First Indige­nous Su­per­hero Web Se­ries

Cre­ated by award-win­ning film­maker, Loretta Todd

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Trail­blaz­ing Cree film­maker Loretta Todd is the lead pro­ducer and direc­tor of the new web se­ries Fierce Girls, the first Indige­nous su­per­hero se­ries cre­ated for Indige­nous youth. Fierce Girls is one of the first trans­me­dia projects to ex­ist across sev­eral dif­fer­ent plat­forms, from In­sta­gram, YouTube, Twit­ter and Face­book to vis­ual nov­els and comic books, mak­ing it eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for view­ers. Fierce Girls will launch on­line just in time for Na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples Day on June 21 on www.fierce­girls.tv and www.face­book.com/FierceGirl­sTV.

The web se­ries fea­tures Kisik (played by Je­nine Yuk­sel) and Anika (played by Kaea Tau­rere) - two Indige­nous teenagers with war­rior spir­its who use their newly ac­quired su­per­pow­ers to em­power young Indige­nous women and to cel­e­brate the strength and beauty of be­ing Indige­nous in this chal­leng­ing world. Kisik is Cree/Métis and lives with her sin­gle mom in the East­side of Van­cou­ver, Canada, while Anika is MƗori and lives with her sin­gle dad in Ro­torua, New Zealand. BFFs Anika and Kisik are tasked with help­ing pro­tect the wa­ter and Mother Earth. They are the heal­ers of the land and of their peo­ple. “Raised Hu­man – Born Di­vine”.

Each we­bisode com­bines live ac­tion and an­i­ma­tion, and in­cludes so­cial me­dia sto­ry­telling and com­mu­nity build­ing through cu­rated on­line con­tent. Each we­bisode is de­signed to spark change and em­power young Indige­nous women in Canada, New Zealand and around the world.

Fierce Girls is a co-pro­duc­tion with Tan­gataWhenua. com, the long­est run­ning in­de­pen­dent Māori news and in­for­ma­tion por­tal in New Zealand. The se­ries was cre­ated by Loretta Todd and is pro­duced by a tal­ented Indige­nous team. Bi­asiny-Tule is the New Zealand pro­ducer, Po­taua Bi­asiny-Tule and David Ox­en­bridge are the co-pro­duc­ers at Tan­gataWhenua. com, Stephen Gladue is the Canadian an­i­ma­tion direc­tor and Rhid Ga­trill, Shae­lyn John­son, Theresa War­bus and Turene Huia­rau Jones are part of the writ­ing team, along­side Todd.

The se­ries is sup­ported and funded by the Canadian Me­dia Fund and New Zealand On-Air.

In hon­our of her lyri­cal, ex­pres­sion­is­tic im­agery and her strong sto­ry­telling skills, Todd will be re­ceiv­ing the Van­cou­ver Women in Film’s Artis­tic In­no­va­tion Award later this month. The award hon­ours a key cre­ator of a re­cent pro­duc­tion or body of work that ex­em­pli­fies vi­sion, ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and in­no­va­tion.

Todd is also cur­rently shoot­ing the sec­ond sea­son of APTN’s Coy­ote’s Crazy Smart Sci­ence Show, the award-win­ning chil­dren’s se­ries about Indige­nous sci­ence. Coy­ote Sci­ence is an ex­cit­ing ad­ven­tures-in-sci­ence se­ries that en­cour­ages youth to ex­plore the fas­ci­nat­ing world of sci­ence – from an Indige­nous per­spec­tive.

Todd is a direc­tor, pro­ducer, ac­tivist and writer, and her non-fic­tion work has been hon­oured around the globe. As a lead­ing fig­ure in Canadian Indige­nous cin­ema, Todd’s work digs deep to ex­plore Indige­nous his­tory and cul­ture from its peo­ple’s own lived ex­pe­ri­ences, voices and per­spec­tives.

They’re young, they’re fierce and they’re chang­ing the way the next generation of Indige­nous women see them­selves and the world around them.

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