Music + Screen: Inside Storytellers: Indigenous Music for Media

Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 3:45pm - 5:00pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Learning Studios A+B

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imagineNATIVE and Bedtracks have partnered on the world’s first screen production music library created solely by Indigenous Canadian composers and producers: Storytellers: Indigenous Music For Media. The new 300+ track production library combines traditional and non-traditional music that both push and drive on-screen images. Indigenous artists and producers in both music and film are invited to come learn how the process and creation of this resource tool is providing access for Indigenous musicians, their Indigenous screen counterparts and others to create more collaborative and authentic screen productions.


moderator - shane belcourt


Shane Belcourt is an award-winning and two-time CSA-nominated filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. As a writer and director on many Indigenous works, in both narrative and factual, Shane has a vested interested in creating works that speak to his Métis heritage.  Notable work includes the feature film Tkaronto; shorts such as A Common ExperienceKeeping Quiet, and Pookums; the dance-documentary Kaha:wi - The Cycle of Life (2015 CSA Best Direction Nomination); and two Historica Canada Minutes Chanie Wenjack and Naskumituwin (Treaty). He is an alumna of the TIFF Talent Lab and NSI’s Totally Television programs.


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In 2000 Oliver Johnson co–founded The Hive – a six studio studio hub for Toronto producers and artists and an incubator of talent for numerous Canadian and US record labels as well as music production hub for the media industry.  After 15 years, a few gold recordings and Juno winning artists, composing award-winning music for TV, film and advertising, Oliver saw an opening after listing to his clients need for a cloud based searchable Production Music Library and original music house under one roof - and started Bedtracks Inc.


Producer/Director/Writer, Tracy German is a self-identified Aboriginal filmmaker of the Mohawk nation with twenty years production experience creating thought provoking and award winning factual documentary, dramatic and experimental films. She holds an M.F.A. from York University in film production and a Media Arts diploma from Sheridan College.Tracy is also the showrunner for the exciting 13x30 min. documentary tv series Wild Archaeology, broadcast on APTN and funded by the CMF. This award winning documentary series features three talented aboriginal hosts that travel to remote regions across Canada to tell the deep history of this continent from indigenous perspectives

panelist - cris derksen


Cris Derksen was on of the musicians who contributed to Storytellers. She is from Northern Alberta from a line of chiefs from North Tall Cree Reserve on her father’s side and Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s. Juno nominated and DORA winner for Best Sound Design for Theatre 2018, she is a classically trained cellist and composer, who braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry with new school electronics to create genre-defying music. She has released numerous albums as well, composed scores for award winning films and theatrical productions.