|ANNIE FRAZIER HENRY|
Current Film biography
Annie received the honour of Aboriginal Producer, Writer and Director of the Year 2000 - presented at the Aboriginal Visions & Voices Symposium of the 21rst Century. The award was sponsored by British Columbia Film. Her films try to reflect the importance of tradition within today's way of life. She is constantly exploring new ways of making the old teachings and stories relevant to a modern generation.
SINGING OUR STORIES, Annie's ground-breaking documentary, features the voices and stories of Native North America's premiere women singers. Singing has received international recognition; awards include both an Antoinette Kryski and Golden Sheaf at Yorkton. Screenings have included The Margaret Mead and the Sundance Film Festival in '99, where she was also a juror for the Documentary Film competition. Singing is currently viewed on many Canadian networks and in the US on PBS.
Her most recent film, )aedaaq To Return: The John Walkus Story, was reviewed by Steven Hume of the Vancouver Sun, as "one of the most disturbing, illuminating and deeply troubling documentaries I¹ve seen in years". The film reveals a young adoptee's struggle as he tries to return to the village he was forcefully taken away from as a child. To Return received a humanitarian award from the American Indian Film Festival in SF. Screenings include: Taos Talking Pictures; the Smithsonian Festival of the American Indian in NYC and the Santa Fe International Film Festival in conjunction with other of her works. To Return broadcasts nationally in Canada on CTV and Vision-TV.
LEGENDS sxwexwxwiy'am‹The Story of Siwash Rock, stars young actor Dakota House. This powerful 'coming-of-age' drama translates an ancient Coast Salish creation myth into contemporary, gritty inner city realities LEGENDS screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2000, and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. The film received best short dramatic award at the 24th American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco; best of the festival at the prestigious First Nations Festival, Terres En Vues in Montreal, and was presented the honour of Aboriginal Title of the Year by Canadian Heritage and the Penticton Indian Band. LEGENDS is broadcast on several Canadian networks including CTV.
TOTEM TALK, her animated/live action docu-drama tells the story of a magical totem pole that comes to life. Totem premiered in '97 on BRAVO! Screenings include Sundance ¹98; the Smithsonian, and Awards include: Hot Docs!; Best Animation at both Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival and the American Indian Film Festival in SF. Annie¹s other works include; The acclaimed LADIES OF THE INLET, a journey by sea with the six oldest women of the Sechelt Nation to their majestic homelands located up Jervis Inlet of BC, and the award-winning poetry films VISIONS and WORDS OF WISDOM
An accomplished musician, Annie is the musical director for many of her own films. She collaborates with other filmmakers and musicians as well. Among her composition credits include the musical score for The Learning Path, by Métis filmmaker Loretta Todd.
She is one of the founders and directors of the Native Cultural & Theatre Arts Society, a self-esteem program for high-risk youth focusing on media arts combined with First Nation's culture and spirituality.
A gifted poet and writer, Frazier Henry's works have been published and performed extensively, including: the Vancouver International Writers Festival; Stein Valley Festival; Fringe Festival; and the UBC Museum of Anthropology Great Hall, where her multi-disciplinary work Salutations debuted with David Neel's renowned photographic exhibit 'Our Chiefs and Elders'. She has written, directed and taught for Spirit Song Native Theatre Co.
Her company, Full Regalia Productions, has co-produced with Omni Films, the National Film Board of Canada, the Banff Centre for the Arts as well as others. Full Regalia has projects in both development, and production ~ A comedy feature with Movie Central; Television Movie Network; OA Channel & APTN to be shot in Alberta, fall of 2002. Development includes; OListed as White a documentary with NAPT (Native American Public Television -- PBS) and WET, a feature with CHUM and the New VI. She is in post-production on, SPIRIT OF THE GAME, a celebration of First Nation¹s sports, featuring young elite Native athletes, to be premiered on Global TV, 2003. She lives on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia with her children.
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Aboriginal Media Arts Award
* Aboriginal Producer /Director/ Writer of the Year-- Sponsored by BC Film, presented by the Indigenous Arts Service Organization and Penticton Indian Band -- '2000
* American Indian Film Festival San Francisco - Best Service to the Community '2000
* Aboriginal Voices of the 21rst Century -- Title of the Year -- Canadian Heritage Award presented by the Penticton Indian Band on behalf of Canadian Heritage '2000
* Terres en vue Native Film Festival, Montreal -- Grand Prize -- * Best of the Festival '2000
* American Indian Film Festival San Francisco -- Best Live Short Drama '99
Singing Our Stories
* EthnoFilm Fest Berlin - University of Berlin/Museum of Ethnology-Anthropology Grand Honor- '2000
* Victoria Film Festival -- Best Documentary '99
* Dreamspeakers International Film Festival '98
* Yorkton -- Golden Sheaf -- Best Sound '98
* Yorkton -- Antoinette Kryski, Canadian Heritage Award '98
* Hot Docs! -- Best Children's '98
* Dreamspeaker's International Aboriginal Film Festival Best Animation ¹97
* American Indian Film Festival San Francisco -- Best Animation '97
Ladies of the Inlet
* Northwest Film Festival -- Best Short Documentary '96
* Dreamspeaker¹s International Aboriginal Film Festival --- Best Short Documentary '96
Grand Award Poetry Film Festival "Words of Wisdom" "Visions"
* others available upon request