imagineNATIVE: Meet Our New Senior Staff and 2019 Programming Team + FINAL Call for iN20 Submissions

by ahnationtalk on June 13, 2019116 Views

We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new senior level staff. Niki Little has joined the organization as our new Artistic Director, overseeing imagineNATIVE’s artistic programming including the annual Festival and year-round programming. Niki is a community-based artist/curator, arts administrator, and a founding member of The Ephemerals (Jaimie Isaac and Jenny Western). She is of Anishininew/English descent from Kistiganwacheeng (Garden Hill, FN).

Naomi Johnson joins imagineNATIVE in the newly created role of Associate Director. In this capacity, Naomi will assist with the oversight of the organization’s operations and Festival execution, alongside current Artistic & Managing Director Jason Ryle, who assumes the role of Executive Director. Naomi is Kanienʼkehá꞉ka from Six Nations in Ontario and brings over 15 years of experience working in the arts and cultural sector. Most recently, Naomi served as the Artistic Director and Co-Executive Director at the Woodland Cultural Centre.

iN20 Programming Team

Meet the Programming Committee for the 20th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, which takes place October 22-27, 2019 in Toronto:

Pauline Clague, Yaegl from North Coast NSW, is Associate Professor, Manager of Cultural Resilience Hub, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research at the UTS and is Founder and Artistic Director of Winda Film Festival in Sydney.

Tom Mcleod, an Inuvialuit storyteller from Aklavik, Tom is a former radio personality, award-winning author, television producer and currently the social media producer for the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation.

Adam Piron, Kiowa/Mohawk, is the Assistant Curator for Film at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and a member of the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Programming Team.

Ariel Smith, Nehiyaw and Jewish, is an award-winning video artist, filmmaker, writer, and cultural worker who is currently the Managing and Artistic Director at Native Women in the Arts.

Trudy Stewart, Cree storyteller, is a writer, director and producer. She is currently writing her first feature film and was the associate producer on nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up.

Niki Little and Judith Schuyler, Programming Coordinator, join the Programming Committee as representatives of imagineNATIVE.
FINAL Call for iN20 Submissions
Deadline: Friday, June 14, 2019!

Submit your Film, Video and Digital and Interactive Works for our 20th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival via our online Submissions Forms here

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