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CONTINENTAL DRIFT

THU, NOV 15 / 7 pm
Curated and introduced by Jenny Western

Aboriginal filmmakers based in Winnipeg form a part of the city’s art community, but they are also members of something much larger and more profound than the civic territory. Many of them trace their roots to Ojibwe, Cree, Métis, and other communities. Because these Indigenous groups can be found throughout the Canadian prairie, the American mid-west, and elsewhere, is it possible that our local filmmakers are included in a much wider community of peers than strictly those within the political confines of our city or our province? Continental Drift brings together the work of eleven different creators with roots in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Beyond the separation of political borders, many of these filmmakers share a common ancestry and language, yet each offers a unique perspective on contemporary Aboriginal experience in North America today. Continental Drift explores the connections that continue to exist between Winnipeg-based filmmakers and our relations, a bond that continues to drift across the landscape.

Wave a Red Flag, dir. Adam Garnet Jones, 2009, Canada, 4 min.
On her way to school, a teenage girl’s display of Native pride sparks a celebration of community and culture.

Apples and Indians, dir. Lorne Olson, 2006, Canada, 5 min.
As a young boy, filmmaker Lorne Olson was told Indians were like apples – red on the outside, white on the inside. Ironically, it was that notion that set him off on a long journey to find out who he was. Throughout his life, he has identified himself as Métis, half-breed, Oji-Cree, Indian, Native, Aboriginal, and so on. He never felt entirely comfortable with any of these names – each one a reflection of the changing dialogue of the times. The film is a whimsical and profound 5-minute ride that sees Lorne speeding through decades in search of his true identity.

Hard to Place, dir. Tasha Hubbard, 2012, Canada, 3 min.
A personal exploration of cross-cultural adoption.

Magic Wands, dir. Elizabeth Day, 2009, US, 7 min.
A grandmother tells her granddaughter an Ojibwe story revealing why the sticks used to gather wild rice are “magic wands”.

Canadian Time 2, dir. Christine Kirouac, 2011, Canada, US, 4 min.
Alluding to the 12-hour drive from her home in North Carolina to the Canadian border, Christine Kirouac marries painting and tragi-comic theater in a performance of equal duration. Simultaneously abstract and visceral, the film brings life to the physical and psychological anxieties of statehood as Kirouac wrestles with the tenuous status of living as an ”alien” in the U.S. under strict and at times nonsensical immigration rules.

Barefoot, dir. Danis Goulet, 2012, Canada, 11 min.
In a tight-knit Cree community in northern Canada, 16-year-old Alyssa’s plans to become a mom begin to unravel.

Gephyrophobia, dir. Caroline Monnet, 2012, Canada, 2 min.
The Ottawa/Gatineau region is characterized by the daily struggles that can exist between the two geographically adjacent communities with very distinct cultural, political and linguistic traditions. Gephyrophobia, meaning fear of bridges, is a film about movement, landscape and the tension between two very distinct identities sharing the Outaouais River as their common border.

I is for NDN, dirs. Daryl Nepinak & Clint Enns, 2011, Canada, 1 min.
Hooked on Phonics worked.

Awenakena (Who Are You?), dir. Shaylene Constant, 2012, Canada, 4 min.
Haunted by visions of serpents and taunted by dark thoughts, a young woman addresses what might be a family curse.

Blood Memory, dir. Marcella Ernest, 2010, US, 4 min.
With tools old and new—8mm home movies and the iPhone—the filmmaker explores family and collective memory.

Jenny Western is a curator, writer, and educator. She has curated exhibitions for Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Portage and District Arts Centre, Ace Art Inc, the Manitoba Crafts Council, and the Costume Museum of Canada. Jenny recently held the position of Aboriginal Curator-in-Residence with Plug In ICA and Urban Shaman, Adjunct Curator at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, and a mentor in Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art’s 2010/2011 Foundation Mentorship Program.

Continental Drift is generously sponsored by Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art

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