The Rez


TV Series. 1996

Cast

Ryan Black
Jennifer Podemski
Darrell Dennis
Kari Matchett
Tamara Podemski
Adam Beach
and Patricia Collins

Credits

A Shadow Shows/Yorktown Production

Executive Producers Bruce McDonald, Norman Jewison
Produced By Brian Dennis
Supervising Producer John Frizzell
Supervising Producer Gary Harvey
Consulting Producer Peter Mitchell
Based on characters created by W.P. Kinsella

1996-97 | NTSC/PAL | Color
Season 1: 6 x 22 minute episodes
Season 2: 13 x 22 minute episodes

Canada/USA Home Video: Video Service Corp.
International Sales Agent: Shadow Shows Rights Management




Synopsis

Based on a characters first introduced to international audiences by W.P. Kinsella’s acclaimed collection of short stories Dance Me Outside, and further entrenched by Bruce McDonald’s witty, award-winning theatrical feature of the same name, The Rez continues its unfiltered look at life on a First Nations reservation through the lives of of Silas Crow, Frank Fencepost and Sadie Maracle, three smart teenagers with more attitude than even they can handle. Shepherded along by executive producer Norman Jewison, featuring a theme by award-winning singer Susan Aglukark and appearances by Adam Beach, The Rez is a unique dramedy that delivers a sweet series of tales from the nineteen year old perspective of Silas as he tells of his life, his friends, his family, and the world of the Kidabanesee Reserve in northern Ontario.

Accolades

WINNER – Canada Award, Gemini Awards
NOMINEE – Best Actor, Gemini Awards
NOMINEE – Best Supporting Actress, Gemini Awards
NOMINEE – Best Actress, Gemini Awards

“What made the original film so memorable was, in part, McDonald’s skill at fusing so many diverse elements into an integrated, wide-angled view of tragedy and joy on an Indian reserve in northern Ontario… It hardly seemed possible to duplicate this approach in a mere half-hour program, but The Rez has pulled it off with confidence and panache.”

Henry Mietkiewicz, Toronto Star