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TKARONTO

FRI - SUN, JAN 15 - 17 / 7 pm
Dir. Shane Belcourt | 2007 | Canada | 105 min
* Opening Screening Introduced by Shane Belcourt

Shane Belcourt’s multi-award winning Tkaronto was the closing night film at the 2007 imagiNATIVE Film and Video Festival and won the Best Director Award at the Dreamspeaker Festival. A provocative exploration of two Aboriginal thirty-somethings’ caught in the urban crossroads, Ray and Jolene discover an unexpected connection when their paths’ cross in Tkaronto (the original Mohawk word for Toronto). Ray, a Métis writer, has come to Toronto to pitch his TV series, Indian Jones, which is promising to be the big break Ray needs, especially with a pregnant girlfriend back home. Jolene, a Los-Angeles-based Anishnabe painter, is passing through Toronto to conduct an interview with a prominent elder, Max (played by Corner Gas’s Lorne Cardinal) and is suddenly taken aback when Max presents her with an eagle feather, an honour that she feels unworthy of.

As Ray faces his ambivalence about impending fatherhood and the prospect of selling his material to ignorant TV Execs, Jolene grapples with self-doubt and struggles to finish her interviews with Max. An attraction between them develops as both are drawn together by a mutual search for meaning in their urban existence.

For Jolene and Ray home feels very far away. But through their chance meeting they reveal their hopes, dreams, fears and failures and realize their common struggle: to stake claim to their urban aboriginal identity.

ABOUT SHANE BELCOURT:
Shane Belcourt (Métis) is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and musician based in Toronto. His feature film, Tkaronto (named after the original Mohawk word for Toronto), has played many international film festivals, most recently winning the Best Director prize at the 2008 Dreamspekers Film Festival and at the 2008 Talking Stick Film Festival. Belcourt was also the recipient of the 2007 IFC Mentorship Award and one of the 22 filmmakers chosen for the 2007 TIFF Talent LAB. Most recently, Belcourt co-wrote and directed Boxed In, a short film produced by the NFB that will be included in the Canadian Pavilion at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Currently, Belcourt is working as the writer-director for two animation projects, a half-hour animation on problem gambling in Aboriginal communities and a personal short animated documentary, Red Car, Blue Hood, about growing up the son of Métis rights leader, Tony Belcourt. Shane has recently been selected to Telefilm’s Feature Aboriginal Storytellers Program to further develop his next dramatic feature film, Better Place.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The Winnipeg Film Group gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation to support our Aboriginal Artist in Residence Program, enabling us to bring in Shane Belcourt to Winnipeg.

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