STORYHIVE imagineNATIVE 2019 fellowship program participants announced

Diana Parry, Eric Janvier, Kelli Rae Morning Bull, Hayley Morin, Towustasin Mycorrhiza, Shaelyn Johnston, Rylan Friday

Above clockwise from left: Diana Parry, Eric Janvier, Kelli Rae Morning Bull, Hayley Morin, Towustasin Stocker, Shaelyn Johnston, Rylan Friday

Seven filmmakers have been chosen for the first TELUS STORYHIVE imagineNATIVE fellowship program. The National Screen Institute is providing mentorship and market preparation support to the winners.

Congratulations to:

  • Hayley Morin (Alberta)
  • Diana Parry (British Columbia)
  • Shaelyn Johnston (British Columbia)
  • Kelli Rae Morning Bull (Alberta)
  • Eric Janvier (Alberta)
  • Towustasin Stocker (British Columbia)
  • Rylan Friday (British Columbia)

They receive full imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival registration, including admission to panels, workshops, networking events, screenings and social events, airfare, accommodation and a travel stipend.

In preparation for attendance at the festival, NSI has been working with each fellow to help develop promotional materials. They will also participate in a special webinar, presented by imagineNATIVE, to help fellows navigate the festival once they arrive.

During the festival, fellows will be introduced to industry leaders to advance their projects and further develop their careers.

imagineNATIVE runs from October 22 to 27, 2019.

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Meet the STORYHIVE imagineNATIVE 2019 fellows

Hayley Morin

Hayley Morin

Hayley Morin is an emerging Indigenous filmmaker from Enoch Cree Nation, a reserve outside Edmonton, Alberta.

Specializing in documentaries, she isn’t afraid to dive into the topics and conversations most people shy away from. She is passionate about collecting real people’s stories and analyzing things from a variety of perspectives.

In 2015 Hayley attended film school in Kelowna, British Columbia, where she produced and directed various short films, including documentaries exploring the city’s homeless epidemic and the strong presence of pro-life and pro-choice groups within Okanagan.

Since graduating in 2017 Hayley has moved back to Enoch Cree Nation and worked on various projects about youth in her nation.

In July 2019 Hayley released a short documentary through TELUS STORYHIVE called The Crying Fields about Enoch Cree Nation’s journey with a land claim with the Canadian Government regarding landmines and other explosive materials which were dropped on the small reservation during World War II by what is now the Department of National Defence.

Diana Parry

Diana Parry

Diana Parry is a director of photography based out of Vancouver.

Having graduated from the University of British Columbia’s film production program in 2017 she has continued to shoot short narrative films such as Line of Fire (2018), Zero (2019) and the TELUS STORYHIVE-funded Laura (2019).

She believes every project is only as strong as its script and that cinematography’s first purpose is to support the story.

Diana is excited to create diverse content, especially from unique cultural and feminine perspectives, as she identifies as Mi’kmaq First Nations from Nova Scotia.

Shaelyn Johnston

Shaelyn Johnston

Shaelyn Johnston is an award-winning Anishinaabe and Irish-Canadian writer from Vancouver, BC.

She writes predominantly for screen but also enjoys creative non-fiction, and uses both genres as a way to explore her culture and the relationships we have with one another.

In 2015 she was a recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for her short story, Anishinaabemowin, which also placed first in Historica Canada’s Indigenous Arts & Stories Contest. Since then she has written for web series Fierce Girls and the second season of Coyote Science (APTN).

In 2019 she won first place in Room magazine’s creative non-fiction contest for her piece Back Home and recently completed the short film The Healing Dance through TELUS STORYHIVE.

This fall she began her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Kelli Rae Morning Bull

Kelli Rae Morning Bull

Kelli Rae Morning Bull is Blackfoot from Piikani Nation, one of four nations within the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy).

Kelli Rae is a graduate of SAIT Polytechnic’s radio, television and broadcast news program and uses her technical skills to create and share stories about her culture.

She recently completed two films, Treaty Money and Innaihtsiiyisinnii (Making Treaty), to educate the public on Indigenous issues and the importance of storytelling from an Indigenous lens.

Kelli Rae has been board secretary for EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society for the past six years and is the new chair of Making Treaty 7. She uses her positions to advocate for other Indigenous artists and filmmakers to be included in the arts community in Mohkinstsis (Calgary).

Eric Janvier

Eric Janvier

An award-winning film producer with over 10 years experience in the film industry, Eric got his career start while attending New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. During his time in school he produced two student short films, one of which went on to play at festivals worldwide, as well as several independent commercials and web videos. Eric also spent time as an intern with a respected talent agency.

After leaving film school he worked on an award-winning TV pilot filmed in Canada where he was a shadow producer and director. This exposure lead Eric to branch out and create his own work.

For several years Eric produced and created educational documentaries with a focus on Indigenous issues. He was also co-creator and producer on a very successful web series which had a large audience across Canada.

In 2015 Eric was the producer on the award-winning short film Gods Acre which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2016. Gods Acre screened at festivals across the world, including Edmonton International Film Festival, imagineNATIVE and New Zealand Windu Film Festival, winning several awards.

Eric has worked as a producer on the feature film The Road Behind, scheduled for release in 2020. Other credits include writing and producing a TV pilot, Rent Boys, and the TELUS STORYHIVE web series Reserved. His most recent work includes producing advertising campaigns for Disney’s Maleficent and Marvel’s Endgame in partnership with Stand Up To Cancer.

Towustasin Stocker

Towustasin Mycorrhiza

Towustasin is a multi-media artist from Old Massett, Haida Gwaii in BC. He founded his own unique and eclectic style combining knowledge in song and poetry, audio recording, documentary, cinema, music video, photography and post-production.

His work is brought into focus through various areas of study, including cinematography, First Nations fine art, social sciences and humanities.

Projects include Giving back the name with respect (2012), The Golden Spruce (2013), Solar/ Lunar Rhizome (2016), White Ravens (2018), Aboriginal Metaphysical (2018) and In the Wake of the Cedar Tree (2019).

Rylan Friday

Rylan Friday

Rylan Friday is a multi-media storyteller, curator, writer and producer from Cote First Nation in Kamsack, Saskatchewan.

Rylan got his start in media by graduating from BCIT’s radio broadcast and communications program, producing radio documentaries showcasing various First Nations topics including recovering from colonization and reconciliation with an emphasis on storytelling.

In 2015 Rylan eventually made the leap into film and has directed two short films: This Bright Flash and Spirited Away: A Documentary.

In 2017 he became a founding member of the now-defunct Indigenous International Film Festival based out of Vancouver. His credits include 1491: The Untold Stories of The Americas before ColumbusIndian Horse and The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open.

His goal is to bring LGBTQ2 and First Nations stories to the big screen, sharing hidden truths while encouraging younger generations to be open and express themselves artistically.

Recently, he produced Trevor Mack’s directorial debut, Portraits From a Fire, and helped implement a peer-to-peer mentorship with STORYHIVE for Mack’s film, pairing Indigenous youth with a crew member in northern BC.

Currently he is developing and co-directing Looking For Tiger Lily with Olivia Marie Golosky (Metis).

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