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2021 imagineNATIVE Presents: Short Films Focus

Date : Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Time : 5:00 PM
Address : 4501 50 Street
Tel : 780-608-2922
Tickets : Free

2021 ImagineNATIVE Presents: Short Films Focus, in partnership with Augustana Campus, University of Alberta

Join us online for a selection of dynamic short films including documentary, dramatic, and animation created by Indigenous filmmakers; presented at the 2020 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Following the screening will be an artist talk featuring Theola Ross, Glenn Gearr, Tom Mcloed, and Lisa Jackson.

Joining us for the artist talk is U of A alumnus and filmmaker Conor McNally ‘15 BA (NativeStuHons) with a special guest screening of his recent short film Very Present.

This event is offered in collaboration with the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, the National Film Board, the Faculty of Native Studies, and the Augustana Campus, University of Alberta. The 2021 imagineNATIVE Tour brings Indigenous-made film and video works, as well as community engagement activities, to communities across Turtle Island (Canada).

The Short Films

Very Present
Conor McNally (Métis)
Canada | 2020 | 5 min
English | Dramatic Short
A film part of the National Film Board. How does prolonged confinement shape our experience of time? Filmmaker Conor McNally explores the question in the company of his brother Riley, a young man who’s learning to cope with a new—yet strangely familiar—reality.



Greed Story
Story by: Tom McLeod (Inuvialuk)
Animation by: Darcie Bernhardt (Inuvialuk/Gwichin)
Canada | 2019 | 5 min
English | Dramatic Short
An old Inuvialuit story about a man who, in his avarice, corrupts his
own soul to the point where he is driven to cannibalism. As all
traditional harvesters know: if you are not responsible, you can
destroy your own ecosystem and be left with nothing.


Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe)
Canada | 2019 | 11 min
English | Short Documentary
Beautifully shot in macro 3D, Lichen is a departure from renowned
filmmaker Lisa Jackson’s previous work. Ancient, diverse and
containing multiplicities, Lichen lives in extreme environments and
can even survive in outer space.



Mooz Miikan
Evelyn Pakinewatik (Ojibwe)
Canada | 2019 | 8 min
English | Short Documentary
Winner of the 2020 imagineNATIVE Sun Jury Award, Mooz Miikan
offers a quietly intimate and candid portrayal of an aging hunter with
his youngest child on their traditional territory. Sharing an innate
similarity, the two reconnect after years of lost time and missed


Audrey’s Story
Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe)
Canada | 2019 | 22 min
English | Short Documentary
Narrated by community, Audrey’s Story honours Audrey Anderson’s
life while revealing injustices found within the mechanics of a flawed
judicial system. Set in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Michelle Derosier’s film
is an expression of compassion towards racial justice reckoning.



The Fourfold
Alisi Telengut (Mongolian/Telengut)
Canada | 2020 | 7 min
Buryat w/ English Subtitles | Short Documentary
The speckling of paint immerses the screen in tapestries of nature
both above and below. At the forefront are Indigenous worldviews,
rippling wisdom of deities based on the animistic beliefs and
shamanic rituals from Mongolia and Siberia.



Tank Standing Buffalo (Potowatami/Métis/Black)
Canada | 2020 | 10 min
English | Animation Short
Drawn from the artist’s life story, RKLSS is a film of how art and
exposure to traditional teachings saved his life after being subject to
beatings, torture and prolonged, involuntary segregation in a
maximum-security facility as a young offender.



Nuxalk Radio
Banchi Hanuse (Nuxalk)
Canada | 2020 | 3 min
Nuxalk/English | Short Documentary
In Q’umk’uts’ in Bella Coola, Nuxalk language can be heard coming
through car radios and stereos in family homes. Upholding ancestral
nationhood, this community radio station contributes to the
continuum of the Nuxalk language, broadcasting the laws of the lands
and waters.


Katinngak (Together)
Glenn Gear (Inuk)
Canada | 2020 | 1 min
Without Dialogue | Experimental
Patterns of spirited beadwork visuals move across the screen as a
caribou and a bear engage each other in Inuit throat singing in this
mesmerizing experimental short.



Êmîcêtôsêt: Many bloodlines
Theola Ross (Pimichikamak Cree Nation)
Canada | 2020 | 11 min
English/Cree | Short Documentary
Winner of the 2020 imagineNATIVE Documentary Work Short Format
Award, Êmîcêtôsêt: Many bloodlines follows the story of two women
are on a path towards having a child together through the fertility
treatment process. This couple will experience and explore building
their own family while maneuvering through their difference in race,
culture, class and gender roles.

Celebrating 110 Years of Augustana Be sure to catch the live artist talk after the event.