Jérémie’s artistic intuition & technical skills have been central in the conception and continued growth of Wookey Films. His unique blend of modesty and ambition help keep his team both focused and inspired. Jeremie is passionate about developing authentic, smart and fresh content that connects with audiences from coast to coast.
APTN – Documentary 45 minutes, 2017 ••• Set against the backdrop of Manitoba’s rugged boreal forest, “A Life on the Line” explores one of Canada’s oldest professions – fur trapping. “A Life on the Line” is the story of a young Métis man's journey to connect with his father on a Manitoba trapline. For award-winning filmmaker Sam Karney, being Metis wasn’t something he thought much about while growing up. His mother rarely spoke of her Metis background. In an odd twist, his father Chuck, a Ukrainian, lived a lifestyle much more reminiscent of the traditional Metis life, immersed in the outdoors as a trapper in the Duck Mountains of Western Manitoba. "A Life on the Line" delves deep into the lifestyle, history, and culture of the Metis people and explores the relationship between a father who earns his living with his hands and a son who earns a living telling stories. Throughout the 2016-2017 trapping season, Sam spends time with his father learning what it takes to run a trapline. From bone-chilling cold to the gruesome realities of the job, Sam works hands-on, learning and occasionally failing. Often humorous and occasionally heartwarming, the film shows a father’s desire to teach his son a dying way of life. In "A Life on the Line," Sam and Chuck embark on a journey that goes beyond work while showcasing the universal complexities of both the father-son dynamic and the claiming of one’s cultural identity.
Unis TV – Youth Series 13 x 26 minutes, 2017 Premiered on Thursday, September 7, 2017 ••• "Comment devenir adulte" is a youth series that follows 4 high school students as they make the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
In the Name of All Canadians (a Hot Docs film) – Short-Documentary Compilation 88 minutes, 2017 ••• "In the Name of All Canadians" is a curated compilation of short documentaries, commissioned by Hot Docs in commemoration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. The project brings together six filmmaking teams, each telling a different story inspired by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The anthology invites viewers to collectively reflect on the historical document's shortcomings. Through hand-drawn animation, "L'inspecteur" intertwines the stories of four elderly women who recall their experience as young French-speaking students and teachers during a time when the teaching The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary film festival, conference, and market, held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
CBC Arts – Profile 4 minutes, 2017 ••• The world artist Matea Radic creates is populated by women who are at peace with their own bodies, even empowered by them.
Unis & TV5 – Documentary 1 hour, 2016 ••• Through the trials of three recently engaged Franco-Manitoban couples, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at one of Manitoba’s most unique traditions: The wedding social.
BravoFACTUAL – Documentary 15 minutes, 2016 ••• Siblings Ron and Natalie Pollock were born in Winnipeg in the late 1940s. Growing up the Pollocks were passionate about songwriting. In the late 60s, Ron and Natalie hopped a train to New York City. Their goal: to meet Bert Bacharach. They did meet Burt Bacharach, but not before they ran into Dionne Warwick who saw something special in the brother/sister duo from Canada. She produced their recording “A Red Fire Burns” which was released by Capitol Records in 1969. Ron and Natalie were ecstatic. But the Pollocks did not stay in New York for very long. They returned to Winnipeg soon after. In 1985, the two started their own TV show on public access television in Winnipeg. The show eventually evolved into the famous, Pollock and Pollock Gossip Show. Thee colourful and eccentric show featured several minutes of “Nifty Natalie” dancing while her brother, “Rockin’ Ron” sang the show’s theme song. The show quickly gained a wide audience and the Pollocks finally became household names in Winnipeg. The Pollocks say that the show was pulled o the air in 1989 because of the unwanted attention caused by Natalie’s breasts. After this statement, the Pollocks re-entered the international spotlight, and appeared on several American television shows including the Phil Donahue Show and the Joan Rivers Show. In 1992, Natalie gained media attention again when former M-A-S-H star Larry Linville had copped a feel of her breast while she posed for a photo with the actor at the Winnipeg Press Club. Today, Ron is 71 and Natalie is 68. Together they run a YouTube channel entitled the Pollock and Pollock News Channel which currently has over 5 million views. To Winnipeggers, the Pollocks are legendary. But who are they really? Pollock & Pollock is a portrait of Ron and Natalie Pollock, two of the most interesting real-life characters living in the Canadian prairies, yesterday and today.
Unis & TV5 – Documentary 1 hour, 2016 ••• A few short months before her passing, Augustine Abraham called on the next generation of Métis to keep the spirit alive. Janelle Wookey attempts to heed her call with the creation of a project whose success hinges on the participation of at least 100 other Métis of her generation. Seven years ago, Janelle Wookey put her family on screen to tell the story of the last three generations of the Red River Métis. The hidden (her Mémére’s generation), the lost (her mother’s), and the found (Janelle). That year marked the end of a ten-year period of unprecedented growth for Manitoba’s Métis population which was attributed in great part to what was being labeled a “cultural awakening”. The years since have been a celebratory time in Métis history – but now what? In an interview shot just a few months before her death, Mme Abraham, a matriarch of Manitoba’s Métis community and great-niece of Louis Riel, left an important message for the "found" generation. She warned that it would be up to them to keep the spirit of the Métis alive. In her message, she asked that they “dig deep” and “do something bigger,” so that a very important past may not be forgotten. In an attempt to answer Augustine’s call, Janelle rallies the troops to create 100metis.ca: a new, online archive of Métis history and platform where the ‘found’ generation of Métis might learn to define who they are in today’s world and work together to better understand what their role can be going forward. In this film, co-directed by her brother Jérémie, Janelle Wookey ventures on her next quest and along the way, discovers the realities and challenges facing today’s ‘found’ generation of Métis.
Unis & TV5 – Documentary 1 hour, 2015 ••• "Les boys du ballet" is a one-hour documentary, which follows the lives of three young men between ages 10 and 21 studying dance at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. At just 10 years old, Logan is auditioning to study ballet professionally. But while he and his family weigh the pros and cons of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, unexpected circumstances thrust the next few months of their lives in another direction. Michel, 14 has hit a crucial point in his path as a dancer. This year, his teachers are working to determine whether or not he possesses the willpower and artistic aptitude to go to the next level. At 21, Philippe is in his final year as a student. After more than 10 years of intensive ballet study, he is about to find out whether he’ll be selected as part of the minority of his peers who will succeed in obtaining a professional contract. Featuring, in-depth, inside perspectives from some of Canada’s top ballet experts, "Les boys du ballet" grants audiences an intimate, behind-the-scenes peek into the rapidly changing world of the young male ballet dancer.
CBC, MTS – Documentary 1 hour, 2015 ••• A deeply intimate look at the frightening realities of food insecurity as faced by two of Canada’s most isolated northern First Nation communities and their courageous battle against hunger, disease, and dependency. Northern Manitoba: With a jug of milk ringing in at over $14 in some of the provinces lowest income communities, it’s not difficult to imagine how grocery bills can account for up to 80% of the household budget or why Diabetes rates have hit 50% in some regions of the north. Local studies have shown that food insecurity rates in northern Manitoba are coming in between 70% and 80%. That’s approximately eight times the national average. Poor diets and restricted access to fresh, healthy foods are having a devastating impact on peoples mental and physical health. In the wake of increasing media attention to the issue and growing public awareness, food security support programs have seen encouraging success in Manitoba. Special programs funded under the Northern Healthy Food Initiative are helping community members dig deep into their ancestral roots to reignite a hereditary skill for raising their own food from the land through gardening, farming, fishing, and hunting. In Cross Lake First Nation, the new Chicken Club is seeing almost 3000 lbs of fresh, locally-raised chicken meat being distributed through the community each year. In Barren Lands First Nation, community-run fields of potatoes, onions, lettuce, and tomatoes are saving families thousands of dollars in inflated grocery bills. Both communities are enjoying a renewed sense of connection and camaraderie. Participants have a greater sense of pride in what they feed their families and meaningful dialogue between elders and young people is having an extremely positive social effect. “A Right to Eat” follows two families in their fight to put healthy food on the table. A deeply intimate look at the frightening realities of food insecurity as faced by two of Canada’s most isolated northern First Nation communities and their courageous battle against hunger, disease, and dependency.
APTN, CBC – Documentary 1 hour, 2014 ••• In 2011, 2000 First Nation people were forced from their homes after artificially diverted floodwater swamped their communities to save the city of Winnipeg and other major urban centers. Most of the evacuees, the majority from Lake St.Martin and Little Saskatchewan First Nations, checked into Winnipeg hotels, assuming they would return to their homes within a couple of weeks. Fast forward almost three years later. Evacuees are still stranded and still drowning as the powerless pawns in a political firestorm between the First Nation bands, the Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters, hotel owners and the federal and provincial governments. Today, the evacuees continue to live away from home and away from their way of life on the reserve. Some, unable to bear the harsh realities of poverty in the city, have chosen to return to their condemned homes on contaminated reserves. Families have been disrupted and weakened by separation, a rise in substance abuse, and suicide. Public support of these displaced families is almost nonexistent. Plans for rebuilding seem to be at a standstill. All the while, the only thing people can do is wait… “Treading Water” is a deeply intimate look at the unexpected, untold story of the real-life evacuees behind the national headlines of the 2011 Manitoba flood.
TV5 – Web Series 4 x 8 minutes, 2015 ••• Four golden-aged ladies, two twenty-something women, four memorable road trips into the Manitoba prairies.
APTN – Web Series 5 x 5 minutes, 2015 ••• Our ancestors’ recipes are rich in flavour but also rich in history. À la sauce métisse takes you into the kitchens of Métis grand-parents, as they pass culture and heritage down through food.
Radio-Canada – Documentary 27 minutes, 2014 ••• In May of 1885, the Northwest Rebellion, led by Louis Riel and the Métis, was defeated in the famed Battle of Batoche. At the end of the bloody three-day showdown, their wounds were deepened when Ontario soldiers made off with the town’s prized church bell, “Marie-Antoinette” as a spoil of war. For the next 106 years, Marie-Antoinette was kept and displayed in Millbrook, Ontario as the town’s war trophy. In October of 1991, a group of gregarious Manitoba Métis paid a visit to the Legion where the bell was being held. The men, posing as tourists, asked to have photos taken with Marie-Antoinette. One month later she disappeared. Marie-Antoinette’s keeper and whereabouts have remained a mystery for 22 years...until now. “La Légende de la cloche” is the real, better-than-fiction story of the Bell of Batoche.
CBC, Radio-Canada – Documentary 22 minutes, 2012 ••• Cecile St.Amant has been keeping a deep secret all her life. Cecile is Métis. Now her grand-daughter is setting out to find out why the family’s Métis blood has been such an embarrassment to her Mémére all these years. After 60 years of shame, can Mémére’s mind be changed and eyes be opened to a new, enlightened view of her own Métis heritage? WFI’s passion for the documentary genre was born of this, their debut film, which premiered on opening night of the 2008 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival and went on to air on CBC, Radio-Canada and the Aboriginal People’s Television Network but its greatest accomplishment was in changing the hearts and minds of countless “closet-Métis” in their 70s, 80s and 90s who saw the film and were taken right along for the ride as Cecile (Mémére) journeys through denial, self-reflection and acceptance to find joy and peace in a new-found Métis pride.
APTN – Documentary Series In development, 2016 ••• The Descendants tells the story of 13 young people living in Canada who have one thing in common: a photo. In 1869, Louis Riel formed the Métis Provisional Government. At this time, a photo was taken featuring Riel and 13 men. Today, this photo remains among the most important photos in Canada’s history and hundreds of its subject’s descendants are living in Canada and throughout the world. But aside from this photo, what do they have in common? Louis Riel and his men dedicated their lives working towards a common goal and a common vision. But do their descendants still share that vision? Do they even know it existed? Over the course of thirteen thirty-minute episodes, The Descendants seeks to find these people.