Brown Town Muddy Water

Brown Town Muddy Water' honours the ancient relationship between Indigenous people and the meeting place known as The Forks.

This television special chronicles musicians who shaped Winnipeg’s main street in the 1960’s like the late Percy Tuesday, Errol Ranville and Billy Joe Green. For the emerging urban Aboriginal community, echoes of home sounded through music, dance, story and gatherings. Peoples lived experiences of emergence, segregation, racism, camaraderie and resistance are as resilient as the downtown streets of Winnipeg.

The professional musicians that grew up on this notorious strip paved the road to success for forthcoming generations of Aboriginal artists. Join us as local music and memory reverberate throughout the decades!

  • Jesse Green
  • Vanda Fleury-Green
  • Jesse Green
  • Percy Tuesday
    Key Cast
  • Errol Ranville
    Key Cast
  • Billy Joe Green
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Television
  • Genres:
    Interview, Performance
  • Runtime:
    51 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
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  • Storytellers Film Festival
    The Pas, Manitoba
    March 21, 2015
    Canadian Premiere
  • Gimme Some Truth Documentary Film Festival
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    May 28, 2015
    Winnipeg Premiere
  • Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    June 19, 2015
    Aboriginal Day Celebrations
  • University College of the North Summer Institute
    Egg Lake, Manitoba
    July 4, 2015
    Educational Screening
  • Gimli Film Festival
    Gimli, Manitoba
    July 24, 2015
    Gimli Premier
  • Montréal First Peoples Festival/Présence Autochtone
    Montreal, Quebec
    August 2, 2015
    Quebec Premier
  • 40th Annual American Indian Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
    November 10, 2015
    United States Premier
  • Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival
    Winnipeg, MB
    November 21, 2015
  • Yorkton Film Festival
    Yorkton, SK
    May 28, 2016
    Nominee Aboriginal Award
Distribution Information
  • Bell MTS Fibe TV
    Country: Canada
    Rights: Video on Demand
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Jesse Green

Jesse is committed to initiatives that will carry Aboriginal voices into the future. His specialization remains in community narratives and reflecting the layers of Indigenous knowledge embedded within. Celebrating 19 years in the business, Jesse has produced 500+ successful video projects, representing over 300 active clients. Jesse remains passionate about his work.

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