Jiah Dzentu – These Tools of Mine (Liidlii Kue, NWT)
Jiah is a two-spirit Denesuline community organizer from Liidlii Kue, Northwest Territories. Their mother is Eileen Marlowe from Lutsel K’e and their father is Murray Sibbeston from Liidlii Kue. They’re passionate about hide tanning, canoe tripping, IndigiQueer theory and hosting fabulous brunches with friends.
Their work revolves around fostering youth connection to land, language and culture. Their love for the north is vast and they want to show the rest of the world their home through authentic and creative films. Jiah would like to support more Indigenous youth in finding their voices through filmmaking.
Whitney Horne – The Longest Canoe Race (Telsin, YK)
Whitney Horne is an emerging screenwriter, director and producer.
Founder of WOOSHDU HEEN STUDIO (est. 2019) based in Teslin, Yukon, she participated in the 2020 Whistler Film Festival – Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship, and is a new member of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA).
Whitney’s background in multi-media art complements her unique filmmaking style. Her vision for a hybrid animated film-documentary called The Longest Canoe Race is the project she brings to NSI IndigiDocs 2021.
Whitney has Inland Tlingit – Irish ancestry, lives and works on Teslin Tlingit Traditional Territory, is a citizen of the Teslin Tlingit Council Self-Governing First Nation and part of the Dakh’laweidi Clan (eagle-killerwhale).
Benjamin Kicknosway – Anishnaabe Miskiki (Wallaceburg, ON)
Ben is a filmmaker from Bkejwanong Unceded Territory (Walpole Island First Nation), who co-directed the animated short Wawatay (2018). The film premiered at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche 2018, and has been shown at various festivals including Montreal First Peoples Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Toronto Animation Arts Festival International and Vancouver International Film Festival.
In 2019, Ben was part of the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative for the Banff World Media Festival.
During the last year, he has been working on film sets, in TV animation production and talking about himself in the third person.
He also enjoys spending time outdoors (gardening, fishing and hunting) or chasing around his growing number of nieces and nephews.
Marsha Knight – Winnipeg’s Food Desert (Winnipeg, MB)
Marsha Knight, an Ojibway Metis artist, was born and raised in Winnipeg.
With early roots in theatre, Marsha is making strides at working in the film sector. Having some experience in front of the lens, she is keen on working on the creative and production side.
Marsha is currently studying anthropology and psychology at the University of Winnipeg with a focus on historical and current colonial practices as related to food security and food sovereignty in both urban and remote centres. It is with this focus that Marsha is enthusiastic for this opportunity to tell this story and to learn about filmmaking.
Kim Stadfeld – Flora Bear Story (Toronto, ON)
Kim Stadfeld is an Anishinaabe woman (she/her) originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba currently living in Toronto, Ontario. She is a proud member of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation in Treaty 1 Territory.
She is a beadwork artist, aspiring writer and a video post-production professional with over 25 years of broadcast television experience. Kim is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a bachelor of arts in Native studies, she also studied media production at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba.
Most recently, Kim expanded her voice as an artist at the 2020 Indigenous Storytellers and Spoken Word Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
She is a proud mother, a lifelong learner and a spiritual seeker who is passionate about art, new media and Indigenous storytelling.
Lois Standing – Wahpeton Dakota Language Retention Project (Prince Albert, SK)
Lois is from the Wahpeton Dakota Nation in northern Saskatchewan. Over the past year, she has been working with first language speakers and the Northern Dakota Language Group on the retention of the Dakota language.
Her goals are to bring Dakota language, history and stories to light with film. Although she doesn’t have an extensive background in film, she’s been encouraged by first language speakers to help tell the story of her community’s history and language.
Lois 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. She believes the information will be especially important to be able to share the Dakota first speakers’ efforts in retaining the Dakota Language, history and stories.
Theresa Stevenson – Beadwork and Cedar Tea (Toronto, ON)
Theresa Stevenson is an interdisciplinary artist who has studied and practiced an array of creative fields including film.
She is a graduate of CBC New Indigenous Voices and the imagineNATIVE/Harold Greenberg Story Editing Mentorship.
Registered with Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba, she currently resides in Toronto.
Brandon Wilson – Heart of a People (Calgary, AB)
Brandon R.C. Wilson is a First Nations filmmaker from the Fort McKay First Nations in northern Alberta. Telling stories has always been at the heart of who Brandon is, from when he was 10 years old emceeing a local traditional dance group, to now as he tries to develop his company Great Canadian Films.
As well as storytelling, traditional teachings have always been important to Brandon. Since he was eight months old, he has been on hunting trips with his father and grandfather, and he has built and visits cabins on the Fort McKay First Nations reserve lands of Buffalo Lake.
A graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s journalism program and a recipient of a TELUS STORYHIVE grant for his debut web series pilot The Katabasis, Brandon is constantly in search of a good story to tell. That search for stories has led him to travel to nine countries across three continents, climb and cave in a few mountains and work in careers ranging from line cook and truck driver to film director.
Brandon loves nothing more than sitting down with friends over a game of cribbage and listening to some old country music till one in the morning.
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 – Gift to Give (formerly 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 2021 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 Sponsors documentary Channel, CBC Gem; Supporting Sponsors Telefilm Canada, Super Channel, A&E Networks; Provincial / Territorial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music, Ontario Creates, Northwest Territories Film Commission, Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA); Industry Partner the National Film Board of Canada; Industry Supporters imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and Service Sponsors Line 21 Media, iSplice Films. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.