Catch first year NSI IndigiDocs short films on APTN May 18, 21 and 22

Four short documentary films from the inaugural NSI IndigiDocs course (formerly NSI Aboriginal Documentary) will air again May 18, 21 and 22 on APTN as a one-hour special on Reel Insights. Check your local listings for times.

The films originally premiered on APTN back in 2015.

Traditional Beats

Traditional Beats: The Story of the Drum / Link to APTN

Director: Cameron Courchene | Producer: Crystal Greene

Have you ever been curious as to why First Nations people are always playing drums? Watch Traditional Beats to find out. In this brief history of the drums of the First Nations People we will discover where they came from, what they represent and why they are always around.

An Ecstatic Professional

An Ecstatic Professional / Link to APTN

Director: Rhayne Vermette | Producer: Damien Ferland

Who is Rob Vilar? Only the most criminally unknown character actor who has walked planet earth. We learn about the mystery surrounding the man through interviews with Winnipeg filmmakers and a variety of clips that show the range and the singular presence that is Rob Vilar.

Alice & Kevin

Alice & Kevin / Link to APTN

Director: Sam Vint | Producer: Christopher Read

This is the story of Alice Taylor, a life-long resident of the remote fly-in community of St. Theresa Point First Nation. She spends just about every day caring for her adult son Kevin who has cerebral palsy and needs Alice’s round-the-clock assistance.

With Alice’s own health in decline she finds it increasingly difficult to care for her son. She knows Kevin doesn’t receive the same support as other Canadians with cerebral palsy. So in 2010 she filed a Canadian Human Rights complaint against Health Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. As Alice puts it, “He is a Canadian just like you and me.”

Finding Sergeant Partridge

Finding Sergeant Partridge / Link to APTN

Director: Neil Bignell, Gabriel Constant | Producer: Gabriel Constant

Two Peter Partridges, two worlds apart, two families searching. This film tells the story of a granddaughter in England who embarks on a search for her grandfather’s roots and finds much more. Solving her family’s mystery unites her with a family she didn’t know she had in The Pas, Manitoba ending their search for a brother they weren’t sure existed.

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NSI IndigiDocs is a development launch pad for producer/director teams looking to produce a short documentary.

The 2012-14 year of NSI IndigiDocs (then NSI Aboriginal Documentary) was made possible by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport & Consumer Protection; NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & LotteriesMTS Stories From Home; Strategic Sponsor The Winnipeg Foundation; Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Supporting Sponsors  Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and The City of Winnipeg; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media Services.

NSI IndigiDocs 2016-18 is funded by Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors the Directors Guild of Canada, Entertainment One, Super ChannelCorus Entertainment, Telefilm Canada, imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts FestivalHot Docs International Documentary FestivalBreakthrough Entertainment and the Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partners National Film Board and the Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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