Telefilm Canada to fund three B.C. films among 11 Indigenous productions

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      Among the 11 new Indigenous feature films that Telefilm Canada announced that they'll be funding will be three from B.C. filmmakers.

      The national organization announced on August 8 that they will be allocating $4.7-million in financing for these features.

      Seven of the projects are headed up by female filmmakers, thus making good on Telefilm's commitment to addressing gender disparity in Canadian screen industries. That's in addition to their support of works by Indigenous filmmakers.

      Projects from B.C. include Marie Clements' first narrative feature Red Snow. Clements recently released documentary-musical The Road Forward, explored the history and legacy of the B.C.–based Native Voice newspaper and the Indigenous activism related to it.

      Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
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      Local filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers will write and direct the dramatic feature Stay. Tailfeathers starred in the feature film On the Farm, about women living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside during the period before the arrest of serial killer Robert William Pickton.

      A third B.C. film is Edge of the Knife, a drama directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and written by Jaalan Edenshaw.

      Inuit actor Lucy Tulugarjuk, who has starred in Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner and Maliglutit, will direct the action-adventure feature Ababa and Pingua, to be produced by Marie-Hélène Cousineau (Uvanga).

      Marie-Hélène Cousineau

      Here is the list of approved projects:

      Edge of the Knife, drama, BC

      Director: Gwaai Edenshaw

      Writer: Jaalan Edenshaw

      Producer: Jonathan Frantz

      Red Snow, drama, BC

      Director: Marie Clements            

      Writer: Marie Clements               

      Producer: Marie Clements (Lael McCall, Michelle Morris)

      Red Eye, science-fiction/fantasy, AB

      Director: Benjamin Ross Hayden

      Writer:  Benjamin Ross Hayden

      Producer: Carolyn McMaster

      Stay, drama, BC

      Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

      Writer:  Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

      Producer: Tyler Hagan

      Corruption of Divine Providence, drama, MB

      Director: Jeremy Torrie

      Writer:  Jeremy Torrie

      Producer: Tanya Brunel

      Rustic Oracle, drama, QC

      Director: Sonia Bonspille-Boileau

      Writer:  Sonia Bonspille-Boileau

      Producer: Jason Brennan

      Sedna, "Empress of the Sea", animation, QC

      Director: Jerry Thevenet

      Writer:  Jerry Thevenet

      Producer: Jerry Thevenet

      Rebirth 8:37, drama, NS

      Director: Juanita Peters

      Writer:  Joe Leclair

      Producer: Hank White

      Ababa and Pingua, action/adventure, NV

      Director: Lucy Tulugarjuk

      Writer:  Lucy Tulugarjuk

      Producer: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

      Leaves Fall Around Her, thriller, ON

      Director: Darlene Naponse

      Writer:  Darlene Naponse

      Producer: Darlene Naponse

      The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, comedy, ON

      Director: Shelley Niro

      Writer:  Shelley Niro

      Producer: Shelley Niro