Frontiersman "Kootenai" Brown is haunted by his violent past as a soldier in India and a Fort Steele lawman in the late 1800s.
Experience Canada's Wild West through the adventures of John George "Kootenai" Brown: lawman, miner and legend.
John George “Kootenai” Brown is Canada's Seth Bullock. He was a lawman, miner, involved in gunfights, shot with arrows, mail man through hostile territory, one of the first to discover oil in BC, and creator and protector of what would later become Alberta's Waterton Lakes National Park. This is the story of his adventures through Canada's untamed West and the other characters who have now become a part of our country's wild history. -A 5 part webisode series (each approx. 10 mins in length) -A dramatic series based on historical figures from the late 1800s in Southern Alberta and BC (modelled after the HBO series Deadwood) -Useful as a promotional tool for regional tourism offices (showcasing attractions like Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in AB and Fort Steele, BC)
A diverse and experienced crew featuring several members of the Lethbridge Independent Film Society and WCMA nominee singer/songwriter and film/tv composer WiL, we're excited and ready to get to work on "Western Steele!"
A Northwest Mounted Police uniform from the late 1800s. Attire from the period (featured here at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek, AB) will be worn by lead, supporting and background actors.
An example of the detailed interiors to be used for the series. This school house is located at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek, AB.
This is the actual cabin of our main character, Kootenai Brown, from 1883. It will be used for exterior shots, as well as interior, featuring actual furnishings owned by Kootenai Brown at the time (including kitchen and bedrooms).
Main street Fort Steele, to be used for exterior shots of town life in the 1880s (horse buggies and background actors creating the activity). This is a maternity dress from the period (recent photo) made in Fort Steele's actual functioning seamstress shop! Many costumes from that shop will be used in the series. Fort Steele (near Cranbrook, BC) will be the main shooting location.
Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek, AB features almost 30 actual historic buildings featuring highly detailed interiors and exteriors. They even moved and restored the 4 story former CIBC bank from dowtown!
The key location to our story is not a town, but a majestic National Park, created with the help of our story's protaganist, John George "Kootenai" Brown. This view of Waterton Lake features in a key moment at the beginning of our story, showcasing the beauty of the region that had an impact on Kootenai Brown for life.
WE HAVE A TRAIN! The railroad featured prominently in the lives of Western Canadians in the late 1800s and this working steam train at Fort Steele will most definitely be part of our series!
The marketing teams at Fort Steele Heritage Town, Chinook Country Tourist Association (Explore Southwest Alberta) and Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village will all be promoting "Western Steele" during the week of Telus Storyhive voting! Radio station Summit 107 (serving the East Kootenays) will also be talking it up!
Setting our sights on the exact target audience, we'll be showcasing behind the scenes videos and photos of "Western Steele" to the 12,364 current members of The Western Legends facebook page!
In the last weeks of preparing the Western Steele submission for Telus Storyhive, large forest fires broke out near the proposed shooting locations of Fort Steele and Waterton National Park. Just days ago, along with all residents, even these bison were evacuated from the park. Already, updates on efforts to save the park are being featured on the Western Steele facebook page to keep those interested in the project and these important areas informed.