Indigenous Feature Script Showcase
+ Live Reading
Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 1:45pm - 3:30pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.