Screening Colonization Road, Monday, November 28, 2016
Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker & community activator based out of Treaty #1 territory (Winnipeg, MB). Armed with a degree in Theatre & as a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto), Ryan’s comedic storytelling style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream.
Since 2010, McMahon has recorded 3 National comedy specials (Welcome To Turtle Island Too, UnReserved & Red Man Laughing) & 2 taped Gala sets at the prestigious Winnipeg Comedy Festival. In 2012, McMahon became the 1st Native comedian to ever record a full mainstream comedy special with CBC TV (Ryan McMahon – UnReserved) and later that year made his debut at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, QC where he was named to the NEW FACES list at the festival.
Ryan’s latest full length CBC comedy special, Red Man Laughing, aired Nationally on CBC Radio 1 in 2015.
McMahon’s new live show, Wreck-On Silly Nation, is scheduled to tour across Canada in 2017. It tackles massive themes like reconciliation, Canada’s 150th birthday party & the intricacies of moose meat pie.
Ryan has written for the GLOBE & MAIL, VICE, CBC, CBC Aboriginal, APTN among others.
German Expressionism workshop in partnership with The Caligari Project. Lead facilitator.
Berny Hi is a filmmaker, performer, and visual artist endlessly fascinated by nature and aspects of the human experience: beauty, sensation, and our unique perception of time and space. Through artist’s residencies with Saskatchewan organizations and schools, he works to support unheard voices through creative, collaborative adventures and manual, hands-on processes.
Never bored, Hi is a founding member of two artist-run non-profit organizations: The Prairie Puppet Underground, creating and exhibiting visionary puppetry; and The Cabinet Collective, an umbrella organization dedicated to city-wide festivals that cross-pollinate multiple art disciplines through a common theme.
Guest Artist, International Indigenous 2 Spirit Collaboration, Programmer, Independent Visions 2 Spirit Spotlight in partnership with The Dunlop Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative.
Candy Fox is an emerging filmmaker from the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan. A recent film graduate from the University of Regina, her work has been shown in festivals across the country including TIFFs Top Ten Film Festival. Her films tend to explore her identity, familial history and the connection to her community.
Screening Hickey Gone Wrong, December 13, 2016
Guest artist filmmaker, German Expressionism Workshop in partnership with The Caligari Project.
Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s numerous low-budget independent short and student films have played at various film festivals across North America and Germany. He plays many roles in the Vancouver film industry, including filming as a private statement gatherer for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and he is a graduate of the Indigenous Film Program and Cinematography at Capilano University.
Howard Adler is a guest artist and programmer for the International Indigenous 2 Spirit Collaborative Project.
Howard Adler holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Indigenous Studies from Trent University, and a Master Of Arts Degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. He is an award winning writer, and an artist that has worked in diverse mediums, including visual art, stained glass, theatre, video editing, and film. In 2009 he won the Canadian Aboriginal Youth Writing Challenge, and his video work has been exhibited in both Gallery settings and Film Festivals, such as ImagineNATIVE (Toronto), Weengushk (Sudbury), Biindigaate (Thunder Bay), and Saw Video’s annual Resolution screening (Ottawa). Howard works as a freelance Videographer and Video Editor and is currently the Co-Director and Programmer for the Asinabka Festival, an annual Indigenous film and media arts festival in Ottawa. Howard is Jewish and Ojibwa and a member of Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation in North-western Ontario.
Leo Koziol is a guest artist and programmer with the International Indigenous 2 Spirit Collaborative Project.
Leo Koziol is of Māori and Polish descent and is the founder and director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival. His tribal background is Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rakaipāka. Leo Koziol’s interest is in place making and the role of artistic endeavour both to revitalise place and to explore dimensions of story and history.
Now in its eleventh year, the Wairoa Māori Film Festival is held inside a traditional Maori marae (meeting house) that is the embodiment of his ancestor, Kahungunu. Therefore in the Maori belief system the tribal ancestors are present as well when films are screened at the festival.
Leo Koziol has worked internationally, including six years in San Francisco working for the Resource Renewal Institute, spearheading sustainable cities projects in New Orleans and Silicon Valley. He founded the Wairoa Māori Film Festival when working as the District Planner of Wairoa, with the support of his aunt Pauline Tangiora, ambassador to the Indigenous Grandmothers for Peace.
Wairoa Māori Film Festival has become a film makers retreat where those attending build strong networks and partnerships. The festival has a reputation for rich and sincere narratives presented in a gentle and healing marae space. Wairoa Māori Film Festival gives voice to the radical, on screen presence to the activist, audiences feel and resonate with the film makers message.
More recently, the festival has grown to incorporate the reopened Gaiety Theatre in Wairoa that boasts the second largest screen in the Southern Hemisphere. The Gaiety Theatre is also the focus for new film making ventures including the establishment of a new film school, production house and post-production studio.
Leo Koziol curates the Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika programme of the New Zealand International Film Festival, and has curated collections for film festivals in Finland, Germany, France, Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, French Polynesia, Malaysia and Canada.
As well as running the annual Māori Film Festival, Leo Koziol is Kaitōhu Advisor at Te Puni Kōkiri Ministry of Māori Development in Auckland and is weekly host of the “Korero Kiriata” film talk radio show on Māori Radio Waatea. Leo Koziol is co-producer of a new documentary on Maori cinema currently in production by film maker Hiona Henare, and is developing a range of new experimental film works exploring narratives of native mythos and prophecy.