2011 Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival

November 10th – 13th marks the inaugural Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival. Highlights include an appearance by Ernie Paniccioli and the west coast premiere of Music Is The Medicine.

VIMAF In Association With W2 Media Arts Society Presents….
November 10-13, 2011
Vancouver, BC – W2/SFU Woodwards/NFB Pacific Region Theater

Thursday Nov 10 | 7pm | W2 Media Cafe | $20
VIMAF 2011 Opening Gala and Reception
Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation to Ernie Paniccioli
Gordon Tootoosis Memorial Reel
Music by DJ Mukluk and Garrett Tyler Stevens
Film Screenings:

  • Shi-Shi-Etko
  • Anirniq
  • Tungijuq
  • Grab


Friday Nov 11 | 2pm | W2 Media Cafe – 111 W Hastings | By Donation
VIMAF 2011 Decolonize Yourself Program:

  • Columbus Day Legacy
  • Canyon Wars: The Untold Story
  • Warchild
  • Indian
  • Overburden
  • Two Scoops
  • Zwei Indianer Aus Winnipeg
  • Empty
  • Bloodland

Followed by Panel Discussion: Ernie Paniccioli & Ron Dean Harris aka Ostwelve

Friday Nov 11 | 4pm | W2 Media Cafe | By Donation
VIMAF 2011 Students’ Reel
With student works from:
Gulf Island Film and Television School (GIFTS)
Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking (IIDF)

Friday Nov 11 | 7pm | W2 Media Cafe – 111 W Hastings | $10
VIMAF 2011 Raw Sugar Program:

  • Maiden Indian
  • Woodcarver
  • Naqs Asil Katlis
  • Savage
  • Music is the Medicine – Documentary of Derek Miller

Friday Nov 11 | 8:30pm – Late | W2 Media Cafe – 111 W Hastings | $10
VIMAF 2011 The Other Side of Hip-Hop w/ Late Evening Music Program

Screening of The Other Side Of Hip-Hop: The Sixth Element – A film about the life of Ernie Paniccioli
The Other Side of Hip-Hop tells Ernie Paniccioli’s story of Hip-Hop. He was one of the first photographers to venture into the impoverished New York City neighborhoods where people were creating their own form of artisitic expression despite being an ignored and disenfranchised demographic. For over three decades Ernie has documented the artform of Hip-Hop in it’s entirety. From the graphic representations that filled the subways and handball courts to the physical manifestation of the artform in dance movement on to the musical descriptions and artists. As rappers became the reporters of the travails of ghetto life, Ernie represented their images through his photography and put a face to the words we listened to.

RPM.fm Presents: Indigenous Music Culture Visions Music Video Program

Music from DJ Deano w/ Csetkwe + Installations from Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Adrienne Greyeyes and Jennifer Chong
Performance by Ostwelve



Saturday Nov 12 | 2pm | W2 Media Cafe – 111 W Hastings | By Donation
VIMAF 2011 Vancouver 125 Panel Discussion:

Loretta Todd, Sid Tan and Odessa Shuquaya on NDN Portrayal in Mainstream Media w/ Siwash Rock, Dead Ground, The Last Family, Encroaching Vancouver, Oppenheimer Park, A Proud Lineage

Saturday Nov 12 | 4pm | W2 Media Cafe – 111 W Hastings | $10
VIMAF 2011 Shortcuts Program:

  • Keeping Quiet
  • A Good Indian
  • Ikwé
  • Coyote Teevee
  • Illegal Anger

Saturday Nov 12 | 5pm | W2 Media Cafe – 111 W Hastings | By Donation
Panel Discussion: Dana Claxton on The Future Of Indigenous Media


Saturday Nov 12 | 6pm | Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodwards | $10
Up Heartbreak Hill
2010, USA, 80mins
Directed by Erica Scharf

In the brilliantly vast and stark landscape of New Mexico, three Native American teenagers, Thomas, Tamara and Gabby, are at the crossroads of life as seniors in their Navajo Reservation high school. Thomas has a bright future as an athlete, Tamara as a natural leader and Gabby as an emotional role model. But as graduation nears, they must decide whether to stay in their community – a place inextricably woven into the fibre of their beings – or leave in pursuit of opportunities elsewhere. With a per capita income under $4,600, the town has few prospects. Thomas, Tamara and Gabby’s inner struggles and outward attitudes from adolescence into adulthood shape their identities as contemporary Native American youth. With stunning and sensitive cinematography, filmmaker Erica Sharf’s intimate documentary profile is a raw and inspiring film reflecting the challenges of young life on the reserve in the USA.


Saturday Nov 12 | 7:25pm | Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodwards | $10
Barking Water
2009, USA, 85min
By Sterlin Harjo

Frankie is dying. Refusing to do so in an impersonal hospital, he convinces Irene, an old flame with lingering resentment, to spring him out and drive him across Oklahoma to see his daughter one last time. Their journey becomes about more than just going home as they meet strangers and old friends and confront their past. Barking Water examines the ties that bind people together. It’s a tale of home . . . and what it takes to get there.


Saturday Nov 12 | 9:15pm | Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodwards | $10
On The Ice
2008, USA, 90min
Directed by Andrew Okpeaha Mclean

On the Ice is the story of Apuna (Brad Weyiouanna), an Inuit hunter, who drives his dog team out on the frozen Arctic Ocean in search of seals and inadvertently becomes a witness to murder. In the microscopic communities of Arctic Alaska there is no anonymity, thus the hunter knows both the victim and the murderer. The murderer, Miqu (tony Bryant), claims self-defense and desperate to avoid punishment, tries to persuade his friend to forget what he has seen, and help dispose of the body and memory of one friend and destroying the life of another.


Sunday Nov 13 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm – W2 Media Cafe | By Donation
Media Democracy Day
Group dialogue on multiplatform and interactive productions and strategies – Irwin Oostindie
Sunday Nov 13 | 2pm | NFB Pacific Region Theatre | $10 | Free for Children
VIMAF 2011 Lil Bear Paws Program

  • Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes
  • Tansi Nehiyawetan: Pow Wow Episode
  • Brocket Zombie
  • Cryrock

Sunday Nov 13 | 2pm | NFB Pacific Region Theatre | $10
VIMAF 2011 NFB Showcase

  • Six Miles Deep
  • Red Ochre
  • Crossing the Line
  • Inukshop
  • Dancers of the Grass
  • Totem: Return and Renewal

NFB W2 Installation
Kanehsatake, Cesar’s Bark Canoe, Bill Reid
W2 Media Cafe – 111 W Hastings


Sunday Nov 13 | 7pm | W2 Media Cafe | $10
VIMAF 2011 Closing Ceremony

  • Slay Dogs
  • Higher Ground
  • Indigenous Connections to the Land
  • Two Indians Talking


**Times subject to minor changes – Keep checking back for final revisions!



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