Indigenous BC filmmakers set to attend Cannes Film Festival

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Six local indigenous film producers are due to travel to France to attend the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

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Six local indigenous film producers are due to travel to France to attend the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

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The group will be attending the festival this month as participants in Capilano University’s Filmmakers in Indigenous Leadership and Management Business Affairs and Indigenous Digital Accelerator programs. Participants were identified in a press release as Eva Thomas (Ojibwe), Kelvin Redvers (Deninu Kųę́), Roger Boyer (Saulteaux/Ojibwe), Ryan Cooper (Ojibwe), Colin Van Loon (Blackfoot) and Dan Foreman (Métis). ).

“This is a huge step forward for my artistic career and I’m heading into the profession of a professional director/writer/showrunner,” Foreman, filmmaker and creative director of Treaty 6 Productions Inc., said in an email. on the opportunity.

A long-time participant in the film industry, Foreman first got involved in directing music videos before moving on to directing feature films.

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“I love conceptualizing the project and developing it into a screenplay,” Foreman says of what drew him to the creative medium. “The way my mind works is that I see the shots I want to make, hear the music, and feel the emotions I want to evoke long before we start production.”

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Foreman will represent his latest work Abducted.

“In this movie, an inner-city teenager’s life is turned upside down when his drug-dealing sister goes missing,” Foreman says of the thriller thriller. “Lakota’s sudden disappearance leaves Derrick piecing together the clues to her abduction. Derrick has visions that he struggles to understand but which help him in his quest to find her. As he is about to find his sister, Derrick finds himself in the fight of his life.

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Abducted movie poster.
Abducted movie poster. Treaty 6 Productions Inc.

Forman hopes the Cannes experience will help Abducted gain more industry attention, which will allow him to broker a deal for the film between Treaty 6 Productions and international buyers, as well as build more connections in the within the industry.

“There are a lot of co-production treaties going on between Canada and other countries right now and I would love to be part of that synergy,” Foreman said.

The delegation of six Aboriginal film producers was selected from among 20 participants in Capilano University programs. The trip is sponsored by Creative BC and Warner Media, with additional support from the Indigenous Screen Office and Telefilm Canada.

The Cannes experience is designed to provide an entry point into the world of international cinema for local creatives, according to Doreen Manuel, director of the Bosa Center for Film and Animation and Inclusive Community Projects at the university.

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“It is important that Indigenous peoples are not excluded from career development opportunities due to generational poverty or lack of access caused by marginalization,” said Manuel, who created the film program in 2021. in a press release. “That kind of opportunity didn’t exist for me as an emerging Indigenous filmmaker. I become moved when I think of the generosity of the funders and supporters of this trip and am grateful to be able to facilitate this kind of support for Indigenous filmmakers today.

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