Miranda Currie – Tails on Ice (Yellowknife, NWT)
Miranda is a northern Indigenous artist living and working in Sombe K’e, more widely known as Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, among the Dene people. She walks in two worlds: with one foot in her Swampy Cree heritage and the other in her Euro-Canadian ancestry.
As an emerging filmmaker, Miranda creates northern Indigenous content that seeks to positively influence the Indigenous narrative in Canada.
Using her experience as an outdoor educator and wilderness guide she strives to make outdoor adventure films that are accessible to children and families. She is credited as a teacher, musician and children’s author and will graduate from the University of Victoria’s Indigenous language revitalization program in March 2020.
She lives in a cozy shack on the shores of the Great Slave Lake with her two favourite sled dogs, Niyanin and Ellesmere.
Olivia Golosky – The Death of the Blueberry (Calgary, AB)
A proud Métis, Olivia is a non-binary Two-Spirit filmmaker and writer. Hailing from Nistawâyâw (Fort McMurray), Treaty 8, their background is in film, theatre, radio and music festival production. Their writings have been published in the Canadian Theatre Review and Red Rising Magazine, the Métis issue.
Their script, Wihtiko, can be found through the Alberta Playwrights Network. Their most recent work credits include: Nite Ride (producer/writer/co-director), Experimental Forest Films/Violator Films’ The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open (producer mentee) and Suitaakii Black’s A Love Letter To My Unborn Child (head of wardrobe/audio engineer).
Currently, Olivia is in development on a documentary about Portland’s premier Two-Spirit drag clown, Carla Rossi, with Rylan Friday.
Their focus and passion in storytelling is to uplift and showcase QT-BIPOC voices through lenses of radical joy, self-love, empowerment and futurism.
Peter Brass – Indigenous Dad (Regina, SK)
Peter is Saulteaux video artist and filmmaker from the Peepeekisis First Nations. He currently lives in Regina, SK with his wife and two children.
Peter received his master’s degree in creative writing (screenwriting) from the Institute of American Indian Art. His work has screened at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Toronto), Prairie Scene Festival (Ottawa), and various galleries.
Thematically, Peter has dealt with the notions of loss, redemption, justice and identity to name but a few. Using both humour and drama, he has attempted to present these themes in such a way as to not draw conclusions but rather to offer insight into experiences.
Rachel Beaulieu – Bad Reputation (Winnipeg, MB)
Rachel (Anishinaabekwe) is from Sandy Bay First Nation in southern Manitoba. She graduated in 2010 from Assiniboine Community College with a diploma in media production, winning two awards for her recognized talent.
Since graduation, Rachel has focused her creative energy on learning directing for film and television content. Her work is influenced by her unique perspective as a First Nations woman and aims to make space for creators with a diverse vision.
Recently, Rachel held a spot as a finalist in Women in the Director’s Chair, Short Works Lab (2018), and also saw success as her first film, Red River Roots, debuted at both LA Skins Fest (Hollywood), and Gimli Film Festival (2018).
Set to debut in mid-December 2019, Songs in the Key of Cree, a behind-the-scenes film guided by Cree playwright Tomson Highway, will highlight Rachel’s expertise as a director.
Dedicated to the success of Indigenous Peoples, Rachel works at the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. (MFNERC), creating original content for cultural and educational purposes.
Steven Davies – Joe Martin and the Dugout Canoe (Victoria, BC)
Steven Thomas Davies is a Coast Salish filmmaker of Snuneymuxw and European descent who was born and raised in the traditional territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples (now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt), W̱SÁNEĆ and the Salish Sea.
He makes films and media art that centre [around] spiritual, cultural and political themes, to reconnect with Indigenous histories and epistemologies to educate himself and others.
Steven feels a huge responsibility to the artists, knowledge keepers and cultural leaders that have mentored and supported his growth, and the individuals whose voices and actions are shared in his work.
He will graduate with an MFA in visual arts from UBC Okanagan in 2020 and is greatly looking forward to the networking and mentorship components of NSI IndigiDocs.
Erica Daniels – Manito-Api (Winnipeg, MB)
Erica is Cree/Ojibway from Peguis First Nation. She is a proud mother, multi-award winning filmmaker and owner of Kejic Productions providing video production, photography and graphic design.
Erica started her journey through a multimedia program called Just TV and is an alumna of the CBC New Indigenous Voices program, presented by NSI.
Erica recently won the first ever Indigenous Film Award at Manito Ahbee Festival 2019. Her most recent film, Run As One – The Journey of the Front Runners has been shared in film festivals across the globe, won two Golden Sheaf Awards and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and Banff World Media Festival Award.
Along with her passion for storytelling, Erica is also passionate about working with Indigenous youth in her community by reconnecting them to their culture and identity. Erica currently runs a cultural program at the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre and mentors youth in video production.
The beauty of her culture continually inspires Erica’s work and motivates her to share the knowledge of her elders for future generations.
Heather Condo – The Mi’gmaq Fighter (Gesgapegiag, QC)
Heather is a member of Gesgapegiag, a First Nation community on the Gaspé coast in the province of Quebec. Although she was born in Quebec she grew up in Massachusetts. Close to 15 years ago she moved back to the community; she had only visited in the summers with her three children.
She works full time at the Gesgapegiags health centre as a medical archivist.
Heather found an unexpected start in film when her first short film, made with Wapikoni Mobile in 2016, went to Sundance Film Festival in January 2017. The film opened for a film produced by Robert Redford and has since travelled around the world to many festivals.
In 2018, she was approached by Rezolution Pictures to work as a trainee director on a project in another Miꞌkmaq First Nation community near her home. This project is in post production and will be seen on APTN in 2020.
Her goals are to bring First Nation, Miꞌkmaq stories to light with film. Although she doesn’t have an extensive background in film she’s been encouraged by industry professionals to keep going.
Heather is excited and honoured to have been chosen to participate in NSI IndigiDocs. She knows what an incredible opportunity it is and all the beneficial teachings she will receive from it.
Jarret Twoyoungmen – Tibi (Calgary, AB)
Jarret is an emerging filmmaker whose passion is improving the lives of members of his community.
He has training and experience in animation, sound engineering, voice acting, editing and directing.
He co-founded the Nakoda AV Club which is dedicated to helping people tell their own stories through film animation and audio visual arts. He is a director for the club, and is instrumental in the organization’s ability to connect with youth and elders, and to tell stories in a traditional way.
Jarret enjoys making music, spending time outdoors and lives on the Morley Reserve, west of Calgary.
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NSI IndigiDocs is funded by Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Strategic Sponsor documentary Channel; Supporting Sponsors Telefilm Canada, Super Channel, CBC Gem and Corus Entertainment; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partner the National Film Board of Canada; Industry Supporters imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, 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. More sponsors to be added as confirmed.