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  The REDress REdress Project

Tina Keeper

Canada, Social Activism/Artist Documentary, 201216 min, HD, ColorEnglish

 

In Manitoba, over the past 2 decades, 75 Aboriginal women have gone missing or have been murdered. This documentary contrasts the concepts implicit in the targeted violence towards Aboriginal women - that they are faceless/voiceless/lifeless - against the courage and tenacity of Aboriginal women who raise their voices against violence and systemic failings, as mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties and warriors. The film also profiles the art installation "The REDress Project," by Metis artist Jaime Black, which was an aesthetic response to the 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, with the aim of drawing attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Aboriginal women.

 

Regional Premierewww.buffalogalpictures.com 

Print Source: Tina Keeper, tina@kistikanpictures.com

  

 

   
  I for NDN

Darryl Nepinak, Clint Enns

Canada, Video Art/Comedy, 20111 min, DV/Found Footage, ColorEnglish

 

Retro children’s TV takes a comical jab when one letter of the alphabet gets a new association.

 

Regional Premierewww.darrylnepinak.yolasite.com, www.clintenns.tumblr.com

Print Source: Darryl Nepinak, darryl_nepinak@hotmail.com

 

 

 

   
  The Language of Love

Marie Clements

Canada, Testimonial Documentary, 201211 min, DVD, ColorEnglish

 

In this deeply moving and raw performance, artist and activist Stephen Lytton poetically recounts the 13 years he endured in one of Canada's residential schools. Through a life of challenges - including physical disability - Lytton's story embodies the strength and perseverance of residential school survivors.

 

Regional Premierewww.froggirlfilms.com 

Print Source: Michelle St. John - Frog Girl Films, michelle@froggirlfilms.com

 

 

 

 

   
  PaalChild

Christoph Müller, Victor Vargas Villafuerte

Mexico/Switzerland/Canada, Documentary, 201221 min, Mini-DV, ColorMayan, Spanish with English subtitles

 

PAAL tells the story of Memo, a Mayan child, whose biggest dream is to tell the stories of his people. Through his own vision and fantasy, we explore the everyday life and culture of his town, and the exuberant nature of Yucatan‚ a jungle in the south of Mexico. PAAL pays homage to a magical world that is not exempt from the influence of the occidental world.

 

Regional Premierewww.creativeblends.tv/paal 

Print Source: Creative Blends, paal@creativeblends.tv

 

 

 

 

   
  A Red Girl's Reasoning

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Canada, Thriller/Social Issue Drama, 201211 min, RED, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Cree

 

After the justice system fails, a the survivor of a brutal, racially-driven sexual assault takes matters into her own hands. She becomes a motorcycle-riding, ass-kicking vigilante who takes on attackers of other women who've suffered the same fate.

 

Texas Premierewww.facebook.com/ARedGirlsReasoning 

Print Source:  Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, maija.tailfeathers@gmail.com

  

 

 

   
Every Emotion Costs

Darlene Naponse

Canada, Family Drama, 201193 min, RED, ColorEnglish

Every Emotion Costs is a family drama set in the Ojibway community. Quilla is a painter. One day she receives a call that her mother has died, and she needs to go home to help bury her. Quilla has not been home or spoken to her family in years. She resents her dead mother for abandoning her and her sisters. Through ceremony and the burial, Quilla ignites the details of her past and surrenders to the harsh realities she has suppressed for so long. This film has a serious artistic direction, and it entertains with humor, rich characters, music and a visual impact of the northern landscape. Every Emotion Costs inspires its audience with love, the face of denial and addiction, while portraying a contemporary vision of First Nations people. Every Emotion Costs had its world premiere at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and was a Best Film Nominee AIFI Fest 2011.

Regional Premiere

www.pineneedleblankets.com

Darlene Naponse is an Ojibway woman from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek - Northern Ontario, Canada. She is a writer, director, video artist and poet. Her short films and feature films have screened in various film festivals around the world including the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Her art-based video work has been installed in various galleries and programs nationally and internationally.

Producer: Darlene NaponseProduction Companies: Pine Needle ProductionsScreenwriter: Darlene NaponseCinematographer: Manfred GutheEditor: Darlene NaponseSound Design: Andrea Agro, Dermain Finlayson, Adam Stein Cast: Tantoo Cardinal, Michelle St. John, Rosanne Supernault, Sage Petahtegoose, Adam Garcia, Nathaniel ArcandPrint Source: Darlene Naponse, darlene@pineneedleblankets.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 3:30PM

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Friday, April 27 - 6:30 PM

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El árbol de las fresasThe Strawberry Tree

Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Canada/Cuba, Documentary, 201171 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Filmed in the remote fishing village of Juan Antonio, Cuba, just before it disappeared at the hands of a hurricane, El árbol de las fresas is a mesmerizing cinematic poem that tests the boundaries between anthropology, documentary and reverie. The villagers' ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, render a sensitive portrait of a unique culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking and on humanity on the edge of time. El árbol de las fresas won Honorable Mention in the Knight Documentary Competition at the Miami International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere

www.ibidemfilms.org

Simone Rapisarda Casanova was born in rural Sicily and inherited his first camera as a child when his father died in a car accident. He was raised by a mother that taught him how to read using Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees, and as a result, he hopes one day to live in the trees. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

Producer: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaProduction Companies: Ibidem FilmsScreenwriter: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaCinematographer: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaEditor: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaSound Design: Simone Rapisarda CasanovaPrint Source: Simone Rapisarda Casanova, simone@ibidemfilms.org

Saturday, April 28 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Robert's Paintings

Shelley Niro

Canada, Biographical Documentary, 201152 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Saulteaux with English subtitles

Robert Houle is an acclaimed Anishinaabe (Ojibwe-Saulteaux) artist and activist on behalf of First Nation peoples; this film examines his life and career as an artist, curator, educator and cultural theorist. Like many of his generation, Houle was schooled in the residential school system. As a result, he has created a body of work encapsulating his memories from childhood. His vast body of work explores what happened to the First Nation people and the way Canada has treated them throughout the years. Houle uses his experiences to teach others their heritage through Canadian indigenous artwork. This film is about not forgetting, but rather contributing to the collective memory of a nation. It is a celebration. Robert's Paintings premiered at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

US Premiere

www.vtape.org

Shelley Niro is a Mohawk member of the Six Nations Reserve. She belongs to the Turtle Clan. Niro is a visual artist whose work has shown at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the National Museum of the American Indian, New York and Washington, DC, and has recently exhibited at the Institute of American Indian Art Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Production Companies: Turtle Night ProductionsScreenwriter: Shelley NiroCinematographer: Richard StoreyEditor: Katharine AsalsSound Design: Steve SanguedolceMusic: Sarah DeCarlo Cast: Robert Houle, Alanis Obomsawin, Vivian Ferguson, George Miller, Steve Loft, Wanda Nanibush, Renata Gutterman, Barbara Morrison, Kenny Anderson Print Source: Kaherawaks Thompson - V Tape, distribution@vtape.org

Thursday, April 26 - 4:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

Amaqqut NunaatThe Country of Wolves

Neil Christopher

Canada, Animation/Aboriginal Narrative, 201112 min, HDCAM, ColorEnglish

In Amaqqut Nunaat, two brothers find themselves adrift on broken sea ice while out hunting for seal. They drift in the darkness for many days, until the ice they are on settles on the shore of a strange and distant land. Winner of Best Canadian Short, imagineNATIVE 2011.

Regional Premiere

www.countryofwolves.weebly.com

Producer: Louise FlahertyProduction Companies: Inhabit MediaScreenwriter: Neil ChristopherEditor: Daniel GiesSound Design: Daniel GiesMusic: Alexis O'Hara, Daniel Gies, Tanya Tagaq GillisCast: Beatrice DeerPrint Source: Inhabit Media Inc., laura@inhabitmedia.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 1:00 PM

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Under My Nails

Misawac Kâwi Na'wapamitinUntil We Meet Again

Gail Maurice

Canada, Family/Drama, 201114 min, MiniDV, ColorCree, Michif with English subtitles

Misawac Kâwi Na'wapamitin is a sensitive portrayal of a granddaughter's journey home to say her final farewell to her dying grandmother. We witness the bond that exists between grandmother and granddaughter, as visitors come and go, sharing stories and laughter. Misawac Kâwi Na'wapamitin means "Until We Meet Again" because there is no word for goodbye in Cree/Michif. Like nature, life ends and begins again. Misawac Kâwi Na'wapamitin premiered at imagineNATIVE 2011.

Regional Premiere

Producer: Gail MauriceProduction Companies: Assini ProductionsScreenwriter: Gail MauriceCinematographer: Jorge ManzanoEditor: Gordon BurkellSound Design: Jonathan WormanCast: Judith Laliberte, Maggie Maurice, Vienny Laliberte, Richard Maurice,, Pauline MauricePrint Source: Assini Productions, gailmaurice@gmail.com

Saturday, April 28 - 2:15 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Mosquita y Mari

Northern Haze: Living the Dream

Derek Aqqiaruq

Canada, Music Documentary, 201136 min, Video, ColorEnglish, Inuktitut with English subtitles

In 2010, independent music producer Jason Flower traveled to the remote community of Igloolik (Nunavut) to interview the remaining band members of Northern Haze, the first known Inuit Rock Band to sing in their native tongue. A sensation in Northern Canada, the band remains largely unknown in the rest of the country. Northern Haze: Living the Dream, which screened at imagineNATIVE 2011, tells the story of this close knit band and their love of music.

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An experienced circus performer and musician, Derek Aqqiaruq is also an up and coming filmmaker. A proud Inuk, his film debut was Artcirq Expedition which he directed and edited last year. Northern Haze: Living the Dream is his second documentary film.

Producer: ArtcirqProduction Companies: ArtcirqScreenwriter: Derek AqqiaruqCinematographer: Derek AqqiaruqEditor: Derek AqqiaruqSound Design: Daniel LagacéMusic: Northern HazeCast: Kolitalik Innuksuk, Naisana Qamaniq, James Ungalaq, John Innoya, Elijah Kunnuk, Derek Aqqiaruq, Jason Flower, Elijah EvaloarjukPrint Source: Cara Di Staulo, cara@isuma.ca

Wednesday, April 25 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

Free

The Creator's Game: The Quest for Gold and the Fight for Nationhood

Candace Maracle

Canada, Civil Rights Documentary, 201143 min, HDCAM, ColorEnglish, Onandaga with English subtitles

In 2010, the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team faced two battles, the world championships on the field and the pursuit of self-determination in the world. The team was stranded for days in New York City while they awaited clearance from officials so they could compete in the world championships. The Haudenosaunee passports, a symbol of the nation's sovereignty, were refused by England. Canadian and American officials offered the team expedited passports, which the team declined. They chose to forfeit the championship. Determined to be recognized as a sovereign nation, this timely documentary then follows the team on their quest for the 2011 FIL medal in Prague. The Creator's Game won the Documentary Pitch Prize at imagineNATIVE.

Texas Premiere

www.vtape.org

Candace Maracle (Mohawk) of the Bay of Quinte from Tyendinaga, is currently completing her Master's in Journalism at Ryerson University. She has interned at CBC Radio's "The Current" and produced a piece on Nisga'a private property ownership. She is currently working as a reporter/correspondent with APTN's National News.

Producer: Candace MaracleScreenwriter: Candace MaracleCinematographer: Candace MaracleEditor: Candace MaracleSound Design: Cam HillMusic: Cam HillPrint Source: Kaherawaks Thompson - V Tape, distribution@vtape.org

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Without A Net

The "Gift"

Terril Calder

Canada, Animation, 20112 min, HD, ColorEnglish

The "Gift" interrogates why the European settlers gave the native people blankets with diseases on them, and if they did it on purpose. This issue has been resurrected for debate in an attempt to discredit the use of smallpox blankets as a myth. The history of quite a few tribes was lost during this time because so many people fell sick and died. As a result, the woolen blanket represents all of the broken promises that are interwoven in native history. Using a very minimalist style, this animated short leaves a lasting impression. The "Gift" had its world premiere at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

US Premiere

www.vtape.org

Terril Calder is a Métis artist, born in Fort Frances, Ontario. She attended the Fine Arts program at the University of Manitoba as a drawing major with a focus on performance art. After receiving additional training in computer animation, she decided to explore the fusion of various disciplines which now manifests itself in her film work.

Producer: Terril CalderScreenwriter: Terril CalderCinematographer: Terril CalderEditor: Terril Calder Cast: Terril Calder (voice)Print Source: Kaherawaks Thompson - V Tape, distribution@vtape.org

Thursday, April 26 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Opens for Sal

Verano de Goliat Summer of Goliath

Nicolás Pereda

Mexico/Canada/Netherlands, Drama/Documentary/Fiction Hybrid, 2010 76 min, HD, Color Spanish with English subtitles

 

Upon the sudden departure of her husband, Teresa embarks on a mission to find out what happened. Instead of finding answers, her mission uncovers the feelings and desires of a whole town, a town where its people have grown up with bitterness towards others. Family members desert each other, soldiers intimidate residents, stories of mysterious deaths are frequent, and the sense of abandonment hidden in everyone is constantly present. Blending fiction and documentary, Verano de Goliat depicts the feelings of the town's residents by showing moments from their daily lives.

 

Texas Premiere

www.figafilms.com

 

Nicolás Pereda was born in 1982 in Mexico City. Working with many of the same actors for most of his films, his projects have been shown in festivals such as Venice, Rotterdam, Toronto, Oberhausen, San Sebastian and others. Verano de Goliat is his fifth feature length film.

 

Producer: Andres Castaneda Screenwriter: Nicolás Pereda Cinematographer: Alejandro Coronado Editor: Nicolás Pereda Sound Design: Mauricio Villalba Cast: Teresa Sánchez, Gabino Rodríguez, Juana Rodríguez, Harold Torres, Oscar Saavedra Miranda Print Source Contact: Cristina Garza - FiGa Films, cristina@figafilms.com

 

 

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