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Film makers exposed at Videobinge festival.

HAMILTON

The Native Indian/Inuit Photographer's Association has joined forces with the Ontario Workers Arts and Heritage Centre to present a festival of Aboriginal video production. Videobinge II: First Nations Video Festival will run from Feb. 21 to 23 in Hamilton at the Ontario Workers Arts and Heritage Centre.

It will be two days of screenings, discussions and workshops with leading Aboriginal video producers. All videos presented must have at least one Aboriginal person as a director, producer or writer and have been produced after Jan. 1, 1995.

There will be awards given in the following areas: documentary under 30 minutes, documentary over 30 minutes, drama under 30 minutes, drama over 30 minutes and animation short.

The winners in these categories will win the cost of their travel and accommodation to the Dreamspeakers Festival held in Edmonton each year.

The two keynote speakers will be Alanis Obomsawin and Gary Farmer. Obomsawin has been a director and producer at the National Film Board for 25 years. Her documentary, Kahnehsatake... 270 Years of Resistance, was an internationally acclaimed film.

Farmer is a well-known actor, director and writer. He starred in Powwow Highway and the play Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. He received international acclaim for his recent role in the movie, Dead Man. He is also the editor-in-chief of Aboriginal Voices, a quarterly magazine about Aboriginal arts and entertainment.

Aboriginal producers Michael Doxtater and Poasie Joamie will be on hand for production and technical skill development workshops. Doxtater was the former head of Studio One, the National Film Board's Aboriginal film and video production unit.

NIIPA is a national non-profit, artist-run centre promoting photography as a medium of the fine arts. The organization has been around since 1985. It promotes Aboriginal photographers by gaining greater exposure for their work and by increasing access to photographic and video resources.

For more information contact Monique or Steve at NIIPA at (905) 529-7477, or fax them at (905) 529-0887. You can e-mail them at <niipa@netaccess.on.ca> or visit their web site at <http://www.creative-spirit.com/niipa/>.
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