Indigenous Showcase (Ages 7+ Short Film Program) at Children's Film Festival Seattle
Sunday, March 1 7:00pm
These short films by seasoned and youth Indigenous filmmakers share powerful lessons from elders and insights from young people about their boundless love for their cultures and deep reverence for the earth and its creatures.
** Co-presented with Longhouse Media! **
Short Films in this Program:
(Mark Nichols, USA, live-action, 2018, 3:20 min, in Lummi with English subtitles)
Lummi Chief T'silixw Bill James provides a welcome and history of his nation, accompanied by children who have created puppets to help tell the story. Tsilixw was chosen by the Seattle Times as one of the decade's 13 most influential people.
I love everything
(José Mestenapéo, Canada, live-action doc, 2017, 3 min, in French with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!
José, who is 8, takes us on a guided tour of Nutashkuan, showing us all that he loves.
How Nivi Got Her Names
(Laura Deal, Canada, animation, 2019, 8:44 min, English) Seattle premiere!
One day Nivi asks her mom about where her names came from, and her mom tells her about all the people she is named after in the Inuit system of kinship naming, tuqlurausiit, connecting her to her namesakes in a way she hadnt known before.
Its Me, Landon
(Landon Moise, Canada, live-action, 2018, 4:16 min, English) US premiere!
Eight-year-old nature enthusiast Landon Moise takes us on a tour of his favorite forested spots in his home community of Clearwater River Dene Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. Along the way, he tells us why its important for us to preserve the environment we live in.
Whats My Superpower?
(Justin Heymans, Canada, animation, 2019, 10 min, English) Seattle premiere!
Nalvana thinks her friends each have their own superpower, and she loves to tell them how special they are. She cant figure out what hers might be, until her mom teaches her that making other people feel super is a power all on its own.
(Asinnajaq Isabella-Rose Weetaluktuk, Canada, animation, 2017, 14 min, English)
Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the past, present and future of Inuit in a radiant new light. Embedding historic footage into original animation, she conjures up a vision of hope and beautiful possibility.
(Jacqueline Michel, Canada, live-action, 2018, 5:29 min, Algonkian with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!
Raised by a she-wolf, a little girl is found by an Anishnabe woman who tries to tame her.
Mitshishuss (Little Eagle)
(Christopher Grégoire-Gabriel, Canada, live-action, 2018, 2:20 min, nonverbal)
A little eagle dances as his brother films him. An encounter between two artists, filmmaker-composer Christopher and powwow dancer John-Philip.
(Phoenix Maimiti Valentine, USA & Hawaii, animated, 2018, 2:22 min, nonverbal)
As evident as the metamorphosis of a butterfly (Pulelehua), or flowers in bloom, love transforms! Pulelehua is made in honor of Hawaiis Beloved Queen Liliuokalani, who was inspired by nature and encouraged her kingdom to live Aloha.
The Child Who Hammered Nails
(Isabelle Kanapé, Canada, live-action, 2014, 3:23 min, Innu-aimun with English subtitles)
A fable about the consequences of our actions, depicted in Chinese shadows.
Its Good to Be Home
(Bob Ridgley, USA, live-action and animation, 12 min, 2016, in English with Lummi song)
A teen who has navigated many different foster care situations comes home to his land and people.
This program is a part of Northwest Film Forum's 15th Annual Children's Film Festival Seattle 2020: childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org
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Northwest Film Forum's mission is to incite public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. A nonprofit film and arts center located in Seattle, Northwest Film Forum presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions each year. A comprehensive visual media organization, the Forum offers educational workshops (including summer camps and year-round programs for young people) and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. Artist services include access to space, gear, fiscal sponsorship, and an edit lab. Northwest Film Forum is a member-based organization. nwfilmforum.org
ABOUT CHILDRENS FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE
The 15th Annual Children's Film Festival Seattle is a cinematic extravaganza that celebrates the best and brightest in international films for children, including animation, feature length films, short films, and hands-on workshops. Since 2005, Childrens Film Festival Seattle has grown to become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children ages 3-16. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects childrens films from dozens of countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings and field trips in Seattle, and a subsequent festival tour of up to 25 U.S. venues.
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