Toronto, Canada – Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora), the youngest member of Ulali, the first Native female a cappella trio of its kind, wins a Genie Award for “Achievement in Music – Original Song” for her song “Have Hope.” She both composed and performed the song for the motion picture Unnatural and Accidental. The song also received the “Critics Pick” from the New York Times. “Have Hope” will be included in her soon to be released solo album titled WAH Thye Yeh Rak (She mixed it, Tuscarora Language).
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television held its 27th Annual Genie Awards in Toronto, Canada on February 13, 2007. The Genie is the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars in the U.S. For over 25 years, its mandate has been to honor outstanding achievements; to heighten public awareness and appreciation of Canadian film and television productions; and to encourage the highest standards of film and television production in Canada.
Unnatural & Accidental produced by Carl Bessai, is a dramatized film version of Marie Clements'(Dene) stage play The Unnatural and Accidental Woman which is inspired by the true story of the drowning deaths of ten Native women in Vancouver, BC (Due to a prolific serial killer). The coroner labeled each death, “unnatural and accidental.” The street date for the DVD release of Unnatural & Accidental is scheduled for April 3, 2007.
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