f(l)ight short film community extension project
This album was created in a rich community of Elders, makers, musicians, writers and artists of many kinds. The f(l)ight short film community extension project aims to honour the rich space of collaboration, layered interpretation and flight. To this end, Indigenous filmmakers Amanda Strong, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Amos Scott, and Cara Mumford were commissioned on shoe string budgets to create their own unique visual interpretations of tracks on the album. The videos will be rolled out over the next few months. Miigwech to the Aboriginal Arts program at the Ontario Council of Art for financial support.
"This Accident of Being Lost" (music written and performed by Tara Williamson), is a poem, a song, a book and now a video directed by Dene filmmaker Amos Scott. The video was made along with the students in the Spring 2015 cohort at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning. It was shot in Treaty 8 of Denendeh on Chief Drygeese Territory in the Akaitcho region, the territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, and features a special appearance by Dene actress, moose hide tanner and artist Melaw Nakeh’ko (The Revenant). Click here to read the behind the scenes story of the making of This Accident of Being Lost.
When a young Nishnaabekwe experiences racism for the first time, her mama realizes that she can’t protect her daughter from the evils of the world, but that she can have tremendous influence in mitigating the damage. The music for, "Leaks" was written by Tara Williamson, and this track was released as an album entitled "Islands of Decolonial Love" alongside a book of short stories and poetry of the same name, published by Arbeiter Ring Publishing.
Sofar Toronto, live performance of "Road Salt" with Nick Ferrio and Ansley Simpson.
Short Film: Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes)
“Biidaaban”, dir. by Amanda Strong, based on the short stories of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, winner Nominated, Best Animated Short, Canadian Screen Awards; Toronto International Film Festival’s Canada Top 10; Best BC Short, Vancouver International Film Festival; Honourable Mention, Best Canadian Film, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Best Script, Ottawa International Animation Festival; and Best Short Work, ImagineNative.