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Finding Farley

Finding Farley

| 1 h 2 min

In this feature documentary, husband-and-wife team Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison (Being Caribou), along with their 2-year-old son and dog, retrace the literary footsteps of Canadian writer Farley Mowat. They canoe east from Calgary towards the Prairies (the geography of Farley's Born Naked and Owls in the Family) and then traverse the same paths that Mowat took more than 60 years earlier in Never Cry Wolf and People of the Deer. Their epic 5,000 km journey—trekking, sailing, portaging and paddling—ends in the Maritimes, at Mowat's Nova Scotia summer home.

  • writer
    Leanne Allison
  • director
    Leanne Allison
  • narration writer
    Leanne Allison
    Karsten Heuer
  • producer
    Tracey Friesen
  • editor
    Janice Brown
  • director of photography
    Leanne Allison
  • location sound recordist
    Karsten Heuer
  • composer
    Dennis Burke
  • sound design
    Dennis Burke
  • narrator
    Leanne Allison
    Karsten Heuer
  • associate producer
    Catrina Longmuir
  • additional cinematography
    Karsten Heuer
    Alexander Taylor
    John Walker
  • additional location sound recordist
    Leanne Allison
    Eva Madden
    Christopher Miller
    Alex Salter
  • maps
    Michael Mann
  • animation
    Michael Mann
  • graphic artist
    Elisa Chee
  • clearances
    Found Images Research
  • transcription
    Pamela Pellegrini
  • sound effects editor
    Raphael Choi
  • post production services
    Technicolor Creative Services
  • production coordinator
    Teri Snelgrove
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • marketing manager
    Kay Leung
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman
  • executive producer
    Tracey Friesen


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Ages 13 to 15

Study Guide - Guide 1

English Language Arts - CanLit
Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
Health/Personal Development - Careers & Education
Health/Personal Development - Substance Use and Abuse/Addiction
Social Studies - Social Policies and Programs

A warm-up to reading Mowat, depicting the beauty of the North and its habitat, accompanied by ethical questions about truth in storytelling. Activities: 1) Point of view in literature: students assume the point of view of one of the adventurers (wife, child, dog) or someone encountered, and imaginatively retell a film sequence; 2) Environment: students select an environmental issue suggested by the film, research and communicate it through story, drawing, video, letters or journalistic report.

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