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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 S2E20 Rodger Ross
“It's a Spiritual Thing: Rodger Ross” Series 2 Episode 20
This urban Cree storyteller was born and raised in Regina. Through his company Creerunner Communications, Rodger Ross has the conviction to make films for communication first rather than letting his vision be shaped by the narrow confines of mainstream media. Although he has never lived on his reserve, Ross assists people there in their communications work. His work over the past 26 years has focused on unique portraits and stories that celebrate the achievements of his people. Like a true artist, Ross understands that stories are given and need to be respected. His role in the process is that of a respectful listener, allowing the subject and the story to unfold naturally, a process that is diametrically opposite the ones used in mainstream media. It is these ethical convictions of the artistic process that keep his work out of the realm of mainstream media.
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