Indigenous Feature Script Showcase

+ Live Reading

Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 1:45pm - 3:30pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3 

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Four hot and fresh feature film scripts, produced as part of imagineNATIVE’s first year-round screenwriting intensive, are brought to life in a live-staged reading of excerpts by Indigenous acting talent for audiences and industry producers to give feedback -- and optioning offers! Prior to the reading, a panel about the Indigenous-led story development process will give insight into the unique perspective of culturally-informed stories for screen.

 
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Alexandra Lazarowich (Canada) presents her romantic comedy 2 Funerals, a Round Dance, and A Wedding: Stella Adams is a high-powered fashion executive living in New York City and dating a sweet guy from a wealthy, white family. When Stella’s aunt dies, she returns to her family’s reservation with Emmett for the funeral, and Emmett must adjust to Stella’s large, unfiltered family and the reservation life. A romantic comedy with an Indigenous female lead.

 
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Bryson Chun (USA) presents his horror/comedy with a social conscience (think Get Out) Where Is My Mind? : A graduate student in psychology is sent to a placement on an isolated island, where a facility run by a white doctor claims to be assisting Native Hawaiian patients with their recovery - however, the facility may not be quite what it seems.

 
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Gail Maurice (Canada) presents her family drama/comedy Rosie: the sweet and touching story of an orphaned six-year-old Indigenous girl and her journey to adapt to her new life and (mostly chosen) family after she’s sent to live with her white aunt in 1980s Montreal.

 
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Migizi Pensoneau (USA) presents his absurd comedy, Edumacation: An absurd comedy (with a heart) set on reservation, Edumacation follows a trio of teachers (Tonia, William, Nathaniel) who, along with the rest of the high school staff, have been embezzling funds from well-meaning organizations and living large. The teachers begin to realize that they must change their selfish ways and help their community.