Rising Day Media (RDM) is owned by Jim Compton and is the parent company and major shareholder of Wabung Anung Films. RDM allows Wabung Anung to trigger Manitoba tax credits, which are the best in the country if not the world. Collaborations have allowed Wabung Anung to produce content in Manitoba and Ontario, such as Amplify, a 13-part series that explores the subconscious world of Indigenous songwriters and walks the viewer through their creative processes. Other productions in that vein include, The Fourth Wall (currently in development), which takes a deep dive into the creative processes involved in Indigenous theatre from the page to the stage.
RDM is also the corporate arm that allows Indigenous First Nations the screen to share their stories. RDM has produced videos for Dakota Tiwahe Services (DTS) which examines DTS’s transition to traditional self-government within the CFS system; 13 videos for YellowQuill College highlighting its Indigenous inspired programming; and Thunderbird Rising, a documentary for the Aboriginal Council on how they envision self-government and self-determination unfolding within the city of Winnipeg, guided by the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Its aim echoes the undying will of the Elders who say, “Yet there is hope, in everything we are doing and everything we are trying to do.”
Coptor, owned by Todd Ivey and Jeremy Edwardes, was founded in 1998 and is the minority shareholder of Wabung Anung. It has evolved from a small post-production house to become an award-winning creator of content for film, television and new media. Our heart has always been with the documentary genre, with films including Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space, documenting the military industrial complex, Raising Valhalla, a film that follows the design, construction and inaugural performance of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ryan, an animated short film about the life and career of Ryan Larkin that won numerous awards including an Oscar in 2005, and Alter Egos, the award-winning companion documentary. Our projects cover arts & culture, environment, political & social issues and numerous Indigenous productions.
As always, each new project represents new frontiers for Coptor, bringing new logistical, technical and creative challenges to be overcome. We meet these challenges head-on, calling upon the expertise of our highly professional crews and our talented and trusted production service partners. We also integrate a mentoring component, providing opportunities for new and upcoming talent to learn the business of production from administration through production and post.