Radio & Television

Going Native series coming to APTN May 8

WINNIPEG and TORONTO — Winnipeg-based production company Ice River Films announced today the new 13-episode series Going Native, starring Anishinaabe humourist and author Drew Hayden Taylor (above), will premiere on national Indigenous network APTN on Saturday, May 8.

Described as an “IndigiGonzo” series, the half-hour show sees Taylor (Cottagers and Indians, Searching for Winnetou, Mixed Blessings) turn his comic gaze on how Indigenous peoples have changed the world and are reshaping their culture in the 21st century. Each episode takes on one theme, from pop culture to architecture, as Taylor takes viewers on a journey of discovery from concert halls to desert ruins and from video game conventions to treacherous cliff pole-fishing expeditions.

The series is produced by Sam Karney and Andrew Wiens of Ice River Films (A Life on the Line) and Kurt Spenrath (Queen of the Oil Patch). Executive producers are Paul Kemp of Toronto-based Paul Kemp Productions (Cottagers and Indians, Searching for Winnetou) and Taylor, who along with Spenrath are also writers on the series. Going Native is directed by Karney, Kemp, Wiens and Spenrath.

Going Native was commissioned and financed by APTN, with additional financial contributions coming from the Canada Media Fund, Manitoba Film and Music, and Ontario Creates.

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