First Contact by Ange Sterritt
imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival is presenting the Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative (SSDI) an artistic commission and national exhibition of four, one-minute digital works by award-winning Canadian Indigenous filmmakers celebrating and honouring Indigenous women and their contributions to the Canadian social fabric.
This very exciting and cool digital artistic project is the first time the Festival has partnered to present a simultaneous exhibition on a national scale. SSDI will be shown throughout Toronto’s subway system, on 254 digital monitors in malls across Canada, at the Calgary International Airport, and at the TIFF Bell Lightbox leading up to and during the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 15 – 21, 2012.
The four artists are …. *drumroll please*:
1. Snare, a stylized acrobatic tableau by filmmaker Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe)
2. When it Rains, a spoken word dance piece by filmmaker Cara Mumford (Metis/Chippewa Cree)
3. Like It Was Yesterday, a documentary graffiti animation by artists and filmmakers Jessy Gouchey (Cree) and Xstine Cook
4. Your Courage Will Not Go Unnoticed, an animated mural piece by artist and journalist Angela Sterritt (Gitxsan/Lax Gibu)
The Cleansing by Ange Sterritt
Here’s the thing. Animation is expensive right? So that’s why Artist Angela Sterritt started an IndieGoGo campaign to pay her animator to transform her large acrylic paintings into an animation film. Here is the campaign link so you can help a sister out and not only will you get warm fuzzies, you’ll also be able to see what you contributed to right in front of your very eyes on a subway platform, at the airport, or while shopping for some new jeans. Just think of how great it will feel when you can say to yourself ‘I made that happen’ while you are strolling around your city.
Your Courage Will Not Go Unnoticed by Ange Sterritt