August 7, 2015 – The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is pleased to announce the jurors for the 16th annual Festival in Toronto from October 14-18, 2015. imagineNATIVE invited members of the Canadian and International media arts community to participate on two independent juries, the Sun Jury and the Moon Jury, each charged with awarding over $30,000 in prizes to Indigenous artists in 13 categories.
The Sun Jury includes film director Chris Eyre (USA), actor and writer Craig Lauzon (Ontario), and writer, director and video artist, Darlene Naponse (Ontario). Producer Pauline Clague (Australia), filmmaker Marnie Parrell (Ontario), and multidisciplinary artist Archer Pechawis (Ontario) comprise the Moon Jury.
“We are delighted to have such an eclectic and fantastically talented group of artists, activists and educators on our 16th,” says Jason Ryle, imagineNATIVE’s Executive Director. “We thank them for their time and commitment to this year’s competition and look forward to their selections!”
The award winners will be announced at the Awards Show on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. A selection of the juries’ choices will be screened as part of the Award Winners Screenings on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Further details will be announced shortly.
Chris Eyre has been described as “the preeminent Native American filmmaker of his time” by People magazine. He is an internationally recognized film and television director and producer and has received many awards, including a Peabody, an Emmy and a Sundance Audience Award. Eyre’s directorial-debut was Miramax Films’ highly acclaimed Smoke Signals in 1998, which won the Sundance Filmmakers’ Trophy. Eyre attended the Graduate Film program at New York University and went on to be mentored by Robert Redford at the Sundance Institute’s Directors’ Lab.
Craig Lauzon is an actor and has been nominated for a Dora Award, a Sterling Award, two Geminis, three Canadian Comedy Awards and the Tim Sims Encouragement Award. An accomplished writer, he has written for both theatre and television and was chosen for the inaugural Script Development Lab at imagineNATIVE last year for his feature screenplay At the End of the Day. English/French and Anishnabeg, this proud Ojibway was never prouder than playing Kent in the National Arts Centre’s all First Nations production of King Lear starring the late August Schellenberg as Lear.
Darlene Naponse is a writer, director and video artist. Her film work has been viewed internationally including the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Her feature Every Emotion Costs screened worldwide and won various awards. Her art-based video work was installed in various galleries and programs nationally and internationally. She owns Pine Needle Productions, an award-winning boutique film/video/audio recording production studio, located in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.
Pauline Clague is from the Yaegl Nation of the Far North Coast of New South Wales. She entered the industry via a television introduction course at the Australian Film and Television Radio School in 1994. Clague was part of the inaugural Indigenous Drama Initiative ‘From Sand to Celluloid’, producing Round up by Rima Tamou. Since then, she has produced 22 shorts and various documentaries. Pauline runs her company Core Film with filmmaker Rima Tamou and also helps to mentor other filmmakers.
Marnie Parrell is a Métis filmmaker, writer, artist and maker. Parrell began making films in 1988 and since then her films and videos have been screened both nationally and internationally and she has received several awards, grants and fellowships. She also works with electronics and repurposes found objects/art where she continues to bridge the gaps 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.
Performance, theatre and new media artist, filmmaker, writer, curator and educator Archer Pechawis was born in Alert Bay, BC in 1963. He has been a practicing artist since 1984 with a particular interest in the intersection of Plains Cree culture and digital technology, merging “traditional” objects such as hand drums with digital video and audio sampling. His work has been exhibited across Canada, internationally in France and Russia and featured in publications such as Fuse Magazine and Canadian Theatre Review.
Celebrating 16 years in October 2015, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest showcase of film, video, audio, and digital media made by Indigenous artists. Each fall, the Festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from Canada and around the globe. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our arts and cultures in contemporary media. Visit www.imagineNATIVE.org.
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