Students announced for NSI Aboriginal Documentary training course

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the teams selected for the 2015 NSI Aboriginal Documentary course.

The course, now in its third year, provides Aboriginal director and producer teams with training, mentorship and cash towards the production of a short documentary. Students also travel to Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto and their short films will air nationally on APTN and on

The National Film Board’s Alanis Obomsawin will spend a day with students and share her experiences as a documentary filmmaker. Lisa Jackson is returning as director advisor, with NSI staff members Ursula Lawson and Elise Swerhone serving as program co-managers.

Bootcamp speakers feature industry experts like Sturla Gunnarsson, Elizabeth Klinck and Shane Belcourt. The two-week training bootcamp kicks off February 8 in Winnipeg with a pipe ceremony and traditional feast. NSI Aboriginal training programs advisor Lisa Meeches will be welcoming the students.

“The teams that are selected this year represent a variety of talents and visual styles,” said Elise Swerhone. “They come from both rural and urban locations and from all parts of Canada. We look forward to working with them.”

The selected students are:

  • Tasha Hubbard and Marilyn Poitras (both from Saskatoon, SK)
  • Janet Rogers and Jackson Twobears (both from Victoria, BC)
  • Cowboy Smithx (Rosedale, BC) and Alexandra Lazarowich (Edmonton, AB)
  • Rachel Garrick (Hudson, ON) and Nadine Arpin (Sioux Lookout, ON)

2015 sponsors are being confirmed, and include Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport & Consumer Protection and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Bootcamp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One; Super Channel; Corus Entertainment; imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival and Hots Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Industry Partners National Film Board of CanadaAcademy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media.

About the National Screen Institute

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstNSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer and NSI Aboriginal Documentary.

NSI also offers national exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at

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