Native Actress Irene Bedard’s Film Company to Bring Classic Novel, “Two Old Women” to Big Screen


Sleeping Lady Films to Produce Movie Based on Velma Wallis’s best seller 

Irene Bedard

Irene Bedard

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Irene Bedard’s Native American production company, Sleeping Lady Films, announced it has secured the rights to the novel, “Two Old Women,” by Velma Wallis, (Gwich’in Athabascan),

“We are so pleased to be able to bring this amazing story to the big screen,” stated Sleeping Lady Films President Irene Bedard, who is an award-winning actress.

Bedard is known on the other side of the camera for her roles in films: “Into the West,”  “Tree of Life,” “Smoke Signals,” and being the speaking voice of the title role in “Disney’s Pocahontas.”

“I have loved this book for over 20 years and it has all the elements we look for in a story; strong Native American characters, positive role models, overcoming adversity, self-reliance and adventure. The book is a classic that we will be filming in both English and Gwich’in.”

“We are delighted to work with Sleeping Lady Films because its principals understand the intrinsic value of Alaska Native traditions, and the exciting skill with which Velma Wallis has preserved them,” added Lael Morgan, founder and acquisitions editor for Anchorage based Epicenter Press, publishers of the book.

Two Old Women cover“Two Old Women; an Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival” is based on an Athabascan legend from the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska. The story is a shocking, suspenseful and ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by the Tribe during a brutal winter famine. Published in 1993, the book has sold over two million copies worldwide, received numerous awards and is taught in schools in Alaska, Montana and the Northwest Territories.

Principal photography for the film is expected to start in late spring/early summer 2016.

Sleeping Lady Films is based in Anchorage, Alaska.




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