Canadian independent filmmaker Shane Belcourt (Métis) will be in Winnipeg January 12 to 22 as the Winnipeg Film Group’s Aboriginal Artist in Residence. While in Winnipeg, Belcourt will participate in a variety of outreach, filmmaker development and screening programs.

Shane Belcourt is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and musician based in Toronto. His feature film, Tkaronto, has played many international film festivals, most recently winning the “Best Director” prize at the 2008 Dreamspeakers Film Festival and 2008 Talking Stick Film Festival. Shane was also the recipient of the 2007 IFC Mentorship Award and one of 22 filmmakers chosen for the 2007 TIFF Talent Lab. Most recently Shane 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, Shane 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 about growing up the son of a Métis rights leader, Red Car, Blue Hood. Shane has also been selected to Telefilm’s Feature Aboriginal Storytellers Program to further develop his next dramatic feature film, A Better Place and has been selected to be the Filmmaker in Residence by the Winnipeg Film Group in January 2010.

Tue Jan 14 – daytime
* free for selected participants
Canadian independent filmmaker and cinematographer Shane Belcourt (Métis) will be available for four one-on-one consultations with local filmmakers on January 14, 2010, as part of his Aboriginal Artist in Residence scope at the Winnipeg Film Group. Interested partcipants should submit an application package no later than Thursday, January 8, 2010.

Wed Jan 13 & Wed Jan 20, 2010 – 7 PM to 10 PM
Belcourt will lead Composing the Landscape, a two-day intermediate-level cinematography workshop where Belcourt will share his knowledge and techniques with the camera. Access bursaries are available for this workshop.

Thu Jan 14, 2010 – 7:00 PM (at Cinematheque)
* free admission
This selection of Shane Belcourt’s independent short films includes the world premiere of a new film and his personal portraits of Aboriginal leaders as well as his short films, Pookums, The Squeeze Box and Solo Bass. >> More Details

Fri Jan 15 to Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM (at Cinematheque)
Shane Belcourt’s multi-award winning Tkaronto is 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). The opening night screening will be introduced Belcourt himself.

Sat Jan 16, Wed Jan 20 & Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 9:00 PM (at Cinematheque)
Shane Belcourt introduced the latest film by Paul Rickard and former winnipegger Michelle Smith, determiNATION songs interweaves the stories of three talented native signer/songwriters – Samian, Cheri Maracle and CerAmony – through the artists’ creative process, inspiration, commitment and involvement with the resistance movements in their communities.


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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