TQFF 2 Spirit/Indigiqueer/Trans Video Workshop for Beginners

 

The Toronto Queer Film Festival, in collaboration with Trinity Square Video and imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, announces a call for participants in our first 2 Spirit/Indigiqueer/Trans Workshop for Beginners.

Get training and production resources to produce a short video in four afternoon sessions every other Saturday over two months this spring. The workshop will take place on Saturday April 14, April 28, May 12, and May 26 from 11am – 6pm in downtown Toronto.

2 Spirit/Indigiqueer video artists Fallon Simard and Thirza Cuthand will provide hands on training in script development, video production, sound recording and post, and video editing. This series is ideal for the beginner who has a simple idea in mind and needs access to equipment and skills.

Workshop sessions, including a hot lunch, will take place at Trinity Square Video. In addition, TSV is offering a free one year membership to all participants, which will provide access to production equipment and editing facilities.

New Indigiqueer Cinema

These bold works will take you on a whirlwind trip through the stories being told in Indigiqueer/2Spirit communities today. From contemplations on trans identity and transformation, celebrity interviews, a bleeding cervix, a future without white people, Indigenous medicines and masculinities, to some tried and true snaglines, this program is a great vision of the current state of a diverse community with strong oral traditions.

Approximate running time: 65 minutes.

 

PROGRAM

 

No Place For Bad Memories
dir. Evelyn Pakinewatik | Canada | 2018 | 2 min
Evelyn Pakinewatik offers an introspective experiment that explores trauma, memory, and healing spaces. This film was produced as part of TQFF’s 2018 Indigiqueer Filmmaking Workshop.

 

DND NDNs
dir. Raven Cameron | Canada | 2018 | 4 min
An Indigenous Dungeons and Dragons group faces their final nemesis: Justin Trudeau. This film was produced as part of TQFF’s 2018 Indigiqueer Filmmaking Workshop.

 

Noolíhkamun
dir. Zephyr McKenna | Canada | 2018 | 3 min
Noolíhkamun explores how gender and identity are intertwined with language, and what this means in the face of a centuries-long and ongoing cultural genocide. This film was produced as part of TQFF’s 2018 Indigiqueer Filmmaking Workshop.

 

nintaandjinaagowiihidis//i transform myself
dir. Connor Pion | Canada | 2018 | 6 min
Connor Pion’s new short is one mixed-race urban-Indigenous 2 Spirit-trans neechie’s prayer, ceremony, and activiation for a potent shapeshifting potion. This film was produced as part of TQFF’s 2018 Indigiqueer Filmmaking Workshop.

 

My Pride Is
dir. Wāpahkēsīs (Keisha Erwin Roberts)  | Canada | 2018 | 4 min
In My Pride Is, Wāpahkēsīs (Keisha Erwin Roberts) reflects on what Pride means to themselves as a non-binary filmmaker, as well as how it relates to their other marginalized identities. They assert that they can not fully celebrate pride without celebrating their other identities, which is a struggle as an Indigenous person to Turtle Island who lives on land that has been stolen, occupied, and colonized. This film was produced as part of TQFF’s 2018 Indigiqueer Filmmaking Workshop.

 

LOVE LETTER-DUET
dir. Monique Romeiko | Canada | 2016 | 4 min
Like something out of an anthropologist’s dream, contemporary dance artist Monique Romeiko has amassed a treasury of LOVE LETTERs in a dizzying variety of forms. Faced with artifacts in every medium, from the earnest and deeply personal hand-written note to the unscripted, courageously immediate text message, she explores, through dance and film, the mysteries of love connections. What will humans whisper to each other about love?

 

Inside Voices
dir. Vanessa Dion Fletcher | Canada | 2018 | 6 min
A cervix drips blood while an audience describes their own cervixes and relationships to their bodies.

Versaearcolonion
dir. Chandra Melting Tallow & Elle-Maija Tailfeathers | Canada | 2018 | 14 min
Two hosts interview celebrities about love and her sister intimacy, with a backdrop of pop culture and an underlying message about intergenerational trauma.

 

Reclamation
dir. Thirza Cuthand | Canada | 2018 | 13 min
After white people leave Earth en masse for Mars, the Indigenous people left behind contemplate their place in healing the world and imagine a brighter future after the biggest problem has gone.

 

Prayers For Dreamy Boys
dir. Fallon Simard | Canada | 2018 | 4 min
Dreamy Boys applies traditional Indigenous medicine and ecological knowledge to trans masculine bodies to dream alternate masculinities.

 

Native Snaglines
dir. Howard Adler | Canada | 2017 | 5 min
In the Native community, “snagging” is slang for picking up, or hooking up, with that special person you’ve had your eye on. In this short film, “What’s your best Snagline?” is the question that’s posed to the local Indigenous community in Ottawa, resulting in fun and tantalizing responses.