TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4
October 19, 2:15pm–3:30pm
VICE Canada is the world's leading youth media company. With it's production of critically-acclaimed Indigenous content (RISE, CUT:OFF to name a few) they provide perhaps the biggest opportunity for youth-engaged storytelling by Indigenous creators to reach, and to potentially reach a massive global audience. VICE content leads and associate producers will be engaging with imagineNATIVE delegates on their content vision, as well as how, where and what both Canadian and International Indigenous creatives can approach with. A section of the session will be dedicated to assessing on-the-fly pitch evaluations from attendees by VICE to understand how to make your formal idea submissions succeed.
Adam Garnet Jones | Moderator | VICE Connects
Over the last ten years, Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis/ Danish) has written and directed a series of award-winning films that toured the international film circuit from Toronto to L.A., Sydney, Berlin and Beijing. In 2015, Adam released his first dramatic feature, “Fire Song” to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Fire Song” went on to win the Air Canada Audience Choice Award at ImagineNATIVE, before picking up three more audience choice awards and two jury prizes for best film at various festivals. “Fire Song” can be seen now on Netflix USA. His next feature, Great Great Great, is currently in cinemas.
Not content to work only in film, Adam has also distinguished himself as a television writer. He wrote scripts for “Cashing In” and “Mohawk Girls," in addition to helping create the upcoming series, “Awakening” with Big Soul Productions. Next up, Adam is developing a one-hour dramatic TV series of his own, called "Unfit."
Michelle Latimer | Director | RISE
Michelle Latimer is the showrunner, director, and writer of the breakout Indigenous resistance series RISE (Viceland), which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Her latest film Nuuca (executive produced by Laura Poitras) premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Nuuca explores the impact resource extractive industries have had on Indigenous women and girls. As a filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle’s goal is to use film and new media as a tool for social change. Her films have screened at film festivals internationally, including Sundance, TIFF, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, and Cannes, and her work has been acquired by National Gallery of Canada. Select films include Nuuca, Choke, The Underground, Nimmikaage, and the feature documentary ALIAS. She is currently developing The Freedom Project - a feature film examination of Canada’s prison system, and the impact of solitary confinement on female inmates, as well as adapting Thomas King’s novel Inconvenient Indian. Her films have been described as “visual poems exploring humanity” and are often experiments with creative form expressed from a personal point of view. Michelle recently spent nine months documenting on the front lines of the occupation at Standing Rock. She is passionate about working to educate and improve awareness around Indigenous issues in Canada and beyond.
PATRICK MCGUIRE | HEAD OF CONTENT VICE CANADA
Patrick McGuire is a journalist and documentary producer who is currently VICE
Canada’s Head of Content. As VICE launched their Canadian TV network VICELAND
last year, Patrick has been on the team overseeing original television production,
alongside the youth-targeted digital and print journalism the brand is known for,
which spans a network of ten online channels and a monthly print magazine.
Tania Natscheff | Executive Director | VICE Canada
Tania Natscheff is an award winning producer currently working as the Executive Director of Factual Programming at VICE Canada. In this role she oversaw the launch of VICE Canada's linear network VICELAND and has worked as an executive producer on over six original series; including RISE the critically acclaimed documentary series about Indigenous communities protecting their homelands and rising up against colonization. Prior to joining VICE, Tania worked at The CBC in various roles most recently as an executive producer for George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.