Puktew Muin (Fire Bear)
Film Description: Uncle shares the Mi’kmaq story of Skus and Muin, at a camp fire with his niece and nephew. As they listen, their imaginations take over and turn the story into their own interpretation of what is happening, with them playing the lead characters.
Director Biography: Daniel Fortin is a mixed-blood director and producer who celebrates his L’nu (Mi’kmaq), Metis, and European ancestry through themes often prevalent in his work. Living out of Toronto, Canada, he is the founder and president of Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures, which name represents his children. In Sept. 2020, the company will begin filming the third season of the documentary series Merchants of the Wild on APTN, which is produced, directed and written by Daniel. The second season is set to air in early, 2021. He has recently seen great success with CBC’s short documentary Hard Learning which won Best Indigenous Short at the Regina International Film Festival, and has screened at many other film festivals internationally. Also screening at festivals around the world is the children’s L’nu short film Puktew Muin (Fire Bear) which premiered at ImagineNative in the fall of 2019. He is currently developing the period feature film The King’s Daughter based on Suzanne Martel’s novel of the same title.