THE MAKING OF HENRY BOUCHA, OJIBWA - NATIVE AMERICAN OLYMPIAN
Boucha Films, LLC, in partnership with TPT/Twin Cities Public Television, will produce the movie: Henry Boucha, Ojibwa-Native American Olympian, an adaptation of the book by the same title, written by Henry Boucha. Currently the adaptation, screenplay and script are underway. Click below to read a letter of support for the project from Elizabeth Allen, Managing Director, TPT Partnerships.
This partnership with TPT/Twin Cities Public Television will provide a significant opportunity for interested viewers across the state of Minnesota to see the film. Then, once this statewide broadcast is underway, TPT will distribute the film through its parent PBS who will offer and distribute the film to its affiliate stations across the country, bringing even more notoriety to this important Native American Olympian film project.
Setting: Warroad, Minnesota, a small town of less that 2000 people, situated on beautiful Lake of the Woods in Ojibwa County, with a diverse of range of beautiful landscapes. The sport of hockey is nearly synonymous with Warroad, Minnesota ("Hockey Town USA") and the “birthplace of hockey” in the U.S. The unique culture of the Ojibwa and the land of sky blue waters make Warroad an ideal film location.
Executive Producer: Leya Hale, TPT/Twin Public Cities Public Television
Ms. Hale is an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Awarding winning producer. She is a Native American from Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Diné Nations.
Boucha Films, LLC, is now accepting charitable donations for the movie
"Henry Boucha, Ojibwa- Native American Olympian.”
Leya Hale has been a Producer with TPT-Twin Cities PBS since 2012. She has been honored with an Upper Midwest Emmy for her work on The Past Is Alive Within Us: The U.S.-Dakota Conflict for Best Historical Documentary. Reclaiming Sacred Tobacco was her directorial debut and was also awarded an Upper Midwest Emmy for Best Documentary-Topical. That film was an official selection at the American Indian Film Festival, a nominee for Best Public Service Documentary and was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Red Nation Film Festival. Leya was also selected as one of four Knight Fellows by The Sundance Institute and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Her latest production, The People’s Protectors, was focused on telling the stories of Native American Vietnam Veterans and was produced in partnership with Vision Maker Media. Click on the links above or see below for clips from Leya's work.
Click below for a letter of support for the project from Leya.