The 2016 Kitigan Zibi stopover is almost drawing to its end, with the final touches being put on the six local film projects that we had the pleasure of working on. These fantastic short films will be shared with the public on July 14th at 6:30 PM at KZ School, a completely free event (with free food too!) that will also showcase the musical supertalent of Keith Whiteduck, Emilio Wawatie and the Commanda brothers. We will also premiere Denis Jr Kistabish’s hip hop gem, Pain Went Last, dedicated to Bret Jerome, and used as the soundtrack for the Making-Of.
Here is a detailed programme of the films that will be shown on Thursday.
Believe, by Justin Petonoquot
Wapikoni is for everyone. Even policemen can make a movie! In light of the recent events that have shaken our neighbours to the South, Justin’s film comes as a breath of fresh air. He is what every policeman should be: a true member of the community he is sworn to protect, a guardian of the youth and a role model for all. Having survived a severe case of spinal meningitis when he was a child, Justin did not let his hearing loss define him and keep him from achieving his lifelong dream of joining the force. With “Believe”, he wants to encourage the youth of KZ to never give up and to pursue their dreams.
The Music In Me, by Emilio Wawatie
Follow Emilio as he explores the soundscapes of his own creative mind, letting the sounds of nature inspire his music. Artists like Emilio each have their own unique way of stimulating their creativity, and by sharing their process – and its results – they can help others see the world differently, a world swarming with Art: tree stumps, dead leaves, footsteps in wet sand… All precious inspiration to an artist, and best of all, free for the taking! The Music In Me features an original and unique composition by Emilio; electric guitar woven into the sounds of nature!
Commanduck, by Keith Whiteduck
Now, we will admit that Wapikoni is not known for producing many comedies, but we feel that Keith’s mockumentary Commanduck will amend for this, in a hilarious way. Follow the band’s struggle to produce the worst album ever in order to get back at their record company. But playing badly is hard, especially when you’re so talented to begin with. Keith, Rory and Craig even go as far as hiring a musicologist, the arrogant, French (pleonasm?) Jean-Robert Poisson, to assist them in their recording session. Fans of Spinal Tap or The Office will certainly get the type of humor that Commanduck fruitfully went for; others will stay for the ‘disturbingly’ good music that Commanduck dishes out.
J’avance / Moving Forward, by Kenden Fournier
Kenden and his friends have suffered much hardship as teenagers, but never yielded to bullying. Now they want to send out a message of hope and courage to the next generation of youths who might be subjected to the intimidation and harassment that unfortunately still goes on in our schools. With their unifying rap anthem J’avance, Kenden and his mates prove that we are stronger together, and that optimism, resilience, and above all, friendship, can make for a sturdy armor against the negativity of others. A brave endeavour that needs to be celebrated.
Macrocosmic, by Craig Commanda
Craig is a Wapikoni veteran and ambassador, and was hired as a training assistant in this year’s stopover. For his third film (after The Weight and Call & Response, both huge successes), he wanted to make a film that would explore the minuscule, the unseen, the overlooked. By using the techniques of macro-videography, he opens the door to a beautiful world, teeming with life: dragonflies, beetles, wild flowers, small amphibians… These living beings share the Earth with us, and must possess souls just like we do. Craig asks himself – and the audience – through a poem in anishinaabeg: What happens to the soul, when it leaves the body?
Heather’s Words, by Ginger Cote
Heather was a talented young girl, a true poet and writer. Her life was cut short in a dramatic way not long ago, and Ginger’s family, who were always close to her, wanted to give wings to her words so that her life story would not be in vain. She was taken from her community by child services at 6 years old, unrooted from her Native culture, moved from a foster family to another, far away from her true home, to finally be discharged in an abrupt manner and left to fend for herself. This had a direct influence on her tragic death. But Heather’s words ring loud and true, and they deserve to be heard, so that we as a society can make amends and begin reconciliation. Reconciliation requires acknowledgement that good people with good intentions can do harmful things to others. In the case of child welfare, those good people with good intentions have had a devastating impact on Aboriginal people, removing children from their homes, often times replacing one set of risk factors with another that may be more severe than what the young person was experiencing at home. Come hear Heather’s Words so that they can begin their voyage.