Vancouver director Kevin Eastwood and Screen Siren Films receive award of merit for B.C. TV series

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      Vancouver director-producer Kevin Eastwood and local independent production company Screen Siren Pictures have received an award of merit for a documentary series about B.C.'s history.

      The docu-series, titled British Columbia: An Untold History, was commissioned by public broadcaster Knowledge Network and written and directed by Eastwood.

      The award is from the British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) and was presented online on June 4 during the federation's annual conference/awards gala. The federation included the information in a June 8 news release.

      The release noted that the BCHF awards of merit are "awarded to individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution to the study or promotion of British Columbia history".

      The BCHF, a registered charitable society, is an umbrella organization for societies dedicated to provincial history. On its website, it says it has more than "100 member societies and 24,000 individuals in the provincial not-for-profit historical sector".

      Screen Siren president Trish Dolman executive-produced the four-part series, which premiered on October 12, 2021, and examined 200 years in the history of Canada's westernmost province.

      Leena Minifie, the Indigenous owner-producer of Vancouver's Stories First Productions, produced the series.

      The series (or individual episodes) received five Canadian Screen Awards and six Leo Awards nominations for 2022, as well as two Golden Sheaf nominations from the 2022 Yorkton Film Festival.

      In an image from British Columbia: An Untold History, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh men (in canoe from left: Dan Kí7ḵes, "Old" Julian, Willie Baker, and Steven Antone) are shown at Mission Reserve (circa 1912).
      Knowledge Network/Museum and Archives of North Vancouver

      The Knowledge Network's website says the series "takes an unflinching look at B.C.’s complex history while offering viewers a chance to learn about diverse stories from a more inclusive lens that they may not have known before".

      The site goes on to say that the series "features the voices of authors, historians, Elders, and descendants of historical figures. Indigenous, Chinese, Japanese, Punjabi, Black, and European stories are woven together to present an astute look at the complicated past that shaped B.C. as we know it today."

      Eastwood directed the acclaimed Knowledge Network series Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH and directed or codirected and wrote or cowrote the CBC Television documentaries After the Sirens and Humboldt: The New Season.