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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 S2E17 Shirley Cheechoo
“From the Trapline: Shirley Cheechoo” Series 2 Episode 17
This director of drama for stage and film is inspired by heartfelt experiences that include life on the trapline, residential school, summers spent in Moose Factory and stories from her mother, a medicine woman. Amid clips from her films “Silent Tears” and “Bear Walker”, Cheechoo discusses directing drama for film and television, the pressures to modify her vision to fit a mainstream audience and her sudden shift to documentary at the request of James Bay Cree. Her comments and clips of her work with aspiring young actors in a drama workshop portray a gentle, perceptive director who understands that teaching is a two-way process and values the importance of living in the moment.
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