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Starland Studios releases stunning music video for Cree sisters ‘Moody x 2’ of single “Mahekan” from upcoming new album ‘Only Up From Here’ just entered in the 2018 Juno Awards.

Please watch: Mahekan available on Youtube at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4AqybgvU_c

It shares we are “stronger together than apart” and could not come at a better time in our divisive society.  Manitoba Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and real timber wolves make cameo appearances. 

Drumheller, Alberta, Canada: President of Starland Studios Matthew Todd Paproski says “we are now working in the music industry with breakthrough recording artists Moody x 2 releasing their new album. Through good fate we met the two singing Moodie sisters of the Cree Wolf clan and made an exciting music video for their new single “Mahekan” (The Wolf). Their music will also be featured in a feature documentary we are making called ‘How Will Wolves Survive?’ involving wolves being raised by us.

Natashia Moodie says she “can’t believe that she is a single mother with three young daughters, and since she was eleven has now sang 22 years, made six albums, received a 2015 Indigenous Music Awards nomination for Best Pop Album and is finally entering the Canadian Juno Awards!” Her and her sister Alexandria are from Nelson House in Northern Manitoba (Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation) and are singers, songwriters and public speakers on anti-bullying, suicide prevention and missing and murdered women.

Paproski says Mahekan is a perfect first sample of the diverse styles on new album ‘Only Up From Here’. Mahekan is enchanting and unique in how it mixes English with Cree lyrics and is set in old and modern times. It also carries a strong social message about people now needing to come together. It is intertwined with a compelling story involving filming the wolves from our How Will Wolves Survive? film and a cameo appearance of Manitoba Grand Chief Arlen Dumas wearing headdress howling with the wolves.

It is a catchy and soulful tune with eye-catching imagery that you just can’t stop replaying in your head. Think subtle influences of Adele, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Robbie Robertson. It is intended that the music video goes viral and the sisters are asking everyone to share it world-wide…

Buy album: Only Up From Here at Bandcamp https://moodyx2.bandcamp.com/album/only-up-from-here

Mahekan is released with “Calling All Hearts” and four songs: “Last Night”, “Pullin Me”, “YOUniverse” and “When Your Heart Has Wings” – by writer Chris Burke-Gafney of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Chris helped launched the careers of Chantal Kreviazuk, McMaster& James, Sierra Noble, Mackenzie Porter and more.

Matthew Todd Paproski is a respected filmmaker of global TV specials Fire Attack with host William Shatner and Cougar Crossings with music by David Bowie; host of TV series Wildlife Wranglers in Canada, Europe, Russia, Africa, Israel and the Middle East; and founder of Starland Studios, a full service media production company, online distributor and animal sanctuary, based in Drumheller, Alberta.

Special Thanks: Editor, Jason Carlson; Spirit Way Inc. and Boreal Discovery Centre in Thompson, MB.

For information, please contact: Laura Dougan, Em  office@starlandstudios.com Ph: 403-334-1450

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News Release – HUGE SUCCESS FILMING ‘HOW WILL WOLVES SURVIVE?’

HUGE SUCCESS FILMING ‘HOW WILL WOLVES SURVIVE?’ AS WOLVES TIMBER AND AURORA SELL OUT TOURS, HELP SMASH GUINNESS RECORD FOR ‘MOST PEOPLE WOLF HOWLING’ AND APPEAR IN ‘MAHEKAN’ MUSIC VIDEO WITH MOODY X 2.

Drumheller, Alberta, Canada: President of Starland Studios Matthew Todd Paproski says “we have just returned from an intense two-week journey with wolves Timber and Aurora to Thompson, Manitoba and declare our filming stock footage for ‘How Will Wolves Survive?’ incredibly successful. Footage filmed is intended for use in a feature documentary film, TV specials, web series, social media and music video.

This documentary is about ten years raising Timber and Aurora since rescuing them from a game hunting farm until now becoming the ambassadors for Thompson, Wolf Capital of the World. They just appeared as featured guests of Wolf Week during AuroraFest Canada150 celebrations held in Thompson in which 60 groups averaging 15 people each were taken on guided educational tours to meet and howl with them.

HUGE NEWS is at 3pm on September 21st Timber and Aurora also helped Thompson smash Guinness World Record for ‘Most People Wolf Howling’ with 2,033 people standing in the shape of a wolf on a ballfield howling. Footage at https://youtu.be/ZGKOa1dhRL8 was Video of the Week with Canadian Geographic. Evidence is being submitted to Guinness for confirmation it is a new world record. It breaks record of 803 made July 1st in Niagara Falls and attempt by 1,003 on Sept. 30th in Wolverhampton, UK.

As well, new Manitoba Grand Chief Arlen Dumas gave a candid interview stating: “Wolves will survive if we leave them alone” and makes a cameo appearance in headdress howling on location with the wolves in a music video for song ‘Mahekan’ by recording artists Moody X 2. Young Cree women Natashia and Alexandria Moodie sing how like wolves, people are “stronger together than apart”. Their struggles in life are compared to lives of two wolves. Produced by Chris Burke-Gaffney (known for developing Chantal Kreviazuk), Moody X 2 intend on releasing the video with song on a new album in time for 2018 Junos.

Their song Mahekan (Wolf) was updated to be a theme song on soundtrack of How Will Wolves Survive?

Appearances:   Moody X 2; Natashia, Alexandria and Llewelynne Moodie

Recording artist Don Amero

Manitoba Grand Chief Arlen Dumas

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Councillor Bonnie Linklater

Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre Program Coordinator, Katie Nachbaur

Cree elder Ilse Clements and artist Pat Bruderer

Manitoba Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Kelly Bindle

Manitoba, Northern Director of Conservation, Darryl Hedman

Thompson Mayor Dennis Fenske and Councillor Penny Byer

President of the Thompson Chamber of Commerce, Raj Thelthy

President of the Thompson Humane Society, Oswald Sawh

Clients:            President of Spirit Way Inc., Marion Morberg

Project Coordinator of Spirit Way Inc., Volker Beckmann

President of Boreal Discovery Centre, Keith MacDonald

Thanks:            Meridian Hotel, Lakeview Inn, Music Makers/Smitty and Wendy, Robert Kulhawy

Crew:               Laura Dougan, Cynthia Wohlberg, Robin Gladden, Sean Kerr, Ed Duhn

Support:           Jon Harnish, Dennis Foley, Al Meston, Simon Theriault, Peggie and Ted Ginger

Matthew Todd Paproski is filmmaker of international TV specials Fire Attack with host William Shatner and Cougar Crossings with music by David Bowie; host of TV series Wildlife Wranglers in Canada, Europe, Russia, Africa, Israel and the Middle East; & founder of Starland Studios in Drumheller, Alberta.

For information, please contact: Laura Dougan at * Em  office@starlandstudios.com * Ph: 403-334-1450

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News Release – Film Commences on How Will Wolves Survive

ANIMAL ACTORS TIMBER AND AURORA FILMING ‘HOW WILL WOLVES SURVIVE?’
IN WESTERN CANADA WITH WILDLIFE FILMMAKER MATTHEW TODD PAPROSKI.

IT DOCUMENTS JOURNEY OF TWO RESCUED WOLVES GOING TO AURORAFEST & BEING AMBASSADORS FOR THE WORLD WOLF CAPITAL- THOMPSON, MANITOBA.

Drumheller, Alberta, Canada: President of Starland Studios Matthew Todd Paproski is very pleased to announce, “filming has commenced on ‘How Will Wolves Survive?’ after ten years raising wolves for it”.
(Grammy Award winning Los Lobos said will provide their song ‘Will the Wolf Survive’ to soundtrack)

The film tells the story of wolves Timber and Aurora being saved from being trophies at a game hunting farm and how they end up helping trigger an eco-tourism economy that benefits the people of the North.

A drone is being used for the opening aerial shots of the prehistoric Drumheller Valley, following the Red Deer River and revealing Timber and Aurora in their enclosure at Starland Studios (see attached pic). It follows Matt and crew driving trucks with an animal trailer across the prairies to Thompson, Manitoba. It will be intercut with footage of the wolves being raised and about issues threatening this keystone species.

An indigenous elder woman will smudge the enclosure at the Boreal Discovery Centre before the wolves are released into it. At opening of AuroraFest 150 (September 16-24), tribute will be paid by dignitaries and Spirit Way volunteers to the wolves for being ambassadors of Thompson, Wolf Capital of the World.

During Wolf Week, educational ‘Walk n’ Talk’ guided tours introduce visitors to Timber and Aurora.
A screening will be held of Paproski’s film Cougar Crossings and pilot of TV series Wildlife Wranglers,
as well as Wildlife Filmmaking and Animal Care Workshops and a presentation at an Elders Banquet.

Past Grand Chief Phil Fontaine leads a wolf howl with local leaders and discusses finding commonality.
He says indigenous people understand how to conserve wildlife and want to share this with the world.
It is ironic despite our threat to wolves, Timber and Aurora are trying to help us by bringing us together.

A music video of ‘Mahagan’ featuring Timber and Aurora is being made with the ‘Moody x2’. Two Cree women, Natashia and Alexandria Moodie, sing how like wolves, we are “stronger together than apart”.
Their struggles alone in life are compared to lives of two lone wolves, until the sisters and wolves reunite.
The sisters end up performing the song in front of 1,000 people of all ages, gender, races and religions.

An attempt will be made to break the Guinness World Record of 804 ‘People Howling like Wolves’ with plans to get participants from the community stand in the shape of a ‘wolf head’ and film it from above

After AuroraFest, the film will share opinions from experts about efforts being made and solutions being pursued to save both wild and captive wolf populations to ensure bio-diversity and preserve gene pools.
We need to know “how will wolves survive?”- to know how humans will survive as the planet evolves.
Paproski wants to inspire people with this true story and show wolves and humans can help each other.

Matthew Todd Paproski is a respected filmmaker of TV specials Fire Attack with host William Shatner and Cougar Crossings with music by David Bowie; host of TV series Wildlife Wranglers in Canada, Europe, Russia, Africa, Israel and the Middle East; & founder of Starland Studios in Drumheller, Alberta.

Versions will be edited for a feature documentary, 2 x 1-hour TV episodes, web series and social media.

For information, please contact: Laura Dougan at * Em office@starlandstudios.com * Ph: 403-334-1450

 

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CANADA’s 150th ANNIVERSARY, WILDLIFE FILMMAKER MATT PAPROSKI IS APPEARING WITH WOLVES

 

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2017

FOR CANADAs 150th ANNIVERSARY, WILDLIFE FILMMAKER MATT PAPROSKI IS APPEARING WITH WOLVES: TIMBER AS MASCOT OF THOMPSON, MANITOBA, WOLF CAPITAL OF THE WORLD; AND AURORA, AS GUEST OF HONOR AT THEIR AURORAFEST: CELEBRATING CANADAS WILDERNESS AND WILDLIFE.

(September 16-24, 2017)

 Thompson, Manitoba, Canada: “Who would have thought wolves Timber and Aurora, rescued as pups from being prey on a captive game hunting farm, would on their journey through life end up as global ambassadors for Thompson, Manitoba, the Wolf Capital of the World?” asks filmmaker Matthew Todd Paproski of Wildlife Wranglers Productions. He says: “Three years ago we became aware of community-based group, Spirit Way Inc. in Thompson, Manitoba with a bold plan to be Wolf Capital of the World and are pleased they are now working with us. Working with Spirit Way allows us to finish filming the recent adventure of our lives as Wildlife Wranglers that involved ten long, hard years of raising wolves. Thompson provides a perfect ending where the wolves end up howling with civic and aboriginal leaders.”

Marion Morberg, President of Spirit Way Inc. says “This is a perfect time to have wolves appear as guests in Thompson. They will be introduced to residents and visitors and help educate the public about the importance of this apex predator in the wilderness, its essential role in a balanced ecosystem and why wolves need not to be feared or maligned. This is an ideal wildlife story that can be told to the world. We foresee benefits for the animals and a legacy for the community”.

Thompson is in northern Manitoba and surrounded by vast pristine boreal forest with a vibrant wolf population. The city is the gateway for many wildlife visitors and researchers from around the globe who stream to Churchill, Manitoba, known as the Polar Bear and Beluga Whale Capital of the World. With all the controversial issues in the news such as wolf culling in western Canada and the USA, it makes educational and marketing sense to film a story of rescued wolves on a journey to appear at new sanctuary in Thompson, “Aurora and Timber will become Thompson’s ambassadors in the conservation world,” commented Paproski. “Our wolves will also greatly enjoy exploring the new wolf habitat at the Boreal Discovery Centre, with its natural spaces and features that meet international standards”.

Morberg states, “So far Spirit Way Inc. has raised over $1 million for a variety of wolf initiatives, such as school education projects, the world’s largest lighted mural of a Robert Bateman wolf painting, 49 wolf statues painted by artists used in a province-wide “GPS Wolf Hunt” and other projects. Our focus now is to create a Wolf Centre of Excellence with a vision of best practices in all things wolf. Our organization is excited about the synergy created working with Matthew who offers things that benefit our education and research programs. We are confident in his experience as entrepreneur, wildlife filmmaker and wrangler”.

Matthew Todd Paproski is a respected filmmaker of TV specials Fire Attack with host William Shatner and Cougar Crossings with music by David Bowie; host of TV series Wildlife Wranglers in Canada, Europe, Russia, Africa, Israel and the Middle East; and head of Starland Studios in Drumheller, Alberta.

For information, please contact:

Volker Beckmann, Project Director, Spirit Way Inc., 162 Princeton Dr., Thompson, MB. R8N 2A4  www.thompsonspiritway.ca • Em. thompsonspiritway@gmail.com. • Ph. 204-778-7434

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SO YOU WANT TO BE IN THE MOVIES…

February 7, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OR THOSE INTERESTED IN BEING AN ACTOR OR PERFORMER, WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES OR PROVIDING SERVICES FOR THE FILM INDUSTRY

‘MAKING DRUMHELLER FILM FRIENDLY!’ FREE ALL-AGES SPEAKER PANEL

7 PM, THUR., FEB. 16th, CANADIAN LEGION, 295 CENTRE ST., DRUMHELLER.

SPEAKERS: JOLAYNE MOTIUK (CALGARY FILM COMMISSION), TINA ALFORD (ACTRA/CSIF), DAMIAN PETTI (IATSE INT’L) AND OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS…

Drumheller, Alberta, Canada: Matthew Todd Paproski, the President of Starland Studios, says “we are happy to present a free initial public information session oriented to educating residents on ‘Making Drumheller Film Friendly’ and work opportunities in the booming media industries.
We based Starland Studios in Drumheller because it is one of the top film locations in Canada and to provide infrastructure, technical expertise and a pool of talent for producers coming here.
To get things rolling, we have invited high-level contacts to speak to the Badlands community”.

Jolayne Motiuk (Calgary Film Commission Representative), will discuss how the building of a new state-of-the-art Calgary Film Centre and advent of new government initiatives geared for the digital media and tourism industries make it good timing for Drumheller to position itself in the market. Drumheller has unique world-class topography and may also double for many places.

Tina Alford (Branch Representative, ACTRA Alberta; President, Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers) will share information on how to be a professional actor, stunt person or filmmaker. Keeping in mind the levels range from no and low budget to medium and big budget, she assists talent in getting jobs, training, agents and casting, as well as filmmakers seeking qualified talent.

Damian Petti (President IATSE Local 212 Calgary; Int’l Vice-President IATSE Canada) will reveal that it looks like an exciting year for communities with good highways near Calgary as union studio zones were recently extended further from city limits. It now makes more economic sense and is safer to go to locations like Drumheller, by commuting or staying at local lodgings.
(IATSE is huge global union representing large percentage of vital technical jobs on and off set)

Paproski says “With the ongoing volatility of our resource-based economy, it is more important than ever to now learn new vocations and work with businesses in entertainment and technology,
whether performing, doing work behind camera ranging from artist or technician to carpenter or truck driver, or off set providing services related to locations, accommodations or restaurants.”

“Not only may film production result in millions for a community like the Town of Beiseker now hosting the filming of Fargo, Season Three, starring Ewan McGregor, it also has a direct positive effect on tourism. It lures visitors to locations like the Badlands and provides even more jobs. The Lord of the Rings increased visitors to New Zealand by 50% and triggered a multi-billion-dollar economy and now growth in the British Columbia film industry is reflecting a similar situation.”

Paproski has been a military officer, firefighter, actor, journalist, filmmaker and entrepreneur. Now based in Drumheller, Alberta, he operates Starland Studios, producing its own projects and providing media services for clients, and Construction Productions, a commercial contractor.

For Info. Ph: (403)334-2530, Em: office@starlandstudios.com, fb page: Starland Studios

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Deer Rescued From Frozen River – Drumheller Alberta

WOW! A deer stuck in ice. Was trying to have a rare nap on a weekend afternoon and a facebook post I was following was bothering me. I kept checking my phone. Before resting I saw a post by a neighbor about a deer that was stuck in ice on the Red Deer River we live on. Being an ex-firefighter and feeling empathetic to a living-being suffering and near death and knowing I could do something about it made me respond instinctively. I filled my truck with canoe, sled, ropes, harnesses, hip waders and a life jacket.

I asked Laura to come for safety and as an after-thought she brought her camera. For bread and butter we are construction contractors but are also passionate wildlife filmmakers that have been saving animals. We want to inspire others to care for animals in distress. While helping out, Laura managed to get footage of the deer rescue. It was scary but the right thing to do. We never would have attempted this if we did not have the training and abilities to succeed and do not encourage those that do not have experience.

Upon arrival at the scene anonymous neighbors helped us as I went down a steep bank. I had to go on thin ice to try and get close to the old doe but she tried to get away. I had to circle around behind her and get in the river myself to coax her toward shore. I tried lifting her out but she was weak and heavy. I wrapped a rope around her and with help from the shore pulling and me pushing at the same time, we got her out of the ice. It was an incredibly rewarding feeling to work with our neighbors to save the life of this animal.

In a world where wildlife is being eradicated at an unprecedented and apocalyptic rate, we are motivated to use social media to increase our awareness of this environmental crisis. We need all species to survive!  To this end we have produced a TV series called Wildlife Wranglers and short films about animals, please check out the videos on this page or on our website www.starlandstudios.com and support our work.

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