Filmmaker Statement

I started working in documentary film in the 1990s making programming for TVNC Television Northern Canada, before the network became APTN. As a filmmaker, I enjoyed working with friends and family traveling on Treaty 8 lands of Akaitcho Territory in the Northwest Territories. I mostly followed Wiiliideh land-users and documented community events as they happened. Documenting community in a meaningful way is important to me, but capturing life in our community as the people want to share it and respecting cultural boundaries is a priority. Over the years, through experience and additional education, I became interested in telling more compelling and powerful stories for a broader audience. I believe the key to good documentary filmmaking is getting access into communities where network cameras rarely tread. I am attracted to making films about remarkable individuals who are mavericks in their own worlds.

Last Resort
Produced May 2017
20 min

 This short film is part of the Hot Docs Canada 150 compilation, In the Name of All Canadians which premiered at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema in 2018. The film has since played cities across Canada, has been featured on Air Canada’s En Route film channel and can be found for purchase on iTunes.

Produced October 2015
10 min

“Released” is a short documentary about the transformation of a female drug dealer who finds peace within the traditional arts of her Indigenous culture.

Mad Trapper - Demo
Produced February 2014
3 min

This demo was a pitch for a reality television series about four rugged Northerners who scratched out a living as fur trappers. Not out of necessity, but out of a choice. Cor Guimond, legendary Yukon dog musher and trapper, is one tough character.  Seven-time veteran of the toughest sled dog race on earth, the Yukon Quest, Cor talks about the Quest like it was a joy ride.  The characters of series are based in Yukon. 

©2017 by Jennifer E Bowen