Spring 2019 Films

1 Demon (6:02) A homicide detective faces a moral issue after a convicted serial killer ends up murdered in his cell.
Directed by Mike J. Marin Mike J. Marin (Navajo, Laguna Pueblo, Washoe) mikejmarin@gmail.com

2 The Party’s Downstairs (27:32) An employee working late in an old building feels he may not be alone after receiving a mysterious package from an unknown source.
Directed by Mike J. Marin Mike J. Marin (Navajo, Laguna Pueblo, Washoe) mikejmarin@gmail.com

3 THE ATTENDANT 00:05:28 A Hilarious view of our world, told through the eyes of a bathroom attendant. Douglas Ewen Andruw Bellow wakenbakecoffeecompany@gmail.com FNFVF1748 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required)
Biigtgong First Nation young actor is from Garden River First Nation

4 Sidewalk Entrepreneurs 00:48:10 A vegan chef, Tango dancers, a pro skateboarder, a drug dealer and a shaman all share the same office space in this documentary film. Following a group of enterprising skateboarders, Sidewalk Entrepreneurs, explores the lives of people making a living on the streets of Mexico City and their impact on the city’s underground economy. Jefferson Elliott Jefferson Elliott jefferson.martin.elliott@gmail.com FNFVF1749 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Puyallup

5 Respect your elders, Chum. 00:06:55 Chum, learns a lesson respecting his elders. Jack Belhumeur Jack Belhumeur jdbelhumeur@gmail.com FNFVF1757 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Ojibway Metis cree

6 the team 00:01:00 a team of youth gather at their community hall for fun and film making. this film is made by the kids for the kids jack belhumeur Jack Belhumeur jdbelhumeur@gmail.com FNFVF1758 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Ojibway Metis cree

7 Living Culture Speaking Truth Language Revitalization in our Communities 00:38:17 Today there are 70 indigenous languages in Canada, many of which have seen a decline in transmission from generation to generation. “Living Culture, Speaking Truth: Language revitalization in our communities” is an insightful documentary that looks through the lens of 7 indigenous communities who have taken initiative by employing their own unique strategies, challenging this decline and are on the forefront of strengthening and revitalizing their languages. In uplifting, inspiring accounts of resiliency, these communities epitomize the value and significance language has on the Indigenous People’s of Canada. Mike Black, Petie Chalifoux, Alex Lazarowich, Roxann Whitebean Jared Bone jareddbone@gmail.com FNFVF1767 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Multiple Directors: Cree and Mohawk

8 Mishkeegogamang 00:30:00 Short film created on-site by Jon Wesselink Productions during the creation of a mural in Mishkeegogamang First Nation, Ontario, in September 2017. Jon Wesselink wesselinkjon@gmail.com FNFVF1774 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Mishkeegogamang Ojibwe Nation (Canada)

9 The hunter 00:05:26 The hunting lifestyle not only soothes the bellies of community members, it also alleviates the hunters’ spiritual longing for the land. Hunting respectfully is a way to feel this connection. Daryl Kootenay, Cameron Kootenay Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1775 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

10 Idle No More 00:05:02 Heather Archibald was a social activist and foster care child who passed away. Her strong words are honoured in this film, demanding a change in the attitude of the Law concerning native people in Canada. Ginger Côté wants her spirit and message to be remembered for generations to come. Ginger Cote  Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1776 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

11 Inuk Hunter 00:04:05 A poetic and contemplative film about an Inuk man hunting for northern lights with his camera. George Annanack Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1777 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

12 Kuujjuaq 00:04:54 A video essay about the perspective of a teenager on his hometown. Sammy Gadbois  Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1778 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

13 Ka Ussi-Tshishkutamashuht 00:04:31 A group of women from Unamen Shipu made it their mission to train new choir singers. Rachel and Béatrice, the two colourful hosts, invite us to a playful choir practice where seasoned singers teach beginners the ropes. Béatrice Mark, Rachel Mark, Gisèle Mark Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1779 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

14 Les vaillants 00:04:31 For over 100 years, whenever someone dies, Kitcisakik men get together to build a casket as a show of solicarity with the family. Martin Gunn Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1780 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

15 Mahiganiec 00:05:29 Raised by a shewolf, a little girl is found by an Anishnabe woman who tries to tame her. Jacqueline Michel Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1781 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

16 Mommy goes race 00:05:50 A touching portrait of the only female car racer in Kitigan Zibi Anishinabe Nation. Charlene McConini juggles being a super mum with derby racing she passionately undertakes with her boyfriend and Charlie, an experienced Quebecer driver. Charlene McConini Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1782 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

17 Protect Our Future Daughters 00:05:45 Protect Our Future Daughters is a short docu-drama that educates about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) of Canada and the Red Dress Project. Our narrator is Maryanne Junta, a young artist, activist, and namesake of a MMIW herself. Through poetic imagery and well-established visual rhetoric, Maryanne’s personal story helps audiences to identify and stand in solidarity with the MMIW of Eskasoni, Canada, and beyond. Maryanne Junta, Helena Lewis Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1783 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

18 Protecting our Homeland 00:03:55 This film wants to inspire the young generation to start caring about our lands and culture while raising awareness about the ravages of uranium mining in Patterson Lake, SK.  Ashton Janvier Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1784 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

19 Shiny Object 00:05:00 Just like his ancestors, the Inuk filmmaker Kevin Tikivik dreamed of becoming a great hunter. Now living in an urban setting, he reminds the viewers of the importance of returning to one’s roots. Kevin Tikivik  Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1785 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

20 So Alone 00:06:57 In this project Lonnie tells the story of the obstacles and adversity he has had to overcome. The story is about a boy who deals with growing up around addiction and later learning how it affected him. It talks about the rejection he felt, and how regardless of what his father put him through, the love and passion. The film features clips of him telling the story about his journey with his little sister and his late father’s horse named Blackie. Lonnie Dixon Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1786 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

21 Stage Name: Victoria 00:03:28 An intimate look at a drag queen starting his career in the community of Fort William First Nation and his relationship with his mother who has always encouraged him in his life choices. Taran Morriseau   Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1787 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

22 Thunderbird 00:02:59 Thunderbird is a short documentary exploring the story of Steven Collins, an international Olympic ski jumper. Using archive footage and photos, Thunderbird gives a genuine look at Steven’s story. Erin Collins  Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1788 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

23 Onicka 00:01:42 Foray into a young woman’s nightmares. Mélina Quitich-Niquay  Wapikoni Mobile festival@wapikoni.ca FNFVF1789 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Canadian First Nation

24 Fire Ecology 00:24:40 The film is about native fire ecology specifically the importance of controlled burning, the impact of the California northern fires, preservation of lands and how to get actively involved in controlled burning trainings. CIMCC Tribal Youth Ambassadors Tribal Youth Ambassadors vanessan@cimcc.org FNFVF1791 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Pomo

25 BLUFF 01:36:08 Three roommates are being questioned in the sudden death of a fourth roommate, when it quickly becomes apparent that the truth may be much deeper…and much darker than it appears. Joel Dameron Joel Dameron joeldameron@yahoo.com FNFVF1792 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Chickasaw/Creek

26 VOYEUR 00:12:00 An experimental, meta-allegorical, audio/visual essay on the often forgotten or not realized consequences and costs of both, America’s creation and it’s continued existence. Joel Dameron Joel Dameron joeldameron@yahoo.com FNFVF1793 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Chickasaw/Creek

27 The Choice 00:07:57 A coming of age story about a kid struggling with decisions. He as at a crossroads, not knowing which way to take. Glenn Spillman Glenn Spillman glennspillman13@gmail.com FNFVF1795 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Choctaw

28 In the Arms of Madness 00:20:30 Talina Adamo Raymond Davenport raydavenport40@hotmail.com FNFVF1797 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Seminole

29 Visions Of A Kill Shot 00:17:40 VISIONS OF A KILL SHOT is a coming of age story about a young handball player, Danny, who in his prime is tragically affected by an event from his childhood. Relentless fear of the unknown forces Danny to make a big decision in his life. Yet, with a strong yearning to do what is right, Danny is re-awakened by a mysterious figure that has always been in his life. The Spirit of Handball proves to be the beacon of hope that will finally lift the veil of mystery that has forever haunted Danny. Ricardo Ramirez Ricardo Ramirez ricardoramirezfilmmaker@gmail.com FNFVF1804 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Director: Mexico. Writer: Tohono O’ odham

30 First Medicine; The long Man 00:14:26 Cherokee waters and todays issues with pollution. Joseph Erb joseph erb josepherb7@gmail.com FNFVF1805 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Cherokee Nation

31 Self Portrait 00:03:15 Struggling with gender identity, sexual orientation, and cultural identity has been a normal aspect of my life. Being pulled in and out of native culture and feeling like my queerness was unwelcome by my people, I separated myself for years. Now I explore my relationship with my culture by decolonizing myself and others by sharing my identity openly and honestly. Faun Harjo Faun Harjo faunharjo@gmail.com FNFVF1813 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Muskogee

32 Postcards 00:03:20 I went on a trip out west two summers ago. We hit major national parks and monuments. One week from Norman to Southern California, and one week back. Every time we stopped I bought a few postcards. Sorting through them I realized I had only bought portraits of Native American leaders, national park advertisements, and wildlife/landscape photos. I saw the thin white line between what was a conservation effort or assimilation effort by the government. Faun Harjo Faun Harjo faunharjo@gmail.com FNFVF1814 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Muskogee

33 Haunted Cape Breton 2018 00:18:02 Haunted Cape Breton is series of collected ghost stories from around the island some are documented cases & interviews while others are loosely based on urban legends around Cape Breton. This short film was shot on the Iphone 6 plus in October 2018. Hosted by Dawn Wells a solo ghost hunter & local Cape Breton broadcaster. Episode 2 is in the works now. Dawn Wells Dawn Lians dawn_wellsc99@hotmail.com FNFVF1827 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Mi’kmaq Native American, Canadian. My community is Membertou, in Cape breton

34 Warbonnet: An Odyssey of Honor 00:12:52 When John Harrington, the eldest son of a descendant of the last Chief of an Oregon tribe learns the whereabouts of warbonnets stolen after his father’s death and taken to another reservation in Canada, he undertakes an 8,200+ mile odyssey, along with two of his brothers, to recover the stolen warbonnets. Fearful of unsuccessful international border crossings, and the discovery of his plan by the woman who absconded with them, time is not on his side as he drives through the night in an effort to recover the stolen family heirlooms before she learns he is on the way and moves them again, or worse, they are destroyed. John Harrington John Harrington john@johnharrington.com FNFVF1829 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

35 BULLDAWGS: The Emmanuel Boone Story 00:30:45 VaVichi Royalty premiers a new documentary film tonight chronicling the life of coach and community activist Emmanuel Boone Jr. Take an intrinsic look at his life and the lasting legacy that he has created in the community… VaVichi Clothiers, Victor Manley VaVichi Media vavichimedia@gmail.com FNFVF1842 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Cherokee

36 Mockingbird 00:19:53 Erin McNeil is trapped. Trapped in a thirteen year old body, while playing the adult in a tumultuous relationship with her heroin addicted mother….But Erin’s life is about to change with the uttering of one word….”Mockingbird”. Jason Ledford Brad Hord hordbrad@yahoo.com FNFVF1848 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Cherokee

37 Silla 00:21:40 Like many Indigenous young people in Canada, Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) and Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) connected with their strong cultural roots only after being away from it. As expats from the north, and growing up in the City of Ottawa, they sought out, reclaimed, and taught themselves the traditional Inuit art-form of throat singing. They formed a band with DJ Rise Ashen, and created a sonic experiment blending Inuit throat-singing with futuristic dance floor beats. In the Inuktitut language “Silla” has many connotations, but it roughly translates as “weather”, and symbolizes the affection that Charlotte and Cynthia have with their culture. Silla is a short documentary about Silla and Rise, it follows the band members behind the scenes as they prepare for and play numerous live shows, it delves into the historical suppression of Inuit traditions, and how their music is reviving and reclaiming the beautiful art form of Inuit throat singing. Howard Adler Howard Adler fournothing@hotmail.com FNFVF1875 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Anishinaabe (Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation, Canada)

38 Bad Medicine 00:07:55 Joe is a medicine man that doles out advice for profit. He goes by many names, including “Pays-taxes-sometimes” and “Dances-with-the-Bingo-Dabbers”. He lives in a surprisingly spacious tent in a public park, listens to 80’s music on tape cassettes, and has answers for all of your questions. Conceived and Created by Participants in artsnb’s Indigenous Mobile Technology Filmmaking Workshop in May 2017, at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre and the New Brunswick Film Coop. The two-day Workshop was facilitated by Howard Adler, and the resulting film Bad Medicine, was shot entirely using mobile devices. PARTICPANTS -Talon Simon -Jesse Bear -Christina MacGillivray -Priscilla Sappier -Benjamin Broucke -Jacob Doherty -William Bartibogue -Melissa Lunney -Zach Bonneville Starring: Talon Simon as Dancing-With-the-Bingo-Dabbers Directed & Edited by: Howard Adler Special Thanks: Corrina Merasty-Gallant Cat LeBlanc Tony Merzetti Jermaine Francoeur Lisa Jodoin Ashley Phinney Daniel Northway-Frank A Project of the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) Partners: Charlotte Street Arts Centre New Brunswick Filmmakers Cooperative imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival SAW Video Media Arts Centre Howard Adler Howard Adler fournothing@hotmail.com FNFVF1876 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Anishinaabe (Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation, Canada)

39 Hard Out 00:03:37 A man wakes up lost and confused on the beach, and it’s a mystery of how and why he got there. This film was made as a part of an International Two-Spirit, Takatāpui, Indigenous GLBTQ+ filmmaking initiative called 7 Fires. It was collaboration between the Mispon Film Festival (Regina), Wairoa Maori Film Festival (Nuhaka, New Zealand), and the Asinabka Film Festival (Ottawa). Howard Adler, Jessie Short, Candy Renae Fox Howard Adler fournothing@hotmail.com FNFVF1877 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Anishinaabe (Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation, Canada)

40 Buffalo Girl (Paskwâw Mostos Iskwêsis) 00:04:08 Set in the backdrop of colonial violence and the extermination of the buffalo. The Genocide of the buffalo parallels the loss of Queer Indigenous and Two-Spirit knowledge. In this film a Buffalo Spirit transforms into an Nēhiyaw Iskwesis (a young Cree women), and a ghost like apparition sings Maori songs and underscores the links between colonialism on Indigenous peoples across the globe. This film was made as a part of an International Two-Spirit, Takatāpui, Indigenous GLBTQ+ filmmaking initiative called 7 Fires. It was collaboration between the Mispon Film Festival (Regina), Wairoa Maori Film Festival (Nuhaka, New Zealand), and the Asinabka Film Festival (Ottawa). Howard Adler, Candy Renae Fox, Leo Koziol Howard Adler fournothing@hotmail.com FNFVF1878 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Anishinaabe (Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation, Canada)

41 Gik:skwod: How I Lost My Indian Name 00:02:50 In this experimental short film, the filmmaker shares how he lost his Indian name. BACKGROUND: This is storytelling told through narration, images and text. In “Gik:skwod,” The filmmaker made cuts according to his eye blinks. During his film studies at Syracuse University, he read an excerpt from Walter Murch’s “In the Blink of an Eye: Perspective of Film Editing.” In the excerpt, he explains how we naturally edit what we see through our eye blinks. The filmmaker wanted to experiment with this concept. Terry Jones Terry Jones cornsoupman@yahoo.com FNFVF1883 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Seneca Nation of Indians (New York State)

42 Sapara Clothing: A Tradition in Danger 00:10:09 For centuries, the Sapara people of the Ecuadorian Amazon made their clothes from the resistant and natural fabric that the forest grows for them. As people have become more used to commercial clothing, this tradition has been increasingly neglected. By stripping the bark from the tree and beating it to soften the fibres, they tame the hard cortex of the llanchama tree and transform it into a textile material. It seems simple but requires a team of people and several days of work to develop this product that is currently undervalued in the market. Arturo Santi from the Jandiayaku community, inheritor of this millenary knowledge, passes it on to young people so that they can preserve this ancient technique that may offer a sustainable alternative for the future and exemplifies their community’s historic and deep connection to their forest home. Yanda Montahuano, Samanta Castro Jaye Renold jaye@ifnotusthenwho.me FNFVF1895 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Sapara

43 Two Brothers of Trouble 00:10:00 The two video game enthusiast brothers set out to rob a business for some extra Black Friday cash. They adventure quickly accelerates into a hilarious mission of cat and mouse with the business they stole from. JRod Gingerich JRod Gingerich jeturdo@yahoo.com FNFVF1899 U.S. Native American Tribal Affiliation of Director (Required) Tonto Apache