White Pine Pictures, Eagle Vision and Paquin Entertainment are delighted to announce the start of production on the documentary feature film, BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: CARRY IT ON. With exclusive access to the legendary Academy-Award winning musician and activist, the film blends the multifaceted eras of Buffy’s life experiences and immerses the audience in the depths of her equanimity, devotion to innovation, passion for philosophy, and her love for the world. With a six-decade, award-winning career as a singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist.
Buffy will speak on the power of creativity in the face of adversity, and what we all can do to effect change. The film will be a cinematic, poetic and musically infused journey, blending an extraordinary collection of archival material, some never seen before, with present-day footage of Buffy performing and interviews with her bandmates, colleagues, and Buffy herself.
“To turn one’s life story over to a documentary production is a leap of faith, but with White Pine Pictures and Eagle Vision, the process is feeling natural to me. I look forward to experiencing the story of my life as told through their lens and sharing that story with the world.” – Buffy Sainte-Marie
BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: CARRY IT ON is an Ontario-Manitoba co-production between White Pine Pictures, Eagle Vision and Paquin Entertainment, directed by filmmaker Madison Thomas. One of the most compelling and versatile filmmakers in Canada today, Thomas is based in Treaty 1 territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Thomas has won awards for both her narrative and documentary work worldwide.
“Growing up an urban, mixed race Indigenous kid in the 90’s, there still wasn’t a lot of Indigenous representation in the media I watched or the music I heard. Buffy Sainte-Marie was the exception to that and has been for multiple generations of Indigenous people around the world. I’m incredibly honoured to help share the story of this ground-breaking and inspiring artist and educator.”
Buffy Sainte-Marie is the most recognized, celebrated, and successful Indigenous artist of all time. Over the course of her six decade-career, Buffy has inspired multiple generations of musicians, artists and activists. The first Indigenous person to win an Oscar, Buffy has achieved fame and success on her own terms, breaking new ground for Indigenous people, particularly women.
BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: CARRY IT ON is executive produced by White Pines Pictures’ Peter Raymont, Steve Ord and Andrew Munger; Eagle Vision’s Lisa Meeches, Kyle Irving and Rebecca Gibson; Buffy’s long-time manager, Gilles Paquin; Randy Lennox; Michael Kantor for the American Masters series; and Vision Maker Media’s Francine Blythe-Lewis; and is produced by White Pine Pictures’ Stephen Paniccia. The film is written by Andrea Warner, author of Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography. Funding for the film has been secured through The CMF’s POV Fund, Rogers’ Documentary Fund, Ontario Creates and the Telefilm Theatrical Documentary Fund.
BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: CARRY IT ON will be released theatrically in the fall of 2022, followed by broadcasts via Bell Media and APTN in Canada. The film will have its exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere on PBS’ American Masters series, in collaboration with Vision Maker Media, a fund to support indigenous-made films. The film follows the success of White Pine Pictures’ award-winning documentary, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (Bell Media), the first Canadian documentary to open TIFF (2019), also opening DOCNYC (2019) and screening theatrically in Canada, U.S.A, Japan, Sweden and the Netherlands.