A Stellar Opening for imagineNATIVE
by Ralph Lucas, Publisher
(September 21, 2022 – Toronto, ON) The 2022 edition of the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, has announced its schedule and the opening is literally Stellar. Costarring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Braeden Clarke & Rossif Sutherland, Stellar is set in Northern Ontario as a meteorite has catastrophically changed the planet. But inside a small bar, two lovers transcend the traumas of one world and find a path to a new one. The feature from writer-director Darlene Naponse (Anishinaabe) explores human notions of connections between oneself, other people, and Mother Earth herself. The Opening Night Gala is on Tuesday, October 18.
When the festival wraps 5 days later on October 23, the Closing Gala feature is Rosie by Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis). The film is about family, love, and misfits, Rosie tells the story of a young, orphaned, Indigenous girl who is forced to live with her reluctant, street-smart Aunty Fred, on the fringes of 1980s Montréal.
With optimism regarding the seemingly weakening COVID pandemic, the festival will have in-person events during the full run of the festival October 18-23, followed by online festival selections becoming available October 24-30, 2022.
imagineNATIVE by the numbers: This year the festival will present over 147 works from 16 countries in over 55 Indigenous languages. Screenings include 19 feature films, 13 thematic shorts programs, nine Digital + Interactive Works, nine audio works, six exhibitions, five music videos, and an artist spotlight on Mohawk filmmaker and visual artist Shelley Niro.
Ralph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.