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People & Peaks Productions

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 / Cinematographer
Susan Feddema-Leonard, Executive Producer for People & Peaks Productions, has produced the Canadian Rockies Series (13 X 60’ HD · Documentary), that feature breathtaking documentaries, that share the history, traditions and culture of the Rocky Mountains.

People & Peaks Productions is a rural based film production company that has been nominated for a total of eleven (11) Alberta Film and Television Rosie Awards over the past (6) six years; including six Original Musical Scores; two (2) Best Overall Documentary Series; two (2) Best Cinematographer and Best Overall Sound. The productions include: Wildie, Women of Willmore Wilderness, Ancestors Calling, Long Road Home, Mountain Mustang, Mountain Men and Trials & Tribulations of Old Trailmen.

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 the Past 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 Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

Heather Devoe
Heather DevoeProducer l Production Surpervisor l Accountant
Heather graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management in June 2014 with a major in accounting. She is a Chartered Professional Account (CPA).

Heather is the Production Manager of People & Peaks Productions bringing her management expertise. 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. Heather is an active member of Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA).

Chehala Leonard:
Chehala Leonard: Producer l Director l Cinematographer
Chehala is a member of the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation Society, which is based in Grande Cache, Alberta. She hosted her first show called, “Road Scholars” for APTN in 2005, that was filmed in Iceland, Greenland, Canada, and the United States. She was also Western reporter for the show, “The Link,” which brought her to cover the North American Indigenous Games in Denver, Colorado as well as other stories that aired on APTN.

Chehala attended Serac Adventure Film School in Colorado and then went onto graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies from the University of Alberta and the University of Queensland. During her studies, she produces several short films and documentaries including one for the University of Alberta called Sharing Languages.

Chehala went onto work as a cinematographer for the documentary, “Long Road Home,” and “Women of Willmore Wilderness.” As well working as an Associate Producer with People & Peaks Productions before starting her own company Chehala Rose Productions Ltd.

Chehala was the Associate Producer for the television documentary, “Mountain Men,” which aired on Wild TV, a Producer for “Trials & Tribulations of Old Trail Men,” and Director for “Spirit of the Rockies,” which will be airing on Wild TV in 2018.

Chehala is a current member of Women in Film and Television Alberta.

Dan Kern
Dan KernStory Consultant
Dan has worked for the last 35 years in a number of capacities in radio, television, film, theatre, live sound production, photography and videography. He ran a studio for 9 years specializing in headshots for actors, models and musicians. He has worked with over 1200 performers. He was a camera operator in the audition rooms of 43 films. He worked for 4 seasons as assistant script supervisor for the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, was a radio DJ for 11 years, a working actor and member of ACTRA and CAEA for 5 years, and has written 6 novels. Today he works on a variety of projects primarily focusing on story and story structure. He also shoots and edits video and does post production sound.
Kristina Shrestha-Hallock
Kristina Shrestha-HallockProduction Manager l Writer l Researcher
Kristina Shrestha-Hallock is a writer and researcher for the People and Peaks Productions, the Willmore Wilderness Foundation, as well as a consultant for the Mountain Metis Nation Association. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with an honors bachelor’s degree in International Development and Globalization and completed a Masters degree from York University in Environmental Studies. She is an active member of the Writers Guild of Alberta and Women in Film and television Alberta (WIFTA). Kristina’s research focuses around building the story of the descendants of the Grande Cache area. She has been a writer for the documentaries: Spirits of the Rockies, Ghosts on the Jackpine River, and Through the Mists of Time.
Randi Lea Lester
Randi Lea LesterResearcher l 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 and advertising. She has been a freelance writer. Randi is working on social media and transmedia. She also organizes historical data and information for future stories and documentaries. She works as an editor in post-production, and works in Premier Pro as and NLE. Randi is a current member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta., and an active member of Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA).
Sara Wood
Sara Wood Secretary I Production Secretary I Post Production Accounting
Sara Wood has been working for the Willmore Wilderness Foundation, People & Peaks Productions and the Mountain Metis Centre. She provides the research for the stories for the Canadian Rockies Series and the Wonders of Willmore Wilderness Series. Sara has been building our internal data base using our Foswiki program, to house the massive research documents acquired. This will makes it easier for the People & Peaks Production Creatives to access information for our films and websites. The data is used by various professionals, agencies and the public when researching information about their ancestors. Sara is archiving historical documents such as scrips, census, church records, birth and death records collected over the last 20 plus years. She is also archiving historical information from the Hudson ‘s Bay Company and North West Company Records.
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).
Arthur Veitch
Arthur VeitchCinematographer
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 for Mountain Mustang. The pair were nominated for a second time for Best Cinematography for Trials & Tribulations of Old Trailmen in 2018.
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. Laura is a member of Women in Film and Television Alberta.

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 six (6) Best Original Musical Score for the Alberta Film & Television Rosie Awards documentary (non-fiction over 30 minutes) over the past four (6) years. The nominations include Trials & Tribulations of Old Trailmen, Mountain Men, Ancestors Calling, Women of Willmore Wilderness, Mountain Mustang, and Wildie.

Dave Martineau
Dave Martineau Pre-Sound Production
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.

Laura Vinson and Dave Martineau are writing original musical scores for television documentary productions. Laura Vinson and Dave Martineau were nominated for six (6) Best Original Musical Score for the Alberta Film & Television Rosie Awards documentary (non-fiction over 30 minutes) over the past four (6) years. The nominations include Trials & Tribulations of Old Trailmen, Mountain Men, Ancestors Calling, Women of Willmore Wilderness, Mountain Mustang, and Wildie. Jerry Woolsey and Dave Martineau were nominated for Best Overall Sound for Mountain Mustang.

Dmitri Bandet
Dmitri Bandet Supervising Sound Editor I Sound Supervisor
Dmitri provides location sound recording and post-production mixing with over 13 years in the professional audio industry. Having experience in live sound environments, professional recording studios, and on location working with filmmakers, allows him to bring a unique, strong and reliable skill set to any project. Dmitri currently works as a freelance post-production mixer and location sound mixer recording sound for Independent Films, Documentaries, Commercials and Corporate Videos.
Alex Moretti 1st Assistant Director I Story Board I Apprentice Editor
Alex is a new immigrant from Brazil, South America. He speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish. Alex has a Master’s Degree in Psycholgy and was a Professor of Psychology at Unip University in his native homeland of Brazil. Alex is a great asset to the People & Peaks Productions team, as he brings a “universal understanding of story” to the production. Alex has immigrated to Alberta, married a local woman, and lives in Grande Cache.
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