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The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 18-22, Toronto)

“The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival today announced the full programming for the Festival, running October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE will present over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors.

imagineNATIVE’s opening night gala on Wednesday, October 18 will be Waru a film directed by eight Māori women, telling the story of Waru, a young boy who dies at the hands of his caregiver. Each director tackles a ten-minute segment of Waru to create one complete, remarkable story through the lens of multiple family and community members as they deal with the horrific loss. On Sunday, October 22, the closing night gala will be The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Métis/Dene award-winning filmmaker, Marie Clements.

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Highlights from imagineNATIVE‘s feature film programs include Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier, the true-crime story revolving around a captivating reclusive woman from a small northern Manitoba reserve whose catfishing of an NBA superstar made international headlines; Sweet Country, from director Warwick Thornton and starring Hamilton Morris and Sam Neill in a period western set on the Northern Territory frontier; Juliana & the Medicine Fish, starring Adam Beach and Emma Tremblay; Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film; and Kayak to Klemtu, the first feature film by Zoe Hopkins.

imagineNATIVE will also include a diverse selection of short film programs including the return of The Witching Hour, the annual midnight horror/comedy series; Receptors, a series of experimental, dramatic, and documentary shorts; Ambient Light, shedding a light on the polar region with five shorts from Sweden, Greenland and North America; and Channel 51 Igloolik, celebrating 30 years of Inuit video art with a world premiere screening of Bowhead Whale Hunting with My Ancestors by Carol Kunnuk and Zacharias Kunuk – the first episode from the seven-part television series, Hunting with my Ancestors.

imagineNATIVE is also proud to announce that Cree actor, humanitarian and activist Tina Keeper will receive the 2017 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence. Tina Keeper will receive her award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 22 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

imagineNATIVE will present A Wall is a Screen, a nighttime event that is part-walking-tour and part-film-screening that transforms the way people look at and interact with their city by projecting short films onto various surfaces. This will be the first time ever A Wall is a Screen will feature all Indigenous-made short films.

imagineNATIVE‘s music showcase The Beat, co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), returns with live performances from Mob BounceKayla BriëtZiibiwan, and DJ Kookum, and a screening of eight music videos by Indigenous filmmakers and musicians.

The Digital Media Art+Cade, sponsored by Rezolution Pictures/Schoolü, returns to imagineNATIVE with projects including: The Cache, a digital photo essay from the Ammaaq family, who live north of the Arctic Circle; Standing Rock: People and Pride, an audio documentary by Kim Wheeler; Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, a video game testing the mental might of the player; Impossible to Contain, a 360 video doc about the aftermath of a diesel spill in the waters of Bella Bella, BC; Purity & Decay, a video game utilizing the popular Telltale adventure game style; Thunderbird Strike, a 2D sidescroller game with the player flying from the Tar Sands to the Great Lakes as a thunderbird protecting Turtle Island; He Ao Kotahi, a web series featuring Māori artists in Palestine; and XINONA, a digital animation essay set in an alternative universe where planets are made of kale, kombucha and beer.

imagineNATIVE’s Art Crawl will include three different locations, showcasing eight exhibitions at seven different galleries. This year’s Art Crawl will begin at OCADU with two exhibitions: For This Land: Inside Elemental and raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000–2015). The Art Crawl will then move to the 401 Richmond building with five Exhibition Premieres including: Mourning and Mayhem: The work of Adrian Stimson at A Space Gallery; Channel 51: Igloolik – The Filmmaking Process, at Trinity Square Video; Skawennati: for the ages, at The Commons; Territ-Aur(i)al Imprints at Prefix Gallery; and Raven Chacon: Report at YYZ Artists’ Outlet. The evening will end with Installation Preview: Transmissions Part II at Wallace Studios, a behind-the-scenes preview of filmmaker Lisa Jackson’s first art exhibition Transmissions, as well as watching the filming of Unearthed, a live performance that will be a centrepiece of the installation.

imagineNATIVE’s FREE Industry Series, presented by CBC and CBC Docs, returns with leading professionals from around the world teaching and discussing topics relevant to Indigenous media creators. The Industry Series running October 19 to 21 will open with a launch and details of the new imagineNATIVE Institute, panels including topics surrounding Indigenous protocols in film and media, the first ever Web Series pitch competition, networking events, and a Sound Design Masterclass with Māori artist Dave Whitehead, with credits on major motion pictures and shows including District 9, The Hobbit, Arrival and Netflix’s Okja.

The full schedule for the 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is now available online at imaginenative.org/calendar.”

-from ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival news release
Read imagineNATIVE’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Kwe Performance Series: community workshop & performances (Native Women in the Arts)

Native Women in the Arts is pleased to announce the Kwe Performance Series: Pura Fé and Jennifer Kreisberg, in partnership with Big Medicine Studio.

On Thursday, November 3, at Nipissing First Nation, Pura Fé and Jennifer Kreisberg of Ulali Project will present a free community workshop at Big Medicine Studio, followed by a community performance. Pura Fe and Jennifer Kreisberg will perform and discuss hand drum songs, invite participants to join in, and answer questions.

Nipissing Community Workshop: Friday, November 3, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Big Medicine Studio, 161 Couchie Memorial Drive, North Bay, ON
Admission: Free

Nipissing Community Performance: Friday, November 3, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Big Medicine Studio, 161 Couchie Memorial Drive, North Bay, ON
Admission: PWYC


Native Women in the Arts is pleased to announce the Kwe Performance Series: Ulali Project, in partnership with St. Anne’s Anglican Church and Big Medicine Studio. 

The evening will include a performance by world renowned a cappella group Ulali Project, with guest artist. This concert is the first event of our Kwe Performance Series for the second season.

Toronto Performance: Saturday, November 4, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Venue: St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue, Toronto, ON
Tickets: Adults $20.00/Elders, Students, Underemployed & Art Workers $10.00

For more information, please visit Native Women in the Arts website or  the facebook event pages: Nipissing First Nation (Nov 3) and Toronto (Nov 4)

-posted with permission from Native Women in the Arts
Read Native Women in the Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

17th Annual Reelworld Film Festival (Oct 11-15, Toronto)

“Join us for five days of films that raise awareness, spark conversation, and create greater understanding of the world around us. Now in its 17th year, Reelworld Film Festival takes audiences on journeys that deeply explore the world’s most pressing social issues from the perspectives of diverse filmmakers. Through socially relevant films, Virtual Reality (VR) experiences, video games, and conversation, Reelworld uses storytelling as a tool for social change.

October 11th to 15th – Save the dates and discover the best in socially engaged film and media.”

For more information, please visit: www.reelworld.ca/festival2017

-from Reelworld website
Read Reelworld’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Brampton Youth & Homeless Film Project (Reel Youth)

“Have you always wanted to get behind a camera, or to take your filmmaking skills to the next level?

Do you want to make a difference?

If you are nodding yes, then this program is for you!

• Learn how to plan, shoot, and edit a short film
• Work creatively with a small group of peers
• Get to know & make a film about an older person struggling with homelessness in Brampton
• Have a ridiculous amount of fun!

The Youth and Homeless Film Project is a unique filmmaking workshop that will bring together youth and homeless seniors, in a creative collaboration to produce short films.

In this FREE program, you will work with a small group to create films that explore the stories of 6 adults in your community who are homeless or living in poverty.

18 youth aged 14-24 will be chosen to participate. No experience necessary!

All of the films will be screened as a part of a community film festival. They will also be submitted to the touring Reel Youth Film Festival, distributed on YouTube, Facebook, and showcased on the Reel Youth website.

Meals and snacks are included!
Transit tickets will be provided if you need them.

THIS IS A 7 DAY PROGRAM. THE DATES ARE:
Nov 1-3 4pm – 8pm
Nov 4-5 11am – 5pm
Nov 11-12 11am – 5pm

Jan 25 GALA FILM SCREENING!! 6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Regeneration Outreach Community
156 Main Street N., Brampton, ON L6V 1N9″

For information and to apply, please visit this page here.

-submitted by Reel Youth
Read Reel Youth’s Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

The 14th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (Vancouver)

“14th Annual
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 25 to Sunday November 5, 2017

Over 100 events at over 50 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival serves as a high impact, bridge building force that gives voice to the Downtown Eastside and its low income residents, cultural communities and neighbourhoods.

The theme of the 2017 Festival, Honouring Women of the Downtown Eastside, pays tribute to women from all walks of life in the Downtown Eastside past and present.”

For more information, please visit heartofthecityfestival.com

-from Heart of the City website

Seven Generations: Youth Reconciliation Project (Toronto)

“Please join 7th Generation Image Makers along with artists Animikii, Hannah S.Beaulieu, Lucia Laford, Jennifer Messon, Trevaun Robinson and Taylor Webster as we celebrate the opening of the photography exhibition Seven Generations: Youth Reconciliation Project.

Exhibition Opening will take place on Wednesday September 27th from 5-7PM with Artist Talks at 5:30PM in the Ada Slaight Gallery of OCAD Universtiy (100 McCaul Street, 2nd Floor).

This project has been supported through Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST), the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (TASSC), and the Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre of OCAD University.”

from Native Youth Resource Centre facebook

Get a backstage pass to the Arts with Culture Days (Sept 29 – Oct 1)

“The eighth annual Culture Days weekend brings rural and urban communities across Canada together to showcase our diverse cultural mosaic from September 29 to October 1. As the final hoorah for both the summer and the yearlong Canada 150 celebrations, Culture Days has extra resonance this year as Canadians participate in an eclectic range of free, hands-on arts and culture activities in virtually every community across the country. Culture Days will offer Canadians the chance to get behind the curtain of their local arts and culture scene for a unique and lasting encounter.

Visitors can experience a traditional blessing ceremony with the K’ómoks Nation in Courtenay, BC, sculpt with celebrated artists in Stratford, PEI, or let loose and learn to swing dance in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sit in on a ballet premiere rehearsal in Vancouver, BC, while tweens become magazine publishers in Airdrie, Alberta. Preschoolers create in the kitchen making bannock in Flin Flon, Manitoba, and in Stratford, Ontario, anyone can let their inner superhero fly at mini-Comic Con. Add your touch to a collaborative mural in Carlingford, New Brunswick, or try your hand at Tipi raising in Regina, Saskatchewan. Whether discovering something new, or revisiting an old favourite, there’s something for everyone, everywhere.

“Culture Days has truly become a vehicle to celebrate and share arts and culture all across the country, in all its many forms,” said Aubrey Reeves, National Executive Director. “We are thrilled to see deeper integration in established hubs and the addition of many new exciting partners and communities for a plethora of events to choose from.”

THIS YEAR’S ACTIVITIES: Organizers expect more than 7,500 FREE Culture Days activities will be presented. Culture Days activities are curated and hosted by individual artists, organizations of all sizes and disciplines, community arts initiatives, municipalities and businesses. Activities span indigenous cultural traditions to new/digital media, fashion, crafts, music of all forms, and special Canada 150 fun. From culinary to literature, theatre to design and everything in between! Click HERE to search the full range of activities by location and type happening September 29 to October 1.

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND WITH THE BRIGHT SPOTS SCHEDULE: Creating a personalized Culture Days weekend itinerary of activities is made easy with the Culture Days Bright Spots Schedule. This innovative tool is generously made possible by Sun Life Financial through its award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible TM program.

“At Sun Life, we believe arts and culture should be celebrated within our communities and made available to everyone, regardless of their means,” said Paul Joliat, Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy and Sponsorships, Sun Life Financial. “As a long-standing supporter of Culture Days, we’re pleased to play an important role in the success of this national program celebrating culture in communities across the country.”

Click HERE to get started.”

-from Culture Days press release

Celebrate and support 15 years of story telling with Toronto’s only free community film festival: Regent Park Film Festival

Celebrate and show your support for the Regent Park Film Festival this year by joining us for a screening of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World!

Please join us for our annual fundraising screening! The night will be hosted by CBC’s Duncan McCue, host of CBC Radio One Cross Country Checkup.

To start things off, join us for a cocktail reception featuring an amazing spread compliments of Cinq Foods, Steam Whistle beer, a performance by First Nations artist Arthur Renwick, a silent auction and raffle full of goodies and get a sneak peak of the 15th annual Regent Park Film Festival’s line-up.

After the film, stay for a panel discussion with Arthur Renwick and two special guests.

Thu, 12 October 2017
Cocktail Reception: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Film and Talkback: 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Celebrate 15 years of story telling with Toronto’s only free community film festival while helping to keep Regent Park Film Festival’s year-round programming free for all to enjoy and take part in.

About the Film

This documentary tells the story of the influence Native Americans has had on contemporary music. Some of the most influential musicians of our time reflect on the importance Indigenous musicians have had on their music and their contributions to popular culture. Featuring Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page, Slash, Taboo and more. This film is one to watch for all music lovers.

The film received great success at HotDocs winning the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary and the HotDocs Audience Award.”

For more information, please visit Regent Park Film Festival’s event page.

-from Regent Park Film Festival
Read Regent Park Film Festival’s profile on ArtBridges’  Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Howling Moons – Presented by The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective (Sep 30, Hamilton)

“The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective is proud to present their inaugural event, Howling Moons, taking place Saturday, September 30th, 2017 in Hamilton, Ontario. Howling Moons is a curated celebration of Indigenous art, performance, teachings and culture.

Founded in January 2017 by Jasmin Glaw (Algonquin / German) and Jessica Lea Fleming (Métis / Scottish), The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective (TSSC) aims to connect communities, create opportunity for Indigenous expression and celebrate the beauty of Indigenous cultures.

With support from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Hamilton Canada 150 Fund, The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective will present Hamilton’s first Howling Moons festival. Daytime programming will take place at the Fischer Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature teachings from local Knowledge Keepers and Hoop Dance performance + Talking Circle with award winning dancer Nimkii Osawamick from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory.

Admission to this event is free and includes light, traditional foods.
All ages welcome.

Facebook | Instagram: @sweetgrass_sisters_collective | Twitter: @TSSChamont”

-from The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective