Bowie, a veteran documentary filmmaker, says he first met Norwegian 12 years ago on another shoot. “Do you think this Nahanni River journey would make an interesting film?” Norwegian asked Bowie.
“I told Herb it would make a great film, but the timing only came together in the last couple of years,” Bowie explains. “It is an important project for the Dene, a film about their values and point of view. And there hasn’t been a boat like this on the Nahanni River in 100 years.”
The documentary is budgeted at $1 million. “The budget is secure on the film side,” says producer Rita Kotzia of 90th Parallel Productions.
“But on the Dene side, we have launched a $30,000 crowdfunding campaign to specifically help the Dene raise money to cover their travel costs and expenses. The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign will also finance the building of the 40-foot moose skin boat and the transportation costs for the Dene to fly into the building site near the headwaters of the Nahanni River.”