Announcing the Reelworld 2021 Level UP Program Recipients to Shadow on Hudson & Rex Series

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

The final four participants have been chosen; Directors JJ Neepin, and Adrian Wallace; and Writers Mark Harnett, and Nauzanin Knight are preparing to head out to Newfoundland and Labrador to gain on-the-ground experience on the set of Hudson & Rex, now shooting its fourth season.

Level UP Program recipients from top left to bottom right: JJ Neepin, Adrian Wallace, Nauzanin Knight, Mark Harnett.

Out of hundreds of writers and directors from across Canada who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, these four will each partake in a 4-week long paid job shadowing opportunity between August and December, 2021. JJ Neepin is an Indigenous director based in Winnipeg, Manitoba and a member of Fox Lake Cree Nation. Neepin’s directorial debut was on the Sinking Ship web series Lockdown in 2020; prior to that she credits much of her learning to her role as Associate Producer for the Trickster series, where she received guidance from Sienna Films producers. As a member of the DGC, Neepin has gained invaluable knowledge through the Women in View Five in Focus: Indigenous program as well as their Directing for Episodic Workshop. Adrian Wallace is an award-winning director, screenwriter and actor from Toronto, Ontario, with multi-disciplinary training in film and television. Wallace has a ferocious appetite for storytelling and life-long learning. He won a Canadian Screen Award this year for “Best Direction in a Documentary Series,” where his film Black Sun was part of a collection of documentaries in the Being Black In Toronto Documentary series.