Brocket 99

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Brocket 99
Genre Parody
Running time 112 minutes
Country Canada
Language(s) English
Home station 1090 CHEC
Syndicates None
TV adaptations None
Host(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Starring Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Announcer Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Creator(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Writer(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Director(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Senior editor(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Editor(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Producer(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Exec. producer(s) Tim Hitchner
Narrated by Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Recording studio 1090 CHEC, Lethbridge
Air dates since September 1986
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 1
Audio format Reel to Reel(Side A) and Cassette Tape(Side B), transferred to Compact Disc
Brocket 99 Part 2
Genre Parody
Running time 13:38 minutes
Country Canada
Language(s) English
Home station None
Syndicates None
TV adaptations None
Host(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Starring Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Announcer Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Creator(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Writer(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Director(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Senior editor(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Editor(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Producer(s) Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Exec. producer(s) Tim Hitchner
Narrated by Tim Hitchner, others unknown
Recording studio 1090 CHEC, Lethbridge
Air dates since 1989
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 1
Audio format Cassette Tape, transferred to Compact Disc
Brocket 99 - Rockin’ the Country
Directed by Nilesh Patel
Produced by Nilesh Patel
Written by Nilesh Patel
Music by Chris Guy, Patrick Stewart
Cinematography Jason W. Clarke
Edited by Art Maughan
Release date(s) 2006
Running time 98 min
Country Canada
Language English

Brocket 99 is the name of an underground comedy audio tape that parodies aboriginal people in Canada and the name of two documentary films about the tape (one produced in 2005, and the other in production).

1986 tape[edit]

The parody played on numerous aboriginal stereotypes and has been characterized as racist. The tape included names of real people, stores and towns and is an "international underground phenomenon".[1]

The tape was created in 1986 by radio DJs in Lethbridge, Alberta, purportedly inspired by a clip of a parody of gay men running a radio station called "AIDS Radio".[2] The "Brocket 99" tape was never made to be marketed and was meant as a parody.[1]

Brocket 99 Part 2 was recorded in 1986 but was released in 1989.[citation needed]

The premise of the tape was a fictitious radio station broadcasting from Brocket, Alberta, on the Northern Peigan reserve (a real reservation 70 km west of Lethbridge), hosted by a character named "Ernie Scar". It stereotypes natives as drunken bums, welfare recipients and drug addicts and uses pejorative terms to describe native men as "bucks" and native women as "squaws". Songs played on the tape included complete versions of multiple hits by artists such as AC/DC and Dwight Yoakam, often in a row. Between the songs and the DJ segments are fake ads for real products such as Dr. Scholl's foot powder and Lysol spray.[citation needed]

On February 12, 2011, a fan site reported the then anonymous actor who played Ernie Scar had died at age 49.[3] The anonymous actor who played Ernie Scar died of a coronary due to clogged arteries.[4]

On February 14, 2011, McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes posted the obituary of Tim Hitchner who died February 12, 2011.[5]

On April 28, 2012, the Lethbridge Herald reported the founder of Brocket 99 was local DJ Tim Hitchner who died February 2011.[6]

Documentaries[edit]

In 2005, filmmaker Nilesh Patel produced and directed a documentary called Brocket 99 — Rockin' the Country, which examined the ongoing popularity of the tape. CBC Radio's Sounds Like Canada described Brocket 99 as:[7]

"It started as a fake radio show on a cassette. Then it developed a cult following. Brocket 99 is something of a cultural phenomenon in western Canada. It purports to be a radio program on an Indian reserve. Some people find it hilarious and racey. Others say it's outright racist."

In 2006, the film won the Séquences Magazine Prize in the documentary category at the Montreal First Peoples’ Festival and the Special Recognition Award at the Anchorage International Film Festival.[8][9] The film was also featured at the 2006 Calgary and Edmonton International Film Festivals and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Burroughs, Alexandra (2005-07-13). "Is it comedy or racism? Brocket 99 film raises big issues". Calgary Herald. pp. E4,E7. 
  2. ^ Beeber, Al (2006-09-19). "Brocket 99 documentary ‘pretty provocative,’ says filmmaker". Lethbridge Herald. 
  3. ^ Anthony, Michael (2011-02-26). "ERNIE SCAR - 1961 - 2011". brocket99.net. 
  4. ^ Kang, Chul-Su (2011-09-25). "The Great Beyond". brocket99news.wordpress.com. 
  5. ^ Hitchner, Family (2011-02-14). "HITCHNER – Timothy (Tim) Craig". McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes. 
  6. ^ Zentner, Caroline (2012-04-28). "Students Say Brocket 99 Warrants Police Investigation". Lethbridge Herald. 
  7. ^ "BROCKET 99 - Nilesh Patel". Sounds Like Canada. 2005-06-30. CBC.
  8. ^ "Winners 2006". Montreal First Peoples’ Festival. Retrieved 2007-06-26. 
  9. ^ "Anchorage International Film Festival". Anchorage International Film Festival. Retrieved 2007-06-26. 

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