On May 30, the Winnipeg Film Group, Urban Shaman Gallery and imagineNATIVE present Solid Ground, a program of short films by Indigenous filmmakers from Canada at the Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque.
The program was curated by imagineNATIVE and includes NSI IndigiDocs shorts Cree Code Talker from director Alex Lazarowich and producer Cowboy Smithx, and 7 Minutes (pictured) from director Tasha Hubbard and producer Marilyn Poitras.
Ten films make up the program and are linked by the theme of relationships to land, in all its incarnations. From fear to strength and displacement to pride, the featured artists take viewers on a journey that requires a firm footing and a strong stance. The program is introduced by the Winnipeg Film Group’s Amanda Kindzierski (CBC New Indigenous Voices, NSI IndigiDocs).
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NSI IndigiDocs provides training, mentorship and up to $16K in cash towards film production. Training includes attendance at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, and post-production services and mentorship at the National Film Board in Montreal.
NSI IndigiDocs is funded by Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Strategic Sponsors the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) and documentary Channel; Supporting Sponsors Telefilm Canada, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA), Corus Entertainment, Breakthrough Entertainment and the Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary; Provincial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music and Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund; Industry Partners the National Film Board of Canada and the Directors Guild of Canada; Industry Supporters imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.
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