Join us for a Special Aboriginal Day Celebration Exclusive Screening
"Cree Code Talkers"
Alexandra Lazarowich, Director
Where: Unity Church, 300 Arlington Street, Winnipeg, MB
When: June 14th, 2017 @ 6:00pm
*Reception to Follow after Screening!
Cree Code Talker reveals the role of Cree code talker Charles ‘Checker’ Tomkins during the Second World War. Digging deep into the US archives it depicts the true story of Charles’ involvement with the US Air Force and the development of the code talkers communication system, which was used to transmit crucial military communications, using the Cree language as a vital secret weapon in combat.
Welcome to the 15th Annual Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, celebrating the best Indigenous Cinema from Canada and around the world! We have an exciting line up of films, special guest speakers and events planned this year, so stay tuned to our website for the latest updates from now until our opening night! You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter! Meegwetch, Tansi, boozhoo, and Thank you!!
Daytime Screenings: $5.00
Evening Screenings: $10.00
Full Festival All-Access Pass: $50.00
Includes all films, receptions and special events
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Feature Filmmaker FOCUS
Marjorie Roden is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Northern Saskatchewan, and is well versed in the art of storytelling both in the written and visual forms, writing since she was a child. She received her education degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1998, majoring in Visual Arts, then a few years later, attended SIAST Woodland Campus where she studied Media Arts Production. Later, she moved to Winnipeg, where she was a member of the New Voices Program at the National Screen Institute, and also took the Basic Filmmakers workshop at the Winnipeg Film Group. She then went on to study at the Academy of Acting, and is currently completing her bachelor of arts' degree at the University of Manitoba where she's majoring in film studies and minoring in theatre. During this time, she's been making her own independent films, including the sci fi webseries Preflight Launch, and operates her production company Farmgirl In The City Productions out of her dorm room.
Featured Filmmaker FOCUS
Tasha Hubbard is a writer, filmmaker, Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English, and the mother of a 9 year-old son. Her first solo writing/directing project Two Worlds Colliding, about Saskatoon’s infamous Starlight Tours, premiered at ImagineNATIVE in 2004, was broadcast on CBC’s documentary program Roughcuts in 2004, and won the Canada Award at the 2005 Geminis. Her recent short film 7 Minutes won Best Short Non-fiction at the Golden Sheaf Awards. She is also in post-production on an NFB-produced feature documentary about a 60s Scoop family reunited for the first time. As part of her academic work, Tasha does research on the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the buffalo, Indigenous ecologies, and Indigenous film. Recently, leaders from the Kainai First Nation have asked her to create a digital story archive for the International Buffalo Treaty.
Featured Filmmaker FOCUS
Erika MacPherson is a video artist and documentary filmmaker whose work has screened at festivals and galleries internationally. She has also shot and cut films, music videos and installations for a host of acclaimed artists, and facilitates productions for agents of social change.
Erika’s recent projects include this river, a film she edited, co-wrote, and co-directed for the National Film Board of Canada, as well as Heimƥrà (In Thrall to Home), a film about a series of arduous treks that led her family to Manitoba.
She is the co-founder of the Núna (Now) festival (2006) and the St. Norbert Arts Centre (1991), both based in Winnipeg, and has sat on boards for many other artist-run centres. She has also adjudicated for the Canada, Manitoba and Winnipeg arts councils. Erika makes her home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty One territory, where her family settled in the 1800s.
Opening Night Keynote Speaker
‘Elk Dog’ in the Hollywood Hit movie The Revenant
7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 24th
Towne Cinema 8
When millions of people see actor Duane Howard play ‘Elk Dog’, the lead native warrior in 20th Century Fox’s mammoth film The Revenant, chances are that they will marvel at how such a riveting actor came out of nowhere. But Duane did not come out of nowhere; he came from the streets. Duane Howard is a First Nation born in the Nuu-chah-nulth (meaning “along the mountains and sea”) territory located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The Howard family left the territory when Duane was only 3 to live in the nearby town Port Alberni. By the time he moved to Vancouver with his older sister at the age of 14 following his parents’ seperation, Duane had already been using drugs and alcohol for 4 years.
Duane lived on the streets for 13 years and had more than his fair shares of close calls. During this unimaginable period Duane learned he was to become a father.
In the summer of 1986, the realization that he did not want his son to follow in his footsteps, made Duane get up and walk away from that dark life. Duane not
only accomplished the enormous feat of becoming clean and sober, he went on to get his grade twelve education and in 1987 he received his Bachelor Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. Duane used his experience and his new education to work the rougher parts of Vancouver and towns across Canada making a difference in the lives of troubled youth and their families.
In the early 1990s Duane realized that he wanted to make another change in his life when he discovered a passion for acting. Duane began as a background
performer and then worked his way up to acquiring a stunt credit on the feature film The Scarlett Letter . Duane’s credits grew from stunts to stunt acting to
acting roles on shows such as the TV movies Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts along with the popular TV series Arctic Air and more. Duane recently completed a starring role in a film titled The Sun at Midnight wherein, ironically, he fights to survive a bear attack. That Duane ended up with the lead native role on The Revenant is nearly as miraculous as his survival on the streets. The actor had decided to take a break from the business a year before the audition call for the part of ‘Elk Dog’ came out, and it was upon hearing of the role that Duane returned to acting. But none of his efforts or those of his manager’s could get Duane in for an audition so Duane accepted a stunt position on the film. Upon hearing of the film’s frustration over finding the right actor for the integral role a stunt coordinator, Scott Attyeah suggested that they take a look at one of his men. Duane received a call the next day which was a Sunday, went in to read on the Monday and on Wednesday flew to Calgary and auditioned in private for the three time Oscar winner, Alejandro González Iñárritu. The director immediately took Duane down to the production facility and had him repeat his audition in front of the entire crew. After months of searching all of North America they’d found their Elk Dog and Duane had landed the biggest role of his life in the span of 4 days. Duane is very matter-of-fact that it took all of this, the childhood addictions, his close calls on the street, his recovery, education and training, all of it to perform the role of ‘Elk Dog’ in The Revenant.
Today Duane is at peace and very grateful for all that he has including his three children.
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