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Darlene Naponse


B: in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Ontario

Director, Writer and Producer Darlene Naponse was born and raised in her community of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek in Northern Ontario. Her film work has been viewed internationally including at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Her feature Every Emotion Costs, screened worldwide, winning various awards. Her art-based video work has been installed in various galleries and programs nationally/internationally. She worked with community leaders and elders to write and ratify the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Gchi-Naaknigewin (Constitution). She continues governance and First Nations land/human rights work in her community. She owns Pine Needle Productions an award-winning boutique Film/Video/Audio Recording Production Studio, located in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. We list her credits as a director first.

Also see: A Stellar Opening.