Kelly Saxberg – Long Walk Home
Kelly Saxberg is a film producer, director and editor who has worked on over 80 films. She was director/editor of The Big Blue, a feature length documentary about Canadian writer Charlie Wilkins’ 52 day, 5000 kilometer row across the Atlantic Ocean. Kelly was the writer/ director/ editor of Under The Red Star, a feature length historical docu-drama shot on super 16 mm film in Finnish and English about the Finnish Labour Temple. “Citoyens du Monde” is a 6 hour French language documentary series she wrote and directed for broadcaster TFO and Les Productions Rivard. “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin” was her debut as a fiction director on a 30 minute drama that looks at depression and suicide among First Nations youth; she is a co-director/ co-producer. It won Best Short film at the American Indian Film festival and several other awards. This film is part of First Nation Initiative, where she produced “Sharing Tebwewin” a half hour documentary about health care and First Nations people. “Letters from Karelia,” is Kelly’s first feature length documentary about Canadians who moved to the Soviet Union in the 1930’s. It was also nominated for a Gemini for best history documentary in 2006. It won two Blizzards – Best Documentary and Kelly won Best Directing at the 2006 Manitoba Motion Picture Industry Awards. Her other films include “Dorothea Mitchell: A Reel Pioneer”, “Voyageurs Legacy: Our Story / Le printemps des voyageurs: La Genèse,” “Banana Split,” and “Rosies of the North.” She also edited “The Fatal flower” a silent film shot originally in 1930, and finished by members of the film and video co-op “Flash Frame Film and Video Network” of which she is the current secretary and founding member.