Canadian Indigenous Film Producer Mini-Lab

(Via Cara Mumford, Jeremy Torrie, and Michelle Latimer are the three emerging Canadian Indigenous producers who were chosen in the tough competition for spots in the first ever Canadian Indigenous Film Producer Mini-Lab. Featuring mentoring by Cherokee filmmaker Heather Rae (pictured), the Lab is “designed to hone the skills and knowledge base” of participants, according to imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, which is responsible for launching the program.

The Festival is currently underway in Toronto and continues till the 18th. It’s the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing innovation in film, video, audio and digital media. More information is available on the Festival site.

Among the Lab participants, Cara Mumford (Métis) has written, produced and directed several short films, including When It Rains; Jeremy Torrie (Ojibway) produced his first dramatic film, Cowboys and Indians: The Killing of JJ Harper in 2003, earning six Gemini nominations; and Michelle Latimer (Métis) has seen her works screened at imagineNATIVE and at festivals internationally, including Berlin and Cannes.

In half-day sessions, Heather Rae will discuss her own projects and experiences, and share best practices of creative and business production. Participants should leave better equipped to share the Indigenous perspective with the world through film.


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