The story of John Ware is tough to resist — a freed slave who made his way north to establish a ranch in what became Alberta — and is now the subject of a National Film Board movie being shot on the old Ware homestead.
Today the Calgary International Film Festival (Calgary Film) announced the First Wave of Films playing at the 2017 festival. This selection includes some of our most highly anticipated titles – winners of major festival awards, special connections to the Calgary International Film Festival, and films that our programmers are extremely excited to bring to Calgary. The first 10 films announced include a movie with major global buzz and a sexy Canadian romp.
As more and more talent has moved to TV for long-form stories, the cinematic language of those stories has grown considerably to the point that the cinematography on shows like Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul, or Fargo and Legion rivals the work done on the big screen. It’s the latter two shows that are particularly interesting, as they’re both run by show-runner Noah Hawley, who approaches each season like one long feature film.
“Wonder Woman” star Eugene Brave Rock looked to a First Nations hero for inspiration.
The Alberta-native who grew up in the Kainai Nation channelled World War I hero Mike Mountain Horse for his role as Chief, an opportunist who trades with both sides of the war in the ultra-successful “Wonder Woman".