GIFTS Native Youth Video Showcase part 1

“The Forgotten”, “Gossip Island” and “Traditional Food” 3 great films from this year’s Aboriginal Intensive Program at the Gulf Island’s Film and Television School.

The Forgotten
by Derek Rodgers (Gitxsan)
A drama about one youths struggle to come to terms with the troubles of his past and responsibilities of his future.

Gossip Island
by Patricia MacDonald (Nlaka’pamux) and Lenora Wells (Lil’wat)
This drama/comedy explores the dangerous nature of gossiping.

Traditional Food
by Julian Maree (Dunne-za/Cree) and Waylon Andrews (Hul’qumi’num)
This is a short documentary about some of the delicious traditional foods of the Coast Salish people.

This past fall I was fortunate enough to get to attend the Aboriginal media Intensive at GIFTS. It was a great learning experience in an amazing environment with some inspiring individuals. This 2 week program was all about the process of film-making and building the skills to tackle future film/video projects with confidence. The Gulf Islands Film and Television School is a full immersion learning environment situated on Galiano Island in BC. Their Aboriginal program brings together aspiring First Nations film makers from all over Canada to create a group of short films. I’ve featured a few of the films from our group here and will be posting up the rest of them next week. For anyone interested in attending GIFTS check out the link to their website at the bottom of the post. They offer partial scholarships too!

Julian Maree, Dunne-za/Cree
Coordinator, Redwire Youth Media
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For more information on the programs offered at GIFTS
G.I.F.T.S. website


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