Created by Indigenous women, filmed on the North shore of Lake Superior, "Ecstasy" needs your help to make it to the screen.
This short narrative dance film seeks to address the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women through the relationship of sisters, the embodiment of spirit, and the healing power of dance.
Featuring Christine Friday and Heryka Miranda, with choreography by Rulan Tangen, dramaturgy by Yvette Nolan, direction by Cara Mumford, and cinematography by Elisa Iannacone.
Red Card World: The Tree
In the year 2167, Migizikwe learns of a new threat to the sovereign Michi Saagiig Territory and an ancient tree offers protection. Created as part of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s partnership with Charles Street Video (CSV). Featuring Christine Friday and Emma Hyland.
Interweaving Leanne Simpson's poetics, song, and stories of the land, while honouring the oldest maple tree in this region of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Territory, "The Oldest Tree in the World" is a love song to the oldest sugar maple in the region, living just outside of Nogojiwanong (Peterborough) in Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park. This grandmother tree, one of our oldest living relations, has lived through over 500 years of history. With music by Nick Ferrio, edited by Faisal Lutchmedial.
Leanne Simpson's spoken word track, "Leaks," recorded with Tara Williamson, is combined with visuals of Leanne with her daughter on the land of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg, this film is about living as an Anishinaabekwe, the connection to the land and passing that knowledge on to our children. Most importantly, it's about how we can teach them to be proud of who they are no matter what the outside world does to try to tear them down.
A one-minute video created for the Emergency Day of Action - Solidarity for #Elsipogtog on December 2, 2013, which justhappened to be the 49th anniversary of Mario Savio's "Gears & Levers" speech at Berkeley launching the #FreeSpeech movement. Music by @atribecalledred. #IdleNoMore #FrackOff
A one-minute film commissioned by the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival as part of their Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative, drawing attention to over 580 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.
Clever and uncompromising, this spoken-word tour de force recalls the events of the Montreal massacre at L'École Polytechnique in 1989, making a bold statement for the abolishment of violence against women
Coda (n): "A new theme introduced at the end of a musical composition to emphasise the sense of finality." Inspired by the films of Deco Dawson and Maya Deren, this silent, black & white film provides a brief, surrealistic glimpse into one moment of this woman's existence: the coda of her life. Is it an ending, or a place between?