imagineNATIVE: Bodies, Memories + Times

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to continue its partnership with imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in 2018.
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Beric Manywounds, Tsanizid. Film still.
Outdoor Screening Series:
Bodies, Memories + Times
Presented in partnership with imagineNATIVE, the Bodies, Memories + Times shorts program is presented as part of Hamilton Artists Inc.’s ongoing Outdoor Screening Series, presented in our ArcelorMittal Dofasco Community Courtyard.
Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm
Screening time: 77 minutes

Presented in partnership with imagineNATIVE, the Bodies, Memories + Times shorts program will kick off Hamilton Artists Inc.’s ongoing Outdoor Screening Series, presented every summer between June and September. Bodies, Memories + Times features short-format experimental films by Beric Manywounds, Thirza Jean Cuthand, Jade Baxter, Conor McNally, Caroline Monnet, and Asinnajaq.

imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. imagineNATIVE’s Festival, Tour, and year-round initiatives showcase, promote, and celebrate Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists and create a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions. The imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour is one of imagineNATIVE’s largest initiatives outside of the annual festival, bringing Indigenous-made film and video works, community engagement activities, and youth workshops to communities across Canada. Prior to screening the program, Judith Schuyler from imagineNATIVE will provide some background on their organization and this year’s festival.

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Program:
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Tsanizid (Wake Up)
Director: Beric Manywounds

Thirza Cuthand is an Indian Within the Meaning of the Indian Act
Director: Thirza Jean Cuthand

Occupation of Memory
Director: Jade Baxter

ôtênaw
Director: Conor McNally

Creatura Dada
Director: Caroline Monnet

Three Thousand
Director: Asinnajaq

Hamilton Artists Inc. would like to thank imagineNATIVE for sharing this collection of short films with audiences in Hamilton and the surrounding area. For more information on the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, please visit: imaginenative.org/
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About the Films:
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Tsanizid (Wake Up)
Beric Manywounds, 6 min
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Director, performer and storyteller, Beric Manywounds mesmerizes viewers as he leads us, through dance, on a Two-Spirit transformation journey.

Beric Manywounds (Tsuut’ina/Anishnaabe) is a Two-Spirit filmmaker, performer, and storyteller.

Thirza Cuthand is an Indian Within the Meaning of the Indian Act
Thirza Jean Cuthand, 8 min

As a light-skinned Cree woman, Thirza Jean Cuthand takes us on a deeply personal journey through images of blood ties and land ties. She contemplates her interactions with racism, mixed-race identity, and the threat of rejection from other Indigenous people, while making a searing commentary on historical trauma and ongoing survival.

Thirza Jean Cuthand (Plains Cree/Scottish) is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race since 1995. Her works have screened at festivals nationally and internationally, including Tribeca, Hot Docs, and Oberhausen.

Occupation of Memory
Jade Baxter, 5 min

The scars of colonial memory are written into Indigenous lands. Here poetic images offer a powerful and quiet narrative to question the viewer’s relationship to the occupied landscape, specifically in the Nlaka’pamux Nation.

Jade Baxter (Nlaka’pamux) uses both documentary and fiction in her work, focusing on the importance of Indigenous narratives, identity and representation.

ôtênaw
Conor McNally, 40 min

A meditative and captivating work that follows the oral storytelling of Dwayne Donald, an educator from Edmonton, as he draws from Nêhiyawak philosophies speaking about the multilayered histories of Indigenous peoples’ presence both within and around Amiskwacîwâskahikan, now known as the City of Edmonton. This captivating work reveals the buried stories that lay beneath our cityscapes.

Conor McNally (Métis/Otipemisiwak) is a filmmaker based in Edmonton. He creates works through a combination of instinct and hands-on trial and error. Conor is also a proud father and a garlic grower.

Creatura Dada
Caroline Monnet, 4 min

Six powerful Native women gather to celebrate a new beginning and the end of the world as we know it.

Caroline Monnet (Algonquin) is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec currently based in Montréal. She is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus and TIFF Talent Lab 2016. Her short films have screened at prominent festivals worldwide including TIFF, Sundance, and the Berlinale. She was twice nominated for a Canadian Screen Awards for her short films Roberta (commissioned by imagineNATIVE) and Tshiuetin. She is currently developing her first feature film entitled Bootlegger.

Three Thousand
Asinnajaq, 14 min

Artist Asinnajaq throws a creative net into the National Film Board of Canada’s audiovisual archive, weaving historic footage of the Inuit into a stunningly original animation. In 14 minutes of luminescent cinema, she recasts the past, present and future of the Inuit in a surprising new light.

This is the first film by Asinnajaq (Inuk) who has also guest curated Channel 51: Igloolik, imagineNATIVE 2017’s spotlight on 30 years of Inuit video art.


Hamilton Artists Inc. would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee and Anishnaabeg. This territory is covered by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

 

The Inc.’s Outdoor Screening Series is made possible through project support by the Incite Foundation, Hamilton Community Foundation and Mohawk College

 

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