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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 S2E15 Catherine Martin
“Mi'kmaq Storyteller: Catherine Martin” Series 2 Episode 15
Telling stories was always something her family did, so when Catherine Martin began making films, she already had a long history of storytelling. After a short drama and documentary on Maliseet artist Shirley Bear, Martin directed “The Spirit of Annie Mae”, a National Film Board documentary examining the execution-style slaying of Nova Scotia's Annie Mae Pictou-Aquash in South Dakota in 1975. Martin speaks about her journey through the long unsolved murder of this active member of the American Indian Movement. In the spirit of Martin's belief that Indigenous storytelling can only be done by, for, and about Indigenous people first, she made the film to honour Annie Mae and help her daughters understand the journey she took.
Series two of “Storytellers in motion'' celebrates the achievements of Canada's Indigenous artists who work across media that include photography, print journalism, screenwriting for film and television and broadcast news. All have inspiring careers and contribute their thoughts on their place in mainstream media as they seek to define the Indigenous voice.
Produced by: Jeff Bear, Marianne Jones, Urban Rez Productions