imagineNATIVE: Femme Totale

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to continue it’s partnership with imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in 2017.
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Amy Malbeuf, The Length of Grief: The Daughters of Métis Mothers, 2016. Film Still

Outdoor Screening Series:
Femme Totale

Presented in partnership with imagineNATIVE, this screening is part of a series presented throughout Hamilton over the month of June with the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
June 17, 9:30 pm

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present the shorts program, Femme Totale in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. The female voice and perspective in Indigenous cinema remains a strong, vital, and influential force. From both sides of the Medicine Line – the Canadian-American border – outstanding new talents explore an array of topics that plunge into the core of humanity, addressing an expansive discourse around issues from resurgence, deep cultural ties and traditions, to sisterhood and loss.

Featuring short-format experimental films by Melissa Mollen Dupuis, Razelle Benally, Natasha Kanape Fontaine, Melissa Girvan, Katie Avery, Madison Thomas, Amy Malbeuf, Pearl Salas and Kayla Briët

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. Prior to screening the program, representatives from imagineNATIVE will provide some background on their organization and this year’s festival.
 
Program:
Nitanish a ma Fille (Nitanish – To My Daughter)
Director: Melissa Mollen Dupuis (Innue)
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I am Thy Weapon
Director: Razelle Benally (Diné/Oglala Lakota)
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Nous Nous Souleverons (We Will Rise)
Director: Natasha Kanape Fontaine (Innue)
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Passing Moments
Director: Melissa Girvan (Mi’gmaq)
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Polar Sun
Director: Katie Avery (Inupiaq)
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Exposed Nerves
Director: Madison Thomas (Ojibway/Métis)
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The Length of Grief: The Daughters of Métis Mothers
Director: Amy Malbeuf (Métis)
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Susto
Director: Pearl Salas (Xicana/Yaqui/Navajo)
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Smoke that Travels
Director: Kayla Briët (Potawatomi)
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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: http://www.imaginenative.org/
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About the Films:
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Nitanish a ma Fille (Nitanish – To My Daughter)
Canada, 3 mins, 2015, Short Drama
Director: Melissa Mollen Dupuis (Innue)
French with English SubtitlesWhile awaiting the arrival of her daughter, Melissa Mollen Dupuis – the co-founder of Idle No More Quebec – crafts a blanket for her unborn daughter that tells the creation story of their people. What begins as a creation story becomes a strong and stirring message of promise, conviction and hope to the new life growing inside her.Melissa Mollen Dupuis is an Innu Nation member from the community of Ekuanitshit on the North-Shore region of Quebec. She has over 15 years of experience in the cultural activities sector with First Nations organizations, including the First Nations Garden and more recently Native Montreal.

I am Thy Weapon
USA, 4 mins, 2016, Short Drama
Director: Razelle Benally (Diné/Oglala Lakota)

A young Navajo woman returns home to the place where her sister was murdered. While she deals with her anger and tries to make peace with her sister’s passing, she realizes that her sister can live on in the art that she creates.

Razelle Benally currently resides in Santa Fe. Her interest in filmmaking began in high school, where she gained firsthand experience documenting local activism in South Dakota for the protection of sacred sites. She worked with renowned skateboard company Apache Skateboards doing videography. Her time with the company helped her self-develop a directorial and editing skill-set that continues to influence her work today. 

Nous Nous Souleverons (We Will Rise)
Canada, 4 mins, 2015, Short Drama
Director: Natasha Kanape Fontaine (Innue)

The talented poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine creates a stirring ode to the generations to rise up and bring light to the world.

Natasha Kanapé Fontaine is an Innu poet from Pessamit, living in Montreal. A proud representative of Idle No More, she travels throughout Canada and other countries as a poet and public speaker. 

Passing Moments
Canada, 5 mins, 2016, Short Drama
Director: Melissa Girvan (Mi’gmaq)

An old woman drops her keepsakes, and as she picks up her belongings the memory of a childhood friend begins to haunt her. As she moves through the cycle of her memories, she struggles to find peace amidst the longing.

Melissa Girvan made her first music video with Wapikoni, entitled Every Afternoon. She took the opportunity in 2015 to direct her third film, which is a poetic essay on loss and love.

Polar Sun
USA, 12 mins, 2016, Short Drama
Director: Katie Avery (Inupiaq)

After the tragic death of Sondra’s sister, her seven-year-old niece, Raven, comes to live with her and her partner. Already struggling to make sense of her own grief, she must also help her niece through the loss of her mother as she turns to the Inupiat stories as a source of guidance for them both.

Katie Doane Tulugaq Avery received a BA in museum studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2009 and worked at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Her short films are centred on cultural, social and familial narratives with interest in how the feminine, queer and Indigenous representations expand dialogue in social and political conversations. 

Exposed Nerves
Canada, 8 mins, 2016, Short Drama
Director: Madison Thomas (Ojibway/Métis)

Through a contemporary dance piece, we see the different ways that a young woman deals with her bipolar reality. The ups and downs of her life are eloquently displayed through the happiness of her dance versus the weight of her depression and how she battles her way through the movements of life.

Exposed Nerves won a Special Mention for The Ellen Monague Award for Best Youth Work at imagineNATIVE in October 2016.

Madison Thomas is a filmmaker from Winnipeg. Raised in a Métis household, storytelling was a huge part of her childhood. Madison found the natural extension into filmmaking in high school and has worked at honing her craft ever since.

The Length of Grief: The Daughters of Métis Mothers
Canada, 5 mins, 2016, Experimental
Director: Amy Malbeuf (Métis)

An evocative experimental film about transformation from women’s grief rooted in colonial trauma, we find two Métis women who, through trust and sisterhood, support one another on their path to transcendence and healing.

Amy Malbeuf is a visual artist who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. In 2016 she was selected as one of six Indigenous artists to create a permanent public artwork for the upcoming Indigenous Art Park in Edmonton. Through utilizing mediums such as caribou hair tufting, beadwork, installation, performance and video, Malbeuf explores notions of place, language and ecology

Susto
USA, 8 mins, 2016, Experimental
Director: Pearl Salas (Xicana/Yaqui/Navajo)

A young woman recounts the story of the “Coco Man,” a ghostly and monstrous entity that haunts misbehaving children. When terror continues to grab her in adulthood, a medicine woman tells her she has “susto,” a fear in her life that she must confront. Gripping, haunting and deeply unsettling, the woman’s truth is much more terrifying than the fear of an imaginary boogeyman.

Susto won a Special Mention for the Kent Monkman Best Experimental Prize at imagineNATIVE in October 2016.

Pearl Salas was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Her work plays off this unique cultural mix of Mexican, Yaqui and Navajo ancestry to interrogate how the modern world relates to notions of past, present and future selves. 

Smoke that Travels
USA, 13 mins, 2016, Short Documentary
Director: Kayla Briët (Potawatomi)

An insightful autobiographical documentary from self-taught filmmaker Kayla Briët, who weaves a beautiful visual tapestry of her father’s teachings as a cultural leader and the legacy she holds onto. Through language, dance, music and the history of the Prairie Band Potawatomi, she claims her family’s story and expresses her and her father’s beliefs as a smoke signal to the world.

Smoke That Travels won The Ellen Monague Award for Best Youth Work at imagineNATIVE in October 2016.

Kayla Briët is a 19-year-old award-winning filmmaker, composer and musician. She first discovered music by tinkering with the piano at age four, taught herself to sing and produce tracks at age 10, and discovered film at the age of 14. Her work in music, art and film is personal and visceral, reflecting themes of self-discovery, fear and strength. 


 
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 Upper Canada Treaties and directly adjacent to Haldiman Treaty territory.

 


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

 

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