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About

How It Started

Wookey Films was co-founded by Jérémie and Janelle Wookey, a Franco-Métis brother-sister filmmaking team born and raised in the Canadian prairies.

As little kids they chewed through a number of home video cameras and spent endless hours on iMovie producing (among other things) some pretty confusing fiction films, elaborate sit-down talk shows and documentary shorts about Simba, the family Bichon-Frise.

Their ‘big-break’ came in 2008 when their independent short documentary Mémère Métisse, premiered on opening night of the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto and was acquired for air on CBC, Radio-Canada and APTN.

Following the success of Mémère Métisse, the two accrued a combined 7 years of experience working in Winnipeg’s CBC/Radio-Canada newsroom. In 2013, they took a leap of faith, launching Wookey Films Inc. where they’ve since been producing English, French and Indigenous language documentary programming for CBC, Radio-Canada, APTN and Unis TV5.

With every project, WFI’s objective is to tell stories that contribute to building stronger bridges between Canadians, promoting a deeper level of understanding and empathy through smart, entertaining content.

Janelle Wookey

Producer

Janelle has been picturing doing what she does today since she was 5 years old. Her curiosity and unique sense of wonder are what drive her most as a storyteller. Since launching Wookey Films, she’s had the opportunity to develop her ‘left-brain’ and now actually cherish the hours she gets to spend on Microsoft Excel.  Her love of entertaining audiences is fulfilled both though her work as a content producer and through living room performances of lip-synced Barbra Streisand show tunes.

Jérémie Wookey

Producer

Jérémie’s artistic intuition & technical skills have been central in the conception and continued growth of Wookey Films. His unique blend of modesty and ambition help keep his team both focused and inspired. Jeremie is passionate about developing authentic, smart and fresh content that connects with audiences from coast to coast. He is a proud graduate of Red River College's the Creative Communications and the University of St.Boniface.

LAURENCE B. LEMAIRE

Writer / Researcher / Production Co-ordinator

Originally from Québec, Laurence currently works with WFI as a Writer, Researcher and Production Co-ordinator. Her unique and imaginative mind have her playing an especially integral role in developing the company’s French-language projects. After graduating from the University of Montréal with a degree in journalism, she began her professional career in print. She later joined Radio-Canada’s Winnipeg newsroom as a reporter before joining the WFI team where her unflappable love of Celine Dion’s 1990s repertoire made her an immediate fit.

TREVOR HNATOWICH

Shooter / Editor / Production Assistant

A recent graduate of Red River College’s highly-respected Creative Communications program, Trevor brings a wide and impressive range of technical and creative skills to the Wookey Films table. As a Media Production major, he produced Campfire Winnipeg, an online video series profiling local musicians’ stories, songs and performances. The project gained substantial popularity online, reaching a total of more than 3000 video views.

COLLEEN ALKSNIS

Business Affairs

With more than 25 years of experience in the production industry, Colleen Alksnis has accrued a unique and deeply valuable skillset. As a free-lance Producer, Production Manager, Bookkeeper and Tax Credit Administrator, her unparalleled understanding of the business side of television production in Manitoba make her an integral member of the Wookey Films team. Colleen has worked on numerous award-winning productions for CBC, APTN and CTV (among others) alongside many (if not the majority) of Manitoba’s most successful Producers.

Location

Wookey Films is located in the heart of the Exchange District in suite 412 at 250 McDermot Avenue.