Captain Beaver Tail
The Northern Defenders
A proposal for a half-hour animated comedic television, showcasing the victories, struggles and occasional defeats of Canada’s foremost superhero team. It's main character Doug Gould, aka Captain Beaver Tail, is a young Mi’kmaq shapeshifter with the power to change into a human/beaver hybrid. Whenever Captain
Beaver Tail is needed, young Doug calls upon his animal spirit guide and says, “Mkopitk’ and he is transformed into the strongest biological being on the planet.
But despite his immense strength, Captain Beaver Tail struggles under the pressures of being a superhero, fitting in with the diverse and rambunctious group of members making up the Northern Defenders and maybe his most important battle; fighting his own issues of self-confidence stemming from being so different from the rest of the world.
Janus is a psychological drama/thriller dealing with the effects of long term quilt and shame that showcases how fundamentally decent people can act in the face of dire circumstances that isn't of their own making and facing the choices that were.
Reeling from her younger brother’s suicide, a reclusive writer named Janus Studi finds her carefully constructed false identity quickly eroding as she confronts their long buried past and her own shameful secret.
As her soul is laid bare, dark and raw emotions push to the surface that propels her onto a road of vengeance against the pedophile who destroyed both their lives.
Now steeled with an inner resolve, she faces her own worst fears and the people trying to protect her childhood monster.
But even with her new found strength can she survive the one thing she fears the most; the truth?
“The Kinap” (pronounced Ginap) is a six-part drama series about Albert, a middle aged Mi’kmaw wise man whose spiritual and practical powers have established him as the embodiment of a true local “Kinap”; a mythical figure of Mi’kmaw folklore revered for their transcendent gifts.
“The Kinap” is ultimately a story about the coming together of two very Canadian cultures; one timely, the other timeless. And how – in the end – they have much in common as they both deal with the challenges of finding one’s way in a complicated world.
Albert’s reputation as a fair and insightful figure within his Mi’kmaw community eventually spreads beyond the reservation, resulting in regular visits from non-aboriginals of the area also seeking his assistance with the challenges of their modern lives. This sets up an inevitable crosscultural friction, as we see Albert trying the reconcile the clamour of his client’s fast modern lives with the more holistic, measured mindfulness of traditional Mi’kmaw ways.
“The Kinap” will introduce characters wrestling with deep and complex interpersonal and emotional issues. No character is perfect or one-dimensional -- all have foibles and many are fighting internal demons. However, we intend to temper the drama with characteristic Mi’kmaw good humour. Although the series is set on a mythical Mi’kmaw reservation on Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island), the characters and storylines are drawn from the very real knowledge and advice of consultants from Cape Breton’s Eskasoni and Membertou Mi’kmaw First Nations, giving the series a very strong regional reflection.
“The Kinap” is an English language drama but the Mi’kmaw language will be spoken regularly, perhaps in short sentences such as a greeting, but sometimes in longer conversations that will be translated. The Unama’ki Indigenous community has a wealth of consultants willing to work with producers to do translations as well as to check for cultural accuracy. Two such highly-respected
people are Elder Dr. Albert Marshall, an educator and spiritual advisor from Eskasoni First Nation, and Elder Jane Meader, an educator and spiritual advisor who is a leader in her community of Membertou First Nation and respected as a champion of the Mi’kmaw language and culture. Recognized in academia as highly respected educators, both Elders are regarded within the
Mi’kmaw territory and beyond as extremely knowledgeable culturally, linguistically and spiritually.
For more information contact:
J. Hank White or Yvonne Mosley
Producer Executive Producer
Stone Cold Productions BLUE DORY PRODUCTIONS
ENDGAME (MILLER'S RECKONING)
Screenwriter: Joseph G. LeClair and Hank White
Genre: Psychological Thriller