Catching up with Reelworld Trailblazer Tamara Podemski

Updated: Aug 31, 2021

Reelworld had the pleasure of Zooming with Tamara Podemski while she was filming on location in New Mexico. Mrs. Podemski is a Canadian film and television actress and writer. She spoke to us about her journey and why being acknowledged by Reelworld as a trailblazer meant so much to her.

Tamara is most noted for her regular supporting role as Alison Trent in the television series Coroner, for which she won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 9th Canadian Screen Awards in 2021.[2]

When did you first hear about Reelworld Film Festival?

“In the very beginning of film festivals, Tonya was always there at every native event. If there was anything in the world of indigenous cinema or television, I always remember Tonya being a huge supporter and friend of everyone there. Very early on I understood that being a part of a marginalized voice in the industry meant that you were a part of a VIP club, and it was a great club because it was made up of fierce advocates, and so Reelworld, to me, was always one of those players in that work.”

When we at Reelworld honoured you as a trailblazer in the industry, what was that moment like?

“It was really meaningful for me... Four Sheets to the Wind was a small, passion project, and I loved it so much. I mean, we didn’t even have money for a poster. We were not expecting to get acknowledged for the film, so getting into Sundance and winning the special jury prize fo