Saturday, February 12, 2011

BLACKSTONE: kaskitewi asiniy

One of the best parts about blogging is showcasing talent. Especially Canadian talent. Particularly family talent. My little brother, Steven Cree Molison stars as Daryl Fraser on the ground breaking series Blackstone airing Tuesday nights at 8 pm PST on APTN.



About Blackstone (from their webpage)

Intense, compelling and confrontational, Blackstone is an unmuted exploration of First Nations’ power and politics, unfolding over nine one-hour episodes. This raw, authentic drama tells the story of the fictional Blackstone First Nation, suffering disintegration by its own hand – the result of the corruption of its Chief and Council. From within the community, a new generation of leaders rise up and fight to create lasting and substantial change.

“Blackstone is relevant and relational in an Aboriginal story world, with universal themes and conflicts that are not only relatable to some First Nations out there today, but also to the world of politics and power in general,” said Ron E. Scott, who created, wrote, directed and executive produced the series.

An uncompromising story told from an Aboriginal point of view, Blackstone is in sharp contrast to sympathetic stories about First Nations’ people being victimized by outside forces. While the dramatization can be dark and all too real, Blackstone is foremost a story of hope and reconciliation in its portrayal of Native people fighting for a better life in their community.




Blackstone, a cross between Deadwood/Sopranos and North of 60, is an intense, no holds barred drama. It's honest, controversial, and gut wrenching. In dramatizing the effects of power and politics on a reserve, Blackstone opens up our culture and our people to mainstream North America and depicts what effects us all: the good and bad in all men.  I hope you tune in to APTN on Tuesday nights at 9 o'clock EST and Showcase Friday nights at 11 pm EST.

Way to go, Steve!


Blackstone is produced by Prairie Dog Film + Television in association with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Showcase and Canwest Broadcasting, with the assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and with the assistance of The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. For more information, visit www.blackstonetheseries.com

36 comments :

  1. How cool! Our TV guide has it listed on APTN at 8:00 p.m. PST Tuesday, so I'll have to remember to check it out. So is he little brother Steven or uncle Steven? :)

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  2. He's my little brother and the uncle to my sons, which became a nickname when they were little. I can still hear them rallying for his attention, "Uncle Steve!"

    Thanks, Carol. We're so happy for him.

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  3. This is fantastic! That is awesome, Joylene! Congratulations to him!
    And...er...well, he sure is handsome! The program looks fantastic!

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  4. Wow, you must be thrilled for your brother Joylene.
    It sounds like a really interesting show....shame I won't be able to see it here in the U.K.

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  5. Hi Carol. Being cute has always been a burden for Steven. LOL. We're so proud. My sons have been telling anyone who'll listen.

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  6. Hi Paul. You don't get Showcase? Too bad. I know APTN is only in N/A, but not in Europe. I think you can see it online though. Check out the webpage; I think there's a link to live footage.

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  7. He's so cute! I'm definitely tuning in. Thanks for the heads up, Joylene.

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  8. Awesome. This sounds like a fab show.

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  9. How wonderful, I'd be very proud too of his achievement.

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  10. @Hi Macy. That's great. I'll let Steve know.

    @Hi Cheryl. Thanks so much. Hope you're able to tune in on Tuesday.

    @Thank you, Carole. Yes, we're all very proud.

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  11. It appears you have much talent running through your family, Joylene. You both should be mighty proud of yourselves :)

    I hope Blackstone airs on New Zealand TV someday. My eyes will be peeled.

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  12. Hi Wendy. I'm not sure, but I think you can see excerpts at their site. At least I'll tell Steve they should. Thanks for stopping by. Hope your weekend is wonderful.

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  13. Now that's exciting! Do you have anyone clamoring for his autograph? :) I guess it's only on Canadian TV?
    Have a great weekend,
    Karen

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  14. Hi Joylene,
    Wow, that's awesome! I can tell how thrilled you are for your brother. And this is just the type of show I would be intrigued to watch.
    I'm going to see if there is a way of watching it on my computer. Saw a few excerpts on their site and I so would like to see it.
    So, if would be great to see it on as Wendy mentioned, New Zealand TV and of course, British TV.
    Very little Canadian content television is shown here. Which I think is a great shame. The last 'major' Canadian show shown here, that I'm aware of was, 'The Beachcombers'!
    Anyway, thanks for sharing such wonderful news, Joylene.
    Hope you and your loved ones have a great weekend.
    Kind wishes, Gary :-)

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  15. Hi Karen. Hey, I'll clamour for his autograph the next time I get to see him. Not sure when that will be. Sadly, we generally only see each other at weddings or funerals. Which is terrible. Canada is much too large.

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  16. Thanks for stopping by, Gary. Goodness, I haven't heard "Beachcombers" mentioned in years. My DH grew up there, many years ago. When I was a tiny baby. LOL.

    Have a safe weekend, Gary. Hope they're organizing a terrific parade for you!

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  17. Wow, talent must be the family name. Sounds like an edgy production, but I've seen those under the table things, working up north and on reserves, so it's high time the people took over and cleaned things up.
    It's always the weakest who suffer.

    Chris.

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  18. Well, that's cool. Won't get the show down here (& Deb's battling with the cable company anyway, too funny listening to her raise the devil - 7 TVs in the house for 2 people & her favorite channels blitzed out - hah! Service call on Sunday? Yeah right.) Congrats.

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  19. Woohoo! Totally cool. You must be as thrilled to have an actor for a brother as he is to have an author for a sister. Must be good genes.

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  20. @Hi Chris. Thanks! From the looks of the set, it may be filmed east of you. Or maybe even in Saskatchewan.

    @Hi Dave. Thanks. You don't get Showcase, eh? Just goes to show what I know. I thought it was an American channel. If it isn't, sorry Showcase.

    @Hi Laura. Great review over at Jaxpop. As for my sweet little bro, my dream is for him to star in a movie written by yours truly. Now that would be a dream come true. I just have to learn how to write screenplays.

    Thanks for stopping by and giving your good wishes. Blackstone is going to be around for some time. I see big things happening in Steve's life. And nobody deserves it more.

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  21. So exciting! It's great to live in a society where all people have a voice. May those voices only grow stronger.
    Way to go, Steve!
    -Judy Avila

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  22. Thanks, Judy. What a nice sentiment. Have a super weekend.

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  23. Congratulations to Steve, Joylene, and how great is this for the nephews? I wish Steve the best of luck, with many more shows to come!

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  24. This is so cool! Hooray for your brother! We have Showtime down south here, but I never heard of Showcase. I'll check out what's online, though.
    Sheffe

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  25. Holy crap. How cool it that! Must be a treat seeing a family member on tv every week. Congrats to Steve. May his career keep rising from here.

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  26. @Thanks Susan. My nephews are very proud. We all are. Thanks for stopping by.

    @Shethra, hi. I hope you can find the show where you are. If not, you can access interviews and clips off their webpage.

    @Hi Kristy. Yes, we thrilled. We expect big things for Steve. He has a lot of talent and determination.

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  27. Hi Joylene, that's great news! Well done to your brother - that's quite an achievement.

    I eagerly wait for the series to be screened here - we do have a number of Canadian productions aired here, so am not ruling it out.

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  28. Wow. Cool, Joylene. It's a wide and deep stream of talent that runs through your family.

    Keith

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  29. @Thank you, Grandpa. Your support means a lot. Hope your week is a happy one.

    @Hi Keith. You are such a sweetheart. Best to Jack and the family.

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  30. Tonight's the night! This is so exciting. He's so cute!

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  31. Hi Dora. Thanks for stopping by. I'll see you at eight o'clock precisely!

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  32. Got a chance to watch the last 3/4 of it tonight and was impressed with what I saw. (Wished I'd been able to see the beginning but was on the phone.) It looks like it will be dealing with some pretty raw themes... has lots of potential. Will definitely be watching it again.

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  33. I was impressed with last week, but this episode was powerful. Difficult to watch some of the scenes because they were so raw. Glad you were able to catch most of it, Carol.

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  34. That's very cool, Joylene. Is this his "big break," so to speak?

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  35. Sorry Dara. I wrote Dora but I meant Dara. Where are my glasses!

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  36. Hi Martha. Yes it is, sorta. Steve has acted in many productions, movies and television series, but this is the first ongoing part. We're so happy for him. This has been a long time coming. Thanks for stopping by.

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