We’re two humble dudes that still love what we do and we’re never afraid of rolling our sleeves up to get things done. Based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, close to longitude midpoint of our country, we’re grounded in the will and hard work stemming from this place

There’s beauty in simplicity and we’re rooted in these ideals: great concepts with good writing, shot and edited well. Always growing as producers, directors, writers, cinematographers and editors, our goal is to reach for the next level in each production.

We’ve had the good fortune to work with great organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and The Dufresne Group. We’ve also worked on documentaries and contributed to shows on CBC, APTN, Smithsonian Channel, Bloomberg TV and MTS. In all honesty, it’s an exciting time for us as we continue to grow and work on bigger and better things.

We love to explore new places and meet amazing people along our journey and we’re looking forward to working with you to help tell your story.

Life at Ice River Films

Andrew Wiens

Creative Director

Andrew Wiens

In grade two Andrew was asked to write a one-page story for English class. He came back with a 10-page epic tale of survival involving himself riding to safety triumphantly on the back of a polar bear through a blinding snowstorm.

Now that he’s supposed to be grown-up, his travels have lead him from Churchill, MB (where he encountered real life polar bears) to Nairobi, Kenya (where he encountered real life lions). Clearly he hasn’t changed all that much.

As a co-founder of Ice River Films, he’s written and directed for various broadcasters, including Global TV, CBC and MTS. He’s also worked on shows for Smithsonian, APTN and Bloomberg TV and had the chance to work with some awesome organizations like Habitat for Humanity, DASCH, The Dufresne Group and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Always digging deeper, he has a knack for getting to the heart of a story, connecting to its essence – the juicy stuff that truly matters to the human condition. A writer, director, musician, cameraman and editor, Andrew is compelled to create and collaborate along his perpetual quest to work with the most amazing people he can.

Sam Karney

Director of Photography

Sam Karney

Once described as a rural intellectual by a non-credible source, Sam Karney is a filmmaker who seeks to show the beauty in the mundane; the imperfection in the near-perfect.

Born in the prairies on the edge of the boreal forest, Sam grew up with the wilderness and the natural world all around him and through this immersion, he gravitates towards creating content that sees him travel to new places and explore the beauty around him.

With years spent in newsrooms, Sam brings a unique “real-world” feel to his work that combines the beauty of cinema with the gritty realness of current events and documentary. When not slinging a camera, he enjoys playing some blues guitar and drinking the finest pilsners in the land.

Sam’s travels have seen him shoot content for Smithsonian TV, APTN, Bloomberg TV, Al Jazeera, and numerous others.

He currently has a fascination with pre Second World War political history, and spends his time wishing he had a dog to walk. Also, he is in the market for a new hobby– suggestions are welcome.