The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce that the NSI Aboriginal Documentary team of Janine Windolph and Trudy Stewart have been selected as this year’s ZoomerMedia Bursary recipients.
VisionTV’s parent company, ZoomerMedia, committed $95,000 in benefits funding over seven years to the National Screen Institute in the form of the ZoomerMedia Bursary. This award is funding allocated to the training of one diverse individual or team who are Zoomers and/or producers of Mosaic programming, in any NSI program each year.
Janine and Trudy’s NSI Aboriginal Documentary project is called Statement Gatherers Reflections. Janine serves as producer while Trudy is directing. They are both based in Regina, SK.
“To be acknowledged for our work is both a privilege and an honour,” said Janine. “The news that ZoomerMedia supports our project is beneficial to helping expand the potential reach of our project and enhance it overall.”
“We are especially excited to be chosen as a team,” Trudy said. “The support from ZoomerMedia with our training will not only elevate our project, but also strengthen our work as a team. We are honoured and humbled to be chosen as this year’s ZoomerMedia Bursary recipients.”
“Statement Gatherers Reflections” is a 10-minute documentary on the reflections, observations and lessons from statement gatherers with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The documentary will offer an inside look at what it’s like to record some of the most painful and uplifting stories of resilience of the Indian residential school legacy.
“ZoomerMedia has been a longtime sponsor of NSI’s and we are grateful for their commitment to this award,” said NSI CEO John Gill. “Trudy and Janine have an important story to tell and we’re pleased to partner with ZoomerMedia in providing the tools and skills necessary to record and preserve these accounts of the reconciliation process.”
“ZoomerMedia is proud to be supporting Janine and Trudy’s NSI Aboriginal Documentary training,” said Beverley Shenken, Vice-President Content & General Manager, Television Division, ZoomerMedia. “Supporting diverse and fresh, new content creators continues to be a priority for us, and we look forward to seeing their completed film.”
About the National Screen Institute:
Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, Movie Central Script to Screen, Corus Diverse TV Director, NSI Aboriginal Documentary, TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts, and TELUS Optik™ Local.
NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television and digital media industries at nsi-canada.ca.