DEDICATED TO THE HUMBOLDT BRONCOS AND NISICHAWAYASIHK CREE NATION AND SUPPORTING #STRAZSTRONG EFFORTS FOR SURVIVOR RYAN STRASCHNITZKI
Drumheller, Alberta, Canada: President of Starland Studios Matthew Todd Paproski says “Universe is now being released on our facebook page, youtube and elsewhere on social media. We kicked it off by asking the audience to share it after getting a sneak preview at the #Starzstrong benefit concert held June 16 in Airdrie, Alberta headlined by rock band Monster Truck with other bands and guests Gilby Clark and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal of Guns & Roses and Sean Kelly of Nelly Furtado and Lee Aaron bands”.
“Private and public premiere screenings will also be in the Town of Drumheller on Canada Day weekend. On Friday, June 29th it will be shown at a private premiere at the Newcastle Pub and will be accompanied by Moody x 2 and their band from the Drumheller valley. Over the weekend, it will also be screened in Town to the public in conjunction with Canada Day activities and the annual Pow Wow in the Park.”
‘Universe’ is a new love song by singers Moody x 2 inspired us to make a music video in memory of the tragic collisions suffered by the Humboldt Broncos and children of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.
After recently making music video Mahekan with Moody x 2, we were honored singers Natashia and Alexandria Moodie asked us to make a music video for their new song Universe. First listening to it as a director I was struck with how it was a profound love song about loving someone so much you would not be able to go on without them in your life. It has a deep dark side to it that is not morbid but meaningful.
“I was not excited about my cheesy idea of showing loss by filming in a cemetery looking like a B movie. The Humboldt Broncos incident then occurred affecting me profoundly and many people around me. A few days later, three children were killed in a collision at Nelson House, Manitoba – home of Moody x 2. These tragedies evolved into a vision, we captured with many people helping, of both love and love lost.”
The video was filmed in Drumheller, Alberta at the Hoo Doos, Starmine Suspension Bridge, East Coulee School Museum, East Coulee Wood Bridge and Newcastle Pub. Top local musicians appear: on drums, Jerry Roberto; lead guitar, Layne Syvertsen; bass guitar, Chris Foesier; and on keyboards, Paul Rosgen. Actors were Caitlin O’Connor, Justin Lanouette and Lothar Malmberg from Rosebud Theatre community.
Ze Zefred, an expert cinematographer and specialty camera operator from Toronto, provided cameras, drone, Steadicam and gimbal equipment. Photographers included Athena Winchester and Terri Huxley. Olga Sem of Vizard International provided world-class wardrobe and masks adorned with LED lighting. Lance Ghostkeeper provided his light painting skills for night scenes. Many volunteers also helped.
Natashia and sister Alexandria are Wolf Clan from Nelson House (Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation) in northern Manitoba and public speakers on bullying, suicide prevention and missing & murdered women. Their influences are Shania Twain, Celine Dion and Buffy St. Marie. They work with writer Chris Burke-Gaffeny who helped launch Chantal Kreviazuk, McMaster& James, Sierra Noble and Mackenzie Porter.
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.
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