Festival Spotlight: 4th World Indigenous Media Lab

Cohort of Indigenous Filmmakers Enter the SIFF 2018 4th World Indigenous Media Lab, now in its Fourth Year.

4th World Indigenous Media Lab

Now in its fourth year, the 4th World Indigenous Media Lab is a focal point for emerging and mid-career Indigenous filmmakers, honing their skills through industry master classes and hands on trainings during the Seattle International Film Festival. The Media Lab is held over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 through May 28, 2018. In partnership with Tracy Rector and Longhouse Media, the 4th World Indigenous Media Lab is supported by Seek & Spark, NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs, and ITVS.

In addition to the Media Lab, SIFF will screen a unique collection of Indigenous feature films for 2018. Although the films are presented throughout the Festival, the majority will screen during the May 25 - May 28 weekend to ensure the Media Lab community has an opportunity to enjoy these compelling stories during their time at the SIFF Film Center.

Join SIFF and the Central Library for a special complementary screening of Dawnland, a searing documentary exploring the cultural genocide of the native peoples in the United States. Following the screening, guests and filmmakers are invited to participate in a robust panel discussion. The event will be held on May 26, 2018 beginning at 1:30 PM at the Seattle Central Library.

SIFF 2018's Indigenous feature film lineup includes:

Bee Nation

Bee Nation

Like an Indigenous version of Spellbound, this empowering documentary showcases the determination of six young participants in Canada's inaugural First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee who, with the full support and encouragement of their community, dream of competing in the national championships in Toronto.

Dawnland

Dawnland

Stolen children, racism, devastated families, and cultural genocide encompass this searing documentary about government sanctioned atrocities committed against native peoples in the United States, in particular the Wabanaki people of Maine, whose existence hangs by a thread.

Luk’Luk’I  (US Premiere)

Luk’Luk’I (US Premiere)

Set during the 2010 Olympics, this striking indie narrative-documentary hybrid explores the reality of five marginalized residents living in a depressed Vancouver neighborhood: a sex worker, a heroin addict, a transgender street celebrity, a disabled hockey fan, and an Indigenous man experiencing extraterrestrial visions.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Chloë Grace Moretz stars in Desiree Akhavan's poignant indie drama about three gay teens who meet at a dubious conversion therapy camp in the 1990s, where they refuse to "pray the gay away" and instead accept themselves for who they are. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Co-stars Forrest Goodluck, an Indigenous actor and past participant in SIFF/Longhouse Media's SuperFly Filmmaking.

Sweet Country

Sweet Country

Set in the majestic Australian outback, director Warwick Thornton's (Samson and Delilah) slow-burn Indigenous Western follows an Aboriginal ranch hand struggling against the bitterly divided frontier society that has forced him to go on the run after a violent act of self-defense.

Warrior Women (US Premiere)

Warrior Women (US Premiere)

Famed Indigenous and women's rights activist Madonna Thunder Hawk and her daughter Marcella are highlighted in this uplifting yet heart-rendering documentary about an indomitable spirit undeterred by age or government apathy.

Waru

Waru

This raw and challenging feature is composed of eight vignettes directed by eight female Maori directors. Presented as single-take shots done in real time, the vignettes focus on eight women as they live their lives beset by poverty, child abuse, guilt, and hopelessness.

Through Her Indigenous Eyes

Short Film Package from all female Indigenous filmmakers. "Indigenous media adds a new voice to the debate on Native, First Nations, and Indigenous issues," said Tracy Rector M.Ed, Indigenous Media Activist and co-Founder of Longhouse Media. "By sharing the perspectives of an all female slate of directors, we are emphasizing the leadership roles that Indigenous women have held since time immemorial."

After SIFF 2018, the Seattle Art Museum's Double Exposure exhibit will present Through Her Indigenous Eyes short film program. The exhibit features Edward S Curtis, Marianne Nicholson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson and will run June 14 through September 9, 2018. In support of the SAM Double Exposure exhibit, select Indigenous Shorts will be presented on Alaska Airlines' SIFF Selects channel during flights in July.