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Film and Video Screenings

Film and Video Screenings

Video still from  Repercussions  by Terril Calder. Provided by Vtape. 

Video still from Repercussions by Terril Calder. Provided by Vtape. 

Reverberate                                                                                                                            June 13, 2018, 12:30 p.m - 1:30 p.m

Curated by : Missy LeBlanc                                                                                                 Supported by : VTape
Location : Wanuskewin Theatre

The videos and films chosen for this screening explore the themes of revival and resistance, of Indigenous art and culture and Canada’s colonial history. A history of institutional erasure where it was believed, that “Indian arts… survive only as ghosts or shadows of a dead society.”1

The proliferation of video technology has allowed these artists to reclaim and explore aspects of their culture that has been lost, but not forgotten. Dance, language, connection to the land, and traditional stories are all explored in films as well as Indigenous futures. These films loudly declare that Indigenous people are not dead, we have always been here, and will always be here.

1: France Trépanier and Chris Creighton-Kelly, Understanding Aboriginal Arts in Canada Today: A Knowledge and Literature Review (Ottawa: Canada Council for the Arts, 2011), 55. 

Selected works:

The Violence of a Civilization without Secrets by Adam and Zach Khalil

When the Buffalo Come by Cherie Valentina Stocken

Repercussions by Terril Calder

Birchbark by John Hupfield

Written in My Blood by Steven Davies

Wakening by Danis Goblet

Creatura Dada by Caroline Monnet


Video still from  Three Thousand  by Asinnajaq. Provided by National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Video still from Three Thousand by Asinnajaq. Provided by National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

micimwaci: kayâs, mekwâ, nîkânote // ᒥᒋᒪᐧᒋ: ᑲᔮᐢ ᒣᑳᐧ ᓃᑳᓄᑌ // timeless: past, present, future                                                                                                                                              June 14, 2018, 12:15 p.m - 1:15 p.m

Curated by : Eli Hirtle                                                                                                                       Supported by : National Film Board of Canada, AABIZIINGWASHI (Wide Awake) Tour
Location : Wanuskewin Theatre

"The theme for this program is Time. I’ve been thinking a lot about the different conceptions of time, circular vs. linear, Indigenous vs. non-Indigenous, and how we look at and experience the passing of time. Starting with the groundbreaking music video “The Ballad of Crowfoot” by Willie Dunn from 1968, and finishing with the incredible piece from 2017 by Asinnajaq, “Three Thousand”, these works run the gamut of archival remixing and storytelling techniques. By selecting these 8 films by Indigenous artists from the National Film Board Archives, I am inspired by the following passage from Leanne Simpson’s book As We Have Always Done: Indigenous thought doesn’t dissect time into past, present, and future. The future is here in the form of the practices of the present, in which the past is also here influencing."
Eli Hirtle

Selected Works :

The Ballad of Crowfoot by Willie Dunn 

Mobilize by Caroline Monnet

Etlinisigu’niet (Bleed Down) by Jeff Barnaby 

Nimmikaage (She Dances for People) by Michelle Latimer 

Sisters & Brothers by Kent Monkman

Stories from Our Land 1.5: Tide by Ericka Chemko 

This River by Erika MacPherson & Katherena Vermette

Three Thousand by Asinnajaq 

Video still from Awena Kena (Who Are You?) by Shaylene Constant. Provided by Videopool Media Arts Centre. 

Video still from Awena Kena (Who Are You?) by Shaylene Constant. Provided by Videopool Media Arts Centre. 

The Future                                                                                                                                 June 15, 2018, 12:15 p.m - 1:15 p.m

Curated by : Jennifer Smith                                                                                            
Supported by : Videopool Media Arts Centre
Location : Wanuskewin Theatre

Video Pool Media Arts Centre has always seen great value in funding artists to create new work. This has been done through various programs over the years. Through programs like the First Video Fund, that has changed into the New Artists in New Media Fund, through our Indigenous Media Arts Initiative, and through the Media Production Fund. These programs have funded some amazing work over the years, including work by Thirza Cuthand, Colleen Simard, among many others. Through these initiatives and outside of these programs, Video Pool has been able to see the amazing video art young Indigenous people across the country are making and this program will celebrate that work.

Selected works :

Awena Kena (Who Are You?) by Shaylene Constant

The Indian Word by David Wilson

Going with the Flow by Winona Bearshield and Jaylene Wood

Home by Colleen Simard

Grow Up by Michael Captain

High Altitude by Victoria N. Inglis