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Ste. Anne

Director Rhayne Vermette (Métis)
Year 2021
Run Time 80min
Genre Drama, Experimental

Four years after leaving her daughter (d’Eschambault) to be raised by her brother (Theis) and his wife (Marion), Renée (Vermette) returns to find an entirely different life from the one she left behind. The tensions caused by her arrival simmer under the surface as Renée clumsily adjusts back into a maternal role despite her young daughter having no memory of her. 

Featuring members of Vermette’s own family and community, this lovingly made personal project went on to win Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2021.

“More experiment than straight-ahead narrative, Ste. Anne rewards patient, careful attention. The rewards are great.” - Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail

Director

Rhayne Vermette (Métis)

Writer

Rhayne Vermette (Métis)

Cast

Isabelle d’Eschambault, Valerie Marion, Dolorès Gosselin (Métis)

Producer

Rhayne Vermette (Métis)

Genres

Drama, Experimental

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Baba

Director Jonathan Lawley
Year 2006
Run Time 3min
Genre Experimental
Different people, cultures and styles of dance come together in one expression of love and life. Choreographed by Tré Armstrong.

Director

Jonathan Lawley

Writer

Jonathan Lawley

Cast

Stacey Armstrong, Cassidy DeFreitas, Alana Elmer

Producer

Wayne Lawley

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories

Original Language

Other Language

Bus No. 9

Director Michael Downing
Year 1999
Run Time 3min
Genre Drama, Experimental
A chance encounter at a bus stop becomes an excuse for a sultry tango pas de deux.

Director

Michael Downing

Cast

Chinny Hoan, Marc Roumy

Producers

Jonathan Orson, Joel Awerbuck

Genres

Drama, Experimental

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

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Grandfather on the Prairies

Director Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo/Ojibway)
Year 2018
Run Time 3min
Genre Animation, Experimental, Family

Jason meets his great-great-greatgrandfather and soon finds himself in a hilarious debate about what it means to be a hunter.

Director

Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo/Ojibway)

Writer

Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo/Ojibway)

Cast

Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo/Ojibway)

Producers

Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo/Ojibway), Lisa Marie Genaille (Cree), Robert Genaille (Cree)

Genres

Animation, Experimental, Family

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, History, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

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How To Be Alone

Director Andrea Dorfman
Year 2010
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation, Experimental

Narrated by Tanya Davis to beautiful hand-drawn illustrations by Dorfman, Davis’s eloquent poem is full of powerful truths. With over 9.5 million views on YouTube, the film is an online sensation.

Director

Andrea Dorfman

Writer

Tanya Davis

Producers

Walter Forsyth, Andrea Dorfman

Genres

Animation, Experimental

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

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Wave a Red Flag

Director Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis)
Year 2009
Run Time 3min
Genre Experimental
A whimsical, wordless exploration of Indigenous identity, community and culture.

Director

Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis)

Writer

Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis)

Cast

Lisa Cromarty, Monique Mojica

Producer

Lea Marin

Genre

Experimental

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

No Dialogue

Language Version

None

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Zaasaakwe

Director Madison Thomas (Ojibwe/Saulteax)
Year 2017
Run Time 5min
Genre Experimental

A powerful call to action to all Indigenous people to shout for joy and celebrate their identity.

Director

Madison Thomas (Ojibwe/Saulteax)

Writer

Madison Thomas (Ojibwe/Saulteax)

Cast

Danni Black

Producers

Madison Thomas (Ojibwe/Saulteax), Darcy Waite (Cree)

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

The Cinnamon Peeler

Director Veronica Tennant
Year 2004
Run Time 3min
Genre Experimental
Michael Ondaatje reads his poem The Cinnamon Peeler accompanied by the choreographed movements of two dancers.

Director

Veronica Tennant

Writer

Michael Ondaatje

Cast

Gail Skrela, Sean Ling, Michael Ondaatje

Producers

Peter Gentile, Veronica Tennant

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, Female Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Cycles

Director Joe Cobden
Year 2016
Run Time 4min
Genre Experimental
Through playful choreography and piano harmonies, a man revisits abstract memories of a failed relationship.

Director

Joe Cobden

Cast

Joe Cobden, Marc Bendavid, Romina D'ugo, Laura Harris

Producers

Joe Cobden, Alyssa Swanzey

Genre

Experimental

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

No Dialogue

Very Nice, Very Nice

Director Arthur Lipsett
Year 1961
Run Time 7min
Genre Experimental

An avant-garde collage of photography and sound that looks behind the business-as-usual face we put on in life, showing anxieties we’d rather forget.

Director

Arthur Lipsett

Producers

Colin Low, Tom Daly

Genre

Experimental

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Tropical Rumours

Directors Veronica Tennant, Michael Ondaatje
Year 2004
Run Time 4min
Genre Experimental
A rich fabric of movement and imagery, inspired by Michael Ondaatje's memoir, Running in the Family.

Directors

Veronica Tennant, Michael Ondaatje

Cast

Margie Gillis, Paola Styron

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, Female Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

No Dialogue

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Throat Singing in Kangirsuk

Directors Manon Chamberland (Inuk), Eva Kaukai (Inuk)
Year 2019
Run Time 3min
Genre Experimental

A mesmerizing duet between two Inuit throat singers forms the soundtrack for this journey through the four seasons of the Arctic.

Directors

Manon Chamberland (Inuk), Eva Kaukai (Inuk)

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Terminus

Director Trevor Cawood
Year 2007
Run Time 8min
Genre Experimental
One man manages, at a gruesome cost, to escape from the shadows of the dancing concrete figure that dogs him.

Director

Trevor Cawood

Writer

Trevor Cawood

Cast

Rob Carpenter

Producer

Robin Hays

Genre

Experimental

Original Language

English

Something’s Coming

Director Veronica Tennant
Year 2012
Run Time 3min
Genre Experimental
A creative split-screen film feature ballet and singing performances of "Something's Coming!" from West Side Story.

Director

Veronica Tennant

Cast

Guillaume Côté, Paul Nolan

Producers

Jordan Walker, Robert Budreau

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

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Snare

Director Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe)
Year 2013
Run Time 4min
Genre Drama, Experimental

Spare and visually arresting, with a haunting soundtrack, Snare is a performance-based piece that captures the brutality of violence against aboriginal women, as well as the possibility of healing and grace.

Director

Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe)

Writer

Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe)

Cast

Akina Kennedy-Shirt

Producers

Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe), Ki Wright

Genres

Drama, Experimental

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Pretty Big Dig

Director Anne Troake
Year 2006
Run Time 3min
Genre Experimental
Three excavation vehicles move together with impressive grace to a contemporary classical score, gently inviting us to re-examine the way we view dance and technology.

Director

Anne Troake

Cast

Chris Greenley, Rick Hunt, Ed Breen

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, Environment, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Portrait as a Random Act of Violence

Director Randall Lloyd Okita
Year 2013
Run Time 5min
Genre Experimental
This engrossing short combines performance with stunning kinetic sculptures, evoking themes of protest, destruction and resurrection. 

Director

Randall Lloyd Okita

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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Nous Nous Souleverons (We Will Rise Up)

Director Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Innu)
Year 2015
Run Time 4min
Genre Experimental

Through a performance of her own powerful poem, Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine invites us to rise up and bring light to the world.

Director

Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Innu)

Genre

Experimental

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, History, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

French

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L’innu du futur

Director Stéphane Nepton (Innu)
Year 2021
Run Time 6min
Genre Experimental

An Innu man discusses his relationship with his culture, how it was taken away from him, how he fought to take it back and what it will be like for the generations to come.

Director

Stéphane Nepton (Innu)

Writer

Stéphane Nepton (Innu)

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Environment, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

French

In the Groove

Director Clarence Ford
Year 2006
Run Time 2min
Genre Experimental
This combination of hockey, dance, figure skating and rock/funk takes place on ice and features champion figure skater Kurt Browning.

Director

Clarence Ford

Cast

Kurt Browning

Producer

Sandra Cassaro

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, Sports

Original Language

English