The Sun At Midnight marks Kirsten Carthew’s directorial debut. Shorter form credits include: The YK Doc Project, Abe & Alfred and Fish Out Of Water. Kirsten has multiple writing credits, which include the Brazilian feature film Uma Loucura De Mulher (2016), as well as has two TV genre pilot scripts in development. She is a former producer and journalist with CBC and has worked as a filmmaker and transmedia producer in Europe, the Middle East, Canada and the USA. In 2011 and 2012 the Status of Women Council of the NWT nominated Kirsten as a Wise Woman for her role in co-founding two award-winning not-for-profit organizations devoted to outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship for youth in the Northwest Territories. Kirsten Carthew is an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre, the National Screen Institute, the London School of Economics and the University of Southern California.
Amos Scott is the creator, producer and director of DENE A JOURNEY, with the 2nd season to air on APTN. He is also an emerging indigenous filmmaker from Canada’s North. Amos started his career in journalism working for CKLB, CBC North and APTN National News. He has traveled the North extensively and loves working with smaller communities in the Northwest Territories.
Anne–Marie Gélinas founded EMAfilms to produce independent films and documentaries that both inspire and entertain, with the potential for international appeal. EMA’s latest film, TURBO KID, a Canada-New Zealand coproduction, written and directed by the RKSS collective, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and has since participated in over 50 festivals, garnering more than 15 prizes, including the Audience Award at SXSW and a Quebec Cinema Gala Award for Best Make up. The film, distributed in the USA by EPIC Pictures Group, in the UK by Lionsgate-UK, in Australia by Transmission and sold in 13 other territories, has also received a nomination at the 2016 Saturn Awards as Best International Film and 5 nominations in the Quebec Cinema awards winning for Best Make Up.
In 2012, MARS & AVRIL by Martin Villeneuve premiered at Karlovy Vary, and also played at the Mumbai, Whistler and Mill Valley Film Festivals. The film, distributed in Canada by Seville/Eone and in the USA by Gaia- TV, received 5 nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards and 4 nominations at the Quebec Cinema Awards in 2013. After much critical acclaim, Martin was invited to give a Ted Talk on the creative process. In 2015, Hélène Choquette’s documentary A DOG’S LIFE had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival, played at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal and at the One World, human rights festival in Prague and was selected in competition in Hot Docs 2016. Also in 2015, Raphaël Nadjari’s NIGHT SONG, a France-Canada coproduction, had its March premiere in Montreal and will open in theaters in Europe at the end of April 2016.
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE GWICH’IN TRIBAL COUNCIL – DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE (THE GWICH’IN SOCIAL & CULTURAL INSTITUTE)
The Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute (GSCI) became involved with The Sun At Midnight at the script stage in 2009. Elders and community members workshopped the script and provided ongoing feedback throughout its evolution. GSCI actively championed the project and in addition to being a cultural advisor, is also one of the film’s core funders. Following the signing of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement in 1992, the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) established a number of organizations to deal with new responsibilities created by the agreement. The Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute (GSCI) was established as the cultural and heritage arm of the GTC in response to concerns about the decline of Gwich’in culture and language and the need to implement heritage resource issues identified in the land claim. In the fall of 1993, the Institute began operation with the mandate to document, preserve and promote Gwich’in culture, language, traditional knowledge and values. In April 2016, the GSCI became a department under the GTC as the GTC Department of Cultural Heritage. Many Gwich’in live in Canada’s Yukon and Northwest Territories as well as in Northern Alaska, USA. They have a very close connection with the caribou and have been actively campaigning for 30+ years to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where the Porcupine caribou herd has their calving grounds.