The Peabody Award, 2005, Human Cargo
Gemini Awards, “Best Movie or Miniseries”, “Best Writing in a Movie or Miniseries”, “Best Direction in a Movie or Miniseries”, “Best Editing in a Movie or Miniseries”, “Best Production Design in a Movie or Miniseries”, “Best Original Score for a Movie or Miniseries”, “Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries”, Human Cargo
Leo Awards, “Best Dramatic Series”, “Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series”, Human Cargo
Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Robert W. Wagner Award for Excellence in Narrative Screen Writing, Human Cargo
Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Bronze Plaque, Human Cargo
Columbus International Film and Video Festival, the Chris Award, Frostfire:
Banff World Television Festival, Rockie Awards, “Best Miniseries” nominee, Human Cargo
Dreamspeakers Festival, “Best Drama Over 30 Minutes”, Frostfire
The Hollywood Reporter “A-List”, top 5 shows for MIPCOM, Human Cargo
Brian McKeown is a Peabody Award-winning writer, filmmaker and producer, co-creator, co-writer and producer of the miniseries, Human Cargo, winner of 7 Gemini Awards, including “Best Writing in a Movie or Miniseries”, “Best Miniseries”, four Leo Awards, including “Best Writing”, Best Miniseries”, the Robert W. Wagner Award for Excellence in Narrative Screenwriting and the George Foster Peabody Award.
Brian is the Producer and Executive Producer of the television feature, Frostfire, winner of a Chris Award at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival and “Best Drama over Thirty Minutes” at the Dreamspeakers Festival, the first annual Aboriginal Film Awards.
From 1985 to 1990, Brian was Producer and Executive Producer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation drama series, The Beachcombers, producing close to 100 episodes.
Brian is also a documentary filmmaker, producer and studio director in news and current affairs with experience throughout Canadian television, including CityTV and CMTV in Toronto, CBC in Toronto and Vancouver and with the educational broadcaster TVOntario.
He founded Howe Sound Films in 1989.
Human Cargo, six-hour drama miniseries, is a gripping, deeply-affecting thriller from the global refugee crisis, dealing with issues of asylum, international terrorism, the international aid industry and the Canadian immigration and refugee system. A weave of stories, a collision of worlds: Moses a teacher from Burundi, his family scattered by civil war; Naila, an outcast from Afghanistan on a secret personal mission; Helen Wade, a naïve and entitled young woman off to save herself and the world, in that order; Jerry Fisher, a refugee lawyer collapsing under the weight of it all and Nina Wade a political casualty banished to the Canadian Immigration Refugee Board. A refugee arrives with a secret. What then?
War Wounds and Memory
War Wounds and Memory, one-hour documentary, is a searing, intimate portrait of five Canadian men, all of whom served with U.S. forces in the War in Viet Nam and who, in the years since, have struggled with civilian life, jobs, marriages, raising children, all the while dealing with the ravages of combat-based Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In addition to its broadcast on CBC, SCN and British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, War Wounds and Memory has served as a therapeutic tool by Veteran’s Affairs Canada in its Operational Stress Injury clinics across Canada.
Frostfire, two-hour television feature, adventure-thriller, set in the Canadian high Arctic. Frostfire is the story of Nelson, a young Inuit caught between two worlds, in full flight from the pull of his family and heritage and from the encroaching demands of white society. On a desolate stretch of Arctic sea-ice, Nelson finds a mysterious woman, alone and dying. His heroic rescue triggers the discovery of a toxic secret from the Cold War and a looming environmental catastrophe.
Frostfire was filmed in Vancouver, Yellowknife, NWT and Taloyoak, Nunavut.
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