First annual Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival!

imageThe VIMAF kicks-off with their opening gala tonight. Needless to say we’re very excited!!

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promo vid by Cheyanna Kootenhayoo

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The Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF) Hosted By W2 Community Media Arts Society is proud to present it’s first Inaugural Film Festival November 10-13, 2011 at the historical Woodwards Building in conjunction with Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the National Film Board (NFB).

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The Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival is a multi-theatre, digital storytelling & live presentation forum that includes performances and panels for all people to celebrate and enjoy Indigenous culture. Vancouver’s only Aboriginal Media Arts Festival ( VIMAF) will screen works in shorts, experimental, documentaries, video art, animation, as well as feature length films.

Our goal is to screen film and media arts from across Turtle Island from emerging and established media makers to a broad based audience. Vancouver is also home to many First Nations People from across Canada, thus creating a dynamic site for an urban community.

The philosophy of the collective is one of cultural autonomy in media production and to stimulate a critical awareness and analysis to sociopolitical histories. We seek to contribute to the cultural discourse in independent production and to disseminate Indigenous production.

Our Featured Guest Speaker is premier ‘Hip-Hop photographer in America’ Ernie Paniccioli, Author of Who Shot Ya? – Three Decades of Hip Hop Photography (Harper Collins 2002 – ISBN 0-06-621168-9). Paniccioli first made his foray into the culture in 1973 when he began capturing the ever-present graffiti art dominating New York City. Armed with a 35-millimeter camera, Paniccioli has recorded the entire evolution of Hip Hop. From Grandmaster Flash at the Roxy (a popular Manhattan nightclub of the late 70’s and early 1980s), to the athletic moves of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, to the fresh faces of Queen Latifah, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, and Lauren Hill. Paniccioli has been in the forefront documenting the greatest cultural movement since Rock and Roll in the 1950s. A true renaissance man, Paniccioli is also a painter, public speaker, and historian.

Featured Films Include:

‘On the Ice’ Directed by Andrew Okpeaha

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‘Barking Water’  Drama by Sterlin Harjo

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‘Two Indians Talking’ Drama by Sara McIntyre

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‘Music Is Medicine’ Documentary of Derek Miller by Lyndsay Rusheleau

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‘Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes’ Children’s Animation by Melanie and Dennis Jackson

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‘The Other Side Of Hip Hop’  with Ernie Paniccioli
Oher Side of Hip Hop official website


and an evening of Aboriginal Music Videos as well as various Shorts, Panel Discussions and Multi-Media presentations.

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VIMAF 2011 Online Information

VIMAF 2011 Festival Pass
Thursday Nov 10-13 | W2 Media Cafe, SFU Woodwards, NFB Pacific Region | $50
You can buy tickets online at:
VIMAF 2011 tickets

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