ONTARIO 150 SPOTLIGHT: Looking Forward

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Innis Deluxe Screening Room
2:30 PM


A program of short films by and about Attawapiskat and Toronto youth followed by a discussion.


Butterfly Monument: A Tribute to Shannen Koostachin


Jules Koostachin, Rick Miller | Canada | 2017 | Short Film | 29 min  | PG canleaf_small

Butterfly Monument documents the creation of a monument to young Cree education advocate, Canada’s first public statue honouring an Indigenous youth.

Jules Koostachin - Filmmaker

Rick Miller - Filmmaker

Born in Moose Factory, Ontario, Jules Arita Koostachin was raised by her Cree speaking grandparents for part of her childhood in Moosonee, as well as her mother in Ottawa. She is from Attawapiskat First Nation, currently living in Sudbury with her family. She completed graduate school at Ryerson University in Toronto in 2010 and was awarded the Award of Distinction for her thesis work, as well as the Masters level Ryerson Gold Medal for academic achievement. While completing her Masters, Jules accomplished her first feature documentary film entitled Remembering Inninimowin about her journey of remembering Inninimowin, the Cree language, distributed by V Tape in Toronto. Read More

Rick Miller is a filmmaker and photographer with a long history in the Canadian documentary industry. He has over 100 editing credits with CTV, TVO, Discovery, History, and Bravo. Rick has edited award-winning theatrical documentaries that have screened in North and South American, Oceania and Europe. Rick’s documentary on creativity and insanity received an Ontario Arts Council Deaf and Disability Arts Projects Grant and a Canada Council Cultivate: Creative Development Grant for artists living with mental illness. His short autobiographical documentary, Memento Mori, screened at the 2016 Rendezvous With Madness film festival, and he was the 2016-17 Media Artist in Residence with Workman Arts in Toronto. Read More

Attawapiskat Student Films

Getting outside to film!

A collection of short films created by students at Vezina Secondary School in Attawapiskat First Nation as part of the Planet in Focus North-South Eco-Film Lab.

Toronto Student Films

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A collection of short films created by students in the TDSB Arts Co-Op Program. Click here to submit your film to the Ontario 150 Special Spotlight: Looking Forward programme.

We gratefully acknowledge the following for their support of the Attawapiskat Eco-Film Lab:

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