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Midian Farm

Ken Whiteley (2018)

From 1971 to 1977, Midian Farm was a back-to-the-land social experiment created by a community of urban baby-boomers from Toronto. Part of the youth counterculture movement during a period of social and political re-imagining, its utopian vision eventually collapsed. More than four decades later, Canadian filmmaker Liz Marshall unearths Midian Farm to memorialize a transformative piece of family and Canadian history.

Producer/Director/Writer: Liz Marshall
Music: Ken Whiteley

PG+ | Canada | English | 2018 | 80min | Colour & Black And White | Documentary

World Premiere at Planet in Focus Int’l Environmental Film Festival: October 27, 2018 at the Al Green Theatre, Toronto, ON
Co-presented by: Women in Film & Television Toronto and REEL CANADA.

All Our Relations

Ken Whiteley (2013)

“All My Relations” is a genealogy documentary series. All Aboriginal, all talented, all successful. Through genealogy, the series explores the family roots of well-known Aboriginal performers from Canada.

6 celebrities, 6 journeys into the past, 6 inspiring stories for the future. Featuring Aboriginal celebrities such as actor Adam Beach, hockey great Theoren Fleury, dance choreographer Santee Smith, architect Douglas Cardinal, and political figures such as Elijah Harper and former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, James Bartleman, this series takes us on a journey through their individual family histories, learning about how the experiences of their ancestors has shaped who these outstanding individuals would one day become.

Producer/Director/Writer: Ralph Brown, Waterfront Productions.
Music: Ken Whiteley

World Premiere: Wed., Sept. 4th on APTN

The Uluit: Champions of the North

Ken Whiteley (2011)

The Uluit: Champions of the North is a five-episode documentary series about an all-female Inuit hockey team in Inukjuak, Nunavik, a northern Quebec town of 1500 people. Filmed over the course of one year, this remarkable group of mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters and friends come together for the love of the game where troubles are left on the sidelines. The Uluit, in addition to being star athletes, fiercely inspire and deeply impact their community serving as teachers, midwives, students and social workers.

The Uluit: Champions of the North provides a rare view into the victory as well as the struggle faced by a culture and community steeped in tradition yet living among the demands and changes of a modern world. Each episode weaves together intimate portraits of these diverse Inuit women embraced by the beauty of the land that surrounds them.

Producer: Ari A. Cohen, Marie-Hélène Cousineau. Executive Producers: Susan Avingaq, Madeline Ivalu. Director: Ari A. Cohen. Produced in association with: Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canada Media Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund, Rogers Cable Fund, Quebec and Canadian Tax Credits.

Musical score by Ken Whiteley with original music by Lucie Idlout. Music produced by Ken Whiteley. Music recording engineer Nicolas Tjelios.

Music recorded at Casa Wroxton Studio, Toronto with Lucie Idlout (vocals, throat singing), Celina Kalluk (throat singing), Ken Whiteley (piano, organ, guitar), Kevin McKay (guitar), Matt Brubeck (cello), Kevin Turcott (trumpet), Doug Elash (bass), Blake Manning (drums).

Release date was March 7, 2011 on APTN.

Love Letters

Ken Whiteley (2010)

Nominated for a Gemini Award,
Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series, 2010.

A one-hour performing arts special for CBC Television, hosted by Gordon Pinsent and features real-life acting couples in an exploration of the subject of love and relationships; created by Peter Keleghan and Leah Pinsent, based on the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Love Letters by A.R. Gurney. In counterpoint to the play excerpts, the special features off-stage interviews with the actors on the subject of their views on the many colours of love from their own personal and inter-personal experiences.

Love Letters is performed by the show’s creators Peter Keleghan (The Newsroom, Made in Canada) and Leah Pinsent (Made in Canada, More Tears), along with some of Canada’s most well known acting couples, including Peter Donaldson (Emily of New Moon) and Sheila McCarthy (Little Mosque on the Prairie); Carlo Rota (24) and Nazneen Contractor (The Border); Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Deb McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie); and Samantha Bee and Jason Jones (both of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart). Acclaimed Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent (who performed Love Letters on stage with his late wife, Charmion King) hosts.

Love Letters was shot in the CBC Toronto studios and directed by Tim Southam (The Bay of Love and Sorrows, One Dead Indian, The Tale of Teeka) with production design by Sean Breaugh (MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives) and with musical score by Ken Whiteley. Five Toronto-based musicians all play on the soundtrack; Gryphon Trio’s couple Roman Borys (cellist) and Anna Patipatanakoon (violinist), jazz pianist Marilyn Lerner, bassist Ben Whiteley, and multi-instrumentalist Ken Whiteley.

Love Letters is produced by Triptych Media (Heyday!, The Tale of Teeka, Emotional Arithmetic) with executive producers Peter Keleghan and Leah Pinsent.

Release date was January 31, 2010 on CBC Television.


Ken Whiteley (2006)

Silver Hugo Award Winner for Best Feature Length Telefilm-Drama. Presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival.

Written & directed by Gordon Pinsent. Produced by Anna Stratton & Robin Cass, Triptych Media. Music composed by Ken Whiteley. Music engineer Nicolas Tjelios. Music recorded at Casa Wroxton Studio.

Starring Adam Butcher, Peter MacNeil, Joanne Kelly, Tom McCamus, Deidre Gillard-Rowlings. With special appearances by Mark McKinney, Leah Pinsent, Gabe Hogan, Greg Malone.

Plot: It’s 1945, and 16-year-old Terry dreams of waiting tables at the Airlines Hotel in Gander, “Gateway to the World at War!”. When his mother becomes ill and their house is quarantined, Terry conjures up the hotel world to keep his fears at bay, complete with a spy mystery and a romance with the vivacious Laurie Dwyer (some ten years his senior). But with a war outside and death upstairs, Terry must choose between boyhood fantasies or confronting life’s hard truths.

Musicians: Ken Whiteley (guitars, vibraphone, bass drum), John Sheard (piano), Bucky Berger (Drums), Dennis Pendrith (bass), Sarah McElcheron (trumpet), Bob D’Angelis (clarinet, saxophone), Dennis Keldie (accordion), Kathryn Moses (piccolo, saxophone)

Songs: Gander, Gander ( performed by Ken Whiteley, David Wall, Rebecca Campbell), In The Bedroom (instrumental), Hero In My Dreams (performed by Mark McKinney), Movie Queen (instrumental), The Band Plays On (instrumental), Chuggin’ Along (instrumental), Film Noir (instrumental), Dave Sharkey March (instrumental), Fred & Ginger (instrumental), Blue Sky Blues (instrumental), Flemming Tango (instrumental), In My Arms Again (performed by Rebecca Campbell), Into The Bath (instrumental), Joe’s Theme (instrumental), Perhaps (instrumental), Waitin’ For You (performed by Tom Power, Steve Power, Darren Martin, Patrick Foran), On The Hill (instrumental), V.E. Rumba (instrumental), Let Go (performed by Martha Johnson).

“Inventive, a little madcap, sometimes serious and always engaging. It’s very fine.” John Doyle, The Globe & Mail

Falling Angels

Ken Whiteley (2003)

Ken received a Canadian Genie Award, Best Original Song in a Motion Picture 2004 for “Tell Me”. Also a Ten Best Canadian Films of 2003 winner.

Directed by Scott Smith. Based on the novel by Barbara Gowdy and written by Esta Spalding. Cast: Miranda Richardson, Callum Keith Rennie, Katharine Isabelle, Kristin Adams, Monté Gagné, Mark McKinney, Carman Fielding, Courtney Goodison, Melissa Brown, Kett Turton, Ingrid Nilson, Kristina Hughes, Jonathan Bastian.

Plot: The wickedly funny story of three sisters’ coming of age in a wildly dysfunctional family, set against the backdrop of the 60’s, free love, the Cold War, LSD and the dawn of feminism.