About the Production Team
“It has been a pleasure developing Indian Horse with Screen Siren Pictures who were extremely dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the story of Saul Indian Horse and the screenplay reflects that devotion. It's a powerful, stark, touching and empathetic retelling of my novel.”
Richard Wagamese, author of Indian Horse, the novel.
2015 Writers' Trust Matt Cohen Prize - In Celebration of A Writing Life
2013 Canada Council Molson Prize in the Arts
2012 National Aboriginal Achievement Award
"Changing the world one story at a time."
Stephen Campanelli - Director/Executive Producer
Stephen Campanelli, started his career as a steadicam operator, when it was quite a rarity in Canada, and quickly became the most sought after operator in the country. He was the first to combine “A” Camera operating and steadicam, and in doing so unlocked an entirely new filmmaking perspective that quickly peaked the interests of some of Hollywood's top directors including Stephen's boyhood idol: Clint Eastwood. Stephen first joined Clint on the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated Bridges of Madison County and has remained Clint's most trusted "camera eye" ever since. They have collaborated on the Oscar winning films, Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River, the Oscar nominated Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, and their successful films Gran Torino, Sully and American Sniper. They have just finished their latest, 21st collaboration,15:17 to Paris.
Clint, and numerous other prominent directors, have entrusted Stephen with crucial on-set directorial decisions, and have relied on his expertise and guidance for many years now. After over 23 years by Clint's side, Stephen jokingly confesses to being a graduate of the "University of Clint Eastwood", having learned all of the maestro's directing secrets. Stephen is following in the footsteps of a great story-telling director, who has shared with him his vast knowledge, not only of directing, but of acting, and what it is like to be an actor before a daunting camera. Now, with Clint’s blessing and the admiration of every cast and crew he has worked with, on the over 65 motion pictures listed in his resume, Stephen Campanelli has made the natural leap to the director's chair, having helmed two motion pictures, Momentum (2015), starring Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy and Morgan Freeman. He is proud and honoured to present to you, his latest feature film, Indian Horse.
Dennis Foon - Screenwriter
Dennis wrote the screenplay for Life Above All, winner of the Prix Francois Chalais at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and Oscar shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film. A Shine of Rainbows premiered at TIFF and played at over 30 international film festivals winning 11 awards. He co-wrote Mina Shum’s feature Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (starring Sandra Oh) that screened at TIFF and Sundance. He’s received the Gemini Award, two WGC Awards, four Leos and the Robert Wagner Award for his screenplays, including Little Criminals, International Emmy Nominee White Lies, Torso (Gemini, Best Movie), The Terry Fox Story, and most recently, On The Farm. An internationally produced playwright, his plays include New Canadian Kid, Skin, and War - for which he has received the British Theatre Award, two Chalmers awards and a Governor General’s nomination. His award-winning trilogy of novels, The Longlight Legacy, has been published in five countries.
Christine Haebler - Producer
Terminal City Pictures
A 34-year film veteran, Christine earned a Best Motion Picture Genie nomination for her first producing venture Hard Core Logo, which was distributed by Miramax in the US. She served as a producer on Gary Burns’s Kitchen Party, Malcolm Ingram’s Tail Lights Fade, and executive producer on Ben Ratner’s Moving Malcolm and Reg Harkema’s A Girl Is A Girl.
Her subsequent producing credits include the 10-part television miniseries, Terminal City, for Channel 4 and the Sundance Channel and Peter Greenaway’s Nightwatching, starring Martin Freeman, which premiered at Venice and TIFF.
Her first collaboration with Judy Tossel of Egoli Tossell was Sandra Nettelbeck’s Helen, which starred Ashley Judd and Goran Visnjic and premiered at Sundance and distributed by Warner Bros and eOne.
She acted as Executive In Charge of Production on Sony’s Hardwired starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Val Kilmer.
She then became Trish Dolman’s producing partner in Screen Siren Pictures, and brought another film she developed with Judy Tossell, Hector and the Search for Happiness to the company. It was directed by Peter Chelsom, starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer which was distributed by Relativity Media and eOne.
At Screen Siren Pictures she also produced; Daydream Nation, directed by Mike Goldbach, starring Kat Dennings, Josh Lucas and Andie MacDowell which was distributed by eOne and Anchor Bay, and Foreverland, starring Max Theriot, Juliette Lewis and Demian Bichir, was also distributed by eOne.
In 2014 and 2015, Screen Siren was the service company and Christine the producer for EuropaCorp’s Shut In starring Naomi Watts. She also produced the Vancouver-shot portion of Warriors Gate, a $42 Million co-pro between EuropaCorp and Fundamental Films.
She also Executive Produced Kevin Funk’s award-winning feature debut, Hello Destroyer.
Terminal City Pictures and Screen Siren are currently producing Indian Horse, the feature adaptation of Ojibway author Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel.
Trish Dolman - President/Producer
Screen Siren Pictures Inc.
Trish Dolman started producing in the mid-1990’s with award-winning short films and documentary television. She founded Screen Siren Pictures in Vancouver in 1997, and has carved out a niche in Western Canada as a notable feature film, documentary and television producer. Flower & Garnet, the first feature she produced premiered at TIFF, Berlin and numerous international film festivals and won the Claude Jutra award for best first feature film amongst many other awards. Following this success, she produced the 2006 feature length Gemini nominated musical drama The Score for the CBC and the 2007 television movie Luna: Spirit of the Whale for CTV. She then produced Sook-Yin Lee’s first feature Year of the Carnivore which opened TIFF’s Canada First!
Joining forces with producer Christine Haebler in 2000, the duo then produced Daydream Nation which also opened TIFF’s Canada First! and stars Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Josh Lucas and Andie McDowell and then Foreverland, starring Max Thieriot, Laurence Lebeouf, Sarah Wayne Callies and Oscar nominees Demian Bichir and Juliette Lewis.
Part of Screen Siren’s success is a result of a pedigreed reputation as a partner in international co-productions. Haebler and Dolman also produced, Hector and the Search for Happiness, a Germany/Canada co-production with Egoli Tossel, and Wild Bunch. Hector was directed by Peter Chelsom and stars Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgaard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer. It was released in the U.K, bought and released by Relativity in the U.S.A. and eOne in Canada, and screened at TIFF 2014. Most recently they Executive Produced the 2016 award-winning feature debut by Kevan Funk, Hello Destroyer as well as EuropaCorp’s Shut In starring Naomi Watts.
Trish has also produced numerous other award-winning documentaries, television and series including: Britannia Beach (NFB, CTV and TVO), Michael Mason’s The Friendship Village (Executive Producer), the Gemini-nominated Drawing Out the Demons: A Film About the Artist Attila Richard Lukacs (for Bravo! And TVO), the four part Gemini nominated documentary series Girl Racers (sold to AETN), Breaking Ranks with the NFB and CanWest Global and Reservation Soldiers for CTV, APTN, SCN and Knowledge, Some Kind of Love, a feature by Thomas and Sumner Burstyn (This Way of Life) which won the Hot Docs pitch prize, was theatrically released across Canada in June of 2015 and broadcast on Shaw, Knowledge, SVT and YLE. Dolman also wrote and directed Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson, a passion project that screened at over 25 doc festivals across the world, winning awards at three, including Hot Docs. Trish has completed several international treaty co-productions, including the Banff Rockie nominated Ice Girls with the BBC and CTV in 2001, which she also directed. She also co-produced Mark Cousin’s The First Movie, a U.K./Canada co-production for C4 and Knowledge which was nominated for a 2010 Banff Rockie for Arts Documentary and won the prestigious Prix Italia.
Dolman is currently producing Indian Horse, a feature film adaptation of Ojibwe author Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel. It is due for release from Elevation Pictures in 2018. She is also producing The New Corporation with director Mark Achbar, writer Joel Bakan and producer Betsy Carson, a follow up to the most successful documentary in Canadian history. She recently directed the crowd-sourced documentary feature Canada in a Day based on Scott Free’s Life in a Day, which aired on CTV in 2017 for Canada’s 150th Anniversary and is currently in post-production on Bud Dynasty, a seven-part series for History Canada.
In 2003, Trish was the youngest recipient ever to be awarded Woman of the Year from Women in Film and Video Vancouver. She was also honoured as Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grand Dame 2003 Woman of Distinction. In 2010, Trish was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in British Columbia by the Vancouver Sun.
Paula Devonshire - Producer
Born and raised in Toronto, Paula Devonshire graduated with a business degree from the University of Toronto, Canada. She began her film career in post production working on major network TV series such as Due South and La Femme Nikita. Paula attended the prestigious Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab where she teamed up with fellow alumni and subsequently produced on the dramatic features Treed Murray (Bill Phillips) and Nothing from noted sci-fi director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice, Hannibal).
She was the in-house production supervisor at Copper Heart Entertainment for several years. While at Copper Heart Paula worked on the Oscar winning animated film RYAN. She also produced her debut feature films Unleashed and The Beginning, the two sequels to the critically acclaimed independent feature Ginger Snaps.
Paula produced the feature film Real Time, was co-producer on George A. Romero’s Diary Of The Dead and went on to partner with Romero to produce Survival Of The Dead which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Paula has also produced on Serendipity Point Films’ comedy features You Might As Well Live, The Right Kind Of Wrong and on Atom Egoyan’s most recent feature Remember.
Her most recent features include the critically acclaimed coming of age drama Wet Bum which premiered at TIFF 2014, and the psychological thriller The Dark Stranger.
Paula worked at E1 Television as a Production Executive supervising several TV shows in production and development. Her other television producing credits include Pure Pwnage, Men With Brooms, John Grisham’s The Firm, Four In The Morning, Vikings and the TBS hit series People Of Earth.
Paula is an active member of ImagineNative (the largest aboriginal film festival in the world) acting as Treasurer on the Board of Directors. Paula is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation. Paula is also a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada and is on the Feature Film Board for the Canadian Media Producer’s Association.
Clint Eastwood - Executive Producer
Roger Frappier - Executive Producer
Roger Frappier has been a key part of the best in Québec cinema for over 30 years. The producer of projects by an impressive number of critically acclaimed filmmakers, he has been instrumental in putting Québec cinema on the world map: Denys Arcand’s Le Déclin de l’empire américain, Jean-Claude Lauzon’s Un Zoo la nuit, Denis Villeneuve’s Maelström, Jean-François Pouliot’s La Grande Séduction, Manon Briand’s La Turbulence des fluides, Lyne Charlebois’s Borderline, Mathieu Roy’s L’Autre Maison and Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction the english remake of La Grande Séduction (Jean-François Pouliot). In 2016, he produced Two lovers and a Bear by Kim Nguyen. The film, starring DeHaan and Tatiana Maslany, premiered at the Director’s fortnight section of the prestigious Cannes Films Festival.
Roger Frappier just finished the production on François Girard’s last feature film entitled Hochelaga, Land of Souls.
Yves Bélanger, CSC - Director of Photography
Born in Saint-Jean-d’Iberville and raised in Québec City, Yves Bélanger moved to Montreal to study film production at Concordia University, where he became part of a new wave of Canadian cinema artists and also became bilingual. Beginning in 1989, he made his mark in the music video industry, working as cinematographer on rock and country videos, which in turn earned him commercial work. In 1995, he began shooting feature films and television shows; with directorial collaborators including Alain Desrochers, Louis Bolduc and Jean-Claude Lord. Telefilms that Bélanger filmed have included The Growing Pains Movie, reuniting the original series’ cast and directed by Alan Metter.
Among the feature films that he has been director of photography on are Alain Desrochers’ Gerry, Wushu Warrior, Cabotins, and La Bouteille [The Bottle]; and Patrice Sauvé’s Cheech, for which he received Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC) and Jutra Award nominations. Among the short films that he has been director of photography on are Tara Johns’ Killing Time, for which he was a CSC nominee, and Geoffrey Uloth’s Wildflowers, for which he won a CSC Award.
Another feature credit as cinematographer was Xavier Dolan’s emotional epic Laurence Anyways, starring Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clément, who was honored at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival for her performance. Bélanger was again a Jutra Award nominee for his work on the movie.
More recently, Bélanger worked with Jean Marc Vallée on three films; Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, the winner of best cinematography at the Rome International Film Festival and three Oscars®; and Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Bélanger completed his third collaboration with Jean Marc Vallée in 2015; Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper. He also completed in 2016 ,with Vallée, the HBO series Big Little Lies starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz. The series is up for 16 nominations including Best Cinematography at the 2017 Emmy Awards. The duo teamed up again this year for a new HBO series called Sharp Objects with Amy Adams.
In 2015, he lensed Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley and Starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen. The movie garnered 3 academy award nominations for, Best picture , Best actress and Best adapted screenplay.
Indian Horse is Bélanger's first collaboration with director Stephen Campanelli who he has been friends with since the early eighties when they went to film school together at Concordia University.
Oleg Savytski - Production Designer
Oleg Savytski is a Toronto based feature film and television production designer. Trained as an architect, he never thought that he would be immersed in the world of film but eventually he was drawn to the challenge of transforming the narrative aspect into a visual. He possesses a deep knowledge of 3D composition, colour and style, which is applied to his projects. Maintaining a practical, realistic and creative approach to production design, Oleg consistently strives for a product that is not only appealing to the eye, but works hand in hand in efficiently telling the story. Every project is an experience and a new creative output…there could never be enough.
Originally trained as an architect, Oleg discovered his passion in designing feature films and T.V. series, and was nominated for the DGC award in Production design category for Weirdsville directed by Allan Moyle in 2007 and for Defendor directed by Peter Stebbings in 2009. Recently, Oleg completed 13 episodes of the TV series The Bridge for CTV. Other selected credits include; King, Remedy, Covert Affairs, Aaron Stone (pilot for Disney), Hank and Mike, P2, The Poet, Odyssey 5, The Guardian, The Newsroom, A Lobster Tale, Violent Crime, and Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
Rocco Matteo - Production Designer
Rocco Matteo brings a background in Architecture and Interior Design to creating visual environments for film. As a designer for numerous film and television projects Rocco has developed a detail specific approach that illustrates character and story with memorable spaces.
Over two decades Matteo has Art Directed numerous Hollywood studio films set in various periods and places around the world, working with Directors like John Landis, Roland Joffe, Robert Harmon, DJ Caruso, Melvin Van Peebles and Bob Gale.
He has successfully re established franchise television projects such as La Femme Nikita for Warner Brothers, Mutant X for Tribune & Marvel, The Cheetah Girls for Disney, the Divide for AMC and both Kojak and Covert Affairs for NBC/Universal.
Matteo has been nominated for numerous team and design awards in North America, notably for the mini-series Lives Of The Saints, the series La Femme Nikita and for Across The River To Motor City, which won a DGC award for excellence in production design.
In 2010, Matteo designed The Kennedys, a mini-series for the History Channel aired by Reelz Network. It garnered ten EMMY nominations including one for best Production Design as well as Canadian Screen Awards for Design. It won the DGC award for excellence in production design.
He is currently designing the limited series Condor for MGM, SKYDANCE television and the Audience Network and is nominated for a 2017 DGC design award for the film Undercover Grandpa.
Geoff Ashenhurst - Editor
Geoff Ashenhurst edits award-winning films, television, music videos and commercials, primarily in Toronto. He has had the good fortune to share credits with fine talent like Woody Harrelson, John Logan, Alejandro Amenábar, Beyoncé, Ed Harris, Kurt Russell, Ethan Hawke, Eva Green and Jason Sudeikis. Several films he contributed to premiered at TIFF, including two in the Gala program, and many have gone on to screen at major festivals around the world. Geoff also really enjoys being a dad.
Jesse Zubot - Composer
Jesse Zubot is one of those unique composers whose practice spans multiple genres and transcends contextualization into an idiom. Known mainly as a violinist, he is also a multi-instrumentalist and tends to incorporate electronic manipulation and studio gadgetry within his work. Zubot is a 3-time Juno Award and multiple WCMA award winning musician. He currently tours and records with acclaimed Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq and produced both her Polaris Music Prize winning album 'Animism' and her current critically acclaimed and Polaris Music Prize nominated album ‘Retribution’. Artists Zubot has worked with in the more contemporary popular vein include Dan Mangan, Destroyer, Fond of Tigers, Mira Calix, Hawksley Workman, Veda Hille, Sandro Perri, Frog Eyes, Stars and Mother Mother. Artists Zubot has worked with in the more improvisational and new music vein include Steve Reich, Francois Houle, Peggy Lee, Evan Parker, Eugene Chadbourne, Mats Gustafsson, Fred Frith, Eyvind Kang, Henry Kaiser and Nels Cline. Zubot runs the critically acclaimed creative music record label Drip Audio and has composed for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia. Recently, he has ventured into the world of film scoring having worked with Academy Award nominated director Kim Nguyen for his movie Two Lovers and a Bear, acclaimed Canadian documentarian Nettie Wild on her film Koneline: Our Land Beautiful and with Dan Mangan on the score for Peter Chelsom’s Hector and the Search for Happiness starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer. Jesse Zubot is a two time Canadian Screen Awards nominee in the ‘Achievement in Music: Original Score’ Film Category.