Empire of Dirt (2013)


Empire of Dirt (2013)

Three generations of First Nations women struggle to deal with the demons of their past.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb   6.7 /10
TheMovieDb    6.8 /10
Director Peter Stebbings
Writer Shannon Masters
Release Date2013-09-06
Runtime1h 39min
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards4 wins & 11 nominations.
CompanyRedcloud Studios, Narrow Path Productions, Téléfilm Canada
Lena Mahikan
Peeka Mahikan
Mrs. Armstrong
Jaiden Mitchell
Jaiden Mitchell
Little Wing
Doug Bedard
Doug Bedard
Sandra (as Tonya Lee Williams)
Doctor Gaffney
Warren Fensky

Empire of Dirt (film)

Empire of Dirt is a 2013 Canadian drama film directed by Peter Stebbings. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film was a shortlisted nominee for Best Picture at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards. It also garnered nominations for Best Actress (Cara Gee), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Podemski), Best Original Screenplay (Shannon Masters) and Best Editing (Jorge Weisz).


The film stars Cara Gee as Lena, a young single First Nations mother struggling to bridge the generation gap with her daughter Peeka (Shay Eyre) and her mother Minerva (Jennifer Podemski).


The film was shot from 19 September to 4 October 2012 at Kensington Market in Toronto and at Keswick, Ontario. Its original working title was Empire of Dirt, and it was briefly called Running Wolf.


  • Cara Gee as Lena
  • Shay Eyre as Peeka
  • Jennifer Podemski as Minerva "Minnie"
  • Luke Kirby as Russell
  • Jordan Prentice as Warren
  • Michael Cram as Doc Baker
  • Sarah Podemski as Charmaine
  • Lawrence Bayne as Hank
  • Kate Corbett as Wendy
  • Tonya Williams as Sandra
  • Shannon Kook as Angel