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.
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.