imagineNATIVE Film: National Indigenous History Month
imagineNATIVE’s June Programming
Every year for National Indigneous History Month, imagineNATIVE puts together a series of public programming throughout June. This includes, but is not limited to, screenings, artist profiles, panels, masterclasses, exhibitions, and game jams!
This year, imagineNATIVE is opening up the archives! Each Friday in June we will release award-winning films to watch on our on-demand site. Feature Fridays are free screenings, open to all audiences to access and celebrate Indigenous-made classics. All films will be available to watch for one week–don’t miss your chance to catch these classics!
WEEK 1 | Friday, June 3rd | 10:00 am EST Release
Angry Inuk Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | 85 mins
Our first Feature Friday screening follows director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, as she joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.
Available in Canada only
WEEK 2 | Friday, June 10th | 10:00 am EST Release
Mothers of the Land | Sembradoras de vida Alvaro Sarmiento, Diego Sarmiento | 74 mins
Alvaro and Diego Sarmiento’s MOTHERS OF THE LAND accompanies five women from the Peruvian Andean highlands in their daily struggle to maintain a traditional and organic way of working the land.
WEEK 3 | Friday, June 17th | 10:00 am EST Release
Boy Taika Waititi | 87 mins
As we move into our third screening and the week of Indigenous Peoples Day, we follow the journey of Boy, a dreamer who loves Micahel Jackson! Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.
Available in Canada only
WEEK 4 | Friday, June 24th | 10:00 am EST Release
Into the Water iN Originals retrospective Screening and Artist talk
To wrap up National Indigenous History Month, join us for a retrospective screening and artist talk from the iNOriginals collection! We will be joined by filmmakers discussing their imagineNATIVE Originals projects and the path their careers have taken since making these films.
Available in Canada only
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As part of a special commissioning project, six Indigenous artists have created audio works that connect distant listeners to bodies of water through sonic storytelling. Meditating on sites such as lakes, rivers, bays, glaciers, ponds, and seas, these unique works use sound to explore ancestral ontologies at the intersections of water, geographies, and Indigenous bodies.
WEEK 1 | Sunday, June 12th, 2022 | 10:00 am EST Release
An artist, curator, and scholar who is currently based out of Toronto. She is guided in this work by her roles as a daughter, partner, mama, sister, niece, aunt, granddaughter, friend, and colleague.
A Tlicho Dene interdisciplinary artist from Yellowknife, NT, that uses various mediums to communicate how culture and technology can grow together in order for us to develop a better understanding of who we are, where we come from, and what we will be in the future.
WEEK 2 | Sunday, June 19th, 2022 | 10:00 am EST Release
An award winning Inuk filmmaker, CEO, and Founder of FUROS IMAGE. As an independent filmmaker, Marc does everything from start to finish working on feature films, short films, music videos, and trailers.
An Inuvialuit Storyteller from Aklavik, Northwest Territories in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. A former radio personality, Mcleod told stories of traditional Inuvialuit and Gwich’in activities such as hunting, trapping, fishing, and traveling his traditional lands across the NWT and Yukon.
WEEK 3 | Sunday, June 26th, 2022 | 10:00 am EST Release
An award-winning podcaster, who produces and hosts the Warrior Life Podcast and the Warriors Kids Podcast. Pam is also a lawyer, professor, and human rights advocate who has won many awards for her community-based work in relation to Indigenous rights, human rights, social justice, and climate action.
A soloist musician, composer and vibrant collaborator, Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) creates across multiple platforms, including recorded albums, live performances, and filmic and artistic soundtracks.
Check weekly on the iNdigital Space for new releases!
June 22-26th, 2022
imagineNATIVE is putting on the second iteration of LAND JAM, our very own Indigenous game jam! Much like a hack-a-thon, Indigenous creatives will team up to make original works from scratch.
LAND JAM will take place over 5 days, from Wednesday June 22nd to Sunday June 26th. Creatives from different disciplines will work in teams to develop original video games and interactive works. LAND JAM takes place virtually on Discord, and welcomes all Indigenous creatives. We’ll be providing meals, mentorship sessions, virtual goodie bags, cash prizes, and a fun closing party!
All works created during LAND JAM will be presented as part of a special showcase during the imagineNATIVE Festival in October!
To register for LAND JAM, please fill out a form found below by June 10th. For more information on this event and how it works, please see the attached booklet.
**This is a closed event for artists who have registered**