“Fish Out of Water” To Debut This Season on APTN

by NationTalk on November 7, 20075057 Views

 [size=small]“No… No… We’re really laughing with you!”[/size]

For Immediate Release

Ottawa – November 7, 2007 (NNW) – What happens when you take an urban Indian out of his comfortable city environment and drop him smack dab in the middle of traditional Aboriginal culture? You get a Fish Out of Water.Fish Out of Water with Ojibway comedian Don Kelly (Just For Laughs, COMICS!, Comedy Now, Open Mike with Mike Bullard) debuts on APTN Friday, November 9th at 8 pm ET. Join Don as he travels to Aboriginal communities across Canada to try his hand at traditional survival skills that sustained Native people in the past. According to Don: “For me ‘roughing it’ means not having access to a hair dryer in the morning, but like a good fish out of water I’m always willing to dive right in – sink or swim!”

From spear fishing with the Shuswap on the BC coast, riding horses bareback and stalking buffalo with the Blackfoot in Alberta to shooting whitewater rapids with the Algonquins in Ontario, Don meets with Elders to master (okay, attempt) skills that were critical to Aboriginal people’s survival. Producer Katery Legault of InterINDigital Entertainment Inc. says: “Fish Out of Water combines two values central to many Aboriginal cultures. The first is learning by doing, getting out there and doing it. And that leads to the second value: humour – our ability to laugh at ourselves and with one another. In fact we have to keep telling Don: “No, seriously – we’re laughing with you.”

Don Kelly says the series made for a unique experience: “I learned that Aboriginal peoples across the country still love and live their traditional skills and teachings, and are only too willing to share their wisdom with others. And as for myself, I learned that I bruise easily.” Series Director and Head Writer, Edmonton-based Neil Grahn, believes: “Fish Out of Water is a one-of-a-kind blend of documentary, adventure, entertainment and comedy.”

Fish Out of Water is produced for The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) by InterINDigital Entertainment Inc. and Joe Media Group. Manager of Programming for APTN is Monique Rajotte. Fish Out of Water is also supported and will be seen on ACCESS Television and Canadian Learning Television, and SCN (The Saskatchewan Communications Network). Executive Producers are Joe Novak and Katery Legault. Financial assistance was also provided by the Alberta Film Development Program of the Alberta Government and the Canadian Audio Visual Certification Program Tax Credit Program.

For information or interview requests, please contact:
Katery Legault, InterINDigital Entertainment Inc., 819-457-9993
Missy Venaas, Joe Media Group, 403-264-5400

About APTN:

September 1, 2007 marked the eight-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in over 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite (DTH), telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862, or visit the website at www.aptn.ca.

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For more information please contact Chris Allicock, APTN Network Publicist at 416-319-8003 or via e-mail at callicock@aptn.ca

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