NSI IndigiDocs films premiere on APTN, November 1

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce that four short documentary films from the third year of NSI IndigiDocs (then known as NSI Aboriginal Documentary) will be featured on APTN on November 1 as a one-hour special at 7 p.m. CT*.

“We’re grateful to APTN for their continuing support of the NSI IndigiDocs participants,” said John Gill, CEO of NSI. “Having their short documentaries premiere on such a far-reaching and well-respected platform as APTN is an invaluable benefit of this partnership.”

“APTN is pleased to support the NSI IndigiDocs storytellers and their films,” said Jean LaRose, CEO of APTN. “This program trains and nurtures Canadian Indigenous documentary filmmakers, giving them the experience, contacts and skills for sustained careers in the industry, and we’re happy to showcase their films to APTN’s national audience.”

The films are repeated on November 2 at 4 a.m.* and 11 a.m.*, November 7 at 3 p.m.* and on November 28 at 11 a.m.*

*Check your local listings for times.

7 Minutes

7 Minutes

Director: Tasha Hubbard | Producer: Marilyn Poitras

Marie’s walk from her university library to her home is an even seven minutes. It’s a walk she has made many times but, one night, she’s followed by a man who tries to get her into his van. Relieved to have escaped, Marie’s story speaks to the threat Indigenous women confront on a daily basis.

NDNs on the Airwaves

NDNs on the Airwaves

Director: Jackson 2Bears | Producer: Janet Rogers

Pushing the form of documentary, NDNs on the Airwaves uses poetry, soundscapes and voice in this mash-up style of storytelling.

Director Jackson 2Bears follows the extraordinary soundscapes and work of Janet Rogers as she journeys back home to Six Nations, over the airwaves, as she finds her own voice and that of her people.

Cree Code Talker

Cree Code Talker

Director: Alexandra Lazarowich | Producer: Cowboy Smithx

Using archival footage and interviews with his brothers, Cree Code Talker depicts the true story of Albertan Charles ‘Checker’ Tomkins and how the Cree language was used by code talkers to transmit crucial military communications for the US Air Force during WWII.

Jane and the Wolf

Jane and the Wolf

Director: Nadine Arpin | Producer: Rachel Garrick

A hybrid documentary that incorporates cinéma vérité, archival photographs and animation.

In the 1960s, Pagwa River was a booming railroad town populated by second generation Crees. During one cold winter, the community was being stalked by a lone wolf. Every attempt to kill the wolf failed. Jane recognized the wolf as a spirit sign from the ancestors. Ridiculed for her beliefs, Jane set out alone to kill the wolf using the old ways.

About NSI IndigiDocs | submit by November 9

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

Applications are currently being accepted for this course.

Apply by 4:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Apply here.

NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2014-16 was supported by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN); Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport & Consumer Protection and RBC Emerging Artists Project; NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Telefilm Canada, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Industry Partners National Film Board of Canada, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport & Consumer Protection and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

NSI IndigiDocs 2016-18 is funded by Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and RBC Emerging Artists Project; NSI Indigenous Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors the Directors Guild of Canada, documentary Channel, Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Telefilm Canada, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Breakthrough Entertainment and the Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary; Provincial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music and Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund; Industry Partners National Film Board of Canada and the Directors Guild of Canada; Tuition Sponsor Super Channel; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email: laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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