Metis writer/director Marie Clements’ feature debut Red Snow is set for an Apple TV release tomorrow, May 15th. The film’s world premiere took place at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) in 2019, with its national debut in Canada taking place at Cineplex on March 13th. Red Snow has won numerous awards, including Best Screenplay, Best Feature and Best Director at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) , Most Popular Canadian Dramatic Feature at VIFF, Winner Best Canadian Feature Drama at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and many more nominations at international festivals, including LA Skins, American Indian Film Festival, the DGC and 10 Leo Award nominations.
Red Snow is the story of a Gwich’in soldier from the Canadian Arctic, who is caught in an ambush in Panjwayi, Afghanistan. His capture and interrogation by a Taliban Commander release a cache of memories connected to the love and death of his Inuit cousin, Asana, and binds him closer to a Pashtun family as they escape across treacherous landscapes and through a blizzard that becomes their key to survival.
Check out the trailer and full press release below and be sure to look for Red Snow on Apple TV TOMORROW on May 15th!
A71 Releasing Inc. presents
Written and directed by Marie Clements
2019 Recipient of the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film,
Leo Award, WIFTV Impact Award, and WIDC Feature Film Award Winner
TORONTO, ON – A71 Releasing Inc. is pleased to announce the digital release of Marie Clements’ award-winning narrative feature debut RED SNOW. The film will be available for streaming and download on Apple TV beginning May 15th. Following its World Premiere screening at the Vancouver International Film Festival, a screening at the ImagineNATIVE Festival in Toronto, a robust global festival tour which continued into 2020, and a limited theatrical run, RED SNOW will now be available to viewers at home across the country.
Filmed on location in Canada’s Northwest Territories (Yellowknife and Dettah) and the desert interior region of British Columbia (the Ashcroft Band Lands, Cache Creek and Kamloops), RED SNOW is the powerful story of Dylan, a Gwich’in soldier from the Canadian Arctic, who is caught in an ambush in Panjwayi, Afghanistan. His capture and interrogation by a Taliban Commander release a cache of memories connected to the love and death of his Inuit cousin, Asana, and binds him closer to a Pashtun family as they escape across treacherous landscapes and through a blizzard that becomes their key to survival.
Featuring the talents of Tantoo Cardinal, Asivak Koostachin, Mozhdah Jamalzadah, Samuel Marty, Miika Bryce Whiskeyjack, Ishaan Vasdev, Shafin Karim and Kane Mahon, RED SNOW was shot in four languages including Gwich’in, Inuvialuktun, Pashto and English.
The Far North meets the Middle East in a journey of loss and rebirth that lays bare the land, blood ties, and two ancient cultures that collide to re-imagine a future born of 10,000 words for snow.
RED SNOW is written and directed by acclaimed Métis playwright, director, producer, and screenwriter, Marie Clements. Clements’ credits include the documentary feature The Road Forward, Looking at Edward Curtis and her fifteen plays, including The Unnatural and Accidental Women, have been presented on some of the most prestigious stages in the world, garnering numerous awards, including the 2004 Canada-Japan Literary Award and two prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award nominations.
RED SNOW features an original soundtrack by Juno award-winning Métis composer Wayne Lavallee featuring vocalists Mozhdah Jamalzadah, Tiffany Ayalik, Stephen Kakfwi, DIGA, Amanda Lee Murray, Cheri Maracle and musicians Marina Hasselberg, Edris Fayaz, Majiid Qiya, Niko Friesen and Wayne Lavallee. With a compelling vibe that fuses Dene, Inuvialuit, and Afghanistani sounds and voices, the soundtrack is available for download or to stream on iTunes and Spotify.
RED SNOW has won numerous awards including Best Screenplay, Best Feature and Best Director at VIWFF, Most Popular Canadian Dramatic Feature at VIFF, Winner Best Canadian Feature Drama at EIFF and many more nominations at international festivals including LA Skins, American Indian Film Festival, the DGC and 10 Leo Award nominations.
RED SNOW was made possible with the support of CBC Films, Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, the Women In the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award, Harold Greenberg Fund, APTN, Creative BC, the Canada Media Fund, APTN, the Harold Greenberg Fund, Creative BC, Film Incentive BC, CAVCO, and the Northwest Territories Film Rebate Program.
A71 Releasing is a global independent distribution and production company with a focus on Canadian film and television of all genres. A71 theatrically releases feature films in Canada while maximizing the monetization across all platforms globally with the in-house resources to self-finance and produce feature films and films made for television. Upcoming releases include Marie Clements’ RED SNOW, Bruce McDonald’s DREAMLAND, Agnieszka Holland’s MR. JONES, and Christian Sparkes’ HAMMER.
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