Last week saw the release of Gimme the Loot, the SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner by Adam Leon, which sees two graffiti artists seek revenge after their replica of the…
The 13th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is coming to town, bringing us five days of the latest film, video, radio and new media work by Indigenous peoples. Running from October 17 to 21, 2012, it will feature 80 works from Canada and around the world, with an impressive total of 24 world premieres.
The festival opens with a free Welcome Gathering at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (16 Spadina Road), which is open to the public. The opening night screening, later that evening at 7:00 pm, is the world premiere of Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary The People of the Kattawapiskak River, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. And in honour of Ms. Obomsawin’s 80th birthday, there’s also going to be a special solo exhibition of her etchings, running from the festival’s opening date until October 20 at Open Studio (401 Richmond Street W, Suite 104).
Also part of the festival is this year’s International Spotlight on the Mapuche Nation of Latin America. It will include all kinds of special programming to illustrate the history and creativity of one of the largest Indigenous nations in South America.
And the festival will close with The Lesser Blessed, Anita Doron’s adaptation of Richard Van Camp’s novel, at 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 21. This story of a teenager in a remote Northwest Territories community stars Joel Evans, Benjamin Bratt, Tamara Podemski and Kiowa Gordon.
Check out the festival schedule and get on out ther to see some of the excellent film fare on offer. Tickets are available as of October 3, 2012.
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