imagineNATIVE Internship

Categories: Film + TV

When I worked at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival back in 2008, I never imagined that 4 years later I’d be coming back to cover the festival for CBC. But that’s just the simple twist of fate that happened for the 13th annual festival that happened a few weeks ago.

I submitted my application for the CBC imagineNATIVE Internship and was selected to create the official CBC Arts & Entertainment content during the festival. During my internship, I created four posts for CBC A&E online, interviewed Producer Lisa Meeches, Actor Tamara Podemski, and Executive Director Jason Ryle. I also got a huge shot out before each screening as my mug (picture above) flashed to the entire audience to inform them of my coverage. Major!

It was a great experience that added value to my imagineNATIVE Film Festival experience. Thanks to imagineNATIVE and CBC for making this happen!

ImagineNATIVE opens with Alanis Obomsawin’s distinctive lens

Film fest hosts premiere of Attawapiskat doc The People of the Kattawapiskak River

Alanis Obomsawin brought fans to their feet in Toronto Wednesday night, as the Canadian filmmaking icon helped kick off the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival with her new doc about the crisis in Attawapiskat.

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We Were Children ‘a healing journey’ for residential school survivors

Residential schools, revisited in the new film We Were Children, are one of those things that no one wants to talk about. It’s a shameful part of Canada’s history that many would prefer to ignore or to just put to rest.

The forced assimilation of First Nations children in residential schools lasted more than 130 years. Until 1996, more than 100,000 children were legally placed in Christian care. There were many atrocities and cases of abuse that occurred, leaving thousands of residential school survivors with wounds that run deep.

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Sami filmmaker brings 1st feature doc to ImagineNATIVE

Finnish filmmaker Katja Gauriloff has had quite a run this year. Her first feature length documentary film Canned Dreams had its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, where ImagineNATIVE Film +Media Arts Festival’s Jason Ryle first saw the film and was “completely blown away.”

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The Lesser Blessed tells universal story of alienation

N.W.T.-set film focuses on experiences of First Nations teen

The Lesser Blessed, a story of teenage angst and seclusion told from the perspective of one young First Nations man, was the closing gala at the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

The film combines a universal story about feeling like an outsider with the unique tale of a young man who has to overcome much hardship in his young life.

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2 Responses to “imagineNATIVE Internship”

  1. Jessica

    Nice work and I enjoyed working with you! Great context in your No Doubt piece, too. Kudos!

    • LisaCharleyboy

      Thank you Jessica for all your help during the festival! Much appreciated :).


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