Master Class: Indigital Revolution
SHOW TIME: 1.30PM – 3.30PM
Wednesday- August 14,2018
First Nations University of Canada
In this masterclass, Skawennati will discuss the concept of Aboriginally determined territories in cyberspace and how these can be created defined, maintained, and expanded. It will showcase her ground-breaking new media projects, including CyberPowPow, an early, online gallery and library created by emerging and established Aboriginal artists and writers; and some of her exquisitely crafted machinima: TimeTraveller™ (2008-2013), a 9-part series in which a Mohawk man from 2121 experiences significant events in Indigenous history; She Falls For Ages (2017) a futuristic, feminist interpretation of the Haudenosaunee creation story; and The Peacemaker Returns, a story that remembers ancient Haudenosaunee teachings and imagines how they can be used today and in the next millennium.
We will also be introduced to the art, research and creation emerging from AbTeC. The Skins Workshops teach Indigenous youth how to adapt stories from their community into experimental digital media, such as video games; the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF), a partnership of universities and community organizations, is dedicated to support and sustain multidisciplinary research-creation around the following question: what futures we do we want to imagine, and then create, for our Aboriginal communities?
Born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati is Kanien'kehá:ka of the turtle clan. She is Co-Director, with Jason Edward Lewis, of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists, academics and technologists investigating, creating and critiquing Indigenous virtual environments. She also co-directs their Skins workshops in Aboriginal Storytelling and Digital Media. In 2015, AbTeC launched IIF, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures; Skawennati is its Partnership Coordinator.
Master Class: What Are Film Critics Good For?
SHOW TIME: 2.00 PM – 3.30PM
Thursday- August 15,2019
Cineplex Cinemas Normanview
To write on cinema is probably one of the most useless and most enjoyable professions. You can see movies for free and can meet the stars at the beach of Cannes, no? Seriously, it's a pleasure to discover new films, to remember old ones, to follow the first steps of young talents. The French critic André Bazin once wrote that if he could convince one single viewer to see a movie he advised, he would have done his job. That's it. That's it still? Didn't movies leave the dark rooms and are now at your home, on your tv screen, on your cell? Film criticism got marginalized, no doubt, in favor of entertainment news and mainstream events. But it is still an essential part of the world of cinema.
Discussion with Klaus Eder, the head of the international federation of film critics (FIPRESCI), the pleasures and the problems of writing today on cinema.