Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on Youtube Join the Archive Mailing List Read our Blog

Tkaronto  (2007) /  Sleepdancer  (2005)

Tkaronto (2007)
November 24, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Tkaronto (Canada, 2007)

Directed by
Shane Anthony Belcourt.

Loss haunts the city of Tkaronto–the Mohawk word for Toronto–where Métis writer Ray meets Anishnabe painter Jolene.  Far from home and struggling to reconcile their Native identities with non-Native culture, Ray and Jolene negotiate a growing attraction as they’re drawn together, in this reflective exploration of urban Aboriginal identity.

The Breath Films.  Producer: Duane Murray, Jordan O’Connor.  Screenwriter: Shane Anthony Belcourt.  Cinematographer: Shane Anthony Belcourt.  Editor: Jordan O’Connor.  Cast: Jonah Allison, Rae Ellen Bodie, Lorne Cardinal, Jeff Geddis, Sandy Jobin-Bevans.

HDcam, color, 105 min.

Sleepdancer (2005)

Directed by
Rodrick Pocowatchit.

Derek Smith, a coroner’s examiner investigating the death of an indigenous man, finds the son of the deceased staring mutely out the window of the family home.  The listless young man turns out to be a sleepwalker who dances at night in an open field.  Obsessively investigating this enigma, Smith uncovers a deeper story, and a personal connection to the mysterious figure.

Harmy Films.  Producer: Prodrick Pocowatchit.  Screenwriter: Rodrick Pocowatchit.  Cinematographer: Shawn Cunningham.  Editor: Rodrick Pocowatchit.  Cast: Mark Wells, Guy Ray Pocowatchit, Rodrick Pocowatchit, T.J. Williams, Deanie Eaton.

BetaSP, color, 92 min.

Preceded by

Nikamowin (Song) (Canada, 2007)

Directed by
Kevin Lee Burton (Swampy Cree).

A thrilling and complex deconstruction of the sounds and rhythms of Native language.

Digital video, color, 11 min.