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Understanding our past is critical to building our future. Stories are woven with historical facts while today's characters of the eastern slopes examine current issues and challenges. Legendary mountain people share their stories of days gone by, along with their vision and hope for future generations.
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A Mountain Based Creative Team

Susan Feddema-Leonard
Susan Feddema-LeonardProducer / Director
Susan Feddema-Leonard Executive Producer for People & Peaks Productions has produced the Canadian Rockies Series (6 X 60’ HD · Documentary), that feature breathtaking documentaries, that share the history, traditions and culture of the Rockies.

People & Peaks Productions is a rural based film production company that has been nominated for a total of eight (8) Alberta Film and Television Rosie Awards over the past (4) four years; including four Original Musical Scores; two Best Overall Documentary Series; one Best Cinematographer and one Best Overall Sound. The productions include: Wildie, Women of Willmore Wilderness, Ancestors Calling, Long Road Home, Mountain Mustang and Mountain Men.

The Canadian Rockies Series has aired on Wild Tv to a national and international audience. Canamedia is distributing the series worldwide. Productions have been broadcast on Russian and New Zealand networks.

Susan is also Executive Producer for Trials of Old Trailmen (44-minute HD · Documentary), which is currently in post-production and will be aired on Wild Tv in the spring of 2017. She is also in pre-production of Spirits of the Rockies.

Susan is the current President of Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA), a member of Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) , and a long-standing member of the Alberta Writers’ Guild.

Laura Vinson
Laura VinsonOriginal Music Composer
Laura Vinson has been nominated many times for the National Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards. She and her band Free Spirit have many ARIA Awards for best Band, Vocalist, Album, Single, and Song.

Returning to her Roots and her aboriginal heritage, a performance by Canadian Artist Laura Vinson has all the ingredients. Authentic traditional sound, songs and stories about the eastern slopes are woven into the productions. Laura Vinson was born and raised in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains near Jasper National Park. Her Métis heritage is Cherokee, Cree, English, and French. In all her songs you feel the roots of her Aboriginal background, which go back to Tête Jaune (aka Yellowhead).

Laura Vinson and Dave Martineau are writing original musical scores for television documentary productions. Laura Vinson and Dave Martineau were nominated for four (4) Best Original Musical Score for the Alberta Film & Television Rosie Awards documentary (non-fiction over 30 minutes) over the past four (4) years. The nominations include Ancestors Calling, Women of Willmore Wilderness, Wildie and Mountain Mustang. Their latest musical score called Mountain Man will be submitted for the 2017 Rosie Awards.

Laura Vinson is on the Board of Directors of Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA).

Chehala Leonard:
Chehala Leonard: Associate Producer
Chehala is a member of the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation Society, which is based in Grande Cache, Alberta. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in June of 2014 from the University of Alberta & University of Queensland

Chehala was one of six aboriginal youth selected from across Canada by Amberlight Productions in 2005 to host a half-hour documentary called Road Scholars that was aired on APTN. Her story was filmed in Iceland, Greenland, Canada, and the United States. She was also hired as a western reporter for APTN’s weekly TV series called THE LINK. Chehala was both a cinematographer and host of both shows. These experiences sparked Chehala’s interest in film/TV, and she attended the Serac Adventure Film School in Vail, Colorado, which equipped her with proper editing and filming skills. She had the opportunity to produce two short films about Aboriginal culture to submit as final assignments while attending school in Australia. She also produced one short vignette for the University of Alberta called Sharing Languages. She has worked as a cinematographer in the People & Peaks Productions’ Long Road Home and Women of Willmore Wilderness. Chehala owns and operates the film production company Chehala Rose Productions Ltd. Chehala is an active member of Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA).

Dave Martineau
Dave Martineau Pre-Sound Production & Post Production Sound
Dave, a resident of Brule is a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. His musical proficiency has resulted in two nominations for Pedal Steel Player of the Year in the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. A native Albertan and well-known session player/performer, he has provided instrumental as well as vocal tracks on numerous recordings across western Canada. Dave has performed over the years with people such as Tommy Banks, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Ian Tyson, Crystal Gayle, kd lang, Laura Vinson, Tommy Hunter, Ronnie Prophet, Dick Damron, and Wilf Carter.
Jerry Woolsey
Jerry WoolseyPost-Sound Production
Jerry Woolsey has over 35 years experience as a performing musician, engineer, producer, and technician. As well as being the best of team players, he ensures that all things technical run perfectly so that every project is of the highest quality and on time. With Jerry at the console or keyboard, clients can rest assured they have a seasoned professional, whether the job is CD production, sound cutting, broadcast advertising, or a film mix.

Jerry has worked in film post-production sound for years with clients that include National Film Board of Canada, Karvonen Films, Alliance Entertainment, LucasArts Entertainment, Northstar Entertainment, Frame 30, Great North, Kicking Horse, and many other production companies. Film and Video shows have included Bye Bye Blues, Due South, The Diviners, The X Files, Jake and the Kid, Kung Fu – The Legend Continues, Lonesome Dove, Medicine River, Moccasin Flats, North of 60, Ordeal in the Arctic, The Outer Limits, Pigeons and Doves, and more.

He has two Junos under his belt for work with Long John Baldry and The McDades. He has recorded albums with over 120 clients including Cindy Church, Laura Vinson, Billy Joe Green, Marshall Tully, Maria Dunn, Steve Pineo, Doug Cox, Stewart MacDougall, Valdi and Gary Fjellgaard, Vernon Thomson and Suzi Ragsdale, Stony Plain Records, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Arthur Veitch
Arthur VeitchDirector of Photography
Arthur Veitch has won numerous provincial and national photojournalism and newspaper awards. He is an accomplished wildlife photographer, with his images of cougars, lynx, bears, and wolves published in magazines like National Wildlife and Canadian Geographic. He has acquired footage of cougars, marten, deer, elk, and more. Arthur won runner up for two (2) Animal Portraits with the BBC Wildlife Camera-trap Photo Contest in 2013. Arthur Veitch and Susan Feddema-Leonard were nominated for Best Cinematographers at the 2016 Alberta Film and Television Rosie Awards.
Debbie (Camp) Fitzsimmons
Debbie (Camp) FitzsimmonsHistorical Research Consultant
Debbie (Camp) Fitzsimmons is a is Métis woman who teaches traditional beading in Calgary. She has been an integral team member for People & Peaks Production. She is accessing historical information from Hudson’s Bay Company, North West Company, church records, Scrips, census and other historical documentation. Debbie is a member of Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA).

Debbie’s research has laid a foundation for the following documentaries.

. Long Road Home – 2011
. Wildie – 2012
, Women of Willmore Wilderness -2013
. Ancestors Calling – 2014
. Mountain Mustang – 2015
. Mountain Men … Ways of the Trail – 2016

Debbie is doing pre-production historical research for the following movies:

. Living A Legacy Series: 6 x 1-hour documentary
. WATAPEA: 13 1/2-hour documentaries
. Trials of Old Trailmen: 1-hour documentary

Heather Devoe
Heather DevoeProduction Manager
Heather graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management in June 2014 with a major in accounting. Heather is the Production Manager of People & Peaks Productions bringing her management expertise to three one-hour documentaries called Wildie, Mountain Men, and Trials of Old Trailmen. She is currently in pre-production on three 1-hour documentaries, that are part of the 13-part Canadian Rockies Series.

Heather was first introduced to film in 2008 when she attended the Banff Adventure Film Seminar with instructors Michael Brown and Keith Partridge. Heather worked as an Assistant Production Manager, prior to attending university. She was instrumental in the pre-production and production phase of Long Road Home.

Heather is an active member of Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA).

Randi Lea Lester
Randi Lea LesterCo-Writer ~ Researcher ~ Production Assistant
Randi is a proud Métis woman, with a strong professional background in administration, human resources, and project coordination. She has been a writer for the corporate audience, as well as for tourism, promotion, advertising, and has been a freelance writer. She worked with Author House Publishing Company regarding the publishing of her freelance work. Her job focuses on working in a variety of software programs related to the film & television industry, social media & marketing. Randi is a current member of the Alberta Writers Guild, and an active member of Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA).

Randi is the writer for Trials of Old Trailmen, and Dino Cache: Grande Cache’s World Class Trackways, which are being produced by People & Peaks Productions. Randy also does transcription for film. She is the Historical and Archives Coordinator for the Willmore Wilderness Foundation, and for People & Peaks Productions. She has created the web based historical database using CRM Dynamics, which will be integrated in the Digital Media Component of future website, social media and transmedia. Randi organizes historical data and information for future stories and documentaries.