imagineNATIVE ’09

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RWS was pleased to cover the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival for a second time! Nadya was there last year and captured a full 5-day schedule, and this year was much the same, but considering it was the festival’s 10th Anniversary, an extra boost of excitement permeated the various workshops, screenings and evening concerts.

The week started on Tuesday with a Pre-Festival Party for Digging Roots in celebration of their new CD ‘We Are’. Wednesday afternoon was the official start with the Welcoming Reception at the Native Canadian Centre, followed by the Opening Night Screening at the Bloor Cinema. Wednesday was a wrap w/ the Opening Night Party at The Century Room.

Kinnie Starr - Digging Roots CD Launch Party, Toronto ONShoShona Kish - Digging Roots CD Launch Party, Toronto ONRaven Kanatakta - Digging Roots CD Launch Party, Toronto ONKerry Swanson - imagineNATIVE '09, Toronto ONWelcome Reception - imagineNATIVE '09, Toronto ONWhite Pine Dancers - imagineNATIVE '09, Toronto ONWhite Pine Dancers - imagineNATIVE '09, Toronto ONOpening Night Screening - imagineNATIVE '09, Toronto ONTanya Tagaq - imagineNATIVE '09, Toronto ONNeil Diamond - imagineNATIVE '09, Toronto ONCatherine Bainbridge - imagineNATIVE '09, Toronto ONOpening Night Party - imagineNATIVE '09, Toronto ONOpening Night Party - imagineNATIVE '09, Toronto ONAlanis Obomsawin - imagineNATIVE '09, Toronto ON

With the festival in full swing, Nadya began Thursday’s coverage with the Harold Greenberg Screenwriting Workshop facilitated by Karen Walton; next was a celebration of Cape Dorset art with a screening of “James Houston: The Most Interesting Group of People You’ll Ever Meet” by John Houston; Nadya dashed back to the Al Green Theatre for screenings of Tshitashun (Number). Love on the Street, and Jackpot. The evening concluded with a special mixed media & live performance improvised collaboration with Tanya Tagaq and DJ Bear Witness during the “New Media Mash-Up.”

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RWS coverage on Friday included attending the Industry Reception at the The Annex, and “Codetalkers of the Digital Divide”, an exhibit curated by Cheryl L’Hirondelle at A Space Gallery; featuring new media works of: Alanis Obomsawin, Buffy Sainte Marie, Melanie Printup Hope, Ahasiw Maskegon Iskwew, Mike MacDonald, Jimmie Durham, Jackson 2bears, Jennifer Wemigwans, and Isuma (Igloolik Isuma Productions).

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Saturday began with attending a screening of F.A.S directed by Keesic Douglas and Stone Bros directed by Richard Frankland. Nadya was then off to the Hard Rock Cafe to cover The Beat (presented by Astral Media Radio), featuring the musical talents of: Jason Burnstick, George Leach, and Lucie Idlout. The event closed with some impromptu throat-singing between Tanya Tagaq and Lucie Idlout!

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The festival came to a close Sunday with a screening of Sterlin Harjo’s “Barking Water” at the Royal Cinema on Bloor, then an amazing Closing Night Awards Show and Afterparty at The Mod Club Theatre!

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