Danis Goulet's Sci-Fi FeatureNIGHT RAIDERS Begins Production
Night Raiders, an Indigenous sci-fi feature from award-winning Saskatchewan-born Cree/Métis writer/director, Danis Goulet (Wakening, Barefoot), began principal photography on October 7, 2019. The film, which marks Goulet's feature film directorial debut, stars Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, Blood Quantum), Brooklyn Letexier-Hart (Burden of Truth), New Zealand's Alex Tarrant (Seachange, When We Go to War), Shaun Sipos (Krypton, Dark Matter) and Emmy and Tony Award-winning Amanda Plummer (Hunger Games, Pulp Fiction). Filming will continue until November 11, 2019 in Toronto and surrounding area.The near future. A military occupation controls disenfranchised cities in post-war North America. Children are property of the State. A desperate Cree woman joins an underground band of vigilantes to infiltrate a State children's academy and get her daughter back. Night Raiders is a female-driven dystopian drama about resilience, courage, and love. Night Raiders is a Canada - New Zealand co-production, an Indigenous first for the Canadian film industry. It is produced by Tara Woodbury (Transplant, The Underground), Paul Barkin (The Colony, Amreeka, Firecrackers), Ainsley Gardiner (Boy, Eagle vs Shark, The Breaker Uppers) and Georgina Condor (Cousins, The Breaker Uppers, She Shears), co-produced by Chelsea Winstanley (Jojo Rabbit, Merata: How Mum Decolonized the Screen, What We Do in the Shadows), with Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarock, What We Do in the Shadows) serving as Executive Producer. Also executive producing are Lisa Meeches and Kyle Irving for Eagle Vision. Night Raiders will be distributed in Canada by Elevation Pictures. XYZ Films is handling US sales. "This story focuses on the bond between a mother and her daughter and explores the impacts of colonization, and especially what happens to families when they're fractured by the State. Throughout cinema history, 99% of Indigenous stories on screen have been told without us. I'm so thrilled to be seeing change happen in the industry to support more Indigenous perspectives and it's an honour and privilege to make a film that I've been writing for seven years with such incredible industry support and with such a stellar cast," said writer/director, Danis Goulet. Night Raiders was developed with support from the Sundance Institute and with assistance from Bell Media's Harold Greenberg Fund. Produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Ontario Creates, New Zealand Film Commission, and Manitoba Film and Music, in association with Bell Media's Crave and CBC Films. Award-winning Cree/Métis filmmaker, Danis Goulet's short films have screened at festivals around the world including Sundance, the Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, imagineNATIVE and Aspen Shortsfest. Her 2013 film Wakening had premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win the Outstanding Canadian Short Film Award at the 2014 ReelWorld Film Festival. In 2012, her film Barefoot premiered at TIFF and was later recognized with a Special Mention from the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival Generation 14plus international jury. Danis is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and her work has been broadcast on ARTE, CBC, and Movieola. Danis was born in La Ronge, Saskatchewan and now resides in Toronto. 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