imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival would like to welcome and introduce this year’s Programming Committee!

Darlene Naponse, Adam Piron, Susan Blight, and Niki Little
From left to right: Darlene Naponse, Adam Piron, Susan Blight, Niki Little

TheProgrammingCommittee is composed of filmmakers, artists, and programmers who will curate six days of Indigenous made films to inspire, change and reflect Indigenous ideas, values and narratives. This year joining imagineNATIVE’s Artistic Director Niki Little will be Adam Piron, Darlene Naponse, and Susan Blight. Together they will bring, for the first time in imagineNATIVE history, Indigenous made films to your home! 

Adam Piron (Kiowa/Mohawk) is a filmmaker, film programmer and co-founder of film collective, COUSIN. He is currently the Assistant Curator for Film at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and a member of the Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Programming Team. He is also a Programmer for AFI DOCS, AFI FEST and Independent’s LA Film Festival. He has also served on competition juries and panels for film festivals such as the Palm Springs International ShortFest, Hot Springs Film Festival, Art House Convergence, imagineNATIVE Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film festival and Maoriland Film Festival.

Darlene Naponse is an Anishinaabe from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek located in Northern Ontario. She is the CEO of Pine Needle Productions an award-winning boutique Production Studio and Baswewe Films Inc., located on her home territory. Darlene as a writer and director has created 3 feature films and various short films, screened Nationally and Internationally. Her Feature film “Falls Around Her” had its world premiere at TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival and was the opening night film at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival where it received the Air Canada Audience Choice Award in 2018.  The film also won the Creative Impact Award North, and Best Screenplay and Best Direction at the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards in 2019. 

Susan Blight (Anishinaabe, Couchiching First Nation) is an interdisciplinary artist working with public art, site-specific intervention, installation, textiles and social practice. Susan is co-founder of Ogimaa Mikana, an artist collective working to reclaim and rename the roads and landmarks of Anishinaabeg territory with Anishinaabemowin. Her writing has been published in Shameless Magazine, the Globe & Mail, and the Decolonization: Indigeneity, Society, and Education blog. In August 2019, Susan joined OCAD University as Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Welcome, imagineNATIVE’s Programming Committee 2020!

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