The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will be celebrating its 15th year this week. Running from October 22 – 26, 2014, it is the world’s largest international festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous artists. These artists from around the globe are at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and news media. The full slate of films and ticket information can be found on the imagineNATIVE website, here are a few of the titles we are excited to see:
What We Do in the Shadows (directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, New Zealand/USA, 2014 )
Deep in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand, lies a house like many others, but within lives a group of housemates unlike any you’ve seen. Join a documentary crew as they’re given unparalleled access into the lives of a posse of vampires. Festival favourite Taika Waititi returns to imagineNATIVE with his latest blockbuster film, co-directed by cult icon Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). Grab your garlic and wear your crucifix, What We Do in the Shadows is a dark – and deadly funny – romp with the undead.
Sol (directors Marie Hélène-Cousineau and Susan Avingaq, Canada, 2014)
When Solomon Uyurasuk, a young Inuk man filled with talent and promise, is found dead while in RCMP custody, the police claim suicide but the community suspects murder. Sol is a riveting and emotional documentary that explores the underlying issues of youth suicide in Canada’s North while investigating the truth behind Solomon’s tragic death.
Among Ravens (directors Randy Redroad and Russell Friedenberg, USA, 2014)
Set against the backdrop of an idyllic lakeside property, a well-to-do family reunites for their annual summer event. As their vacation unfolds, so do the complicated ties that tenuously hold them together as innocence and dreams become consumed by middle class desires. Yet when an eccentric stranger arrives and forms a friendship with the young daughter, a critical lens is placed on the adults’ behaviour. Sometimes it takes a wild raven to spread her wings and teach us to fly above it all.
My Legacy (director Helen Haig-Brown, Canada, 2014)
In this beautiful and highly personal experimental documentary, Helen Haig-Brown unravels the ways in which her own painful childhood is directly connected to her mother’s residential school experiences. The intergenerational effects of this devastating system on Helen’s family resulted in deeply ingrained beliefs about being unworthy of love. Through an evocative blend of animation and live action, the filmmaker shares her story of pain, anger and forgiveness that ultimately leads to hope and healing.
The Lodge (director Terril Calder, Canada, 2014)
In her feature-length debut, acclaimed filmmaker and animator Terril Calder (Metis) presents a surreal fairytale recalling equal parts Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the traditional Anishnaabe legend of the Dandelion. Rendered in stunning stop-motion animation, The Lodge follows a British war bride who has come to live in the Canadian wilderness with her Métis husband.