In Conversation with Richie Mehta (Part I)

Richie Mehta is the Canadian director of Amal and Siddharth. Recently he took the time to answer Wanda Waterman’s questions about his social conscience, his training, and his formative experiences. What elements in your childhood and early years pointed you toward film? It was a combination of things, really. As a young child, I just loved watching films, more so than even my avid, film-loving parents. I would absorb material related to film (who shot this, who scored this, who was that supporting actor in that film) before I could do my multiplication tables. That told me something. And from … Continue reading In Conversation with Richie Mehta (Part I)

Interview With Ashley Callingbull, January 2012

Blackstone is a Gemini award-winning Canadian television series based on a fictitious Canadian First Nations reserve. It airs on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN) and features some of the best aboriginal actors in North America. The second season premiered last week. Blackstone is part of the recent trend to portray the realities of reserve life and the heroic struggles of First Nations peoples to overcome personal demons and the after-effects of years of oppression. Cast member Ashley Callingbull is an international beauty pageant winner (including Miss Canada 2010), an actress, singer, children’s advocate, motivational speaker, and the niece of … Continue reading Interview With Ashley Callingbull, January 2012

First Nations Canadian Wins Mrs. Universe

In spite of not being a fan of beauty pageants I’m incredibly pleased that Ashley Burnham, Canadian First Nations, just won Mrs. Universe 2015! I was privileged to have interviewed her three years ago in connection with her role on BLACKSTONE (…), and was blown away by her courage, strength, intelligence, and social activism. She’s used her public profile to help countless First Nations and other youth to heal, grow, and self-actualise. Go Ashley! Continue reading First Nations Canadian Wins Mrs. Universe