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Buffy Sainte-Marie documentary nominated for 2023 International Emmy Award

The Canadian Press

Wed, September 27, 2023, at 10:37 a.m. PDT

NEW YORK — A career-spanning documentary about celebrated Canadian musician and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie has been nominated for an International Emmy Award.

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On, directed by Madison Thomas, is nominated in the arts programming category.

It is the only Canadian nominee this year across 14 categories of the International Emmys that recognize television programs and performances from 20 countries.

The film explores the Cree singer-songwriter's career and life, from her days on the 1960s folk music scene to her advocacy work for Indigenous rights and environmental causes.

The documentary, produced by Eagle Vision, White Pine Pictures and Paquin Entertainment, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and is available to stream on Crave.

Winners will be announced at the 51st International Emmy Awards gala in New York City on Nov. 20.

Sainte-Marie, 82, announced in August that she's retiring from live performances, citing travel-induced health concerns and physical challenges.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2023.

The Canadian Press


Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On will screen twice in-theatre at the 2023 Friday Harbor Film Festival, October 26 - 29 in Friday Harbor, WA. The film will also be available on-demand worldwide from October 30 - November 5 on Explore the film and view screening times in the FHFF Film Guide by clicking below.

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