CBC New Indigenous Voices shorts stream on CBC Gem, July 26

Alexis Leask Andrew Forbes Andy Lown short film Forgotten CBC New Indigenous Voices

Above: on the set of Forgotten directed by Jesse Spence

CBC has announced upcoming young adult programming set to stream on CBC Gem this summer. Four films made through CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by the National Screen Institute will be available to stream on the platform starting July 26. They are:

Dead Bolt

Dead Bolt short film by Jon Berg

Directed by Jon Berg with Shauntelle George and Joe Courchene

Sheila is doing laundry in her apartment complex. When she goes to switch her clothes to the dryer, she props open her front door with the deadbolt, giving a stranger quick access to her apartment. Locked out with no keys, phone or ID, Sheila struggles find out who is in her home.


Forgotten short film by Jesse Spence

Directed by Jesse Spence with Alexis Leask and Andy Lown

Levi lives a simple life until escalating visions too strong to ignore lead him to reconnect to his Indigenous heritage.

Nappy Hair & Eagle Feather

Nappy Hair & Eagle Feather short film by Adeline Bird

Directed by Adeline Bird with Diandre Thomas-Hart and Daniel Bear

Maleena is the only mixed-race student in her school and experiences racism from her school friends, but does not understand why. With the help of her loving and understanding mother, Maleena is able to reconcile her identity as a mixed-raced girl.

Star Line

Star Line short film by Nikita Day

Directed by Nikita Day with Ryan Cooper and Chris Eastman

A scared Indigenous woman on the run encounters two young girls who offer her refuge in exchange for a story. But the demons of her past may threaten the safety of them all before she can finish.

Additionally, Warigami, a web series from director Jason Lapeyre (NSI Features First) and producer Laura Perlmutter (NSI Drama Prize), will be available to stream on CBC Gem beginning Friday, July 12.

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CBC New Indigenous Voices is funded by Title, Presenting and Tuition Sponsor CBC; Program Partners Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage, the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) and Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Corus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partner the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Industry Supporters IATSE Local 856, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Les Productions MidCan Productions Inc.; and Service Sponsor William F. White. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. Additional partners to be confirmed.

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