Trinity Square Video Outreach presents
New IndigiQueer Video
Featuring works by Evelyn Pakinewatik, Raven Cameron, Zephyr Mckenna, Connor Pion, Wāpahkēsīs (Keisha Erwin Roberts), Thirza Cuthand, Fallon Simard
Saturday, January 12, 7:00PM
Doors open at 6:30, screening and social to follow
Video works created as part of TQFF’s 2 Spirit / Indigiqueer / Trans Video Workshop for Beginners produced by the Toronto Queer Film Festival, in collaboration with Trinity Square Video and imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival.
ABOUT THE WORKS
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.
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.
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.
2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com
dir. Thirza Cuthand | Canada | 2017 | 5 min
2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com queers and indigenizes traditional dating site advertisements. Using a Butch NDN ‘lavalife” lady (performed by director Thirza Cuthand), 2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com seduces the viewer into 2 Spirit “snagging and shacking up” with suggestions of nearby pipeline protests to take your date to, and helpful elders who will matchmake you and tell off disrespectful suitors. It’s the culturally appropriate website all single 2 Spirit people wish existed. Following up on her video “2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99” this work examines the forces of capitalism through envisioning a “financially unfeasible” service for a small minority community.
dir. Fallon Simard | Canada | 2016 | 2 min
Womb functions as the interior view of a uterus and examines what it means to nation building, and further, what Indigenous women begin and Two Spirit peoples are doing already to build their nations. The video is meant to function as a uterus and the audio signifies a bundle. The colours in the video are meant to immerse viewers into a deeper listening of the audio track. The audio is comprised of women’s hand drum songs that I have collected from resource extraction sites. The audio signifies the hard work it takes to protect the land and the water for future generations, as well, the love and fierce refusal inherent in participating in these types of direction actions against resource extraction sites. Further, the audio functions as an Anishinaabe transmission of knowledge, transforming into a digital mp3 bundle. In doing so, we can begin to imagine alternative futures with womb as a departure point for this futurity.
+image: Evelyn Pakinewatik, No Place For Bad Memories (2018)