multi-faceted career of Jennifer Podemski
(Saulteaux) incorporates, filmmaking, acting, and training.
In 1999 Podemski and producer Laura Milliken founded Big Soul
Productions in Toronto. Their creative output includes a television
series, documentaries, music videos, and narrative film. Podemski
facilitates repREZentin' production workshops for Native
youth throughout Canada, developing short films for broadcast
on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. As an actor Podemski
has had leading roles in Blood River and Dance Me Outside.
For The Rez, she won Best Actress at Dreamspeakers Aboriginal
Film Festival and the American Indian Film Festival and the 1996
James Buller Award for Female Performer of the Year.
"I believe that a film production environment is a great
place to learn, it enhances your people skills and communication
skills. I love being part of a team and working towards a common
goal, whether I'm acting, writing, producing, or pulling cable.
There is nothing more rewarding in the professional world."
"Nothing I do seems worth it if I can't use what I know
and pass it on to the youth. That's what inspired me to live my
dream: learning from people whom I related to and who inspired
me. I have had so many wonderful teachers, and I believe that
it is my job to give back."
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Jennifer Podemski - courtesy of the filmmaker.