood.

      Three actors portray the lead character at different states of his life: Sladen Peltier plays Saul at 6 years old, Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant) at 15 years old, and Ajuawak Kapashesit at 22 years old.

      The cast also includes residential school survivor Edna Manitowabi as Saul’s grandmother, B.C. actor Evan Adams (Smoke Signals), as well as Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Michael Murphy (X-Men: The Last Stand), and Martin Donovan (Ant-Man).

      The only regret is that Richard Wagamese will not see the final product. He was my guide— and this project’s—every step of the way. Before every screening there will be a ceremony with elders, school survivors and cast on hand. World Premiere at TIFF, then Atlantic, then VIFF. Richard, thank you.

    • Poster for SawahSawah, a script I’ve written with an incredible team in Luxembourg has secured its funding and is slated for production in 2018. It’s the story of an Egyptian DJ during Arab Spring who’s offered the gig of a lifetime in Berlin, and heads off—but loses his passport and gets sidetracked in Luxembourg. A comedy about today,directed by Adolf El Assal
      Photo of the Sawah team.

      Sawah team: Sirvan Marogy, me, Wekas Gaba, and Adolf El Assal.

      Check out the Variety article and Facebook page.

    In the Works:

    • The Evening Chorus, based on Helen Humphreys’ evocative novel—three interwoven stories of love, loss and nature—during WWII. Produced by Back Alley Films and Buffalo Gal Pictures, directed by Adrienne Mitchell.
    • Dreams of the Moon, a feature script I’m writing for Alfons Adetuyi, a coming-of- age story about when the Apollo 16 astronauts came to Sudbury, Ontario to train for the moon landing.
    • Rockbound, Frank Parker Day’s classic about fisherman on Nova Scotia’s south coast. Oliver Schmitz, who directed Life Above All, is slated to direct.

    More News:

    • I’ll be at the Whistler Film Festival, advising at the Praxis Screenwriting Lab workshop this December.
    • A new, revised version of my play about the border, Invisible Kids (British Theater Award winner) will be coming out later this year with Playwrights Canada Press
    • Photo of three actresses from On the Farm.On the Farm continues to garner awards, including Best Actress for Elle-Maija Tailfeathers in the Canadian Screen Awards and three Leos, including best production and screenplay.