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Filmmakers discuss their work and Q&A moderated by Tasha Hubbard

Alex Lazarovich director of "Lake"

Alexandra Lazarovich is an award winning Cree Producer, Director and Screenwriter from Northern Alberta. Her documentary FAST HORSE premiered and won the Special Jury Award for Directing at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. She co-founder of COUSIN COLLECTIVE and she is currently the Series Producer for the CBC’s multi-award-winning comedy documentary series Still Standing.

Danis Goulet director of "Wakening"

Danis Goulet is a Cree/Metis writer and director. Her films have screened at festivals around the world including Sundance, Berlin, MoMA and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She is a former programmer for TIFF and a former director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. She is an alumna of the National Screen Institute and the TIFF Filmmakers lab. Her debut feature NIGHT RAIDERS was developed with the support of the Sundance Institute and selected for the International Financing Forum at TIFF 2018 and the Sundance Institute’s Talent Forum in 2019. Danis is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is originally from northern Saskatchewan in Canada and now resides in Toronto.

Zoe Leigh Hopkins director of "Kayak to Kelmtu"

Zoe Hopkins is a Heiltsuk and Mohawk woman, born in Bella Bella, a fishing village on the coast of BC. She is now raising her son in her father’s community of Six Nations, Ontario, where she learned to speak and teach Kanyen’kéha (the Mohawk language.)

Hopkins drew upon her personal connection to the Great Bear Rainforest for her award-winning first feature film, Kayak to Klemtu, which received a theatrical release in Canada, and is distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media. Winner of: Audience Choice Award: imagineNATIVE Film Festival & Powell River Film Festival; Best Canadian First Feature Film: Victoria Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature: CAIIFF, Official Selection: Edinburgh International Film Festival, Leo Awards: Best Actress (Ta’Kaiya Blaney), Best Supporting Actress (Sonja Bennett), Best Director & Best Actor (Lorne Cardinal): American Indian Film Festival.

Hopkins holds a BAA in Film from Ryerson University, and is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program. Her films have screened Internationally at festivals including Sundance and Berlinale. Hopkins is a member of the Embargo Collective; creators of the omnibus feature, The Embargo Project, which included her short film Skyworld (Best Short Film, Niagara Integrated Film Festival).

Zoe is a writer on the soon-to-be broadcast dramatic series entitled, Trickster, based on the much-celebrated book Son of a Trickster, by Eden Robinson. Also for the small screen, Zoe has directed an episode of the music documentary series, Amplify, premiering on APTN Fall of 2020.Zoe is currently in post-production with her sophomore feature, previously entitled Running Home, with Toronto’s Big Soul Productions and Devonshire Productions. Zoe is a member of the Writer’s Guild of Canada.

Candy Fox director of "Keep Going My Daughter"

Candy Renae Fox is an award-winning film director and actor. She is Plains Cree with Vietnamese and Métis blood lineage. She is a member of the Piapot First Nation in Treaty Four Territory, Saskatchewan. Candy is a graduate of the University of Regina where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts for film production. She has gained experience over the past ten years in acting, directing, and cinematography as it relates mainly to documentary filmmaking. Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival named her film Backroads one of Canada’s Top Ten Student Shorts in 2015. She is an alumnus of the Women in the Director’s Chair internship and National Screen Institute’s IndigiDocs program.

Her most recent film ahkâmêyimo nitânis (Keep Going, My Daughter) premiered at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and was awarded Best Short and Audience Choice by the Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards. Candy’s films have screened at festivals both nationally and internationally at imagineNATIVE, LA Skins, Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Wairoa Maori Film Festival. Currently she is directing for the network television series The Other Side on APTN.

Shaandiin Tome : "Mud"

Tome was put on the map as a writer/director with her breakout short film, Mud (Hashtł’ishnii), which was selected and premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Her film went worldwide. It received awards from Montana Independent Film Festival, Presence Autochtone (Montreal), LA Skins Fest, and New Filmmakers Los Angeles.

In her upcoming feature, Dibé, she was a participant at the Sundance Creative Producers Summit 2019 and Sundance Talent Forum 2020. At the beginning of 2020, she was selected as a finalist for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Her current work spans documentary, commercial, and narrative work with National Geographic, Al Jazeera, Vice, Levi’s, and Merrell. Her unique perspective allows her to capture other trailblazers in the indigenous community. She lives in Albuquerque, aiming to bring resonating imagery in convergence with story, illustrating her perspective as a Diné woman.