The imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour is one of imagineNATIVE's largest initiatives outside of our annual Festival. The Tour brings Indigenous-made film and video works, community engagement activities, and youth workshops to communities across Canada.
The 2017 Tour Runs from March-August and is still taking bookings!
To inquire about having the imagineNATIVE Tour visit your community, please contact Judith Schuyler jschuyler@imagineNATIVE.org or +1 416.585.2333.
New to the imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour!!
Virtual Reality Experience – Indigenous storytelling in a whole new way!
VR equipment provided!
Youth and Teachers alike can now experience, Ch'aak' S'aagi (Eagle Bone) by filmmaker Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), the immersive VR experience is a collective step in a new direction of visual storytelling rooted in being unapologetically Indigenous. Through freestyle spoken word and lush Pacific Northwest scenes, we enter into a journey of remembrance and reflection on the lessons of the old ones, and teachings that remind us that we are all individual vessels of spirit and change yet inextricably connected. Produced by Mechanic Dreams and authored by award-winning filmmaker and producer Tracy Rector.
Our Tour is currently focused on First Nations (Reserves), and other Indigenous communities, as well as on cities with large Indigenous populations. This year we are presenting Two Shorts Programmes as well as Two Features. Communities can choose to screen one or more of the following options:
Documentary Feature – 2016
In this highly anticipated film, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril sheds a powerful and hard light on anti–seal hunting campaigns and the relevance of the hunt to the lives of the Inuit. Long a vital source of food and income for the Inuit, the seal hunt has been disrupted by high profile, international campaigns fronted by celebrities and led by well-funded animal rights organizations. The ensuing bans on seal products – particularly from Europe – have caused financial devastation to northern communities, creating what the filmmaker calls the Inuit Great Depression.
The tides, however, are beginning to turn as an emerging group of Inuit activists – armed with their own sense of humour and justice – insert themselves into the international discussion. Utilizing social media, these thoughtful, grassroots warriors push back against corporate profiteering and political might to ensure their place in the global economy while also protecting the fragility and stewardship of the Arctic. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril has created a landmark work that challenges, informs and – like all great documentaries – convinces us that the world must change.
Dramatic Feature - 2016
Director Zacharias Kunuk brings us another cinematic masterpiece from the north.
In 1913 Nunavut, a community’s well-being hangs in the balance. After an elder senses a foreboding, four men are exiled for the misfortune and trouble they will surely bring to the small group of Inuit. Angry and dangerous, the men roam the snowy tundra with a sickness in their hearts and minds.
Farther away, a man and his son are on hunt for caribou, having been shown the way by his spirit helper, Kallulik, the loon. While the pair had a successful hunt, upon their return the man finds his wife and daughter kidnapped, and the other members of his family murdered by the marauding exiles. Coming to his aid, Kallulik sets him on course to find his family and avenge the deaths of his loved ones.
Swapping stagecoaches for sleighs, the riveting, beautiful and exciting Maliglutit is the dramatic reimagining of the John Wayne western The Searchers. This remarkable film is a must-see and an instant classic of Indigenous cinema.
Walking In Two Worlds Shorts Programme
Kinoomaage Asin (Teaching Rock) (2013) (4:56)
Eddy Robinson (Ojibway)
The heartbeat of Mother Earth is felt in the urban jungle in this visual tribute to the connection between the Anishinaabe and the land.
Ou Tu Vas Toi? – Diane (2013) (3:29)
Caroline Monnet (Algonquin)
Is a series of short experimental documentaries showcasing five young aboriginal individuals
(25-35) living in an urban environment. Each video is approached as an internal monologue that reflects the thoughts, emotions, experiences and perspectives of these individuals.
Boxed In (2009) (3:05)
Shane Belcourt (Metis)
A young woman’s job application turns into an embodiment of identity and challenges her to break out of the confines of prescribed individuality
The Divide (2014) (6:20)
Myesha Collins (Anishinaabe)
Winner of 2014 imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour’s Youth Video-making contest, The Divide takes a personal and honest look at the cultural rifts that exist between students at Parry sound High School.
Wapawekka (2010) (16:10)
Danis Goulet (Metis)
In this gorgeously shot, powerful story of intergenerational conflict, hip-hop loving Josh is dragged to their families remote cabin for one last visit by this traditional Cree dad.
Choke (2011) (5:37)
Michelle Latimer (Metis)
After leaving his northern community, a young man experience the ominous and foreign landscape of city life. Terril Calder’s breathtaking animation captures Michelle Latimer’s heartbreakingly beautiful story of lost souls and the power of home. Inspired by the short life of teenager Kyle Morrisseau, grandson of the painter Norval Morrisseau.
Fighting Chance (2012) (10:00)
Alexandra Lazarowich (Cree)
This cutting-edge animated film follows 13- year old Joey Lightning as he follows in the dangerous footsteps of his older brother. As Joey takes on a challenging journey of rediscovering his Aboriginal identity, he learns that although you can’t change the past, you can learn from it to break its sometimes negative cycle perimental documentaries showcasing five young aboriginal individuals (25-35) living in an urban environment. Each video is approached as an internal monologue that reflects the thoughts, emotions, experiences and perspectives of these individuals.
New Voices/Fresh Takes Shorts Programme
Akoo (Mature Themes and Language)
Director: Amos Scott (Tlicho)
7mins 2016 Short Drama
On a chilling winter night at a northern bush party, two young men plot to take advantage of two young women. Unbeknownst to them, something is watching them from the cold, dark woods and their sinister plan is about to take an unexpected turn.
Director: Glenn Gear (Inuk)
11mins 2016 Experiemental
Based on an Inuit legend from Labrador, “Kablunat” explores the complex and intersecting histories of early Inuit and Settler life on the coast. Employing archival images, animation, collage, and time-lapse video, the retelling of this origin story unfolds in a poetic space between past and present, myth and lived experience.
Director: Jade Baxtor (Nlaka’pamux)
British Columbia, Canada
11mins 2016 Short Drama
This slow-burn short film creeps up on you as the young woman goes about her day. While working at the community radio station, she recounts and tries to impart a lesson from a Nlaka’mapux tale of the Boy and the Owl.
Director: Daniel Lewis (Wikwemikong)
8mins 2015 Short Documentary
In this charming short, two lovable young characters, Daniel and Harvey, are highly skilled archers. As they head to a local archery competition, they talk shop and share stories as they hone their hunting skills.
Director: Sonya Ballantyne (Swampy Cree)
13mins 2015 Short Drama
After the death of her parents, Kaley struggles with her anger.
After running away from her sister’s home and hiding out in a comic store, Kaley connects with a First Nations superhero called Thunderbird, who teaches her the power of family.
Director: Kelton Stepanowich (Metis)
Fort McMurry, Canada
15mins 2016 Short Drama
Lorne Cardinal stars in this unsettling, powerful short of a man determined to protect his land at all cost. As the water slowly rises in a frighteningly familiar future, the man must choose to abandon all that he knows or give in to the rising
Video Making Workshops
Our video making workshops have given Indigenous youth across Canada the opportunity to work with professional Indigenous filmmakers to learn how to make a short video which, once completed, is screened for their community! We have facilitated the creation of hundreds of short videos to date! A selection of videos can be found below.
imagineNATIVE 2017 Tour Stops
N’Amerind Friendship Centre - March 21, 2017: Three Wise Cousins: 6pm
Western University Indigenous Awareness Week - March 22, 2017 - Taking Aim: Shorts Program:1:45pm - Angry Inuk: 3pm
Chippewa of the Thames - March 23rd, 2017, Three Wise Cousins: 6pm
Oneida Community Centre - March 24th, 2017, Three Wise Cousins: 6pm
Woodland Cultural Centre - March 29, 2017, Angry Inuk: 7pm
Thank you to our 2017 Tour Funders: