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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 S1E03 Dana Claxton
“Hunkpapa Woman: Dana Claxton” Series 1 Episode 3
In the diverse world of storytelling there are sometimes a few who buck the conventional trends. Dana Claxton is one such storyteller. Her highly diverse career includes documentaries, TV story segments and corporate videos; yet in the eyes of international art critics, Claxton's best work is in the area of experimental film and video art. In recognition of her contributions to contemporary art in Vancouver, she received the prestigious VIVA award from the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation. Dana Claxton is of mixed heritage and Lakota Sioux descent. Although she lives and works in Vancouver, she grew up in Saskatchewan. She is committed to cross-cultural dialogue that enhances interactions between Indigenous people and others and that fosters understanding and respect.
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