#ReelworldFilmFestival; #Roobha, #Toronto, #Canada, #Lenin M.Sivam
Toronto, Sep 19 (Canadian-Media): 2018 Reelworld Film Festival (RFF) would kick off with Toronto premiere Roobha on Oct 9, media reports said.
Reelworld Film Festival/Facebook
Held annually in downtown Toronto, Ontario, ReelWorld Film Festival is a five-day film festival screening features, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos from the Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian and other multi-racial communities.
2018 RFF, in its 18th year of empowering and championing emerging Indigenous and racialized storytellers, will run from Oct 9 to Oct 14.
The screening of the films would be done at Glenn Gould Studio, Famous Players Canada Square, and the Toronto Reference Library.
The film Roobha, directed by Lenin M. Sivam, would be showcased in Toronto at Glenn Gould Studio on Oct 9 from 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
Lenin M. Sivam/Facebook
Principle cast of the film are: Anthonythasan Jesuthasan, Amrit Sandhu, Thenuka Kantharajah and Sornalingam Vyramuthu.
The main character in the film, Roobha, a South Asian trans-woman, is dejected by her community and struggles to make a living as a transwoman in Toronto.
There she comes across a enthusiastic family man, Anthony and a romance follows.
But the romance is short-lived as her family finds about this relationship.
Roobha's unique romantic tale deals with the complexities of personality and gender identity within the South-Asian community.
Reelworld in its 2018 diverse and indigenous films, with its continuous spotlight on Canadian content, showcase impact on societal norms and challenging issues including LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender), life and gender identity, climate change and the environment, feminist and women’s issues, racism, cultural oppression, mental health, and social injustice.
“The festival grows stronger each year, because we’re programming films that speak to the cultural struggles of our communities," says Founder and Executive Director Tonya Williams. “Since the festival’s inception in 2001, you can see the quality and maturity in our programming improves each year. Our racially diverse filmmakers are not afraid to delve into difficult issues and show us the raw emotions of these complex topics.”
The mission of RFF, a non-profit organization, is to empower and champion the cause of emerging Canadian Indigenous and racialized storytellers and film makers of all levels with Industry Panels, Professional Development opportunities, and Incubator Initiatives.
REF program is made possible through the generous support of Platinum Sponsors TD Bank and Cineplex, support from the Canadian government and our major sponsors and partners, the, CBC, Inspirit Foundation, the CMPA, AFBS, DGC, ACTRA, WGC and others to whom we are deeply grateful.
Sivam, born in Sri Lanka and raised in Toronto, Canada is internationally acclaimed and recipient of several film awards both in Canada and around the world.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#RomeFilmFest; #AntonioMonda; #MartinScorsese; #IsabelleHuppert; #ToniServillo; #TheCloseEncounters
Rome, Sep 18 (Canadian-Media): French actress Isabelle Huppert, besides Martin Scorsese will Lifetime Achievement Award from Rome Film Fest, directed by Antonio Monda, media reports said.
“I am excited that the Rome Film Fest will celebrate an actress of extraordinary sensibility, sophistication and depth such as Isabelle Huppert – explained artistic director Antonio Monda – a magnificent humanistic performer who is always able to convey, even in difficult and dramatic roles, remarkable empathy for the characters she plays”.
The award will be presented by Italian actor Toni Servillo.
Huppert worked with some of the greatest European and American filmmakers, over the course of her career, such as Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat, Marco Ferreri, the Taviani brothers, Marco Bellocchio, Michael Haneke, Andrzej Wajda, Michael Cimino and David O. Russell.
Huppert who had won the international awards for her performances, including a Golden Globe for Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (2017) will also attend an onstage conversation in the Close Encounters series and will comment on a series of clips selected from the films that influenced her life as an artist.
The Close Encounters series will also feature onstage conversations with: Cate Blanchett, Two-time Academy Award winner (The Aviator by Martin Scorsese, Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen); Jonathan Safran Foer, Novelist and author of essays of world fiction; Thierry Fremaux, Renowned French film critic, general Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival and Director of the Lumière Institute in Lyon; Shirin Neshat, Iranian photographer and video-artist
The Close Encounters will also feature directors, actors and leading figures in the world of art and culture, including Martin Scorsese, Sigourney Weaver, Giuseppe Tornatore, Pierre Bismuth.
The conversations with cinema professionals will also include cinematographers Luca Bigazzi and Arnaldo Catinari, and editors Giogiò Franchini and Esmeralda Calabria.
The official lineup of the Rome Film Fest will include: Il vizio della Speranza (The Vice of Hope) by Edoardo De Angelis; The Watergate series directed and produced by Charles Ferguson; Remembering the 1943 round up in the Roman ghetto; The Rome Film Fest in the city: Marina Sagona’s new exhibition “The Prisoner”.
The Rome Film Fest -- directed by Antonio Monda and produced by the Fondazione Cinema per Roma headed by Laura Delli Colli with General Manager Francesca Via -- will take place from October 18 to 28, 2018 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and will involve several other locations and cultural realities in the Italian capital.
The official press conference announcing the 2018 Rome Film Fest lineup will be held in Rome, on Friday October 5th.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#WoodstockFilmFestival; #KarlBergerBand #Woodstock, #VirtualReality#NewYork; #EXPOSURE; #Premieres; #SPOTLIGHTONWOMENINFILMANDMEDIA; #WORLDCINEMA; FOCUSONMUSIC; #FILMSOFTHEHUDSONVALLEY;
Woodstock, NY, Sept. 18 (Canadian-Media): The 2018 Woodstock Film Festival (WFF), named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide, will showcase 9 World Premieres, 4 North American Premieres, 1 US Premiere, 12 East Coast Premieres and 8 New York Premieres to be shown in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties, and Kingston. media reports said.
Select highlights of this year's festival include:
To kick off the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, there will be a live performance by the Karl Berger Band following the screening of the feature documentary Karl Berger - Music Mind, to be held on October 10 at the Woodstock Playhouse.
Singer-songwriter Michael Franti, star and director of the documentary Stay Human, will also be performing during the festival.
Julie Taymor's globally renowned Across The Universe will have a special tribute screening on the morning of October 14th, and Matthew Heineman's feature narrative debut A Private War, starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci will close the film festival on the evening of Sunday, October 14th.
Both films will be followed by question and answer session.
There will be a panel discussion after the film screening of Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane, featuring the filmmakers, as well as panelists from the documentary Newtown.
Roger Ross Williams, on the Board of Governors for the Academy of motion pictures, Arts and Sciences, representing the Documentary branch, as well as being on the Diversity Committee for the Academy, is the first African American director to win an Academy Award with his short film Music By Prudence.
“The 2018 Woodstock Film Festival is poised to be one of the most fiercely independent and empowering, with nearly half of the filmmakers being female, and so many of the works telling meaningful stories by both emerging and accomplished filmmakers”, said Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival. “As we set our eyes towards our 20th anniversary in 2019, we aim to not only continue but increase our unwavering support of the game-changing creatives whose unique and passionate vision always reshapes the cinematic landscape.”
This year the festival presents films selected from over 2,000 entries from around the globe. Countries represented include Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Jordan, Ukraine, and the United States.
A majority of the films in the lineup will be screened with the filmmakers and cast/subjects in attendance.
The iconic Woodstock Film Festival was created in the year 2000. Since then, it has become one of the foremost regional independent film festivals. Establishing itself as a ground-breaking festival that offers a unique platform for filmmakers around the globe, the Woodstock Film Festival has been named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide.
The 2018 Narrative Features are an eclectic bunch of stories. These films from around the world will make the audience reflect on the importance of freewill, passion, and fighting for what you believe in.
They challenge the social norm by demystifying sensitive subjects. Incredible performances and cinematography will transport you into these character’s worlds of family drama, love and loss, social issues, civil rights, and life changing decisions.
Across The Universe, directed by Julie Taymor
Almost Home, directed by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Ask For Jane, directed by Rachel Carey
Beyond the Night, directed by Jason Noto
Cold Brook, directed by William Fichtner
Dorst (Craving), directed by Saskia Diesing
Dreams by the Sea, directed by Sakaris Stórá
Fort Maria, directed by Thomas Southerland and S. Cagney Gentry
Ghost Light, directed by John Stimpson
Here and Now, directed by Roman Shumun
Julia Blue, directed by Roxy Toporowych
Keely and Du, directed by Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert
Lez Bomb, directed by Jenna Laurenzo
Little Woods, directed by Nia DaCosta
Love Revisited, directed by Nicole van Kilsdonk
Only A Switch, directed by Michael Vincent
Paris Song, directed by Jeff Vespa
A Private War, directed by Matthew Heineman
ReRUN, directed by Alyssa Rallo Bennett
Socrates, directed by Alex Moratto
Spell, directed by Brendan Walter
Swimming With Men, directed by Oliver Parker
Then Came You, directed by Peter Hutchings
Unlovable, directed by Suzi Yoonessi
We Only Know So Much, directed by Donal Lardner Ward
What They Had, directed by Elizabeth Chomko
Wheels, directed by Paul Starkman
Wildlife, directed by Paul Dano
Younger Days, directed by Paula van der Oest
Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal in Wildlife, directed by Paul Dano
Only A Switch, directed by Michel Vincent
Paris Song, directed by Jeff Vespa
Younger Days, directed by Paula van der Oest
The 2018 Documentary Features are as illuminating as ever. The subjects of these films truly captivate their audience while sharing unforgettable stories that are sure to spark a conversation. Meet people from all walks off life and journey into their self-actualization. Be prepared for cutting-edge science, murder mysteries, conversations about institutional racism, unsung musicians, and much more.
2030, directed by Johnny Boston
The Advocates, directed by Rémi Kessler
Carmine Street Guitars, directed by Ron Mann
Dreaming of a Vetter World, directed by Bonnie Hawthorne
The Feeling of Being Watched, directed by Assia Boundaoui
For The Birds, directed by Richard Miron
Ghost Fleet, directed by Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron
Give Us This Day, directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist
Hale County This Morning, This Evening, directed by RaMell Ross
In Our Bones, directed by Alex Kimura
The Interpreters, directed by Andres Caballero and Sofian Khan
Karl Berger - Music Mind, directed by Julian Benedikt
Michelin Stars - Tales from the Kitchen, directed by Rasmus Dinesen
Mr. SOUL!, directed by Melissa Haizlip and Samuel Pollard
A Murder In Mansfield, directed by Barbara Kopple
Netizens, directed by Cynthia Lowen
Personal Statement, directed by Julianne Dressner
Shakedown, directed by Leilah Weinraub
Somaliland, directed by Harry Lee and Ben Powell
Stay Human, directed by Michael Franti
Suicide: The Ripple Effect, directed by Greg Dicharry and Kevin Hines
Up to Snuff, directed by Mark Maxey
What Is Democracy?, directed by Astra Taylor
The World Before Your Feet, directed by Jeremy Workman
WRESTLE, directed by Lauren Belfer and Suzannah Herbert
Collier Landry & John Boyle Jr. in A Murder In Mansfield
Silvia Federici & director Astra Taylor in What Is Democracy?
Enoch Jemmott, in Personal Statement
The Feeling Of Being Watched, directed by Assia Boundaoui
The 2018 Shorts are anything but little. These stories told in 40 minutes or less share anecdotes and fictional tales from across the world through live action and animation. Taking you from New York City, to Paris, to a fictional dystopian society, and back again, audiences will be immersed in these captivating tales.
1-0, directed by Nada ElAzhary; 59 Seconds, directed by Mauro Carraro; After Her, directed by Aly Migliori; Antouni (Homeless), directed by Alik Tamar; Are You Still Singing?, directed by Gillian Barnes; A Year, directed by Jisun Jamie Lee; Beast, directed by Leonora Lonsdale; Beautiful Things, directed by Dina Waxman; Black Spirit, directed by Chakib Taleb-Bendiab; Boy Boy Girl Girl, directed by Ross Kauffman; Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor, directed by Lynne Sachs; The Christmas Rabbit, directed by Christophe Lopez-Huici; The Crying Room, directed by Shalom Auslander; Del Rio, directed by Raj Trivedi; Dinner, directed by Anna Gilmore; Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me), directed by Joseph Wallace; Ego, directed by Mario Addis; The English Teacher, directed by Andy and Carolyn London; Even Ants Strive for Survival, directed by Ren Xia; Funeral, directed by Leah Shore; Gamble, directed by Chayadol Lomtong; Goose in High Heels, directed by John R. Dilworth; He's Watching, directed by Arthur Metcalf; Homing In, directed by Parker Hill; Jo, directed by Justine Williams; One Small Step, directed by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas; Last Requests, directed by Courtenay Johnson; The Last Seance, directed by Laura Kulik; Lifeboat, directed by Skye Fitzgerald; Lucy, directed by Ruben Gutiérrez; The Magical Mystery of Musigny, directed by Emmett Goodman and John Meyer; Martin, directed by Sholto Crow; Melt Down, directed by Amy Jingyi Xu; Mirror Mirror, directed by Jacob Internicola; Mother, directed by Amanda Palmer; Moved to Tiers, directed by Avery Herzog; The Movie House on Main Street, directed by Teresa Torchiano; My Brother (Mi Hermano), directed by Alexis Gambis; Pour 585, directed by Patrick Smith; Rooster and The Queen, directed by Aaron Weisblatt; Salam, directed by Claire Fowler; Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane, directed by Kim A. Snyder; Shiva Baby, directed by Emma Seligman; Sorceress, directed by Max Blustin; Trump Bites, directed by Bill Plympton; Two Balloons, directed by Mark C. Smith; Unnatural, directed by Amy Wang; The Velvet Underground Played at My High School, directed by Tony Jannelli and Robert Pietri; Vicarious Resilience, directed by Eva Tenuto; Voice, directed by Takeshi Kushida; Welcome to the New World, directed by Jerry Suen & Anni Sultany; The Winds of Downhill, directed by Jedd and Todd Wider; Your Face Global Jam, directed by Ken Mora; Edith Piaf Said It Better Than Me, directed by Joseph Wallace
This year, the Woodstock Film Festival is proud to present films written, filmed, directed, produced, and edited by passionate teens. The Woodstock Film Festival's Youth Initiative is supported by the Thompson Family Foundation. Three out of the ten films were created by students who participated in the Woodstock Film Festival Summer Youth Film Lab, a three week immersive program underwritten by an anonymous donor, that gives teenagers an opportunity to learn about the art of film and practice the full spectrum of the filmmaking process with guidance from accomplished film industry professionals.
After The Collapse, directed by Youth Film Lab participant Ethan Laclaverie
Past the Fear, directed by Youth Film Lab participant Samuel Levine
Mirror Mirror, directed by Youth Film Lab participant Jacob Internicola
Along the Water, directed by Marissa Gaylin
Can't Hurry Love, directed by Lola Cook
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Suburbia, directed by Alex Alford and Zak Denley
I Am The Only One, directed by Aicha Cherif
Inclusion On The Air, directed by Eli Canter
Silence, directed by Camille Dobbs
Wake Up, directed by Maura Palden
Youth Film Lab participants with director Alex Smith
This year, the Woodstock Film Festival is highlighting 11 outstanding music videos from talented artists from the United States, Poland, the United Kingdom, and Luxembourg. These music videos will be screened online at the start of the festival.
Boyish - Music by Japanese Breakfast
Dumb Dumb - Music by Cipherella
Found - Music by Toulouse
Glendale - Music by Clans
Land of the Fairies - Music by Rami Fortis
Magic Meadow Music Video - Music by Journey Blue Heaven
Mandarin - Music by Boogrov
Paprika - Music by No Metal in this Battle
Pora Sotunda - Music by The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices
Solicitous - Music by Drekoty
The Woodstock Film Festival proudly offers its audiences a first look at some of the finest emerging films in the world. Here are the films making their premieres at this year's festival:
9 World Premieres include the feature films 2030; Almost Home; Beyond the Night; Only A Switch; Paris Song; ReRUN; Somaliland; Then Came You; Wheels
4 North American Premieres include the feature films Dreams by the Sea; Here and Now; Karl Berger - Music Mind; Love Revisited
1 US Premiere of the feature film Keely and Du
12 East Coast Premieres include the feature films The Advocates; Cold Brook; Dorst (Craving); Dreaming of a Vetter World; Fort Maria; For The Birds; Ghost Light; In Our Bones; Socrates; Spell; Suicide: The Ripple Effect; Younger Days
8 New York Premieres include the feature films Give Us This Day; The Interpreters; Julia Blue; Personal Statement; Swimming With Men; Up to Snuff; What Is Democracy?; The World Before Your Feet
Every year, the panels generate informative conversations with top members of the industry. This year, the panels line up includes:
Chat with Julie Taymor – Honorary Maverick Award Recipient • Hosted by Thelma Adams
Between Documentaries and Narrative • Conversation with Matthew Heineman and Roger Ross Williams
Music In Film, Sponsored by BMI Case Study - Up To Snuff • Featuring W.G. "Snuffy" Walden and Mark Maxey, moderated by BMI’s Doreen Ringer Ross
Women in Film, Crossing the Line • Featuring Blair Breard and other panelists to be announced, moderated by Allison Dunne
Power of Youth • Featuring filmmaker Juliane Bresser and Harry Lee, student Karoline Jimenez, student Roda Mohamed, student Sam Levine, moderated by Megan Sperry
Actors Dialogue • Featuring William Fichtner and Steve Buscemi, hosted by Martha Frankel
Virtual Reality • Featuring curators Carol Silverman and Dario Laverde and Virtual Reality artists and experts
The Evolution of Platforms for Visual Storytelling and Distribution • Featuring panelists to be announced, moderated by Richard Abramowitz
MAVERICK AWARDS CEREMONY
8-11PM October 13th
Backstage Studio Productions, 323 Wall St., Kingston, NY
Photo by: Marco Grob
The Annual Maverick Awards Ceremony has become one of the most talked-about events, attracting more than 500 filmmakers, industry professionals and community leaders and guests. The event is open to the public. Tickets are available at the Woodstock Film Festival Box Office or online.
The 2018 Maverick Awards Ceremony will present several honors including:
Virtual Reality (VR) is the next phase of storytelling for creators and artists. Have the chance to experience this exciting new medium live in the Woodstock Film Festival Virtual Reality Lounge at the Center for Photography on Saturday October 13. A virtual reality panel will precede at the Kleinert James Gallery at 10:00 am.
For Immediate Release
Provocator’s Trans Vampire Tale BIT Completes Production in Los Angeles
AS SEEN IN DEADLINE, READ HERE
From L-R: Char Diaz, Friday Chamberlain, Diana Hopper and Zolee Griggs
#Provocator; #BIT; #BradMichaelElmore; #LosAngeles; #California, #UnitedStates; #Laure; #trangenderGirl; #AmyEllisNutt; #NicoleMaines #TEDxTalk; #HBOdocumentary“TheTransList”; #BecomingNicole:
Los Angeles, CA, July 2 (Canadian-Media) Provocator announced that production of BIT, a vampire horror film written and directed by Brad Michael Elmore. has just finished in Los Angeles (LA), California, United States, media reports said.
BIT is the story of Laurel, a teenage transgender girl who moves to LA and falls in with a gang of intersectional feminist vampires.
Not knowing if they want to kill her, befriend her or turn her, Laurel learns to understand the love and dangers of her new and first group of friends.
The film will star newcomer Nicole Maines who gave a TEDx Talk about growing up openly transgender.
Nicole was featured in the HBO documentary “The Trans List” and is the subject of the New York Times bestselling book “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” by author Amy Ellis Nutt.
She also made a guest appearance, as a transgender teen, in an episode of the USA Network TV drama “Royal Pains”.
Here is also a link to the star, Nicole's TEDx Talk: https://youtu.be/bXnTAnsVfN8
BIT also stars Diana Hopper (“Goliath”), M.C. Gainey (DJANGO UNCHAINED), James Paxton (“Eyewitness”) Friday Chamberlain (THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS), Greg Hill (OPERATION FINALE), Zolee Griggs (“Adam Knows Everything”) and first time actor Char Diaz.
BIT is produced by Nicholas Cafritz, Robert Reed Peterson, Louis Steyn, T.J. Steyn, Peter Winther and executive produced by Michael D. Jones.
The film was shot by cinematographer Cristina Dunlap and line-produced by Veronica Radaelli.
Brad Michael Elmore has written and directed BIT, after his Blumhouse produced BOOGEYMAN POP, which premiered at this year’s Cinepocalypse 2018.
Read Deadline piece, Here
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
(Los Angeles, CA) - Stard Films’ multi award-winning short film Candy & Ronnie, written and directed by Pittsburgh native filmmaker Skyko, has been selected for the 2018 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival. The director and his producer-wife Lucy Macedo will be in attendance for a Q&A.
Official Trailer: www.vimeo.com/229768086
#MedicineWheel; #IndigenousArtsFestival #TorontoSign; #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay; #AboriginalPeoplesTelevisionNetwork #IndianResidentialSchoolSurvivorsLegacyCelebration
Toronto, Jun 18 (Canadian-Media): City of Toronto is adding a Medicine Wheel and a new vinyl wrap to the Toronto Sign in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, media reports said.
Toronto Sign reflects Toronto's Indigenous roots and diversity of its Indigenous communities and was initially installed at
Nathan Phillips Square in July 2015 for the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games and remains there due to popular demand.
The Medicine Wheel was chosen, in consultation with the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, as it is an emblem of North American Indigenous cultural values, tradition and spirituality.
Its four directions (east, south, west and north) symbolize completeness, wholeness, connectedness and strength.
The Medicine Wheel/Twitter
The Medicine Wheel will be part of the sign through the Canada Day weekend and will return to Nathan Phillips Square in early October in advance of the Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS) Legacy Celebration.
(IRSS) Legacy Celebration produced by Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre would reportedly take place October 9 to 11 on Nathan Phillips Square, in collaboration with the City of Toronto.
The Medicine Wheel, a positive action for National Indigenous Day will be positioned before the sign's "T".
The vinyl wrap symbols will remain on the Toronto Sign until IRSS Legacy Celebration in October 2018 on Nathan Phillips Square.
"City initiatives like these and the Indigenous Arts Festival are helping to build a tradition of Toronto profiling the Indigenous experience, past and present, at some of the city's most accessible and prominent public locations," said Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Co-Chair of the City's Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee.
Indigenous artists from across Canada would showcase more than 30 performances in partnership with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation from June 21 to 24 to mark free four-day Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York National Historic Site and would feature traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, visual arts, crafts and food.
On June 23, the Indigenous Arts Festival will feature Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, (APTN)'s Indigenous Day Live, Canada's largest national celebration in recognition of Indigenous Peoples' accomplishments through cultural activities and live music.
A live national broadcast on APTN will feature concerts in Toronto, Winnipeg and Ottawa.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Canada's apology for residential schools translated into 7 Indigenous languages, 10 years after its delivery
#CarolynBennett; #residentialschools; #Indigenouslanguages; #pathtoreconciliation
Ottawa, June 11 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made today by Carolyn Bennett, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister that ten years after the delivery of Government's formal apology for residential schools by then-prime minister Stephen Harper on the floor of the House of Commons, the same has been translated into seven Indigenous languages, media reports said.
Educational videos about this dark chapter in Canada's history -- highlighting the damage they did to Indigenous people through their efforts to compel Indigenous children to assimilate into mainstream culture -- will also reportedly be ready for use in schools, beginning this fall.
Bennett called it a "small step" on the path to reconciliation.
"This is being done not only because it's important for Indigenous people to hear these words in their own languages. It will also help further education on the destructive legacy of residential schools and help promote the languages that so many students and families lost as a result of these past experiences," she said.
"This is a linear relationship, and we have to be much better about dealing head-on with what that trauma has done and be ever watchful to make sure nothing (like it) can happen again," she said.
The apology has been translated into seven languages for distribution and posting online at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website. The languages are: Mohawk, Plains Cree, Western Ojibway, Mi'kmaq, Inuktitut, Dene and Algonquin
The survivors of residential school in Ontario had reportedly said the government has an obligation to improve living conditions for Indigenous people like clean water, good housing and good health.
On June 10, 2008, Harper admitted the policy that forced Indigenous children from their homes and families into church-run schools was wrong and caused great harm.
"The government of Canada sincerely apologizes and asks the forgiveness of the Aboriginal peoples of this country for failing them so profoundly. We are sorry," he said at the time.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#CalgaryPublicLibrary; #FirstNations; IndigenousArt; Treaty7; MetisCommunities; #IndigenousPlaceMakingCouncil; #TeneyaGwin; #Jared Tailfeathers
Ottawa, June 8 (Canadian-Media): The Calgary Public Library is partnering with First Nations on a $500,000 project devoted to bringing Indigenous art to the new building when it opens this fall, media reports said.
The Indigenous art project, said organizers, will ensure the representation of stories, history and culture of Treaty 7 and Metis communities in the new space.
The project is a partnership with the Indigenous Place Making Council (IPMC).
By collaboration with Indigenous communities, IPMC reportedly seeks to restore Indigenous presence to Canadian communities and to promote reconciliation and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples of Canada.
Indigenous Place Making Council/Facebook
IPMC ultimately aims to transform canadian communities, institutions and public spaces to better reflect the rich and diverse contributions of Canada’s founding peoples.
Unveiling of three permanent art exhibits would be done, in the first part of the plan, when the new Central Public Library opens in November
This would be followed by the addition of four more works in the future.
"Growing up an Indigenous person in an urban setting, I never saw my culture reflected in places we worked, lived and played," said Teneya Gwin, the Indigenous design leader for the new library said.
"So I feel this space, which is going to be an iconic space for Calgary — how beautiful would it be to have this rich, vibrant culture reflected in our urban space, but also as an education tool?"
Most of the half-million-dollar budget, Gwin said, will reportedly be dedicated to the artists and artwork.
A release from the library said that the commissioned artist or artist team will be required to "design, fabricate and install a public art feature that will create a strong and recognizable link to themes of diversity, inclusion and identity."
Gwin said that the library exhibits will be permanent and the library will also fund an artist in residence.
A display space for temporary exhibitions in the new library would also be funded.
"What our goal is for the artists is to collaborate with nation members, also urban Indigenous members, to get a feel of all the Treaty 7 Nations," said program assistant Jared Tailfeathers.
"We are asking for Treaty 7 artists to apply, most of all. But we're not discouraging anyone from outside of Treaty 7, any Indigenous person outside of Treaty 7 [is invited] to apply as well."
Recruitment of qualified Indigenous candidates in the library to serve on an eight-member art selection committee is being processed.
The committee would comprise of members of the library staff and one art consultant.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Los Angeles, CA, May 19 (Canadian-Media): Presented by Visual Communications, the 34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) came to a close this past weekend and announced their audience awards for best films at this year’s film extravaganza that began on May 3 and ended on May 12, 2018.
The venue was: CGV Cinemas; Downtown Independent; Directors Guild of America; Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Japanese American National Museum; Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center; AMC Sunset 5; East West Players; 341 FSN.
Visual Communications' mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American & Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. The organization turns 50 in 2020.
Complete list of winners are as follows:
LAAPFF AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS
NORTH AMERICAN NARRATIVE FEATURE
SEARCHING Directed by Aneesh Chaganty
NORTH AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
MINDING THE GAP Directed by Bing Liu
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE
IN THE LIFE OF MUSIC Directed by Caylee So and Visal Sok
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
LATE LIFE: THE CHIEN-MING WANG STORY Directed by Frank W. Chen
LAAPFF JURY AWARD WINNERS
NORTH AMERICAN NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION AWARDS
Grand Jury Award FOR IZZY, Directed by Alex Chu
Best Director Joanne Park, FISHBONES
Breakout Performance Adelina Amosco, THE FEVER & THE FRET
Best Cinematography Eunsoo Cho & Jose Asunción, AUGUST AT AKIKO'S
NORTH AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION AWARDS
Grand Jury Award CALL HER GANDA, Directed by PJ Raval
Best Director Bing Liu, MINDING THE GAP
Special Mention ANOTE'S ARK, Directed by Matthieu Rytz
Best Editing Alejandro Valdes-Rochin & Tom Maroney, SCIENCE FAIR
Best Cinematography Nathan Fitch, ISLAND SOLDIER
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION AWARDS
Grand Jury Award PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE, Directed by Hao Wu
Best Director Jin Jeon & Moon Chang-Yong, BECOMING WHO I WAS
Best Editing Hyewon Jee & Wonjung Bae, SINGING WITH ANGRY BIRD
Best Cinematography Jeon Jin & Moon Chang-yong, BECOMING WHO I WAS
Special Jury Mention - Most Urgent and Cautionary Film
THE CLEANERS, Directed by Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION AWARDS
Grand Jury Award WARU, Directed by Chelsea Cohen, Ainsley Gardiner, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace-Smith, Paula Whetu & Katie Wolfe
Best Director Caylee So & Visal Sok, IN THE LIFE OF MUSIC
Best Actor Timothy Castillo, NEOMANILA
Special Mention KISS & SPELL, Directed by Stephane Gauger
SHORTS NARRATIVE COMPETITION AWARDS
Golden Reel Award (Excellence in Narrative/Animated Short Film)
SILENCE (MAUN), Directed by Priyanka Singh
Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Directing
Paris Zarcilla, POMMEL
SHORTS DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION AWARDS
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Los Angeles/Ottawa, May 11 (Canadian-Media): Fearless Productions, a new motion picture company focused on the development to final picture of independent movies, is the North American arm of the production company, launched by award-winning producer Gabrielle Whyte Hart, media reports said.
The genres that the company, Fearless Productions, likes to develop and produce reportedly are, horror drama and thriller films.
Hailing from the UK, her psychological thriller BECOMING starring Toby Kebbell, Penelope Mitchell and Jason Patric will be promoted this week in Cannes.
BECOMING/Courtesy of IMDb
BECOMING, the first film, based in Los Angeles, California (CA), United States (U.S) under the label will be released in late 2018.
The film BECOMING, written and directed by Omar Naim, is currently in postproduction and follows a young woman who learns that her fiancé has become possessed by an evil entity.
"Ever since Gaby read my script, she has worked tirelessly and been a passionate warrior to the cause of getting the film made. Her faith and support in me and my vision is unfaltering, and as a director that's the best I can hope for in any producing partner," said Naim.
“Making BECOMING has been the most rewarding experience of my life.” Says Whyte-Hart. “The script is truly something special. I began this project when I was pregnant with my first daughter, and I poured my heart and soul into this film. Now, my daughter is 5, and I am so excited about the finished product.”
At 30 years of age, Gabrielle is credited as being one of the youngest women to produce a full feature film.
Gabrielle continues, “Being able to walk onto a film set surrounded by such a strong network of fierce and diverse women makes me believe in the equality of women’s rights to men’s. On BECOMING, we had a very strong group of women in the production office as well as other departments. I hope to continue to work with such strong women going forward in my career. We are a force to be reckoned with.”
Having risen to fame at such a young age while raising two small children, Gabrielle also received numerous awards for her films to date.
She was the winner of the Super Shorts Film festival in 2005 for SECOND CHILDHOOD, Best Feature film for DEAD END at the WON Music video and Screen awards and Best short film for T.I.D.E. at the Super Shorts Film Festival in the United Kingdom. Other nominations include the Marbella Film Festival for Best feature film DEAD END and the Cannes Short Film Corner for Best film ONE DAY IN HELL.
DEAD END/Courtesy of IMDb
As a working mother and the managing director of Fearless Productions, Gabrielle exemplifies a successful woman in the film industry.
She recalls, “I remember sending my resume off to 2,000 companies and getting rejected by all of them.
Being a successful film maker in a male-dominated world, it was becoming harder and harder to achieve my vision, but my determination was always there.”
Her next project SACRED GAMES, based on the book written by Gerald Jacobsis currently in development.
The brutality of the Holocaust into the experiences of a real-life individual is shown in this film.
It’s the story of one Hungarian Jew’s fight to survive.
Double Dutch International (DDI) -- reportedly a globally recognized sales company is handling international sales on BECOMING -- and Traverse Media -- reportedly founded by producer Cole Payne and talent manager Jeremy Loethen, is a -- production and talent management company is looking after North America.