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The 2011 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival has so far been a great success. There are numerous screenings, amazing workshops involving youth, and plenty of new media exhibits and screenings. On top of all that there will be “The Beat,” screening of some new music videos as well as a performance from Buffy St. Marie, who set aside some time to sit down with Wab Kinew and take questions from the CBC reporter and all her fans in the audience.
She talked about her career full of musical accomplishments, art, politics, and the struggles of being a young aboriginal woman trying to create music during the 60s. Much of the discussion surrounded her pride of being an Aboriginal woman and how more recently she has had the opportunity of touring, playing, and writing with a young all Aboriginal Band.
Her words were strong, proud, and really gave a lot of inspiration to many in the audience. It was an honour to be In Discussion with Buffy St. Marie.
A long time favourite show on APTN, Wapos Bay has won the hearts of many fans across Canada and abroad. This year at the 2011 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes will bring the week long event to a close. It will be an amazing show and even though it’s premiering at the festival, fans from all around the world will get a chance to watch along with everyone at imagineNATIVE.
We happened to have some of our top notch photographers on the job and they caught a glimpse of some high flying, hard hitting action from the film. We’ll post them here on the blog to get you excited for the World Premiere of Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes this sunday at imagineNATIVE.
Here’s a Press Release sent out for Wapos Bay.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wapos Bay movie to premiere at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE TO TUNE IN THROUGH LIVE STREAMING
Oct. 18, 2011 – Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes, based on the Gemini award-winning TV series, will have its world premiere at the prestigious imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto at its Closing Night Gala presented by Global Toronto. Produced by Wapos Bay Productions Inc. in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, the movie was selected for the closing night of the Festival’s 12th edition and will screen on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. ET at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St W).
Fans from around the world will also have the opportunity to be part of the premiere via the Closing Night Technical Partner IsumaTV and a free live streaming at www.isuma.tv/nfb. Creator / producers Dennis & Melanie Jackson, actors Andrea Menard (The Velvet Devil, Moccasin Flats) and Eric Jackson will be available for the Q & A following the screening, moderated by imagineNATIVE executive director Jason Ryle who will be taking questions from the floor and via Skype for the online viewers.
“It is humbling to have our Wapos Bay finale movie screened at imagineNATIVE because it is one of the premiere indigenous film festivals in the world,” said Dennis Jackson. “It is always an honour to be recognized by your peers whether those are other indigenous people, animators, filmmakers or friends. This screening will be a unique experience because fans can log in online and they don’t necessarily have to be here in Toronto to watch the premiere.”
The night will feature a special tribute to Wapos Bay cast member, the late Gordon Tootoosis (North of 60, Legends of the Fall). Announcements of the future of Wapos Bay will also be made on the night, including the launch of several online exclusives: a Mario kart racer - style video game, eBooks and episode downloads.
Tickets for the world premiere / imagineNATIVE are available in-person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox or Phoenix Concert Theatre, by calling the TIFF Box Office at 416-599-8433, or online at www.imaginenative.org.
The national broadcast premiere for Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes is Saturday, Dec. 3 on APTN (8 p.m. ET on APTN HD and APTN East, 8 p.m. MT on APTN West, 8 p.m. CT on APTN North).
The movie has also been selected to screen at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (Oct. 29), American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco (Nov. 5), LA Skins Festival in Los Angeles (Nov. 16-20) and Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival in Sydney, Australia.
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