Janelle and Jérémie Wookey are a Franco-Métis brother-sister filmmaking team born and raised on the Canadian prairies. The two have been creating film projects together since the ages of 7 and 9. After years of play led them to professional careers, their first independent documentary, Mémére Métisse garnered national attention, premiering on opening night of the 2008 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival and airing on CBC, Radio-Canada and APTN. After accruing a combined 7 years of experience working in news and production series with CBC/Radio-Canada, the two launched their own production company, Wookey Films Inc. In 2013 they co-produced, directed, shot, wrote and edited Treading Water; Plight of the 2011 Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees. The film aired nationally on APTN, regionally on CBC and earned the award for Best Short Documentary at the 2014 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto.
In 2014 they produced La Légende de la cloche, a half-hour documentary on the infamous Bell of Batoche which will air across western Canada in 2015 on Radio-Canada. At the beginning of this year, they delivered their second independently produced one-hour doc, A Right to Eat, which focuses on food security issues in Northern Manitoba’s First Nation communities for CBC MTS’s ‘Stories from Home’ VOD series.
They are currently in production for their next one-hour doc to be aired nationally on UNIS and TV5: Les boys du ballet will follow the lives of a handful of male students between the ages of 10 and 20 studying at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s prestigious professional ballet school.
- Treading Water & A Right to Eat – Thursday, May 28 / 7 pm