ximagineNATIVE Celebrates National Indigenous Month



The 18th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival returns October 18-22, 2017, but imagineNATIVE is kicking off celebrations early by commemorating National Indigenous Month in June with several FREE events across Ontario. Three works from 2167, our special virtual reality project commissioned and produced by imagineNATIVE in partnership with TIFF, Pinnguaq and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, will also be unveiled to the public in June.
Visit the imagineNATIVE website for event details and updates!
June 4: In collaboration with the City of Mississauga, imagineNATIVE is presenting The Inner Fire – Shorts Programme at Mississauga Celebration Square on June 4. This collection of short films from Indigenous filmmakers from Aotearoa New Zealand, Japan, America, and Canada speaks to the inner strength that lies within us all. The programme features: Ahi Ka (The Long Burning Fires of Occupation), Sicigorousawa un Cironnop (The Fox of Shichigorosawa), The Grandfather Drum and Smoke that Travels. Please check back on the imagineNATIVE website for confirmed screening time.
June 8: imagineNATIVE partners with the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre to screen Angry Inuk in Hamilton on June 8 at 7pm. Winner of imagineNATIVE’s 2016 Audience Choice Award, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s acclaimed documentary examines the impact of seal-hunting protests on Inuit communities in Canada and around the world. 
June 15: imagineNATIVE invites you to celebrate the opening of the first part of 2167 on June 15, 7-9pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox. imagineNATIVE has partnered with TIFF, Pinnguaq and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures to commission five Indigenous filmmakers and artists to create VR projects envisioning life 150 years in the future. Three works from this virtual reality project will premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox on June 15 and will be available for FREE public viewing until fall. The three works include Danis Goulet's The Hunt, Scott Benesiinaabandan's Blueberry Pie Under the Martian Sky, and Postcommodity's Each Branch Determined. The remaining works will premiere during imagineNATIVE in October 2017. 2167 has been supported by the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Harbinger Foundation. Visit the TIFF website for details and timings.
June 17: imagineNATIVE is partnering with Hamilton Artists Inc. to screen the Femme Totale Shorts Programme in Hamilton on June 17 at 9:30pm. Outstanding new female talents explore an array of topics that plunge into the core of humanity in this programme, which features: Nitanish a ma Fille (Nitanish - To My Daughter), I am Thy Weapon, Nous Nous Souleverons (We Will Rise), Passing Moments, Polar Sun, Exposed Nerves, The Length of Grief: The Daughters of Métis Mothers, Susto and Smoke that Travels.
June 19:  imagineNATIVE and SAW Video present A Nation of Nations at 8pm on June 19 at the Canada Scene Festival in Ottawa. A Nation of Nations is a programme of 10 short works made by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit filmmakers from across the country. These films contemplate and speak to themes relevant to Indigenous media artists today. The programme features: Mobilize, Niagara, Gods Acre, This River, Nitanish – À ma Fille / Nitanish – To My Daughter, Tuktumit, Cree Code Talker, Hipster Headdress, One of Granny Lil’s Amazing Stories and The Grandfather Drum. Please check back on the imagineNATIVE website for confirmed screening time.
June 21: imagineNATIVE celebrates the closing night of the 2017 Four Directions Festival on June 21 with a screening of Alanis Obomsawin’s landmark documentary We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice. The screening takes place at 7pm at the Toronto Centre for the Arts and will be preceded by an Indigenous drumming performance by Veronica Johnny and a discussion on Right Relations with Lee Maracle.
June 21: At 7pm on June 21, imagineNATIVE is also co-presenting the feature film Maliglutit with the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk’s new Arctic epic is inspired by the classic John Ford western of the same name. The film follows a vengeful husband who sets off in pursuit of the violent men who kidnapped his wife and destroyed his home.

June 28: imagineNATIVE returns to Dundas Square for the annual National Indigenous Month celebrations in the centre of downtown Toronto. Visit us at our booth, meet the staff, and win some prizes! 

National Indigenous Month
with A Series Of FREE Special Eve
Sunday, June 4
The Inner Fire – Shorts Programme
Mississauga Celebration Square
300 City Centre Dr., Mississauga, ON
Thursday, June 8 @ 7pm
Angry Inuk
Workers Arts & Hertiage Centre
51 Stuart St., Hamilton ON
Thursday, June 15 @ 7pm-9pm
2167 Launch
TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King St W, Toronto, ON
Thursday, June 17 @ 9:30pm
Femme Totale Shorts Program
Hamilton Artists Inc.
155 James St. N, Hamilton, ON
Monday, June 19 @8pm
A Nation of Nations at the Canada Scene Festival
Ottawa, ON
Wednesday, June 21 @7pm
We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice at Four Directions Festival
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON
Wednesday, June 21 @ 7pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King St. West, Hamilton, ON
Wednesday, June 28 @ 12pm-7pm
imagineNATIVE @ Aboriginal History Month Celebration
Yonge-Dundas Square

Stay tuned as imagineNATIVE will be announcing additional June programming! Be sure to visit our website and sign up to our e-bulletin for all the latest information.
For more information please call 416-585 2333 or visit www.imagineNATIVE.org