imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival announces its programming for National Indigenous History Month

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH

imagineNATIVE’s June Programming
Free films, audio works, and video games online

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce its programming for National Indigenous History Month for June 2022. imagineNATIVE invites audiences to celebrate the brilliance of Indigenous storytelling through a series of weekly public programming presentations that are FREE, open to all audiences and available online. 

To begin, imagineNATIVE is opening up the archives! Each Friday in June imagineNATIVE will present several award-winning films to enjoy including Indigenous-made classics such as Angry Inuk by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Sembradoras de vida (Mothers of the Land) by Alvaro Sarmiento and Diego Sarmiento, and Boy by Taika Waititi. We will be closing out with a retrospective screening and artist talk from our iNOriginals collection. All films will be available to watch online for one week.

Every Sunday, as part of a special commissioning project entitled FLOW, imagineNATIVE will be releasing the works of six Indigenous artists who have created audio works that connect distant listeners to bodies of water through sonic storytelling. This special project funded by the Canada Council for the Arts features newly commissioned works by Casey Koyczan, Laura Ortman, Marc Fussing Rosbach, Pamela Palmater, Suzanne Morrissette and Tom McLeod. Meditating on sites such as lakes, rivers, bays, glaciers, ponds, and seas, these unique works use sound to explore ancestral ontologies at the intersections of water, geographies, and Indigenous bodies. 

As we move into the end of the month, imagineNATIVE will be hosting the second iteration of LAND JAM, our very own Indigenous game jam. LAND JAM will take place over 5 days, from Wednesday, June 22 to Sunday, June 26. Much like a hack-a-thon, Indigenous creatives will team up to make original works from scratch. Make friends, get creative, and win prizes! Register by filling out this form by June 10. 

imagineNATIVE is also excited to announce a special partnership with support from Cineplex, featuring a co-presentation of two Indigenous films in cinema, Portraits from a Fire, directed by Trevor Mack and Kayak to Klemtu directed by Zoe Hopkins. Over the course of the month of June these films can be enjoyed  in 20 select theatres across Canada. Additionally, these films can be enjoyed online, along with a special curated playlist of Indigenous films available through the Cineplex Store. To further support this initiative please visit a Cineplex Entertainment venue near you on June 21, 2022 as $1 for every purchase will be dedicated to imagineNATIVE!

Programming and ticket details can be found on our imagineNATIVE website and social media platforms. For further information, please visit: imaginenative.org.

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

In Person: October 18 – 23, 2022

Online: October 24 – 30, 2022

Toronto, Ontario

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Media Contact: Damien Nelson, damien@wantandable.ca

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