‘From Earth to Heaven’ An original TVO film by Ron Chapman
Toronto, June 3, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Premiere for National Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, June 21, 2021 at 9 p.m. ET, TVO Original From Earth to Heaven offers the unique and inspiring story of a proud and accomplished collective of Indigenous architects, spearheading a movement as climate change threatens the planet. They are world leaders in aesthetics, form, durability and, ultimately, mother earth protection. Their stories have never been more important, and this film articulates the power of Indigenous architecture and its relevance to today’s world.
The public is invited to follow these seven diverse North American artists as they bring the vitality of Indigenous architecture to life from design to construction: Tammy Eagle Bull, North America’s first female architect (Oglala Nation Lakota, South Dakota), Wanda Dalla Costa (Saddle Lake First Nation, Alberta), Alfred Waugh (Chipewyan of the Fond Du Lac Band, Denesuline Nation, Saskatchewan), Brian Porter (Oneida Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario), Daniel Glen (Crow Tribe), Patrick Stewart (Killerwhale House of Daaxan, Nisga Nation, British Columbia) and Douglas Cardinal the first Indigenous architect in North America (Siksika, Blackfoot, Calgary).
“Aboriginal architects created significant buildings that affirm a sense of place and connection to the land,” said John Ferri, vice president of programming and content at TVO. “Viewers of this powerful documentary from TVO Original will be inspired by the vision and personal stories of each of these extraordinary creators.”
Each architect defines their individuality through art, and yet they tie into their philosophy of how to protect the planet. Diverse in gender, age and artistic approach, they find common ground in their Indigenous identity. After living through painful experiences of dysfunction, poverty, violence and assimilation, they have all overcome adversity to become the best in their fields.
“Meeting iconic architect Douglas Cardinal in fall 2017, along with 18 other Indigenous architects from Turtle Island who collaborated on an installation for the Venice Biennale, was an inspiring experience,” said director Ron Chapman. “Diverse and unique, the conversations I had with these talented architects sparked the fire for a film to document their illustrious contributions. And it was an honor to observe, listen to and examine seven of these extraordinary professionals and present their experiences in From Earth to Heaven. The famous iconic buildings they have created for their community, as well as for the national and international public, are a testament to their commitment to embrace Mother Earth.
As an international movement ignited when they traveled to New Zealand to collaborate with Maori and Indigenous architects and designers from around the world, the film culminates in their trip to the Venice Architecture Biennale. to present, for the first time, the indigenous architecture of North America in a spectacular installation. It is an event of unprecedented importance to be honored on the world architectural scene. Together, these Indigenous architects are changing the world, inspiring humanity to view the built environment as having an impact on our planet, and guiding us towards the possibility of a sustainable future.
Watch TVO Original From Earth to Heaven at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, June 21, 2021 on TVO or stream in Canada anytime thereafter on TVO.org, TVO Docs YouTube and TVO Roku Channel.
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About Chapman Productions
Director and producer Ron Chapman is an award-winning filmmaker from Toronto. His feature-length documentaries have received worldwide acclaim and have been shown on major networks and platforms, including: Who the F ** K is Arthur Fogel, featuring Lady Gaga, U2, The Police, Madonna, Rush and key music industry insiders; The Havana Poet, with Carlos Varela, Benicio Del Toro, Jackson Browne; The forbidden shore, an in-depth exploration of Cuba’s best musical artists. Chapman’s latest concert film, Carlos Varela live in Havana released internationally in January 2021, accompanied by a special limited edition box set including Havana poet Carlos Varela Live in Havana, and a double album of the live concert. And his last feature documentary From Earth to Heaven, the story of eight Indigenous architects from Turtle Island, will have its world premiere on TVO on June 21, 2021, National Indigenous Peoples Day. He is currently in production of a new musical documentary on the years 1969 The revival of rock n roll in Toronto – what Rolling Stone Magazine called “the second biggest event in rock history” – featuring John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, Bo Diddly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, The Doors, Chicago and more, to be released in 2022 Chapman started out as a musician and then went on to become an artist director, record producer, club owner and concert promoter; and evolved to develop his own film production company and advertising agency, where he produced and directed commercials for international brands. His album of original songs, As worlds collide, is on Current Records, with a recent single and video “Turn Away”. Shelter will have its world premiere as the opening film of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival on June 3, 2021.