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News Release: Major Hollywood film makes NWT debut; showcases local film talent

YELLOWKNIFE (January 8, 2016) – Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) Bob McLeod will join the Northwest Territories’ film industry  tonight in a red-carpet NWT premiere of the 20th Century Fox film The Revenant featuring Melaw Nakehk’o — originally from Fort Simpson.

Tonight’s screening and festivities, sponsored by Dene Nahjo, will celebrate the film's indigenous theme and the positive impacts that the film sector can provide in the recognition of Aboriginal cultures, languages and traditional knowledge.

In addition to providing opportunities to share the unique stories of the North the NWT’s film industry can also play an important role in the diversification of the economy.

“A goal of the Government of the Northwest Territories Film Strategy and Action Plan, Take One, is to increase the number of guest productions using NWT residents and their film expertise,” the Minister said. “The recognized participation of Ms. Nakehk’o offers demonstrated credibility for our growing industry.”

In its capacity to support and promote the growth of the NWT’s film sector and its members, the NWT Film Commission helped organize an open casting call in Yellowknife in 2014 that led to Ms. Nakehk’o’s casting.

Tonight’s premiere screening of The Revenant begins with a reception and will feature a post-screening panel discussion on Indigenous representation in media from 9:30 - 10 p.m.

It is taking place at Yellowknife’s Capital Theatre with support from the NWT Film Commission, the GNWT’s Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Artless Collective, the NWT Professional Media Association, and Adze Studios.