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Warrior Up!

Warrior Up! is a 13 x 22-minute documentary series that follows inspiring Indigenous youth making positive change in their communities! Whether it’s defending the land, learning nearly lost Indigenous hunting and building techniques, feeding unsheltered relatives or helping decolonize the fashion industry, the young changemakers featured in this series are making an impact. Warrior Up! shares their inspiring journeys of activism in engaging, entertaining ways as our three hosts take turns traveling Turtle Island, jumping in to lend a hand alongside these young warriors. Inuk actor Anna Lambe, from Iqaluit, Nunavut, Anishnaabe actor Joshua Odjick, from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, and actor Joel Oulette, who has family ties to the Cumberland House Cree and Red River Métis Nation, find themselves shooting arrows from horseback, improvising a rap, walking the runway, building a pit house and packing blessing bags, learning just what it means to be a warrior.

  • David Finch
    Director
  • Jesse Bochner
    Director
  • Chris Beaver
    Director
  • Ossie Michelin
    Director
  • Angie-Pepper O'Bomsawin
    Director
  • Stephanie Joline
    Director
  • Rory Crittenden
    Director
  • Chris Peck
    Director
  • David Finch
    Writer
  • Maureen Marovitch
    Writer
  • David Finch
    Producer
  • Maureen Marovitch
    Producer
  • Anna Lambe
    Key Cast
    "Host- herself"
    The Grizzlies, Trickster, Three Pines
  • Joshua Odjick
    Key Cast
    "Host-himself"
    Wildhood, Swarm, Bones of Crows
  • Joel Oulette
    Key Cast
    "Host-himself"
    Trickster, Chateau Laurier, Tribal, The Last Airbender
  • Nevaeh Pine
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Talon Pascal
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Tréchelle Bunn
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Cherokee Nation Remember The Removal Riders
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Cole Clark
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Dylan Hope
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Kya Steinbach-Parker
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Rylee Nepinak
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Kayla Spencer-Young
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Rotshennón:ni Two-Axe
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Isaac Garcia
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Kyrstin Dumont
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Sophia Sidarous
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Hailey Rose
    Warriors (Documentary Participants)
  • Jesse Bochner
    Editors
  • James Malloch
    Editors
  • Dave Gaudet
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Television
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 23, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,027,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - David Finch, Jesse Bochner, Chris Beaver, Ossie Michelin, Angie-Pepper O'Bomsawin, Stephanie Joline, Rory Crittenden, Chris Peck

As overall series director and field director on 2 episodes (2 eps), David Finch is also the co-founder of Picture This Productions, based in Montreal and specializing in documentaries and documentary series. A filmmaker of Cree/ Ojibwe and European heritage, David has been writing, directing and producing award-winning productions since 1993. David is also passionate about encouraging the next generation of media producers: he’s a professor of Film and New Media at Champlain College in St. Lambert, Quebec and has been a lecturer at Sundance Collab.

Episode field director Chris Beaver (2 eps) is Anishnaabe from Alderville First Nation and works as an Indigenous Affairs producer and podcast creator at TVO (TVOntario).

Episode field director Jesse Bochner (3 eps) is an Ojibwe freelance director and editor working in both English and French. In 2021, he founded 2Ducks Media, an Indigenous led multi-media production house specializing in documentaries, short films, and online content.

Episode Field Director Rory Crittenden (2 eps) is a filmmaker from the Peavine community of the Cherokee Nation. He’s worked on documentary television series Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People and currently is producing Whiskey and Pistol, a doc about his family.

Episode field director Stephanie Joline (1 ep) is an Indigenous writer, director, and producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her Indigenous roots come from her mother who is Inuit from Labrador; her father is French Acadian from Nova Scotia. Stephanie's award-winning films include fiction feature “Night Blooms” (2021) and documentary “Play Your Gender” (2016).

Episode field director Ossie Michelin (1 ep) is an award-winning Labrador Inuk journalist from the community of North West River, Newfoundland and Labrador who recently directed his first short film with the NFB.

Episode field director Angie-Pepper O’Bomsawin (1 ep) is a Mohawk/Abenaki writer, director and producer who works in both English and French. She’s directed projects ranging from kids programming to socially driven documentaries, reality TV and docu-series. Her work has been seen on major networks including CBC, TVA, APTN, Fox Net, Spike and TVO.

Episode Director Chris Peck (1 ep) is an UMW-Emmy, Telly, and YouTube Gold award-winning director based in Minneapolis.

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