The dedicated board members of mispon: A Celebration of Indigenous Filmmaking includes:
President: Janine Windolph
Janine Windolph is an accomplished instructor who teaches both media, beadwork and jewelry classes. She has worked in self-employment as a professional artist for over a year now and is quite successful in this field. Major projects include the CHCN Video Project (Cumberland House Cree Nation, SK), Stories of Mistissini (La Ronge, SK) and Connaught 100 Artist-in-Residence (Regina, SK). Janine is also a Producer working with 291 Film Company for documentary series called Untamed Gourmet 2 that is going to air on APTN. Along with media, Janine has taught workshops on beadwork and jewelry in every Regina Library over the past year. Lastly, Janine works on contract as a Statement Gatherer for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that has her documenting and conducting sharing panels, hearings and interviews with Residential School Survivors.
In terms of human resources and organizing, Janine is President of mispon: a Celebration of Indigenous Filmmaking, INC where she works with the Festival Director on a newly created job position. She was the President of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative last year and is now Treasurer, and has worked with a staff team and board members. All these positions involved management, leadership and financial responsibility. Janine Windolph is also a member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatchewan Filmpool and Women’s Entrepreneurs. Lastly, Janine has a certificate in Creative Entrepreneurship from the Sask Arts Board and competed SIEF/SMEDCO’s Business Planning workshop. Her education has landed her a Master’s in Fine Arts: Media Production and Indian Fine Arts. In the future, Janine plans to go back to University to get a Doctorates of Education to help her get stronger in the teaching and curriculum development for workshops and seminars.
Vice President: Amber Maxie
Amber Maxie is a Cree Nakoda Saulteaux woman from White Bear First Nations. Her interest in the art of storytelling began at a very young age listening to her Grandmothers stories, which she would later record and transcribe.
Secretary: Marian Otter
Marian is an Atikamek Cree-German from the James Bay Region. She has two degrees: BA Indian Art History and BED, Visual Arts Ed with a minor in Drama Ed. Marian also was a participant in Indian Communicative Arts learning about digital media and websites. Marian volunteered previously at Sakwewak, recently an Elder on the Elder’s Committee for Sask Culture and now volunteers at mispon: A Celebration of Indigenous Filmmaking INC as Treasurer.
Marian works in Traditional Arts, Contemporary Arts and Mixed Media. Marian likes to work with leather and bags, and this will be a in her products submitted for Soulful of Mother Nature. Some of her work such as Cries from the River, a mixed media painting, was exhibited to the opening for FNUC that was seen by Queen Elizabeth on her 2004 visit and her work in the Regina Art Gallery. “Storytelling informs the work of Marian Otter. From her beadwork to her paintings each recounts stories about Otter’s life. Filling her work with traditional and contemporary elements, Otter constructs narratives of rupture.” Quote from OTHER space: 6 degrees of exploration (pamphlet from art show).
Director at Large: Annie Charles
Director at Large: Jhaik Windy Hair
Director at Large: Josie Pelly
Director at Large: Stan Otter
Stan Otter is a First Nation Artist living in Regina. Stan started his art career in La Ronge during the early sixties. During that time he taught cartooning with Nikanak Friendship Centre for teens. In High school he excelled in the arts. He has been taught by famous Northern Saskatchewan artists in his time, Artists like Jim Brady Bob Dalby, Miles Sanderson, Lloyd Pinay Bob Boyer, Miles Hallkett and Chris Lee. In that period Stan worked in painting, soupstone carving, photography and woodcarving.
In the late eighties, Stan moved to Regina to further his education in the computer sciences, paranormal arts, he attended S.I.F.C Indian Arts which he received a B.A. Indian Arts and Indian Communication Arts certificate in 2006. After graduating he worked with Sakekwak Artist Run Collective to develop a First Nation Art Gallery. During that Time Stan has had his art shown the western provinces and worked on Neutral Ground Artist Collective “Mexterminator” Show which got great reviews nationally. He co-produced the show The Otter Show, which he interviewed First Nations artist in Saskatchewan, with the help of Cable Regina. Special guest the late Bob Boyer.
In the beginning of the twenty first century, Stan return to university for his Indigenous studies degree in computer research. Was on B.O.D . U of R SIFC student rep. He also to printmaking courses with Jack Cowin. His artworks were displayed at the university’s 5th parallel gallery. During the Queen’s visit in Regina in 2006. His art work titled Big Bear was mentioned by the Queen in the Grand opening of the First Nation university of Canada student art show. Stan has been on a video, MTV’S show with Regina’s rock band the SS Minnows. CBC National News on the Royal Commission Report on Aboriginal people of Canada. His art work was been on the Royal Bank university program with FNU of Canada.
Festival Director: Trudy Stewart
Trudy Stewart is Cree and member of the Flying Dust First Nation in Meadowlake, Saskatchewan. Trudy earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video from the University of Regina in 2008 and also took part in the NFB’s First Stories Saskatchewan workshop for Aboriginal documentary filmmakers. Since then Trudy has written and produced the short films “A Princess Story” and “Waiting” as an independent filmmaker. She has worked as a camera person and video editor for the University of Regina, the First Nations University, and various government and community organizations shooting interviews, promotional videos and cultural workshops. She has also worked for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a Statement Gatherer for the Saskatchewan region, recording video and audio statements from residential school survivors and inter-generational survivors, as well as facilitating sharing circles and has added youth workshop facilitator to her resume. Trudy has attended every mispon festival since 2006, volunteering as event staff for the 2010 festival, so she is honoured to serve as Festival Director.