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Moving Images Distribution is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded and occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples - xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations - commonly known as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Our roots lie within the independent film and video community. During the 1970s, a group of talented filmmakers began developing ways to increase the profile of their work. Their vision resulted in the formation of Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West which changed its name to Moving Images Distribution in 1994. Since our beginnings in 1979, we've worked to connect audiences with innovative works by some of Canada's internationally acclaimed media artists working in experimental, documentary, animation, short fiction and personal narrative.
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Storytellers in Motion S1E04 Barb Cranmer
“Culture Shock in Alert Bay: Barb Cranmer” Series 1 Episode 4
When it comes to family stories, few storytellers matched the prolific output of Barb Cranmer (1960-2019), one of the first Indigenous filmmakers to consistently title her films in the language of her ancestors. After extensive work in documentary film, she left Vancouver to return to her home community of Alert Bay, off the northern coast of Vancouver Island. As a filmmaker, Cranmer is recognized internationally as a strong voice for her people, with several documentaries including “I'TUSTO To Rise Again” and “Gwishalaayt--the spirit wraps around you”. Her films have won numerous awards and can be found in both university and museum libraries. Barb Cranmer is respected for the curatorial work she has done for the U'mista Cultural Centre and the National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. This short documentary was made 12 years before her passing and features clips from Barb's films and her dedication to telling the stories of her people. She was a leader, an artist and co-founder of the Culture Shock Interactive Gallery in Alert Bay, and an active member of her community. After a battle with brain cancer, she passed away, surrounded by family, at the age of 59.
Over three seasons, “Storytellers in Motion'', introduces a number of Canada's Indigenous storytellers. Sharing excerpts from their films, these storytellers comment on their work and explore their creative voices.
Produced by: Jeff Bear, Marianne Jones, Urban Rez Productions