There are only 3 days left before the screening. The Mobile has been a beehive in the last couple of days as participants and filmmaker mentors transfer files from memory sticks to computers and get their minds into the world of editing. It’s where the film shapes itself. ‘It takes a lot of patience’ says Migwhun, who is editing the film she co-directed with her sister Aanjeni. The film follows the character of Aanjeni, as she faces another anxiety attack but turns to music to find a sense of inner peace. The sisters wanted to make a film about the power of music to get through rough times. ‘It was a fun shoot. We travelled to Ottawa one night to film at a post-hardcore music show, and a few days later we recreated a mosh pit at the school gym with a smoke machine and strobe lights’ adds Aajeni.
Craig’s shoot took place a few nights ago in the middle of the forest. Good thing Indian summer had started… A self-taught musician, Craig is interested in finding meeting points between traditional and contemporary music. Following the concept of the call and response, at the basis of traditional First Nations song structure, he offers his personal reflections on what groove, beat and rhythm mean to him; and engages in a musical dialogue between himself on the electric bass, and traditional drummer Rene dressed up in his regalia.
Meanwhile participants and filmmaker mentors are busy finishing the films, coordinators plan for the public screening. Indian tacos, sea pies and a huge cake celebrating Wapikoni’s 10th anniversary are on the menu for all of our attendees. Musical performances will also take place and door prizes will be drawn throughout the evening. People are already reserving places for the event. It will be a grand year this year, a year of celebration of all the creativity brewed over the years in Kitigan Zibi.