Happy Val­leyGoose Bay film­maker re­ceives fund­ing from Art­sNL

The Labradorian - - Classified - BY EVAN CAREEN

Art­sNL awarded grant funds ear­lier in De­cem­ber to 41 projects through­out New­found­land and Labrador.

One of the projects funded by the or­ga­ni­za­tions Pro­fes­sional Project Grants Pro­gram is a short film by Percy Pon­niuk of Happy Val­leyGoose Bay.

The film, ti­tled “Papok”, is based on sto­ries Pon­niuk heard as a child.

“It’s a chil­dren’s ghost story ba­si­cally,” he told The Labradorian. “The ghost goes into a teddy bear and comes to life and ter­ror­izes a kid and a par­ent.”

He was pro­vided with $3,220 to com­plete the five-minute film, which will be a blend of live ac­tion and stop mo­tion. He is also wait­ing to hear back on an­other grant to help with the film­ing of “Papok”.

Pon­niuk said he’s been work­ing on the film for a while and is also in the midst of an­other short film he wrote, “Life”, which will start film­ing in March. He re­ceived fund­ing from the Canada Coun­cil for the Arts to com­plete that film.

Pon­niuk said he plans to make more films, a dream he’s been work­ing to­wards since he at­tended the Na­tional Screen In­sti­tute as part of their New Indige­nous Voices pro­gram in 2011. He also stud­ied film at the Col­lege of the North At­lantic.

“There are so many sto­ries here that have never been told,” he said. “I have a lot of ideas, some about Labrador and some con­tem­po­rary ideas.”

One of those ideas is a film about Okak and the pan­demic that nearly wiped out the com­mu­nity 100 years ago. Pon­niuk had fam­ily who were im­pacted by the pan­demic. He wants to fo­cus on what hap­pened to the sur­vivors af­ter they left.

Pon­niuk is also work­ing on set­ting up his own cor­po­ra­tion, ten­ta­tively ti­tled Po­lar Paw Pro­duc­tions, which will give him po­ten­tial ac­cess to more grants and fund­ing to com­plete his films.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay film­maker Percy Pon­niuk had been awarded a grant to com­plete a short film ti­tled “Papok”.

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