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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 S1E09 Gil Cardinal
“From the Edge: Gil Cardinal” Series 1 Episode 9
Gil Cardinal embraces the principle of using film as a tool for social change by creating poignant documentaries and dramas while acknowledging responsibility to honour the communities whose stories he tells. Two of his early films were personal stories, “Foster Child” (about his own life, growing up in Alberta) and “David with FAS”. They are classics, still used by communities and educational institutions for discussion of issues arising from adoption and substance abuse. His documentary, “Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole”, received the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary award in 2003 at the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto. This same film moved the Government of Sweden to return this historic pole to its original home in Kitamaat Village in northwestern British Columbia in 2006. In addition to his work in documentary, Cardinal has written and directed a number of dramas, including the Gemini award-winning feature film “Big Bear'' and CBC series, “North of 60”.
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