imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Digital and Interactive Works by
Thirza Cuthand, Raven Two Feathers, Barry Bilinsk, Wendi Sierra
imagineNATIVE is proud to announce programming for the iNdigital Space, their home for interactive and digital media. The iNdigital Space returns October 19-24, 2021 to spotlight contemporary Indigenous digital and interactive media artists with a virtual showcase of Indigenous-made video games, VR and 360 video, podcasts, digital media exhibitions, and more.
The iNdigital Space VIDEO GAMES will include:
Crappy Home Designer by Dallas Flett-Wapash (Keeseekoose First Nations), a First-Person parody of the Animal Crossing series; A Strong Fire by Wendi Sierra (Oneida), an Oneida Language and Culture game; Bipolar Journey by Thirza Cuthand (Plains Cree/Scottish), an engaging learning experience for both people living with bipolar disorder, and their loved ones who want to understand more; and Thousands of Bushels of Corn by Waylon Wilson (Tuscarora Nation), exploring a contemporary Haudenosaunee visualization of the destruction of the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition.
The VR and 360 VIDEO works include:
Ri’ken:’a (My Younger Brother) by Melissa Johns (Kanien’kehá/French Canadian), an autobiographical short detailing a day in the life of two siblings during a COVID-19 lockdown; Rangi Tuwhera by Kat Lintott (Māori) and Dave Whitehead (Māori), which offers a glimpse into the world of traditional Māori instruments with a virtual encounter with a real pūtōrino; A Drive To Top Surgery by Raven Two Feathers (Cherokee, Seneca, Cayuga, Comanche), a car ride with a young trans person and their family as they make the drive from their home to surgery; The Docks by Melissa Johns (Kanien’kehá/French Canadian), a static VR work which manifests long-known feelings of otherness and yearning, made to facilitate the artist’s cultural healing journey.
The DIGITAL MEDIA works include:
Dream Reunion by Nadine Chantal Marie Leclerc (Mi’kmaq), with twelve stills that capture their dream journey to their grandfather; Kahkiyaw Kâtahkotanânaw by Barry Bilinsky (Cree-Métis), Moe Clark (Métis), Cris Derkson (North Tall Cree), and Jade Ehlers (Westbank First Nation), a short musical film combining powerful visual imagery and original song to express the springtime of Indigenous resurgence; The Pull of the Moon by Carrie Allison (Cree/Metis/European), a video installation combining beadwork, animation, and video; The Seven Sacred Laws by Erica Daniels (Cree/Ojibway), a colourful and imaginative animated web series that follows a young boy on an Indigenous rite of passage; and A Place Called Home/The Wind by Kennlin Barlow (Mi’kmaq), a meditative image of light dancing along a snowy landscape.
AUDIO WORKS highlights include:
The Heartbeat of Poor Tom by Lisa Nasson (Mi’kmaw), about a woman dealing with the aftermath of the racist attacks in Mi’kma’ki over the broken Peace and Friendship Treaty concerning fishing for moderate livelihood; Life’s Circle of Creation by Corrine Jo Edgar (Nuxalk), audio clips of the journey walking the red road; Can You Introduce Yourself In Your Language by Edzi’u Loverin(Tahltan/Taku River Tlingit), which speaks to Indigenous language learners’ barriers in a colonial context; hā / shəliʔby Rafael/ a Luna-Pizano (Ilocano, Visaya, Xicano) and Raven Two Feathers (Cherokee, Seneca, Cayuga, Comanche), a journey through the many layers of self-manifestation as Indigenous trans people; Sexy Highland Stream by Nathan Adler(Anishinaabe/Jewish), a spoken word poem and minimalist audio track; The Battle Within by Janet Rogers (Mohawk/Tuscarora Six Nations), a sonic memoir using found sounds, field recordings, archived compositions and vocalizations; Who feeds you: A consideration for Indigenous Food Sovereignty by Skookum Xlhalh ti Nan (Nuxalk), a discussion to redefine how we crucially view food from personal relationships and past and present connections with food; and more.
PODCAST highlights include:
Dené Talk: Resilience by Cassidy Villebrun-Buracas (Dehcho Dene), episode 1 featuring Indiqueer Burlesque Dancer Shayli Robinson and registered psychologist Gwen Villebrun; How Indigenous People are Promoting and Learning Their Languages by Falen Johnson (Mohawk/Tuscarora), a highlight from CBC’s Unreserved featuring language learners across Turtle Island; Medicine for the Resistance: Global Indigeneity by Kerry Goring (Afro Caribbean) and Patty Krawec(Anishnaabe), an episode featuring Sámi academic Troy Storfjell and Black Lakota writer Joy Henderson; and NDNs on the Airwaves by Janet Rogers (Mohawk/Tuscarora Six Nations), a comedy pilot about a struggling Rez Radio station managed by a young Indigenous woman who just wants to get off the Reservation; and more with podcasts by Tanya Talaga (Anishinaabe), and Pamela Palmater (Mi’kmaw).
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital + interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators. The Festival presents compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives, and cultures in contemporary media.
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
October 19 – 24, 2021
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