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June 20, 2016
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imagineNATIVE Announces Recipients of 2016 Professional Development Commission Programs

imagineNATIVE is pleased to announce the most recent recipients of four annual professional development commission programs: CSIF/imagineNATIVE Mentorship, CVS/imagineNATIVE Residency, LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship, and NBFC/imagineNATIVE Incubator Program.

Films from all four recipients will premiere at the 17th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival which runs October 19-23, 2016. 

3rd Annual CSIF/imagineNATIVE Mentorship Program

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) are pleased to announce that Blackfoot storyteller and filmmaker Trevor Solway have been selected for the 3rd Annual CSIF/imagineNATIVE Mentorship Program. 

The CSIF explores filmmaking with emerging Indigenous media artists living in Alberta. Artists can access workshops, equipment, and facilities to expand their abilities with video and storytelling. 

In 2013 Solway created one comedic short and two documentaries. In 2014 he facilitated film camps for youth on his reserve in Siksika Nation. For the past 3 years Solway has been pursuing a Bachelor of Communications degree with a major in Journalism. He has already been published with The Calgary Journal and Siksika Media. 

"I'm very honoured and grateful for the opportunity to create and have my voice heard. As a Blackfoot storyteller, It's very important for me to own our stories and speak for those who aren't usually heard from,” said Trevor Solway.  

6th Annual CSV/imagineNATIVE Residency Program

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Charles Street Video (CVS) are pleased to announce that Métis filmmaker, writer and artist Marnie Parrell has been selected for the 6th Annual CSV/imagineNATIVE Residency.

This residency was developed to offer a mid-career or established Indigenous artist the opportunity to expand their practice and to experiment with the latest video technologies in the creation of a new short video work.

Parrell began making films in 1988 and since then her films and videos have been screened both nationally and internationally. She has received several awards, grants and fellowships. Her work with electronics and repurposed found objects/art bridges the gap between high and low tech. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto and an MFA at York University in film production.

"This residency provides a unique opportunity to experiment with the production facilities and equipment at CSV. I look forward to enhancing my skills, working with the knowledgeable staff at CSV and completing a new piece, the intent of which is to provide a space, however brief, where the viewer can allow themselves to find a moments peace,” said Marnie Parrell.

12th LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship Program

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce that Toronto-based Anishinaabe artist Jamie Whitecrow is the recipient of the 12th annual LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship. 

The mentorship was developed to offer Indigenous artists living in Toronto and surrounding GTA the opportunity to expand and gain skills with film and present their work in a professional context. 

Whitecrow is Anishinaabe from the treaty #3 territory and from the Muskrat clan. She has spent the past 10 years working with Urban Aboriginal Community Development. She is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, writer, vocalist, and emerging stand-up comedian.

“I am humbled by this opportunity, and so thrilled that LIFT/imagineNATIVE continue to support artists and their visions. The chance to share the stories that have kept me going all of these years is incredible. ‘Heidi Lost’ is one of those stories, a short cyber-punk vignette of a strong, fierce, indigenous female whose very existence challenges the institutionalized violence of the state. This film will be intensely challenging to create and all the more real because of this mentorship,” said Jamie Whitecrow.

2016 NBFC/imagineNATIVE Incubator Program 

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative (NBFC) are pleased to announce  that NBFC member and filmmaker Kennlin Barlow is the recipient of the NBFC/imagineNATIVE Incubator Program. 

The imagineNATIVE/NBFC Incubator Program will incorporate mentorship, training & networking in film and video in all stages of production with NBFC member filmmaker and 2014 NBFC/imagineNATIVE Mentorship recipient, Lisa Jodoin. In doing so, the Incubator Program aims to plant interest and hands-on opportunities for Indigenous people within the Atlantic media arts sector.

Barlow started his filmmaking on Youtube at the age of 13, making faux trailers and short horror skits. At the age of 17, he participated in The Red Road Project. After working with Health Canada on a short film about sexual awareness Barlow focused on graduating from high school and attending film school. Barlow found a new creative side and went on to make 9 short film/music videos for his Youtube channel. Through his art he explores his battle with depression and anxiety. Barlow is a full member of the New Brunswick Film Co-op, and currently works as an intern for a production company in Miramichi.  

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