About us

Mohawk Princess Pictures

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Founded in 2006, Mohawk Princess Pictures is an Aboriginal-owned and operated film and television production company committed to authentic representation of First Nations’ realities. Founded by Tracey Deer, one of Canada’s leading Aboriginal talents, the company is committed to showcasing vibrant and compelling stories that showcase the complex realities of modern Aboriginal life through documentary and fiction programming. With an emphasize on discovering and fostering emerging Aboriginal talent both in front of and behind the camera, Mohawk Princess Pictures is at the forefront of innovative storytelling and passion-driven productions.

Tracey Deer

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Producer, Writer, Director

Tracey Deer, an award-winning Mohawk filmmaker, has multiple credits to her name as a producer, writer and director in both documentary and fiction.Her work has been honored with two Gemini awards and has earned acclaim from multiple film festivals, including Hot Docs and DOXA. She has worked with the CBC, the NFB, and numerous independent production companies throughout Canada. In 2008, Playback Magazine declared her one of the 25 rising stars in the Canadian Entertainment Industry.A graduate of Dartmouth College’s Film Studies program in 2000, Tracey is living her dream of being a visual storyteller, a career goal she set when she was just twelve-years-old.“Tracey represents the next wave of Native filmmaking,” says Adam Symansky, NFB producer of Mohawk Girls and Club Native, “It isn’t based on the past so much as on Native communities taking responsibility and control of their future. That is the challenge she is putting out in her work.”

Sacha Deer

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Producer’s Assistant

Having cut her teeth in the publishing industry at an award-winning community newspaper, The Eastern Door, Sasha brings an amazing attitude and incredible work ethic to the company. She keeps everything running smoothly and happily! A true gem.

 

Creative Collaborators

Brittany LeBorgne

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Actress, Director, Production Coordinator

Brittany LeBorgne hails from the Mohawk community of Kahnawake on the south shore of Montreal, Quebec. Brittany is a 2012 graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Although acting is her first love, she also has a passion for working behind the camera. She got her first taste as production coordinator on APTN’s documentary series Working It Out Together Season 2. She has moved on to directing with APTN’s youth empowerment documentary series, Dream Big. An accomplished freelance reporter as well, Brittany is a passionate storyteller in many mediums.

Courtney Montour

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Writer, Director, New Media Content Creator

Courtney Montour is Mohawk from Kahnawake, currently residing in Montreal. She works in the documentary film and new media fields exploring issues of Native identity. She is directing her first feature documentary Sex Spirit Strength with Mohawk Princess Pictures, and several episodes of the new APTN youth doc series Dream Big which is co-produced by Mohawk Princess Pictures and Rezolution Pictures. She worked as production manager and sound recordist for the documentary It Was a Woman: Surviving Female Sexual Abuse and as multimedia producer on the language series Finding Our Talk 3, both with Mushkeg Media. She co-directed an experimental documentary short, K-Town, with Mohawk Princess Pictures. Her interactive website Kahnawake Voices was shown at the 2011 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. She currently coordinates McGill University’s Aboriginal Field Studies course, held in Kahnawake. Courtney attained her BA in Journalism in 2007 from Concordia University.

Roxann Whitebean

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Writer, Director, Extras Casting Director

Roxann Whitebean, 30, is a formidable media artist from the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake. Her experience spans both fiction and documentary, with her first cutting her teeth as an executive producer’s assistant on the first season APTN’s television series, Mohawk Girls, and as the extras casting director and 3rd AD trainee on the 2nd season. She’s worked as producer’s assistant, researcher and production assistant for the television series Dream Big and the feature documentary Sex, Spirit, Strength. She recently produced, wrote and directed her first short fiction, Legend of the Storm, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. She’s also served as a jury member for the Canada Council for the Arts, has written two children’s books and is very involved in language preservation in her community.

Gage K. Diabo

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Production Assistant, Digital Media Content Creator

Gage K. Diabo is a Mohawk from Kahnawake. After dabbling in amateur filmmaking throughout his youth, he made the transition to the professional sphere as a behind-the-scenes photographer on the set of APTN’s fiction television series, Mohawk Girls. Currently, he is working part-time as a production assistant, editor and cameraman for the digital media components of Mohawk Princess Pictures. He is also an aspiring novelist, having written three unpublished novels by the age of 20. As a classically-trained pianist, he has worked extensively in the local music and performing arts scene. He is currently completing a BA in English Literature and Film Studies at Concordia University.