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A Scattering of Seeds



The "Albertans: Who Do They Think They Are?" digitization project is proud to have White Pine Pictures as a content provider. White Pine Pictures is an independent Canadian film and television production company that specializes in docu-dramas, and documentary films and television series'. They have kindly granted us permission to present small video clips from their series: A Scattering of Seeds - The Creation of Canada. A Scattering of Seeds is a 52-part documentary series developed for History Television that explores the immigrant experience in Canada. Award-winning filmmaker Peter Raymont, now in partnership with Creative producer Lindalee Tracey, is the founder of White Pine Pictures. The company has earned a solid reputation for high production and post production quality. They have won over thirty international awards, including Canadian Genies and Geminis, and a Gold Medal for Best Documentary Television series at the international Worldfest Houston. Their content has significantly added to the integrity and overall presentation of this project. We encourage you to visit their web site for more information on the series and White Pine Pictures.


1. Something From Nothing: The Shumiatcher Saga
Director David Paperny
DAVID PAPERNY profiles the legendary Shumiatcher family of Calgary; Russian Jews, who's company Smithbilt, became synonymous with the white hats of the Calgary Stampede and the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary.

9. The Impossible Home: Robert Kroetsch And His German Roots
Director Carl Bessai
CARL BESSAI focuses on novelist and poet Robert Kroetsch, who, through his award-winning stories and poems, recounts the immigration of his German great, great-grandfather to Ontario and then onward to Heisler, Alberta.

10. The Fullness Of Time: Ukrainian Stories From Alberta
Director Halya Kuchmij
HALYA KUCHMIJ returns to one of the first Ukrainian settlements in Alberta, and weaves together the stories of early immigrants compiled by poet, Harvey Spak.

13. A Land As Green As The Sea 
Director Tom Radford
TOM RADFORD explores the legacy of his grandparents who left Scotland during the Highland Clearances to found the first newspaper in Edmonton, Alberta and to become Pulitzer Prize winners.

16. Brothers from Vietnam
Director Carl Bessai
A filmmaker s first-person account of sponsoring a Vietnamese Boat family in Edmonton, Alberta, and their relationship over the years.

17. New Norway: The Immigrant Trail
Director Tom Radford
The legacy of three generations of a Norwegian family who emigrated to Alberta in 1912, set-up a general store and got involved in local politics and community building.

27. Má Vlast (My Homeland): The Jiraneks In Canada
Director Tom Radford
Michael and Renata Jiranek came to Alberta in 1968 with their young sons, Martin and Alex to escape the Soviet invasion of their Czech homeland. Their dream was to coach figure skating. Within ten years they had taken Kurt Browning, from the small town of Caroline, and turned him into a national figure skating champion.

45. A Farmer from Amber Valley - J.D. Edwards
Director David Adkin
David Adkin's A Farmer From Amber Valley is the moving story of Jefferson Davis Edwards, a black American in search of a freer life in Alberta.

50. The Travelling Reverend
Director Linda Ohama
Linda Ohama's The Travelling Reverend is the inspiring story of Reverend Y. Kawamura, a Japanese Bhuddhist priest who settled in Alberta in 1934.
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