Canadian Screen Awards 2017 WINNER
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A DRAMATIC PROGRAM OR LIMITED SERIES
Canadian Screen Awards 2017
Best TV Movie or Limited Series
Rachel Talalay Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series
Latest Screening: Women in Film + Television International Film Festival, Vancouver @ Vancity Theatre
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About the Film
Based on journalist Stevie Cameron’s 2010 bestselling account of real-life events, and released in Canada as Unclaimed, the film follows the women who fought against the indifference of police that allowed one of Canada’s most prolific serial killers, Robert Pickton, to murder upwards of 50 women during the span of six years.
The film forgoes sensationalism and relegates Pickton himself to a bit-part. Main character Nikki Taylor (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers), a sex worker who notices the disappearance of an alarming number of women, teams up with a female police officer and social worker, to investigate. They face a slow-moving police department until the media takes notice and it becomes a national story. However, scant justice is served for those women lost.
Full Flood Endowment Fund
The Full Flood Endowment Fund was established with proceeds from the benefit screening of the film On the Farm, at Vancity Theatre in Vancouver, in July 2016. The objective for this the fund is to support charities and qualified organizations that seek to raise awareness and enhance the lives of children and families of missing and murdered women.
Proceeds earned by the screenings of the film, On the Farm, will be added to the fund and other contributions will be sought.
As the movie continues to play and obtain wider distribution, proceeds will be added to the fund as the movie earns them. In addition other contributions will be sought through an array of activities, events and promotions to bolster the fund and increase its capabilities.
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers — Nikki Taylor
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is an emerging filmmaker and actor. She is Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation as well as Sámi from northern Norway. Elle-Máijá graduated from Vancouver Film School’s acting program and she also has an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia in First Nations Studies with a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Some of Elle-Máijá’s film and television credits include Reaper, The Guard, Shattered and Another Cinderella Story. Additionally, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2011 American Indian Motion Picture Awards for her work in White Indians Walking.
Sarah Strange – Elaine
Sarah Strange is not a newcomer to the entertainment industry by any means. She was introduced to the world of acting at a very young age. Sarah’s parents, L.S. Strange and Marc Strange, are the creators of the iconic Canadian television series The Beachcombers. Before she had even graduated high school Sarah landed her first role as ‘Carol’ on the long running, critically acclaimed series Madison.
In 2002, when investigative journalist Stevie Cameron began work on the story, first publishing The Pickton Files and subsequently On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver’s Missing Women, as evidence continued to emerge from the muck of the Pickton farm, the story in Vancouver was still one of general disbelief: How could this be true?
On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver’s Missing Women
Published by Vintage Canada 2010
“No writer knows this story better than Cameron… [On the Farm] will go down as the definitive resource on the Pickton affair.”
Covering the case of one of North America’s most prolific serial killer gave Stevie Cameron access not only to the story as it unfolded over many years in two British Columbia courthouses, but also to information unknown to the police – and not in the transcripts of their interviews with Pickton – such as from Pickton’s long-time best friend, Lisa Yelds, and from several women who survived terrifying encounters with him. You will now learn what was behind law enforcement’s refusal to believe that a serial killer was at work.
Stevie Cameron first began following the story of missing women in 1998, when the odd newspaper piece appeared chronicling the disappearances of drug-addicted sex trade workers from Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside. It was February 2002 before Robert William Pickton was arrested, and 2008 before he was found guilty, on six counts of second-degree murder. These counts were appealed and in 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its conclusion. The guilty verdict was upheld, and finally this unprecedented tale of true crime can be told.
About Stevie Cameron
A woman of many talents, Stevie Cameron is a successful author, investigative journalist, commentator and humanitarian. Her investigative reports have been published by the Globe and Mail and Maclean’s, among others, and her award-winning books have brought scandals to the public eye. They include the #1 national bestseller On the Take: Crime, Corruption and Greed in the Mulroney Years and The Last Amigo: Karlheinz Schreiber and the Anatomy of a Scandal, winner of the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award. Cameron’s passions for writing, uncovering and dissecting stories of the day have earned her acclaim as one of Canada’s foremost investigative journalists. She lives in Toronto.
See the Film
Please check back for upcoming screenings
March 9, 2017 — Vancouver Women in Film + Television Film Festival, Vancouver, BC
December 11, 2016 — Alamo Denver Drafthouse, Denver, CO
December 8, 2016 — Santa Fe Film Festival, Santa Fe, NM
November 20, 2016 — LA Skins Film Festival, Hollywood, CA
November 4-12, 2016 — American Indian Film Festival, San Fransisco, CA
November 3-6, 2016 — Citizen Jane, Columbia, MO
October 22, 2016 — Social Justice Film Festival, Seattle, WA
October 20, 2016 — LA Femme International Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA
October 4, 2016 — Yellowknife International Film Festival, Yellowknife, NT
September 23, 2016 — Lady Filmmakers Festival, Los Angeles, CA
September 3, 2016 — Portland Film Festival, Portland, OR
August 20, 2016 — Women Texas Film Festival, Dallas, TX
July 23, 2016 — aired on CBC-TV
July 17, 2016 — Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, BC