Miss all the action at this year’s imagineNATIVE festival in Toronto? Check out our exclusive report on the film and music of #iNFest2012.

imagineNATIVE 2012: Indigenous Film, Music and Media Arts Take Centre Stage

Since its inception in 1998, Toronto’s imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival has grown to be the largest festival of Indigenous film and media arts in the world. The annual celebration was held October 17-21, 2012. Melody McKiver was the grateful recipient of a delegate pass for Indigenous musicians sponsored by Slaight Music. Here’s her exclusive festival recap for RPM.


FRACTURED LAND [2012 Documentary]

A modern Indigenous warrior. A Goliath industry. A fractured land. 

All Caleb Behn ever wanted was to teach his future kids to hunt in the traditional lands of his people. Now he’s entangled in a global struggle against the multi-billion-dollar oil and gas industry and the government interests that protect it.

Fractured Land tells the story of  young Dene warrior from northeastern British Columbia, Canada, taking on Big Oil and Gas to protect his land and people from the ravages of neocolonialism - all the while learning to accept the role he was born for, as one of Canada’s next generation of leaders.

Follow the project on Tumblr: http://fracturedland.tumblr.com

Nov 8-11: Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival at W2


Don’t miss the second annual showcase/celebration of #NDN digital arts and culture: the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival starts Wednesday at W2 Media Cafe! 

Bonus: When you buy your festival pass to VIMAF you get a free ticket to A TRIBE CALLED RED, FALCONS GOING AWAY PARTY at Fortune Sound Club on Friday night!

Find the schedule here and the press release below:

COAST SALISH TERRITORIES (Vancouver) - The Second Annual Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF) will be showcasing the best of cutting-edge Indigitized artists and their works November 8-11 at a handful of venues on Coast Salish Territories.

VIMAF brings together special guests from across Turtle Island, including Alanis Obomsawin, who will be presented with VIMAF’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She will be joined by directors and producers from Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and BC.  Their works will be shown at the West Coast’s only Native media arts festival, including a variety of mediums such as short films, music videos, documentaries, video art, animation, feature length films, interactive media, video projection, and broadcasting.

Programming at the weekend festival will celebrate a number of trailblazing artists from around Turtle Island with Gala and Conference events, interactive installations, National Film Board (NFB) feature film premieres, and evening musical programs, all meshing traditional and contemporary experiences of Indigenous Peoples.  A number of prominent featured installations and films will be making their west coast debut at VIMAF, including NFB/imagineNATIVE partnership De Nort, an online interactive journey and onsite installation from the Winnipeg/Montreal ITWĒ Collective exploring life and experiences on a northern Manitoba reserve and how through forced reservation traditional memories and knowledge are being replaced. 

“Presenting web-based work alongside radio, television,and cinema really show the multi-platform storytelling strategies being used to tell our stories,” said Ronnie Harris, member, VIMAF Coordinating Committee. “Using digital tools is a popular strategies for Indigenous storytellers on the West Coast.” 
NFB Film premieres include Director Alanis Obomsawin’s The People of the Kattawapiskak River, returning Residential School lens We Were Children, West Coast Smokin’FishEvery Emotion Costs, and others. VIMAF and W2 Community Media Arts Society resident media artist, Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose), will also be projecting, Wuulhu – To Fuse Together, a series of digital installations throughout Festival home venue, W2, for the weekend. Musical offerings fuse traditional sounds with cutting edge electronic-influenced sets provided by the East Coasts’ A Tribe Called Red, and locals Skookum Sound System, as well as DJ’s Annashay, Vancouver DMC Finalist DJ Krisp, and others. 
The 2012 Festival will be headquartered at W2, with other events taking place at SFU Woodward’s Cinema, National Film Board – Pacific Region, and Fortune Sound Club. “Anchoring the Festival in Vancouver’s original settlement is fitting,” says Harris, “we are using the Woodward’s media hub which is made up of W2, SFU and the NFB, to bring a focal  point for understanding what is Indigenous culture today in the centre of the city.”  
VIMAF is a media arts organization and non-profit society founded in 2011 to re-affirm the presence of Indigenous film and media artists and productions in Coast Salish Territory. VIMAF holds space for Indigenous media artists to show their works in an environment that fosters cultural discourse, critical awareness and interactivity through the independent production, stimulation, examination and illumination of Indigenous socio-political histories and current realities. 
VIMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of W2 Community Media Arts Society, First People’s Cultural Council, Hastings Crossing BIA, National Film Board - Interactive Studio, and a dozen Indigenous organizations.

For more information and the full schedule of events visit www.vimaf.com
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Be sure to check out the short film “Smoke Songs” next week at DOXA Documentary Film Festival, featuring Navajo family punk-rock band Blackfire

Smoke Songs is a rockumentary-come-family story-come political commentary about what it means to be an indigenous young person today. 

Be sure to check it out. Info at doxafestival.ca/festival/films/groove.

Learn more about the film on Facebook at facebook.com/SmokeSongs.

Here’s Blackfire on RPM at rpm.fm/artist/blackfire.

Check out this trailer for the new documentary “Sousa on the Rez” which aims to challenge the stereotypes Indigenous music. The archival footage is something to see!

When you hear the phrase “Native American music” you may not think of tubas, trumpets and Sousa marches. Yet this rich musical tradition has been a part of Native American culture for over one hundred years. “Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum” is a half hour documentary that offers viewers an unexpected and engaging picture of this little-known Native music scene. The film challenges viewers to expand their definition of Native American music and broadens their understanding of contemporary Indian life. Enjoy this excerpt - the film is schedule for completion later in 2012.

Rod Ruel is the producer of the new documentary Music is the Medicine that follows Six Nations blues-rocker Derek Miller and has its broadcast debut next week on APTN. RPM talks to Rod about the making of the documentary, the feedback so far and some words of wisdom for young filmmakers.