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Filmmakers seeking Aboriginal actors in northwestern Ontario this week

Tuesday June 3, 2014
Dylan Fobister of Grassy Narrows and Joshua Bigblood of Whitedog auditioned for Fire Song last year in Thunder Bay. Now Cree and Metis filmmaker Adam Garnet Jones of Toronto will host auditions in three more communities, including Dryden, Wabigoon Lake and Fort William First Nation.
Fire Song was written by Adam Garnet Jones (right) and co-produced by Thunderstone Pictures, a Thunder Bay company co-owned by Michelle Derosier (centre) and Dave Clement . Big Soul Productions of Toronto is also co-producing the film.

Filmmakers will be holding auditions in four communities in northwestern Ontario later this week in hopes of finding Aboriginal actors to star in a feature film to be filmed in August.

Beginning on June 6, auditions will take place in Dryden, Wabigoon Lake, Fort William First Nation and Thunder Bay.

The auditions are for Fire Song, a film written by Adam Garnet Jones, a Cree and Metis filmmaker based out of Toronto.

About four years in the works, Fire Song follows Shane, an academically successful youth from a northern Ontario reserve who is conflicted on whether to pursue his post-secondary education in the city or stay behind and support his family which had been recently impacted by suicide.

“He needs to grieve for his sister and be in his community just as badly as he needs to go and pursue his dreams,” said Jones, who grew up in Edmonton before leaving home to attend college in Vancouver and Toronto. “So it’s really about him trying to please everyone and have everything that he wants all at once.”

Jones said the story was inspired by his own experiences as well as what he learned from working with many Native youth living in urban areas.

The filmmakers plan to shoot on location in Wabigoon Lake and Fort William First Nation.

The film is being produced by Jones in partnership with Thunderstone Pictures of Thunder Bay and Big Soul Productions of Toronto.

For the film, Jones is seeking Aboriginal people for various roles, including:
• Three teenaged males
• Two teenaged females
• Three women ranging from 30-50 years old
• One women in her 60’s
• Two men ranging from 40-50 years old

No acting experience is required. All actors selected must be available for rehearsal dates (tentatively set for July 28-Aug. 8) and shooting dates (tentatively Aug. 11-29).

The dates and locations for auditions are:
June 6 in Dryden at the Dryden Regional Training Centre
June 7 in Wabigoon Lake at the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation Small Business Centre
June 8 in Fort William First Nation at the youth centre
June 9 in Thunder Bay at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery

Those interested should book a time slot by e-mailing The filmmakers will also accept walk-ins from 4-6 p.m. on each date.

Details about the auditions, characters and dialogue samples can be found at:

Those with additional questions can contact Michelle Derosier of Thunderstone Pictures at: (807) 707-2504.

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