Telefilm Canada to fund four Indigenous feature films, which include several Vancouver and B.C. connections

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      Telefilm Canada announced on July 5 that it is funding four Indigenous feature film projects with over $3 million, several of which have B.C. connections.

      Vancouver-based director and writer Loretta Todd, who is Cree and Métis, is adapting the novel Monkey Beach, by B.C. author Eden Robinson, of Haisla and Heiltsuk Nations. The story follows a woman, haunted by her precognitive abilities to foresee death, who sets out to rescue her brother who is missing at sea.

      Darrell Dennis of the Secwépemc Nation (known in English as Shuswap) in the B.C. Interior, who is now based in Ontario, is adapting his semi-autobiographical stageplay about growing up on a B.C. reserve and moving to Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

      Filmmaker Darrell Dennis

      Zoe Leigh Hopkins, who is of Heiltsuk and Mohawk Nations, made her feature directorial debut with Kayak to Klemtu, a drama depicting an attempt to stop tanker traffic along the coast of B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest. After that film, she followed it up with "Impossible to Contain", a short documentary about an effort to recover a tugboat that sank, causing a U.S. fuel barge to run aground and spill diesel and fuel near her home community, Bella Bella.

      Ontario-based Hopkins will work on Running Home, a magical romcom-drama about a single mother who has to address her flighty ways that make her 10-year-old son to decide to go live with his dad.

      Toronto director and writer Michelle Latimer, who is of Métis and Algonquin descent, is set to film Forgotten, based on a true story about a female dangerous offender who struggles with the loss of her daughter while in solitary confinement in prison.

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