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VANCOUVER INDIGENOUS MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL
November 6-11, 2013 Vancouver, BC
For Immediate Release
Vancouver, October 18, 2013 – The Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF) announces the programming for the upcoming third annual festival with 15 events taking place November 6-11, 2013 on unceded Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver, B.C.
VIMAF is a multi-venue celebration of indigenous digital storytelling, literature, film, technology, and music. The West Coast’s only Indigenous Media Arts Festival showcases prominent indigenous filmmakers, artists, entertainers and authors including Ryan McMahon, Richard Van Camp, Marie Clements, Loretta Todd, Dana Claxton, Klee Benally, Leanne Simpson, Rueben George, Melina Laboucan-Massimo and more. VIMAF seeks to contribute to the cultural discourse in independent production and to disseminate Indigenous stories.
Leading up to the festival, drop by the VIMAF Salon at Unit #308-877 Hastings from Monday to Saturday, 12-6pm to enjoy rejuvenating teas, pick up your tickets, get the latest on festival news, and connect with other festival-goers.
Programming opens with Re:Code – Digital Media Industry Mixer on Wednesday, November 6th at the NFB Screening Room. The evening is a showcase of Indigenous media makers presenting new apps and digital strategies. Featuring Loretta Todd – My Cree language app, Rival Schools – Brambleberry Tales, Patricia Shaw – Musqueam Language App, and Ryan McMahon – host of the Red Man Laughing Podcast.
The festival launches with the Community Gala Opening at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre on Thursday, November 7th. Digital Defense of Sacred Territories From the Haida Nation to the Coast Salish Nations is an evening of media installation, literature and film focusing on land defense. Highlights of the evening include Uts’am/Witness Projects “Picturing Transformation” book launch and a screening of “Athlii Gwaii: The Line At Lyell” documentary.
A key highlight of the festival’s diverse offerings is Lesser Blessed: An Evening With Richard Van Camp on Saturday, November 9th at the SFU Woodwards Cinema. This event will feature a screening of the film Lesser Blessed, followed by a Q&A with Richard Van Camp.
Sunday’s feature film Bridgewalkers follows a quest to restore balance where Tribal Leaders from around the world gather to witness the coming of a 20,000-year-old prophecy.
The 15 events of the festival will also include workshops for Media Democracy Days 2013, two short films series, a children’s day with pancakes and Indigenous After Dark parties.
For full programming, visit www.vimaf.com
To purchase festival passes and event tickets, visit http://bit.ly/vimaf2013
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