Mohawk Girls gets the greenlight

The six-episode dramedy, produced by Montreal-based Rezolution Pictures, is slated to begin production in spring 2013 and will air on both APTN and OMNI Television.

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and OMNI Television have given the greenlight to production on the series Mohawk Girls, to be produced by Montreal-based Rezolution Pictures.

APTN funded the pilot for the series, which was created by Tracey Deer.

Now OMNI is on board to help fill out the budget for the six-episode, half-hour dramedy about four sexy twenty-somethings trying to figure out what it means to be a modern day Mohawk woman.

“Mohawk Girls is a fitting example of a youthful perspective and fresh insight into what it means to be a young Aboriginal woman living in the 21 st century,” said APTN CEP Jean LaRose in a statement.

The series stars Glen Gould (Cashing In), Ashley Michaels (Snare), Kaniehtiio Horn (18 to Life), Kyle Nobess (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil) and Rachelle White Wind (Moccasin Flats).

Rounding out the cast are Canuck newcomers Brittany LeBorgne, Heather White and Maika Harper.

Mohawk Girls is inspired by Deer’s 2005 feature-length doc of the same name about teenage girls growing up on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake. The pilot was filmed in 2010, and selected as a finalist in the International Pilot Competition at the Banff World Television Festival.

“From the creator to the cast, this series represents a new wave in Aboriginal talent. The series is about dealing with cultural obligations, social pressures, and deciding who you want to be as an adult. Those issues resonate with people from every ethnicity and background,” said Rezolution Pictures producer Christina Fon in her own statement.

The series is produced by Rezolution Pictures, with funding from APTN and OMNI. Deer directs and executive produces. Cynthia Knight is showrunner. Exec producers for Rezolution Pictures are Catherine Bainbridge, Fon, Linda Ludwick and Ernest Webb.

Mohawk Girls will air in English on both APTN and OMNI, in Mohawk on APTN and in Mandarin on OMNI Television.

The series is slated to begin production in spring 2013 in Quebec’s Kahnawake Mohawk Territory.