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