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Winnipeg Indigenous Filmmakers Collective Shorts Program

Winnipeg Indigenous Filmmakers Collective Shorts Program

Artist(s): Cody Blacksmith, Erica Daniels, Rhayne Vermette, Justina Neepin, Roger Boyer, Charlene Moore, Chelsey Mark, Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill, Amanda Kindzierski, Fawnda Neckoway, and Joyce Delaronde
Start: September 30, 2022 7:00 pm
End: September 30, 2022 9:00 pm
In partnership with Cinematheque / Winnipeg Film Group

Featuring the works by: Cody Blacksmith, Erica Daniels, Rhayne Vermette, Justina Neepin, Roger Boyer, Charlene Moore, Chelsey Mark, Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill, Amanda Kindzierski, Fawnda Neckoway, and Joyce Delaronde

Fri, Sept 30 (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) / 7pm


Location: Cinematheque 304 – 100 Arthur Street

Q & A with Director Amanda Kindzierski

Join us for a free program of new short works created by members of the Winnipeg Indigenous Filmmakers Collective, followed by a Q&A.

WIFC member screening:

Cody Blacksmith- Tonight We Get Even          


“A young artist deals with a recent traumatic event”


Erica Daniels- Bimibatoo-win: Where I Ran 


“Charlie Bittern, a Birtle Residential School Survivor from Berens River First Nations, remembers the harsh 80km journey his principal forced him to run along Highway 1 at the age of 19 in the midst of Manitoba’s brutal blizzard of 1967. 55 years later, Charlie will embark on the same journey alongside his family to heal from his past and spread awareness for all Residential School Survivors and the children who never made it home.”


Rhayne Vermette- Third Letter to Nour 


“Explorations of light in my final letter to filmmaker, Nour Ouayda. Commissioned by Cinema Public (Mtl) for their Cinépistolaire initiative in 2022”


Justina Neepin- Headdress


“JJ Neepin, an Indigenous filmmaker, recreates her great-grandfather’s portrait of him wearing his headdress, with the help of Nadya Kwandibens of Red Works Photography. The Headdress is a powerful symbol that has great meaning within First Nation communities and JJ hopes to start an ongoing conversation on the topic of cultural appropriation and tradition.”


Roger Boyer- Never Trust a Stiff 


“Vera, expecting to leave the country with her lover Mike, arrives at their meeting spot only to find Mike dead and his ex-wife, Katherine, waiting for her.”


Charlene Moore- Chocolate


“Grappling with the paralyzing effects of capitalization and colonialism, Ember finds herself struggling with her responsibility to the next seven generations. As she rages against confinement and dispossession she reflects on her morals, ethics, and identity.”


Chelsey Mark-  The Sacred Forest 


“Discovering the perfect tree to climb, Carl discovers he’s not alone.”


Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill-   EPISODE 2: PIYESIS – LETTING GO CEREMONY 


“Piyesis, thinks back on the impact of negative events in her young life and the struggles she needs to overcome. From watching her mom in a toxic relationship while living with her, Piyesis experiences the loss of her grandmother at the age of 7. Forced to live in a group home in the city, with anger and sadness built up in her heart, she turns to nature and her ancestors to guide her to a safe place. Piyesis finds herself comforted by the land and a teaching is brought to her about the letting go ceremony.”


Amanda Kindzierski- What Kind of Help? 


“An artist deals with the stress and loneliness of lockdown”


Fawnda Neckoway– movie details TBA


Joyce Delaronde– movie details TBA


Presented in partnership with Winnipeg Film Group / Cinematheque Winnipeg, Urban Shaman Gallery and generously sponsored by William F. White International.

Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery acknowledges the support, throughout the year, of our friends, volunteers, community and all our relations, NCI FM, Wawanesa Insurance, Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba Heritage, the Government of Canada, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

~ Miigwetch/ Pidamaya-ye(-do) / Marsi / Ekosi / Maarsii / Miikwehc / Nakurmiik / Thank you