Two NWT filmmakers were recognized for their creative ambitions last week when Bell Media’s announced this year’s winners for its Harold Greenberg Fund Northern Shorts Program.
Yellowknife’s Sadetło Scott and Hay River’s Heather Heinrichs will receive $20,000 to help turn the script they wrote together into a short film.
nihtâkwikihew/She Gives Birth is the story of a young Métis woman who avoids being sent away from her community for the birth of her child by seeking the help of Auntie Mary, a Métis midwife. She wants to welcome her baby in the safety of her home, but when things don't go as planned, she must brave the medical system.
After Scott put out a call looking for other indigenous screenwriters and filmmakers to collaborate on a script, she connected with Heinrichs and the duo set out to tell a story based on some of their lived experiences with language and racism in Indigenous communities. The short is currently in pre-production. Scott and Heinrichs plan to produce the film entirely in an Indigenous language.
We asked Heinrichs what’s next for the filmmakers: “We’re hoping to submit it to film festivals like Imaginative,” she said. “It’d be nice to do screenings in communities in the NWT and possibility in remote communities across Canada. It’d be really great to get the story to places where people can most relate.”
Shooting is expected to begin in the fall. In addition to the funding investment, the Harold Greenberg Fund will offer mentorship to its creators.
The Harold Greenberg Fund is co-funded by the NWT Film Commission as a means to support northern filmmakers; an element of a healthy, creative – and more diverse NWT economy.